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2019 Conference

Social Medicine Consortium Annual Conference 2019:

Sustaining the global struggle for health equity locally: building across difference

June 1, 2019 • Jaltenango de la Paz, Chiapas, Mexico

We are thrilled to announce that the next SMC conference will take place on June 1, 2019 in Chiapas, Mexico in partnership with Compañeros en Salud. More information coming shortly! If you would like to engage in the conference planning process, please email us at

When people think the same idea and move in the same direction that’s a cult. When people think many different ideas and move in one direction, that’s a movement.
— Loretta Ross (Sister Song)


Where will the conference be held?

The conference will take place in Ángel Albino Corzo, Chiapas (commonly known as Jaltenango de la Paz). Additional information about the venue is coming soon.

What is the best airport to fly into?

Tuxtla Gutiérrez International Airport (TGZ)

How do I get from the airport to the conference venue?

Take a cab to the Mercado de los Ancianos bus terminal in Tuxtla. There, the Cuxtepeques bus run every hour to Jaltenango. The ride lasts around 3 - 3.5 hours. Our logistics team will be available to help with transportation, and to give additional advice and guidance for folks navigating the area for the first time.

Where can I stay?

A list of hotels and hostels in the area is coming soon!

Where can I submit an abstract for poster or breakout presentation?

We are accepting abstracts for poster presentation and workshops! Please see abstract guidelines and instructions below.

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¿Dónde se llevará a cabo la conferencia?
La conferencia tendrá lugar en Ángel Albino Corzo, Chiapas (comúnmente conocido como Jaltenango de la Paz). La información adicional sobre el lugar estará disponible próximamente.

¿Cuál es el mejor aeropuerto para llegar?
Aeropuerto Internacional de Tuxtla Gutiérrez (TGZ)

¿Cómo llego del aeropuerto al lugar de la conferencia?

Tome un taxi hasta la terminal de autobuses Mercado de los Ancianos en Tuxtla. Allí, el autobús de Cuxtepeques sale cada hora a Jaltenango. El trayecto dura alrededor de 3 a 3.5 horas. Nuestro equipo de logística estará disponible para ayudar con el transporte y para brindar asesoria y orientación adicional a las personas que se lleguen a la zona por primera vez.

¿Dónde puedo quedarme?
¡Una lista de hoteles y hostales en el área estará disponible próximamente!

¿Dónde puedo enviar un resumen para un cartel o taller?
Estamos aceptando resúmenes para presentaciones de posters y talleres! Por favor, consulte las directrices abstractas y las instrucciones a continuación.

Abstracts: Present a poster or workshop session

Please note that abstract submission forms are included in the guidelines. All abstracts are due by March 15th, 2019.

Please contact with any questions or to request additional information.

Conference Objectives

1. Recognize the specific ways that economic systems and racism create and reproduce health inequities in local and global settings, and connection between the two.  

2. Critically examine personal and professional participation in creating, reproducing, and challenging the root causes of health inequities across diverse settings

3. Describe examples from the Zapatista community that demonstrate the connection between historical injustice and transcending divides between local and global struggles.

4. Identify examples of tools being used in the practice of social medicine, develop the skills necessary for practice amongst participants, and deepen the strategic partnerships around curriculum development and transformative social medicine education;

5. Explain the aim and actions of the Campaign Against Racism as a constructive strategy to build health equity and identify ways to be involved both locally and globally;

6. Establish SMC chapters in their local settings with clear goals and direct actions for the next year.

Objetivos de la Conferencia

1. Reconocer las formas específicas en que los sistemas económicos y el racismo crean y reproducen las inequidades de salud en el escenario  local y global, y la conexión entre los dos.

2. Examinar de cerca  la participación personal y profesional en la creación, reproducción y desafío de las causas fundamentales de las inequidades en salud en diversos entornos.

3. Describir ejemplos que demuestren la conexión entre la injusticia histórica y las diferencias trascendentales entre las luchas locales y globales de la comunidad Zapatista.

4. Identificar ejemplos de herramientas que se utilizan en la práctica de la medicina social, desarrollar las habilidades necesarias para la práctica entre los participantes y profundizar las alianzas estratégicas en torno al desarrollo del currículo y la educación transformativa de la medicina social;

5. Explicar el objetivo y las acciones de la Campaña Contra el Racismo, como una estrategia constructiva para construir equidad en la salud e identificar formas de participación tanto a nivel local como a nivel global;

6. Definir objetivos claros y acciones directas de los capítulos del SMC, en sus entornos locales para el próximo año.

Apply for a Scholarship

We are proud to have SMC representation across many countries around the world, and understand that participation in our annual meeting is a valuable opportunity to connect and build relationships and collaborative efforts across geographic distance. To alleviate the financial burden associated with international travel, we offer a limited number of travel scholarships, which are inclusive of flights, housing, in-country transportation, and conference registration. The deadline to apply for this travel funding is March 18, 2019.

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