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Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Border Health.

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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Supervision Manual for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs
Provides basic guidelines for personnel management to supervisors of Promotor(a) de Salud programs. Covered topics include recruiting and hiring, orientation and training, supervision, and challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: MHP Salud
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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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Relation of Dietary Inorganic Arsenic to Serum Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) at Different Threshold Concentrations of Tap Water Arsenic
Study examining the health impact of low-dose arsenic exposure from food and water in four communities along the Arizona-Mexico border. Includes Hispanic and non-Hispanic adults in the study.
Author(s): Margaret Kurzius-Spencer, Robin Harris, Vern Hartz, et al.
Citation: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 26(5), 445-451
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
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State of the Border Region 2016 - Indicators Interim Report (December 2016)
Details an interim report on environmental health indicators along the U.S.-Mexico border for 2016. Looks at air quality, water contamination, and land pollution, among other indicators. Discusses the bi-national efforts to improve the border environment.
Additional links: En Español, Indicator Metadata and Data Tables
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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U.S.-Mexico Border Needs Assessment and Support Project: Phase II Assessment Report
Describes water and wastewater conditions in the colonias on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Provides county-by-county information on specific challenges in the colonias. Includes recommendations to address the remaining need.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Binational Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Program (BIDS)
Details a cooperative program between the CDC and the Mexican Secretariat of Health to monitor infectious diseases along the U.S.-Mexico border. Discusses program governance, the surveillance process, and outbreak response.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Non-communicable Diseases and Preventive Health Behaviors: A Comparison of Hispanics Nationally and Those Living Along the US-Mexico Border
Reports on a study that compared preventive healthy behaviors of Hispanics in the U.S. and Hispanics living in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Healthy behaviors included physical activity, diets of fruits and vegetables, avoiding heavy alcohol use, and being a non-smoker.
Author(s): Belinda M. Reininger, Jing Wang, Susan P. Fisher-Hoch, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 2015(15), 564
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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Healthy Border 2020: A Prevention & Health Promotion Initiative
Reports on the prevailing public health issues occurring in U.S.-Mexico border populations. Identifies an agenda focused on health promotion and disease prevention and develops a strategy for implementing a coordinated public health response at the binational, state and local levels.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Border Health Epidemiology Report 2015
An overview of the health status of the population living along the California border region that includes healthcare access, obesity, diabetes, mental health, tuberculosis, sexually transmissible infections, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, and vaccine preventable diseases.
Author(s): Maggie Santibáñez, Stephanie Yoon, Jennifer Britton, et al.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: California Office of Binational Border Health, Maggie Santibáñez, Stephanie Yoon, et al.
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Healthy Vinton: A Health Impact Assessment Focused on Water and Sanitation in a Small Rural Town on the US-Mexico Border
Reports on the findings of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) regarding water quality, sanitation infrastructure, and the health of residents in a predominantly Hispanic rural community along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Author(s): William L. Hargrove, Patricia M. Juárez-Carillo, Marcelo Korc
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(4), 3864–3888
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Provides information on demographics, infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education, and health in the six Texas counties with the highest concentration of colonias: El Paso, Maverick, Webb, Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron. Offers examples of programs underway that are addressing these issues. Includes data for the colonias compared to Texas and the U.S. as a whole.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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Emergency Department Use in the US-Mexico Border Region and Violence in Mexico: Is There a Relationship?
Presents a study on the potential correlation between emergency department use and violence in Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico border. Breaks down data by state, payer, and patient characteristics, among other factors.
Author(s): Kimberley H. Geissler, George M. Holmes
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(3), 316-325
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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United States-México Environmental Program Highlights Report: Winter 2014-2015
Highlights the U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program Border 2020's accomplishments as of 2014. Discusses various initiatives addressing water quality, hazardous waste clean up, and waste water conservation, among other issues.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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2015 Binational Border Health Research Forum Report
Summarizes an October 21, 2015 meeting of the Binational Border Health Research (BHR) Forum to develop a binational health research agenda for the United States-Mexico border region. Topics discussed include chronic degenerative diseases, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, mental health, addictions, violence, accidents, and injuries. Includes recommendations and suggestions to improve and support research and human resource capacity.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Factors Influencing Health Care on the Texas-Mexico Border
Provides a broad overview of the elements impacting healthcare within the Texas-Mexico border region. Topics discussed include regional demographics, Medicaid expenditures and reimbursement rates, workforce shortages, the impact of the ACA, the healthcare infrastructure, and socioeconomic and health indicators.
