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

Task Force of Border Health Officials
Provides the annual legislative report from the Task Force of Border Health Officials, highlighting its activities for the inaugural year and identifying future plans. Reports on health conditions, challenges, and needs for the Texas-Mexico border region.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Addressing Health and Health Care Needs in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Policy position brief describing geography and demographics of the border region, population health and health care issues, factors contributing to the crisis, public policy implications, and suggestions for addressing needs. Comprises Executive Summary and Full Report.
Author(s): Brian Lady, Carrie Henning-Smith, Susan Kunz
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Oral Health in Texas, Bridging Gaps and Filling Needs
Provides an overview of oral health in Texas and factors that contribute to oral health, while highlighting the needs of rural and border populations. Covers oral health workforce needs and barriers to accessing oral care. Provides regional and county-level statistics and information on rural populations, age, socioeconomic factors, oral health outcomes, and more.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health Institute
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Health Equity in New Mexico: 12th Edition
Provides information about the health status of various population groups throughout New Mexico and educates readers on the state's health equity issues. Designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders implement strategies that reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans. Includes information and statistics specific to New Mexico's rural regions.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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NACRHHS Policy Brief on Social Determinants of Health
Webinar recording discusses the social determinants of health affecting rural communities and some possible strategies for remedying the socioeconomic factors that lead to negative health outcomes. Looks at poverty, education, transportation, and labor markets as contributing factors. Focuses on three rural healthcare centers in New Mexico and statewide policy based on data from rural areas throughout the nation.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Transcript
Date: 03/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Arizona AHEC Annual Report, 2017
Highlights the Arizona Area Health Education Centers' (AzAHEC) 2017 program achievements. Provides details and statistics related to several of the program's education, training, and rotation opportunities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Area Health Education Center Program
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One Health Interactions of Chagas Disease Vectors, Canid Hosts, and Human Residents Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Results of a study to determine prevalence of Chagas disease in coyotes, stray domestic dogs, and humans in 9 south Texas counties. Includes map with shadings showing presence of positive samples by species and geographic origin, and table showing numbers of animals and people tested and percentage with the disease.
Author(s): Melissa N. Garcia, Sarah O'Day, Susan Fisher-Hoch, et al.
Citation: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(11)
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Detection of Latent Tuberculosis Infection Among Migrant Farmworkers Along the US-Mexico Border
Evaluates the comparability of the tuberculin skin test (TST) and the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) to detect latent TB infection (LTBI) among migrant farmworkers in the San Luis US-Mexico border region of Arizona, and to observe the influence of demographic and clinical dynamics on test results.
Author(s): Eyal Oren, Mallorie Fiero, Erika Barrett, et al.
Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases, 16, 630
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Emergent Public Health Issues in the US-Mexico Border Region
Features articles on public health issues and disparities in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Covers mental health disorders, maternal and child health, diseases, accidents, access to care, and more.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Office of Border Health
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