Binational Health Councils

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Binational Health Councils (known commonly as the COBINAS*)

Binational Health Councils for U.S. - México border sister-cities were established during the XXI U.S. Mexico Border Health Association meeting in Nogales, Arizona in 1963.  The initial purpose of the councils was to provide a vehicle for the promotion of unity and friendship between the health officials of neighboring cities.  As the councils have matured, their purpose has evolved to include examining health needs, problems, and available programs with particular attention and concern to the Council's geographical area, and to consider how its members can promote joint actions in common benefit of the population of both sides of the border.

There are eight Binational Health Councils along the Texas-Mexico border:

• Paso del Norte Binational Health Council (El Paso/Juarez/Las Cruces)
• Presidio / Ojinaga Binational Health Council
• Del Rio / Ciudad Acuña Binational Health Council
• HOPE-K Trinational Health Council (Eagle Pass/Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas/Piedras Negras)
• Los Dos Laredos Binational Health Council (Laredo/Nuevo Laredo/Nuevo León)
• SMAC Binational Health Council (Starr County/Miguel Aleman/Camargo)
• HIDA REY Binational Health Council (Hidalgo County/Reynosa)
• Brownsville / Matamoros Binational Health Council


To view the Texas – México Binational Health Council directory, please click here.

* The commonly used Spanish abbreviation for Binational Health Councils is the COBINAS (Consejos Binacionales de Salud).

Last updated September 28, 2017