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Access to Health Care in the U.S.-México Border Region: Challenges and Opportunities
Identifies ways in which the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission and other interested organizations can increase healthcare access for border populations in the United States. Compares provisions of health reform in both countries to recognize potential binational public health collaborations. Also discusses the socioeconomic challenges in access to healthcare and the enrollment gaps in health insurance offered through the market place.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Rural Border Health Chartbook II
Presents an analysis of border counties, both urban and rural, by comparing these counties to other counties within the four border states, and to rural and urban counties in the rest of the U.S. Provides county-level rates and statistics for socio-demographic factors, the physical environment, access to care, and health outcomes.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Grishma P. Bhavsar, Amy Brock Martin, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Uninsurance, Underinsurance, and Health Care Utilization in Mexico by US Border Residents
Examines the relationship between health insurance coverage plans provided in the U.S. and the use of healthcare services accessed in Mexico by residents (immigrants and native-born) who live in the U.S. along the Mexican border.
Author(s): Dejun Su, William Pratt, Jim P. Stimpson, et al.
Citation: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(4), 607–612
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Proceedings Report of the Border Reproductive Health Summit
Details the proceedings of the 2014 Reproductive Health Summit held by the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. Discusses reproductive health issues related to sex tourism, sex work, and teen reproductive health. Highlights border and binational programs working on these issues.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening in the United States - Mexico Border Region
Discusses the effects of an intervention delivered by community health workers (CHWs), or Promotores de Salud, on cervical cancer screening rates in Hispanic women in the rural border area of New Mexico who were out of compliance with the recommended screening guidelines.
Author(s): Beti Thompson, Hugo Vilchis, Crystal Moran, Wade Copeland, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 30(2), 196-205
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Nuestra Voz, Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Women's Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley
Examines reproductive health the rural Rio Grande Valley region. Provides clear recommendations to improve reproductive health. Data collected from interviews and focus groups conducted in four counties of the Rio Grande Valley. Discusses the impact and results of Texas’s policy decisions on Latinas, their families, and their communities as they search for affordable reproductive health care.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
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Prevention and Health Promotion among Vulnerable Populations on the U.S.-México Border: Synthesis Report
Summarizes the findings from six regional United States–Mexico Border Health Commission stakeholder planning meetings organized by the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Border Health and the California Department of Public Health Office of Binational Border Health. The objective of these meetings was to collect information from agencies and organizations that provide health and human services, and/or advocate for improving access to these services for at risk populations on the U.S. side of the U.S.–Mexico border region.
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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2012 Annual Report United States-Mexico Border Health Commission
Provides updates on Border Health Commission initiatives and activities in binationally-identified priority areas, while addressing specific accomplishments and proposed future actions.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Food Assistance Programs in Arizona
Listing of Arizona food assistance programs including their program descriptions, eligibility requirements, and contact information.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Economic Security
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Housing in the Border Colonias
Details the social, economic, and housing characteristics of the border colonias region. Describes the development of the dominant housing provision along the U.S.-Mexico border and includes information on housing quality.
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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The State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the U.S.-México Border
Examines the management of the U.S.-Mexico border and border region according to four core areas: trade and economic development, security, sustainability, and quality of life.
Author(s): Erik Lee, Christopher E. Wilson, Francisco Lara-Valencia, et al.
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute
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New Mexico Border Health Report
Compares the overall health of New Mexico's 3 border counties with the rest of the state. Details the demographics and health outcomes in Hidalgo, Luna, and Dona Ana Counties.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Nutritional Status and Socio-Ecological Factors Associated With Overweight/Obesity at a Rural-serving US-Mexico Border University
Examines the prevalence of overweight/obesity and factors associated with an environment promoting weight gain and is not conducive to weight loss at a U.S.–Mexico border university serving rural populations.
