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

COVID-19: Southern Border Toolkit for Partners
Provides resources to help communities provide timely, effective, and culturally appropriate COVID-19 messaging along the United States-Mexico border. Includes sample social media posts, print publications, radio public service announcements, and videos in English and Spanish.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Patient Satisfaction with Telehealth During COVID-19: Experience in a Rural County on the United States–Mexico Border
Discusses the rapid expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural Cochise county, Arizona, examining patient satisfaction with quality of care, ease of scheduling, confidence in telehealth, and other measures. Describes challenges facing rural border residents in accessing healthcare, strains on primary care, and telehealth's potential to alleviate these issues. Collects data from 354 adult and 2018 pediatric patient survey responses.
Author(s): Rachael Phenicie, Rosemary Acosta Wright, Jeffrey Holzberg
Citation: Telemedicine and e-Health, 27(8), 859-865
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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Rural Poverty Has Distinct Regional and Racial Patterns
Describes the findings of a study of persistent poverty, examining the prevalence of poverty in Appalachia, the Black Belt, the Mississippi Delta, the U.S.-Mexico border, and on Native American lands. Discusses the impacts of persistent poverty on access to healthcare, food access, social programs, and other support services.
Author(s): Tracey Farrigan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Offers presentation slides and video recordings from the 2021 Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference. Covers a wide variety of topics including infrastructure needs in rural communities, telehealth and distance learning, prevention efforts to address social determinants of health, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Border 2025: United States-Mexico Environmental Program
Describes the goals and objectives of the Border 2025 program, including further investment in reducing air pollution, improving water quality, supporting waste management, and increasing preparedness to respond to environmental emergencies. Breaks down objectives into measurable stages and discusses partnerships between governments, U.S. tribes, and Mexican Indigenous communities.
Additional links: Frontera 2025: Programa Ambiental México - Estados Unidos
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Border 2020: United States-Mexico Environmental Program Key Closing Accomplishments
Describes the achievements of the Border 2020 program, including air pollution reduction, increasing access to clean water, wastewater facility construction, waste management, and emergency response preparation. Discusses examples of projects in rural colonias.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Arizona Border Special Area (SArea) 2020 Statistical Profile
Reports statistical data from the Arizona Department of Health Services' Bureau of Women and Children's Health on the demographics, healthcare utilization, natality and infant mortality of populations in border areas in Arizona compared to the rest of the state. Includes data on health workforce to population ratios and healthcare facilities and services.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Arizona Bureau of Health Systems Development, Bureau of Women and Children's Health
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Socioenvironmental Risk Factors for Adolescent Marijuana Use in a United States-Mexico Border Community
Reports on a study of predominantly Hispanic high school students in a rural border community, examining community and immigration-related stress, normalized drug trafficking, and negative perceptions of their neighborhood. Discusses the link between these socioenvironmental risk factors and tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use, as well as implications for health promotion and public health practitioners.
Author(s): Elizabeth Salerno Valdez, Luis Valdez, Josephine Korchmaros, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Health Promotion, 35(1), 20-27
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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Advancing Progress in the Development and Implementation of Effective, High-Quality Cancer Screening: Proceedings of a Workshop
Details a workshop during which presenters and participants described challenges to current cancer screening methods and discussed opportunities for improvement to ultimately reduce cancer morbidity and mortality. Provides information on populations in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Health Care Services
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Acculturation Associated with Sleep Duration, Sleep Quality, and Sleep Disorders at the US-Mexico Border
Highlights a study on sleep disorders along rural areas of the U.S.-Mexico boarder. Explores the role of acculturation in sleep patterns and disorders. Breaks down data by age, sex, and country of origin among other measures.
Author(s): Sadia B. Ghani, Marcos E. Delgadillo, Karla Granados, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), 1738
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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