Often considered ground zero for humanitarian need on the U.S.-Mexico border, El Paso, as it has done historically, has embraced its role as a resilient community that bands together to provide hope.
While the current mass migration has reached unprecedented levels, El Paso has stood ready to lend a hand to those most in need. For more than a decade, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s faculty, residents, students and staff have worked with local and national partners to offer vital care for children and their families who’ve traveled long distances – braving unimaginable trauma – and are in dire need of assistance.
“We crossed through the jungle and it was a difficult journey to endure with four little children. Some days we wouldn’t eat and other days we would just walk. It was such a long trip and I felt a huge relief when the doctors could see me. I didn’t know if we would all make it.” -Maria
“Migrants are dealing with all this chaos in so many aspects of their lives. The uncertainty with the health care is something we’re positioned to help with. We want to see what gaps they have in their health care and provide any assistance we can. Right next to health care, comfort is the most important thing we can give.” –Soroush Omidvarnia, Foster School of Medicine student
Members of Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, the clinical practice of TTUHSC El Paso’s Foster School of Medicine, have selflessly volunteered countless hours providing check-ups and urgent care, screenings and mental health services. They not only meet basic and critical health needs, but also train students and residents in treating the conditions that result from the long, arduous journeys.
In addition to caring for migrant families, our community of students and faculty volunteer in colonias and some of the most underserved neighborhoods across our region. They strive to bring life-changing and life-saving health resources, screenings and services to families who would not otherwise have access and the economic means to obtain care.
As our community continues to face challenges, TTUHSC El Paso, with skill and compassion, lends a helping hand to those in need across our Borderplex region.