Border Health Organizations
On May 24, 2005 the Border Governors Conference Work Health Table met in Austin, Texas. In that meeting it was proposed that an initial meeting outcome would be the development of a clearinghouse of information on the BHC website. It was agreed that the site would contain information on organizations working on health issues along the US - México border region. The following information is a response to following that initiative and will continue to grow as information of other organizations is collected and update online.
United States-México Border Health Commission
The United States-México Border Health Commission (BHC or Commission) was created as a binational health commission in July 2000, with the signing of an agreement by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States and the Secretary of Health of México. On December 21, 2004 the Commission was designated as a Public International Organization by Executive Order of the President. The mission of the United States-México Border Health Commission is to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-México border.
The Commission is comprised of the federal secretaries of health, the chief health officers of the ten border states and prominent community health professionals from both nations. The USMBHC has the unique opportunity to bring together the two countries and its border states to solve border health problems. The Commission provides the necessary leadership to develop coordinated and binational actions that will improve the health and quality of life on the border.
United States-México Border Health Commission
211 N. Florence, Ste. 101
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 532-1006
Fax: (915) 532-1697
United States-México Border Governors Health Table (BGC)
The first Border Governors Conference convened in Juarez, Chihuahua, México in 1980 to begin a formal process of opening lines of communication among the ten U.S. and Mexican border states. Generally, a conference is held each year, alternating locations between the United States and México. Since 1980, the organization has enhanced joint border efforts addressing agriculture, border crossings, education, economic development, energy, environment, health, tourism, and border security issues.
Official recommendations focusing on the above issues are presented in the form of a Joint Declaration, which is signed by each of the ten participating Governors at each conference.
United States-México Border Governors Health Work Table (BGC)
Will Humble, Work Table Co-chair
Director, Arizona Department of State Health Services
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Tel. (602) 542-1025 / Fax (602) 542-1062
Dr. José Guadalupe Bustamante Moreno, Work Table Co-chair
Secretario de Salud y Director General del Instituto de Servicios
de Salud Pública del Estado de Baja California
Palacio Federal 3er Piso
Av. Pioneros 1005, Colonia Centro Cívico
C.P. 21000 Mexicali, Baja California
Tel. (01152-686) 557-2820 / Fax (01152-686) 559-5817
United States-México Border Counties Coalition (USMBCC)
The United States-México Border Counties Coalition is a nonpartisan, consensus-based policy and technical forum founded to address challenges facing county governments located on the United States-México Border. The elected officials from the twenty-four county governments located on the United States-México Border established the Coalition. These county governments face unique challenges in serving their residents. The Coalition recognizes that notwithstanding the differences among the participating counties some are large, some are small, some are urban and some are rural there are a number of issues that are common to all Border Counties.
Border Counties Coalition (USMBCC)
David M. Austin
Austin Copelin and Reyes, LLC
310 N. Mesa, Suite 824
El Paso, TX 79901
Telephone: (915) 838-6860
Fax: (915) 838-6880
Cell: (915) 525-9040
Border Legislative Conference (BLC)
The Border Legislative Conference (BLC) is a program administered by the Council of State Governments (CSG)-WEST and its regional partner in the South, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), that serves as a mechanism for on-going dialogue and collaboration among state legislators of the United States and México . The goal of the project is to empower border state legislators to engage in the binational agenda and provide input and direction in the development of policy between both countries.
The BLC fosters the development of shared solutions along the border region through joint consideration of common problems and exchange of information. The BLC also seeks to establish efficient and strategic collaborative efforts with multi level governments and non-governmental organizations to the end that border communities and state governments on both sides of the border may be strengthened and improved.
Border Legislative Conference (BLC)
Martha Castañeda, Director
Border Legislative Conference
1107 9th St., Suite 650
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-553-4423 Ext 117
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
People involved with health activities on either side of the border helped each other informally for many years before the U.S.-México Border Health Association was formed. Events in which both countries participated date back at least to 1927, when Tampico, Tamaulipas was hit by floods. When formal U.S.-México cooperation began in the late 1940's, health authorities were most concerned with the prevalence of venereal diseases. Penicillin and other antibiotics used today to treat these diseases had not been developed, so syphilis and gonorrhea required long complicated treatment. The concern was such in the United States that for the first time in its history, Congress appropriated substantial funds to the U.S. Public Health Service specifically for combating these diseases.
