U.S. – México Border Health Commission Texas Cooperative Agreement

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Who we are

The Texas Cooperative Agreement supports activities of the U.S. – México Border Health Commission (BHC or Commission) and has been established between the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Office of Border Public Health (OBPH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Global Affairs (OGA).

The mission of the BHC is to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-México border.  It is composed of the federal secretaries of health, the chief health officers of the ten binational border states, and prominent community health professionals living along the border from both nations.

What we do

The purpose of the Texas cooperative agreement is to support the BHC’s mission to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the United States–Mexico border and its goals to (1) institutionalize a domestic focus on border health that can transcend political changes and to (2) create an effective venue for binational discussion to address public health issues and problems affecting the United States-Mexico border populations. These goals are instrumented through cooperative agreements with each of the four U.S. Mexico border state Offices of Border Health in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Programs and Projects

Border Binational Health Week Activities

Border Binational Health Week (BBHW) is held annually during one week in October.  The goal is to promote sustainable partnerships that can address border health challenges. Intended outcomes include increased community and inter-agency networking relationships, information sharing and educational opportunities, and awareness of the BHC and other state and local initiatives. Events include fora on specific health related topics in addition to activities sponsored by border partners.

Community based Healthy Border Initiatives

Yearly, OBPH plans, coordinates, and executes community-based activities or events in support of the BHC’s strategic priorities. 

Transversal Axis Priorities:

    • Strategic Planning
    • Access to Care
    • Research

Strategic Priorities:

    • Infectious Disease
    • Degenerative chronic diseases
    • Maternal and child health
    • Accidents (injuries/road traffic accidents)
    • Mental health

Activities/events not only focus on the identified priorities of the BHC but are also coordinated and aligned to binational plans with the appropriate BHC Mexico Section outreach offices as well as local, regional, binational and/or community health councils or other appropriate community-based organizations in the United States or Mexico.

U.S. – Mexico Border Binational Infectious Disease Summit

The purpose of the U.S.-México Border Binational Infectious Disease Conference is to convene federal, state, and local partners from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to address critical infectious disease and emergency preparedness issues impacting the border region. The OBPH on behalf of the BHC provides a venue for these discussions and actions while supporting the U.S. and Mexico national strategies impacting the work along the border.  The conference is held biennially in even numbered years. 

U.S. – Mexico Border Obesity Prevention Summit

In promotion of obesity prevention and treatment, the BHC established a border binational effort to assess factors contributing to high obesity rates and to identify obesity prevention and treatment strategies. As part of this effort, the OBPH on behalf of the BHC conducts the U.S.-México Border Obesity Prevention (BOP) Summit biennially on odd numbered years. In coordination with the BHC Mexico Section Chihuahua Regional Office, the BOP Summit gathers federal, state, and local binational partners to develop a border binational obesity prevention strategy.

U.S. – Mexico Border Obesity Prevention Technical Work Group

In response to the recommendations and outcomes Draft and develop a five-year strategic plan to address recommendations and outcomes from the First Border Binational Obesity Prevention Summit to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

For additional information, please contact:

Kathie Martinez
Office of Border Public Health
Texas Department of State Health Services

Phone: (512) 776-7675
Fax: (512) 776-7262

Last updated January 3, 2018