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Professionals get together to develop strategies and fight health problems on the U.S.-Mexico Border

El Paso, TX, November 22, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – It is important that communities and professionals learn to prioritize health problems and develop goals and strategies to fight them; this is why the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF) in collaboration along with other border partners held a triple city Regional Health Summit. The Summit took place from October 19 to 21, 2011 in Ciudad Juárez, Las Cruces, and El Paso respectively.

The Summit’s objective was to develop a common understanding about health on the Paso del Norte region, prioritize health issues based on specific criteria, and to develop an action plan with specific goals, objectives, and strategies.  

The Paso del Norte Foundation and the City of El Paso have been working together in an initiative to obtain information that will help unite those who are interested in a health regional plan in the future. “The Strategic Regional Health Framework’s” goal is to improve health on the Paso del Norte region.   

Teenage pregnancies, dental care, vaccination, obesity, overweight, and the early detection of diseases are part of the Strategic Regional Health Work. The criteria that is use to prioritize is based on the necessity and capacity of the community, political will, and available resources.

This project is looking to offer a framework that mobilizes the entire Paso del Norte region towards a creation of specific goals, specific objectives, and strategies based on tests to achieve solutions and approach identified health problems. 


•    Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization

•    Paso del Norte Health Foundation

•    The City of El Paso

•    New Mexico Border Health Office



For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S
, Knowledge Management & Communication Advisor
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
5400 Suncrest Dr. Ste. C-4  El Paso, TX 79912
Office (915) 845-5950 Ext. 42523 / Cel (915) 449-3040  / Fax  (915) 845-4361  /  


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