Author(s): Susan Wilson, Amanda Gallivan, Cindy Kratzke, Anup Amatya
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2228
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
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Proceedings Report of the Fourth United States-México Border Health Research Forum
Summarizes a June 2012 meeting of federal, state, academic, government, and non-governmental organizations from both countries to initiate cross-border research. Topics addressed included guidelines for a bi-national institutional review board (IRB) process, resource sharing and collaboration, and ethics in research.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Health in the Americas: United States-Mexico Border Area
Reports on the health status of persons living in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and the bordering Mexican municipalities. Also includes social, political, economic, environment, and demographic information for these areas.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pan American Health Organization
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Four U.S. Border States' Community Health Worker Training Needs Assessment
Assesses and identifies the training needs of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help design effective training programs in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Author(s): Howard J. Eng, Ana Celia Hernandez-Martinez, Jasmen Dorian
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Border 2020: U.S.- Mexico Environmental Program
Identifies strategies to be taken in partnership among U.S. Border tribes, federal, state, and 78 local governments in the United States and Mexico to protect the environment and public health in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Report: Healthy Border 2010/2020 Strategic Framework
Details the Healthy Border 2010/2020 initiative of the U.S. Border Health Commission. Discusses the initiative's objectives for both the U.S. and Mexico and lays out the schedule for implementation.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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2011 Annual Report
Highlights the work of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission in 2011. Discusses the commission's strategic priorities, such as access to care, tuberculosis, and obesity and diabetes, among others.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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2011-2016 Texas State Health Plan: A Roadmap to a Healthy Texas
A guide to aid policy makers in the development of appropriate health policies and programs to improve access and quality of health care for all Texans in rural and urban areas, including the border region and underserved populations.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models: Communities Along the Border, Including Practices in Clinical Setting
Represents NRHA's Border Health Initiative's activities to encourage the development of quality healthcare services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Compendium highlights communities along the border with models that can be built upon and can be used by federal agencies, state and local health agencies, and health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural border communities.
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Health Research on the U.S.-México Border: Promoting a Binational Agenda
Explores the relationship between research and policy development and the role they play in improving health along the U.S.-Mexico border. Outlines key considerations in the development of a binational border health research agenda, current gaps in border health research, and the need to translate research into policies and effective health interventions.
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Health Disparities and the U.S.-México Border: Challenges and Opportunities
Presents a report on the health and socioeconomic challenges for people on the U.S.-Mexico Border, such as poverty, lack of access to healthcare providers, and lower educational attainment, among others.
Date: 10/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Border Lives: Health Status in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Overview of key health indicators affecting U.S. residents living in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Date: 04/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Addressing the Health Care Needs in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
Identifying healthcare needs and health status in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Includes policy policy implications and recommendations to address the existing healthcare needs in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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2010 Annual Report - Informe Anual 2010
Highlights the work of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission for 2010. Details the work of the commission in the areas of diabetes and obesity prevention and access to care, among others. Presents English and Spanish versions side-by-side.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Hispanic/Latino Populations for Nonmetropolitan Counties
Printable map that shows the percent of the U.S. population by county who are Hispanic or Latino. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Decennial Census, Summary File 1.
Date: 2010
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Tips/Consejos de Salud
A bilingual, quarterly publication focused on health topics and issues relevant to the farmworker and the general Hispanic population.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
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PubMed Search: United States/Mexico Border Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of United States/Mexico border healthcare in the colonias.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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United States - Mexico Public Health
Provides information on health issues in the U.S.-Mexico border region, border and binational programs and activities, and resources to address border health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Community Health Workers Toolkit
Contains eight modules about community health worker programs, how the programs work and how to use community health workers in the local community.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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ERS State Fact Sheet: New Mexico
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Texas
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Arizona
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: California
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Arizona QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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California QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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New Mexico QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Texas QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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United States - Mexico Border Virtual Health Library
Provides a database of publications and other information sources related to the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pan American Health Organization
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Community Health Worker Evaluation Tool Kit
Guide to program evaluation for community health workers and community health worker programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
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U.S.-Mexico Border Federal Training Center Collaborative
Offers free training, technical assistance, and capacity-building programs to support clinicians working in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Addresses prevention and treatment of HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, and related topics. Includes state profiles that summarize the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in border communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: AIDS Education and Training Centers National Coordinating Resource Center
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Tox Town
Information and resources on environmental health issues to help the general public work to reduce health risks caused by the toxic chemicals in the environment. Includes sections focused on farms and the Southwest, as well as other locations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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US-Mexico Border 2020
Information on the Border 2020 program, a bi-national program to address the environmental and public health problems in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Last Updated: 7/30/2018