Binational Health Councils

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The purpose of a Binational Health Council is to examine health needs, problems, and available programs with particular attention and concern to the Council's geographical area, and to consider how its members can promote joint actions in common benefit of the population of both sides of the border.

There are eight Binational Health Councils along the Texas-Mexico border:

On June 26-27, 2008, the Binational Health Councils held a Strategic Planning Workshop in San Antonio, Texas, and defined “two tiers” of borderwide priority areas in binational public health:

  • The “Tier 1” priorities for all the councils are:
    • Diabetes/obesity/nutrition (9 BHCs)
    • Tuberculosis (8 BHCs)
  • The “Tier 2” priorities are:
    • Dengue fever (5 BHCs)
    • EWIDS/EPI (5 BHCs)
    • Mental Health/ Substance Abuse/Domestic Violence (4 BHCs)
    • HIV/AIDS, STDs (4 BHCs)

Here is the full document:
Binational Health Council Planning Workshop - Summary Report - San Antonio, Texas June 25-26, 2008

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Last updated December 17, 2013