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Working for a healthy U.S.-Mexico border

Washington, DC, November 2nd, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) – Obesity, overweight, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases are common issues on the U.S.-Mexico border region for this reason the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO-USMBO) is working to prevent chronic diseases and improve health on the border. From October 28th to November 2nd  2011, representatives from the PAHO/WHO-USMBO participated on a special panel on border health during the American Public Health Association (APHA) 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

The PAHO/WHO-USMBO team had the opportunity to discuss strategies to strengthen the effectiveness of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the prevention and control of chronic diseases in a binational context. On this panel, where Dr. Jon Andrus, Deputy Director from PAHO/WHO was the moderator, Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, Chief from the PAHO/WHO-USMBO compared the different roles of CHWs in the U.S. with the Promotores de Salud in Mexico in the prevention of chronic diseases along the U.S. -Mexico border.

In addition, the innovative mechanism designed to promote the systematic use of high quality health research in policymaking known as “Evidence Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet)” was presented by M.C. Lorely Ambriz, Knowledge Management and Communication Advisor. EVIPNet on the border has been an opportunity for sharing processes and methodologies to achieve the development of policy briefs in chronic diseases particularly with diabetes and childhood obesity.

Furthermore, Dr. Gustavo Iturralde presented the promotion of a healthy community among youth and children through out the Ecoclub initiative. An Ecoclub is an independent organization, directed and driven by the youth community. It promotes activities to improve the quality of life and contributes to environmental preservation.

Dr. Marcelo Korc, had the opportunity to share research information about drinking water, sanitation, and safety as social determinants of health in the colonias of west Texas, specially on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The APHA annual meeting panel discussions included: Border health, the role of social media in public health, epidemiological methods, effects on community violence, healthy schools and healthy communities, and much more.



For more information please contact:
Lorely Ambriz, M.S.I.S
, Knowledge Management & Communication
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / A Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) United States-Mexico Border Office
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