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Rural Border Health – Resources

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 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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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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First Trimester Prenatal Care Initiation Among Hispanic Women Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Reports on a study to determine what factors, including barriers, influence pregnant and parenting Hispanic women from counties within the U.S.-Mexico border region to seek first trimester prenatal care – care associated with improved birth outcomes.
Author(s): Katherine Selchau, Maricela Babuca, Kara Bower, et al.
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(Suppl 1), 11–18
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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Living in Limbo: Latinas' Assessment of Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Communities
Highlights the activities conducted by promotoras during an intervention study using community asset mapping (CAM) to identify factors that may facilitate or create barriers to physical activity among Latina residents in the U.S.-Mexico border region of Texas.
Author(s): DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Patricia A. Sharpe, Lulis del Castilo-Gonzalez, Laura Treviño, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 34(3), 267-275
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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The United States-Mexico Border Environmental Public Health: The Challenges of Working with Two Systems
Details a report on the availability of information pertaining to environmental and public health in the communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bases results on interviews with national and binational programs and makes recommendations to improve information dissemination.
Author(s): Genny Carrillo, Felipe Uribe, Rose Lucio, Alberto Ramirez Lopez, Marcelo Korc
Citation: Pan American Journal of Public Health, 41(e98)
Date: 2017
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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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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Sociocultural Construction of Food Ways in Low-Income Mexican-American Women with Diabetes: A Qualitative Study
Explores successful type 2 diabetes management practices of low-income Hispanic women residing in a rural community on the Texas-Mexico border in a sociocultural context, specifically looking at foodways. Foodways are the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food.
Author(s): Sandra Benavides-Vaello, Sharon A. Brown
Citation: Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25(15-16), 2367-2377
Date: 08/2016
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: 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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Last Updated: 8/8/2022