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Partners Forum for Action in the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles

Nowadays, in the United States-Mexico border chronic diseases in particular diabetes and hypertension are a serious public health problem due to the increase of obesity, unhealthy eating, and lack of physical activity. For this reason The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) U.S.-Mexico Border office organized three forums in border cities. Each city responded to the different characteristics of the border and so they were strategically chosen. The first forum was held in the city of El Paso, Texas on October 2009, the second one was in National City, California, and the last one in the city of McAllen, Texas on June and August of this year respectively. The main objective was to develop a joint work, establish partnerships, and raise awareness to different sectors of the society to find a solution to this serious problem.

The three forums were held successfully, it was a combination of efforts, we had the participation of members from different sectors of society as well as governmental and non governmental organizations on both sides of the border. During the forums we had the important presence of personalities and experts representing the public sector, the private sector, the academic, as well as the civil society. The presentations focused on issues such as:

•welfare and student health
•chronic disease in the United States-Mexico border
•promotion of healthy lifestyles
•employee health and wellness in the workplace

For problem solving and strategy development were held roundtable discussions with the following topics:

•healthy workspaces
•eating healthy
•healthy public policies
•environmental changes to promote physical activity

Each of these forums ended with different results but with an achievement in common; generate bi-national committees that will act as bridges between organizations and the community, which add to our work team on prevention and awareness through actions to prevent chronic diseases and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Visit the links below to view agendas, presentations, and reports of the three forums

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Agenda

Slide Presentations 
Chronic Disease Prevention on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Challenges and Opportunities.
 
Dra. María Teresa Cerqueira
Partners Forum for Action on Chronic Disease
 
C. James Hospedales
A Center of Excellence to Counter Chronic Diseases and Promote Health on the U.S.-Mexico Border Dra. María Teresa Cerqueira

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Report

Agenda 

Slide Presentations 
Communities Putting Prevention to Work Dr. Dean Sidelinger
Programa de Educación para la Salud en Instituciones de Educación Superior
Dra. Maristela Monteiro, Asesora en Alcohol y Adicciones
Healthy Employees Make Business Sense Dr. David T. Dyjack
Partners Forum
Dr. De Cosio
The Business Case for Wellness Dr. Armando Alarcón, Observatorio de Seguridad y Convivencia Ciudadanas
Chronic diseases on the border  Dra. María Teresa Cerqueira

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Report

Agenda 

Slide Presentations   
Bienestar y Salud Estudiantil

Dra. Rocio M. Uresti Marín
Chronic Diseases on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Dra. Maria Teresa Cerqueira
Chronic Diseases along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Rear Admiral Epifanio Elizondo
¿Cómo nace un paradigma?
Dra. Rocio M. Uresti Marín
Enfermedades Crónicas y Promoción de Estilos de Vida Saludables

Dr. Mario Alfonso Sáenz Salinas
La Salud de los Trabajadores y un Buen Negocio

Dr. Gerardo García González
Health Wellness Center

South Texas College
Livable Communities Embracing Principles of New Urbanism and Smart Growth
 
Mark S. Peña
The Concept of the Partners Forum
Dr. Federico Gerardo De Cosio

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PAJPH Diabetes Special Issue 2010


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