Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Assistant Professor in Mexican American Studies is lead author of a paper selected for an award from the Puentes Consortium. Made up of 5 universities from Mexico and the United States, The Puentes Consortium provides a distinctive voice for the bi-national community of scholars who carry out multidisciplinary, public policy research on issues of importance to the U.S.-Mexico relations and to the well-being of their inhabitants. The paper, “Mexican Women and Family Planning Trends: A Cross Border Synthesis,” co-authored with Marianne Marchand and Edmundo Meza Rodríguez (Universidad de la Americas-Puebla), Salena Meyer Loredo (University of Arizona), and Laura Abril Rios-Rivera (Universidad Autónoma de Mexico), examines primary and secondary data to draw links between family planning trends in Mexico and in the United States, brought together through migration. Each year the Puentes Consortium’s Mexico-U.S. Higher Education Leadership Forum honors the papers by inviting the binational teams of co-authors to attend to discuss their research in a conference paper award session. These interactions are aimed at enhancing connections between U.S. and Mexican institutions of higher education and foundations for long-term, effective dialogue.
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