In 1942, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), then known as the Pan American Sanitary Bureau was asked by the U.S. Public Health Service to help coordinate a border health campaign. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which serves as a Regional Office of the World Health Organization, is the oldest international health organization. Its first step was to establish a Field Office in El Paso and then immediately proceed to train personnel, launch an education campaign and provide treatment for venereal disease.
Pan American Health Organization
Maria Teresa Cerqueira, Ph.D.
Chief, U.S.-México Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr., Suite C-4
El Paso, Texas 79912 USA
PH (915) 845-5950
FAX (915) 845-4361
Health Policy and Legislation
Sources for Policy and Legislation
Assistant Secretary for Legislation, HHS
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation provides advice to the Secretary and the Department on congressional legislation and facilitates communication between the Department and Congress. The Office informs the Congress of Departmental priorities, actions, grants and contracts. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation is made up of five divisions.
Source for current bills and other legislative activities. Click on "Bill Summary & Status" and search on "Subject Term" using topics such as "Health Policy" or "Disabled" to retrieve a list of bills that relate to those topics. At the top of the page you can select to search previous congresses as well.
Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
Provides public and private health care leaders with relevant information. The Academy also serves as the national program office for four health policy initiatives funded through The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Advocates for Youth
Focuses projects on the need for special attention to adolescents' reproductive health.
Alan Guttmacher Institute
Promotes free, informed and responsible choices for all men and women with regard to sexual activity, reproduction and family formation.
Alliance for Health Reform
Aids journalists, elected officials, and other professionals in understanding the roots of the nation's health care problems.
Center for the Future of Children
Multidisciplinary applied research, policy, evaluation, and grantmaking unit funded by the Packard Foundation.
Center for Health Care Strategies
Promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. CHCS directs four national initiatives of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Center for Health and Gender Equity
Seeks to make reproductive health and rights objectives integral to all relevant U.S. international population and health policies and programs and to find effective means of applying public health and human rights principles to health programs.
Center for Law and Social Policy
A research organization that seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
A non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to promoting women's reproductive rights.
Center for Women Policy Studies
A feminist policy research and advocacy institution that provides information for state legislators.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
A non-partisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policy and programs with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
The Children's Partnership
A national non-profit that Focuses attention on identifying new trends and emerging issues that will affect large numbers of America's children and on providing early analysis and strategies for action.
Family Health International
Works to improve reproductive health around the world, with an emphasis on developing countries.
The Forum for State Health Policy
A unit within the National Conference of State Legislatures whose mission is to enhance the capacity for informed decision-making and legislative leadership regarding the financing, organization and delivery of health care services to low income and vulnerable populations.
Global Reproductive Health Forum
Provides a research library, discussion forums, listservs, e-zines and links on issues such as reproductive health and rights, gender issues and politics, population policy, international women's public health issues, and gender and technology. Part of Harvard University.
Institute for Child Health Policy
Part of the University of Florida, the Institute seeks to research, evaluate, formulate, and advance health policies, programs, and systems that promote the health and well-being of children and youth in the state of Florida and nationally.
Institute for Health Policy Solutions
A non-profit organization funded to develop creative and workable solutions to health system problems related to access, cost, and quality.
Maternal and Child Health Policy Research Center
Addresses the financing, delivery, and quality of health services provided to children.
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
A policy and research firm whose efforts focus on policies and programs in health care, welfare, education, nutrition, employment, and early childhood development.
The Media Resource for Reproductive and Sexual Health Information
A project of the Kaiser Family Foundation that is designed to provide up-to-date information on reproductive and sexual health issues to journalists.
National Academy for State Health Policy
Disseminates information designed to assist states in the development of practical, innovative solutions to complex health policy issues.
New Directions for Policy
Assists businesses, purchasers, and providers of health care, as well as federal, state and local governments through policy research, strategic planning, and analysis.
Develops programs to cover the development of health care facilities and all aspects of education for nurses, doctors, engineers, and managers. Education initiatives include health promotion, disease prevention, health care in the community, specialist hospital services, health care management, and policy.
