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

Health Equity in New Mexico: 13th 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: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Continuing Evidence of Chagas Disease Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Explores a study on Chagas Disease on the Texas-Mexico boarder. Features case studies detailing experiences with the disease in the rural towns of Rio Grande City, TX and San Vicente, Mexico; and in urban centers of Mission, TX and Reynosa, Mexico.
Author(s): Melissa S. Nolan, David Aguilar, Eric L. Brown, et al.
Citation: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(11)
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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The Role of Social Support and the Neighborhood Environment on Physical Activity in Low-income, Mexican-American Women in South Texas
Presents a study on the effectiveness of a promotora-led intervention aimed at improving the rates of physical activity among low-income Mexican-American women in rural South Texas.
Author(s): Jennifer J. Salinas, Marisol McDaniel, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 51(5), 234-241
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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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 healthcare issues, factors contributing to the health 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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Border 2020: United States-Mexico Environmental Program Highlights Report, Autumn 2018
Highlights the accomplishments of the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Border 2020 Program from 2016 to 2018. Discusses various initiatives addressing air and water quality, solid waste management, emergency preparedness and response, environmental stewardship, and environmental health.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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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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