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Resources by Topic: U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Cohort Profile: The Assessing Imperial Valley Respiratory Health and the Environment (AIRE) Study
Details a prospective cohort study focused on examining the respiratory health effects of childhood exposures to wind-blown particulate matter (PM) in a rural area of California. Utilizes 2017-2019 data to observe asthmatic symptoms and other health indicators across sociodemographic categories. Discusses the impact of PM on childhood health and the potential for geographic disparities.
Author(s): Shohreh F. Farzan, Elizabeth Kamai, Dayane Duenas Barahona, et al.
Citation: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 38(4), 359-369
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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The Climate Migrant: Health Risks Before, During, and After Migration
Explores the different types of migrants created by or affected by climate change and their health risks and needs. Defines three types of migrants: climate-precipitates migrants, climate-impacted migrants, and climate workers. Details the different challenges and needs of the different types of migrants.
Author(s): Amy K. Liebman, Marysel Pagan-Santana, Claire H. Seda
Citation: Journal of the National Hispanic Medical Association, 2(1), 36-43
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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An Evaluation of ¡Haz Espacio Para Papi!, a Culturally Tailored Nutrition and Physical Activity Pilot Program for Mexican-Heritage Fathers
Describes outcomes of ¡Haz Espacio Para Papi! (HEPP), a nutrition and physical activity intervention for Latino fathers in colonias near the Texas-Mexico border. Provides data on changes in participants' fruit and vegetable intake, skin carotenoids, and healthy dietary behaviors. Discusses approaches to cultural appropriateness and collaboration with promotoras.
Author(s): Annika Vahk, Pablo Monsivais, Cassandra M. Johnson, Joseph R. Sharkey
Citation: Nutrients, 16(8), 1153
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Water and Wastewater in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region: Twentieth Report of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board to the President and Congress of the United States
Report discussing drinking water and wastewater needs along the U.S.-Mexico border. Offers recommendations regarding coordination of services for underserved and tribal communities, infrastructure funding, and long-term planning. Discusses issues specific to rural areas, colonias, and tribal communities such as climates risks, health disparities, and more. Lists federal funding sources.
Author(s): P. Ganster, I. Coronado, J. McNeece, et al.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Good Neighbor Environmental Board, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Factors Associated with Depressive Symptoms among Mexican-Origin Adults in a Community Sample at the US Mexico Border Region
Evaluated 206 Mexican-origin adults at risk for chronic diseases in 3 U.S.-Mexico border counties in Arizona for factors associated with depressive symptoms. Discusses protective factors and includes recommendations to local healthcare and other community officials for education to reduce health disparities.
Author(s): Mario Morales, Maia Ingram, Kiera M. Coulter, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(11), 6017
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
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The Use of Qualitative Methods to Guide the Development of the Border Resilience Scale in a Participatory Research Study
Highlights a study on the effect of social and ecological stressors for Mexican-origin adults residing along the U.S.-Mexico border on their physical and psychological health. Explores the factors that contribute to community resilience and emotional and physical wellness.
Author(s): Maia Ingram, Karina R. Dueñas, Idolina Castro, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(9), 5703
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
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A Population-Based Assessment of Metastatic Hepatoblastoma in Texas Reveals Ethnic Disparities
Presents the results of a population-based study to advance knowledge of the epidemiology of hepatoblastoma, a common liver disease in children particularly Latino children, and to identify the high-risk factors of the disease to improve health outcomes. Study evaluated population data based on sex, race or ethnicity, age, urban-rural status, and residence in the Texas-Mexico border region.
Author(s): Andres F. Espinoza, Michael E. Scheurer, Tiffany M. Chambers, Sanjeev A. Vasudevan, Philip J. Lupo
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 11
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
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Mobile Health and Wellness Project: A Binational Collaboration of Frontline Health Services to the Latino Population in the United States in Times of COVID-19
Highlights the activities and initial outcomes of the education and vaccination efforts provided by the Mobile Health and Wellness project focused on Latino, immigrant, and rural communities in the U.S. to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Preventive health services were offered to Latinx populations in areas with limited access to health services, and provided via mobile health vehicles operated by the US-Mexico Border Health Commission (Mexico Section) along with Alianza Americas, Latino Commission on AIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Author(s): Cecilia B. Rosales, Hilda Dávila Chávez, Michael A. Flynn, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 10
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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Arizona AHEC Annual Report, 2023
Highlights the Arizona Area Health Education Centers' (AzAHEC) 2023 program achievements. Provides details and statistics related to several of the program's education, training, and rotation
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Area Health Education Center Program
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Early Effects of COVID-19 on Physical Activity and Screen Time Use among Elementary School Students in Columbus, New Mexico
Presents the results of an online survey among parents of students attending Columbus Elementary School in Columbus, New Mexico, a rural Hispanic colonias on the US-Mexico border, to identify and measure changes in their children's physical activity and screen time use during the initial stages of COVID-19. Discusses the significance of home and community and other considerations supporting physical activity for children in the event of a future public health threat.
Author(s): Juan C Padilla, Jill A McDonald, Christopher Sroka, Cynthia Kratzke, Jagdish Khubchandani
Citation: Dialogues Health, 2022,1
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
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