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Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Border Health.

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.
Location: BMC Infectious Diseases, 16, 630
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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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, and maternal and child health; mental health, addictions, violence, accidents, and injuries. Includes recommendations and suggestions to improve and support research and human resource capacity.
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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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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Effect of Acculturation and Access to Care on Colorectal Cancer Screening in Low-Income Latinos
Examines the associations between acculturation, access to and utilization of healthcare services, and colorectal cancer (CRC) in low-income Latino men and women living in colonias of the Texas-Mexico border area.
Author(s): Lara S. Savas, Sally W. Vernon, John S. Atkinson, Maria E. Fernández
Location: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(3) 696-703
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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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.
Location: 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, 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
Location: 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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Border Health Status Report to the Legislature 2015
Highlights the challenges in providing healthcare services in the border region of California. Topics discussed and detailed with relevant data include access to healthcare services, obesity, diabetes, mental health, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and immunizations and vaccine preventable diseases.
Author(s): Maggie Santibanez, Stephanie Yoon, Jennifer Britton, et al.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: California Department of Public Health, California Office of Binational Border Health
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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, 2014 (Key Facts)
Presents a cross-sectional analysis of border counties, urban and rural, comparing these counties to other counties within the four border states and to rural and urban counties in the rest of the United States.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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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.
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.
Location: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16(4), 607–612
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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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.
Location: 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 within the rural region of the Rio Grande Valley and makes clear recommendations for its improvement. Using data collected from interviews and focus groups conducted in the four Rio Grande Valley counties, the report documents the impact of Texas’s recent 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. Available in English and Spanish.
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Housing in the Border Colonias
Details the social, economic and housing characteristic of the border colonias region. 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 the 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
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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 lifestyle factors at a rural-serving US–Mexico border university.
Author(s): S.L. Wilson, A. Gallivan, C. Kratzke, A. Amatya
Location: 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
An assessment study identifying the training needs of 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 by the partnership among U.S. Border tribes and 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.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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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
Representation of NRHA's Border Health Initiative's activities to encourage the development of quality health care services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Compendium is intended to highlight communities along the border with models that can be built upon and can be used by federal agencies, states and local health 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
Highlights the relationship between research and policy development and the role they play in improving health along the U.S.-Mexico border and 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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Border Lives: Health Status in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Report provides an 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
A policy brief identifying the health status and health needs of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Supervision Manual for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs
Provides basic guidelines to supervisors of promotor(a) de salud programs. Also available in Spanish.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: MHP Salud
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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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Engaging Communities: One Person at a Time
Describes how the Colonias Development Council assists residents of New Mexico’s colonia communities to improve community infrastructure, face discrimination and meet food needs.
Author(s): Jeremy Snyder, Diana Bustamante
Location: Rural Voices, 14(1), 7-8
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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BHC Border Health
A bilingual newsletter focused on binational healthcare activities of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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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: National Library of Medicine
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United States - Mexico Public Health
Provides information about health issues in the U.S.-Mexico border region, CDC's border and binational programs and activities, U.S.-Mexico Coordination on Public Health Events of Mutual Interest, and resources for addressing border/binational public health issues.
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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Food Assistance Programs in Arizona
A matrix listing Arizona food assistance programs including their program descriptions, eligibility requirements and contact information.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Economic Security
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Arizona
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: California
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: New Mexico
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Texas
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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New Mexico QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Arizona QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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California QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Texas QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
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
Resources and information related to HIV/AIDS in the U.S.-Mexico border region. Includes state profiles, a map of HIV/AIDS service providers, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: AIDS Education and Training Centers National Resource Center
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Tox Town: US-Mexico Border
Information and resources on environmental health issues on the U.S.-Mexico border to help the general public work to reduce health risks caused by the toxic chemicals in the environment. Information available in Spanish.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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US-Mexico Border 2020
Information on the Border 2020 program; a bi-national environmental program for the U.S.- Mexico border region. Information is available Spanish.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Last Updated: 1/27/2017