Analyzes choices and developments in many areas, including healthcare--through a program area called RAND Health. Many of RAND Health's projects address current policy concerns, but also work extensively on the scientific basis for improving service delivery, system performance, and organizational effectiveness.
Reproductive Health Online
Provides up-to-date reproductive health information and is a service of JHPIEGO.
RHO Cervical Cancer
Is an online information resource for health program managers and decision-makers working in developing countries and low-resource settings.
The Urban Institute
Investigates social and economic problems confronting the nation and analyzes efforts to solve these problems.
Migrant Clinicians Network
The Migrant Clinicians Network originally was founded in 1984 thanks to the efforts of three dedicated clinicians: Willa Hays, RN from Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.; Gail Stevens, RN from Delmarva Rural Ministries; and David Smith, then a physician at Brownsville Community Health Center. The three met at the 1984 Annual Migrant Health Conference in Padre Island. Willa, Gail, and David found a common link as they shared their feelings of personal isolation and dismay at the lack of migrant-specific resources available to clinicians. As a result, a grassroots clinical network consisting of clinicians dedicated to improved healthcare for migrant farmworkers came into being.
MCN has since evolved into a formal network and continues to flourish with numerous partnerships and associations, diversified funding, and an active membership. MCN offers a variety of benefits to its clinician members including continuing education courses, professional publications, and foreign language trainings, all with the goal of culturally appropriate healthcare.
The mission of the Migrant Clinicians Network is to positively impact the physical, mental and environmental health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and other under-served mobile populations. MCN addresses the unique health care needs and barriers for these populations through leadership, innovation, collaboration and support to health care providers.
National Center for Farmworker Health
The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center servic sites in the Unitied States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.
The mission of the National Center for Farmworker Health is to improve the health status of farmworker families through appropriate application of human, technical, and information resources.
To learn more about NCFH, visit http://www.ncfh.org/.
Pan American Health Organization
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with 100 years of experience working to improve health and living standards of the people of the Americas. It enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, and as the health organization of the Inter-American System.
PAHO is based in Washington, D.C., and has scientific and technical experts at its headquarters, in its 27 country offices, and its eight scientific centers, all working with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in dealing with priority health issues. The health authorities of PAHO's Member States set PAHO's technical and administrative policies through its Governing Bodies. PAHO Member States include all 35 countries in the Americas; Puerto Rico is an Associate Member. France, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are Participating States, and Portugal and Spain are Observer States.
The Organization's essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others. For more information please visit PAHO.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly. The Health Assembly is composed of representatives from WHO's Member States. The main tasks of the World Health Assembly are to approve the WHO program and the budget for the following biennium and to decide major policy questions. For more information please visit WHO.
Department of Health and Human Services
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.
THE DEPARTMENT INCLUDES MORE THAN 300 PROGRAMS, covering a wide spectrum of activities. Some highlights include:
HHS IS THE LARGEST GRANT-MAKING AGENCY in the federal government, providing some 60,000 grants per year. HHS' Medicare program is the nation's largest health insurer, handling more than 900 million claims per year.
- Medical and social science research
- Preventing outbreak of infectious disease, including immunization services
- Assuring food and drug safety
- Medicare (health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans) and Medicaid (health insurance for low-income people)
- Financial assistance and services for low-income families
- Improving maternal and infant health
- Head Start (pre-school education and services)
- Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
- Substance abuse treatment and prevention
- Services for older Americans, including home-delivered meals
- Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
HHS WORKS CLOSELY WITH STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state, county or tribal agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department's programs are administered by 11 HHS operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data. The Department's Headquarters is in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C., 20201. For more information please visit DHHS.
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist the states and tribes in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality. For more information please visit EPA.
EPA Border 2012 Program
BECC- Border Environment Cooperation Commission
The Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) identifies, supports, evaluates, and certifies affordable environmental infrastructure projects, as a binational team, to improve the quality of life for the people in the U.S.-México border region, now and in the future in an open public process. For more information please visit BECC
IBWC- International Boundary and Water Commission
The International Boundary and Water Commission has existed for over 110 years and thus has collected quite a colorful and interesting history. For more information please visit IBWC