Healthy Border 2010

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Healthy Border 2010 aims to improve health in the U.S.-Mexico Border region, an area defined as 100 kilometers (62 miles) north and south of the U.S.-Mexico Border. Established by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, the program creates 10-year objectives for health promotion and disease prevention in the border region. Healthy Border 2010 is a binational initiative that embraces common elements of health programs in both the U.S. and Mexico.

From the U.S., it is a border-related subset of the U.S. Healthy People 2010 Program.

From Mexico, it draws on the Indicadores de Resultados (National Health Indicators Program), which tracks 46 health indicators at the national, state and local levels in Mexico. Through Healthy Border 2010, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission will identify activities that address the major health issues of the border region. These activities include country-specific projects as well as binational projects that focus on issues such as infectious disease transmission and cross-border use of health care services. Healthy Border 2010 will assist both nations in coordinating interventions and health policy, and in improving the allocation of scarce health resources.

Development of Healthy Border 2010

The 20 common elements included in the Healthy Border 2010 Program are grouped into 11 topic areas. The topic areas and their respective objectives include:

  • Access to Health Care - ensure access to primary care or basic health care services;
  • Cancer - reduce breast cancer and cervical cancer mortality;
  • Diabetes - reduce both the mortality of diabetes and the need for hospitalization to treat it ;
  • Environmental Health - improve household access to sewage disposal and reduce hospital admissions for acute pesticide poisoning;
  • HIV/AIDS - reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS;
  • Immunization and Infectious Diseases - expand immunization coverage for young children, as well as reduce the incidence of hepatitis and tuberculosis;
  • Injury Prevention - reduce mortality from motor vehicle crashes as well as mortality from injuries experienced by children;
  • Maternal, Infant and Child Health - reduce infant mortality due to congenital defects, and improve prenatal care and teenage pregnancy rates;
  • Mental Health - reduce suicide mortality;
  • Oral Health - improve access to oral health care;
  • Respiratory Diseases - reduce the rate of hospitalization for asthma;

All of these objectives focus on specific issues that greatly affect the health of individuals and communities in the border region. Monitoring progress in fulfilling them will publicize achievements and challenges in border health during the next decade.

For further information regarding Office of Border Public Health activities related to Healthy Border 2010, please contact:

Adriana Corona 
Office of Border Public Health 
Texas Department of State Health Services 
401 E. Franklin, Suite 210 
El Paso, TX 79901 

Phone: (915) 834-7690 
Fax: (915) 834-7844 

The Office of Border Public Health is currently working with community members on developing Healthy Border implementation plans in Cameron, Duval, El Paso, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Starr, Terrrell, Val Verde, and Webb counties. 

For health profiles and Healthy Border 2010 objectives in PowerPoint® format:


These profiles are in Microsoft PowerPoint® format. In order to view or print these files, you will need the Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003 Viewer which is available for free from the Microsoft® web site. The numbers in parentheses indicate the file size.

For background, history, activities in other states and other information, please visit the US-Mexico Border Health Commission Healthy Border 2010 webpage at:

Disclaimer: External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

Last updated November 21, 2017