About OBPH


Office of Border Public Health Mandate

In 1991, the 72nd Texas Legislature enacted Health and Safety Code, Chapter 12, §12.071: HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE CHAPTER 12. POWERS AND DUTIES OF DEPARTMENT OFSTATE HEALTH SERVICES (texas.gov). That mandate stipulates that “The department shall establish and maintain an office in the department to coordinate and promote health and environmental issues between this state and Mexico.

All four U.S. border states —Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico—have border health offices.  

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A healthy Texas-Mexico border


To improve health and well-being along the Texas-Mexico border 


    • Build sustainable partnerships with key border and binational organizations at federal, state, and local levels to promote communication, coordination and collaboration.
    • Heighten awareness of border issues to facilitate public health funding and coordination along our border.
    • Improve access to develop and strengthen the use of border data to identify priorities, trends, and emerging public health issues.
    • Improve border public health outcomes by targeting culturally competent, outcome-based outreach, educational and training opportunities.
    • Develop strategies to measure and enhance program effectiveness to enhance public health services to border communities.
    • Identify effective intervention models that will increase the impact of border public health services.

      Last updated September 24, 2021