Public Health Region 8 - Border Public Health

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Rosy De Los Santos
Program Coordinator
Texas DSHS Certified Instructor for Promotores/Community Health Workers
1593 S. Veteran’s Blvd
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
(830) 758-4241
Fax:  (830) 757-4418


The Office of Border Public Health (OBPH) is dedicated to environmental, epidemiological and educational projects specific to the Texas and Mexico border with the goal of fostering a safe and healthy environment and living practices. The close community relationship that our staff maintains on the border, coupled with our emphasis on both the environment and health, allows the Office of Border Public Health to function in a cooperative capacity with other agencies. The Office of Border Public Health partners with the United States – Mexico Border Health Commission, the United States – Mexico Border Health Association, the Pan American Health Organization and many other state and local partners in Mexico and Texas. 


  • Provide essential public health services to meet Healthy Border objectives;

  • Provide administrative and programmatic support for the two international health councils in the Region: Hope-K Trinational Health Council (Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras/Kickapoo) and the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuña Binational Health Council (Del Rio/Ciudad Acuña). Priority areas that the Councils work on are tuberculosis environmental health, diabetes, obesity, physical fitness, and substance abuse;

  • Conduct active environmental health and surveillance and field investigations of unincorporated communities (colonias) and other border areas;

  • Monitor diseases, conditions and environmental hazards and prepare periodic reports of these data.


    DSHS OBPH staff are available to provide training to promotores de salud/community health workers on various public health issues:

    • DSHS-certified and non-DSHS certified continuing education for community health workers

    • 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker training program certified by DSHS using the Dia de la Mujer Latina curriculum.

Department of State Health Services Office of Border Public Health

Border Health Data/Reports

Report:  Eagle Pass, Texas, April 23, 2013 - PDF 27 KB, (Prevention and Health Promotion among Vulnerable Populations on the U.S.-México Border: Report on the Regional Stakeholder Planning Meeting)

Health Status Overview of the Texas-Mexico Border - PHR 8

HSR 8 Border Presentation on Reportable Conditions (PowerPoint presentation, 476 KB)


Evaluation Presentation - Spanish (PowerPoint presentation, 263 KB)


Year 2014 English Newsletter (PDF, 15MB)
Year 2014 Spanish Newsletter (PDF, 15 MB) 
January 2014 OBH Newsletter Issue (PDF, 10KB)
February 2013 OBH Newsletter Issue (PDF, 7.55 MB)
2011 Winter OBH Newsletter (PDF, 3.3 MB)
2010 Winter OBH Newsletter (PDF, 599 KB)

Last updated September 27, 2017