The U.S./Mexico border region encompasses a nearly 2,000 mile stretch of land passing through four American and six Mexican states. As the most frequently crossed international border in the world, and one with great economic disparities between its two sides, the border presents a unique and difficult challenge in terms of public health.
Major issues in U.S.-Mexico border health include the spread of infectious diseases, in particular tuberculosis; noninfectious diseases such as diabetes; environmental concerns regarding air and water pollution and the use of pesticides; and socioeconomic factors, including inequitable access to health care. This bibliography addresses all these topics, supplementing them with sections listing public health outreach efforts already in place at the border and websites for organizations dealing with border health. Migrant worker health, as a topic related to but separate from that of border health, is not covered by this resource.
This bibliography was created to reflect the main activities, efforts, and concerns of the Texas Office of Border Health; as such, resources deal primarily, but not exclusively, with the Texas/Mexico border region. For more information on border health in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, please see the websites listed in the organizations section.
Call numbers given are for the Medical and Research Library. For assistance in locating any of the resources listed in the bibliography, or for further information on this topic, please contact the Medical and Research library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 776-7559. For more information on the Texas Office of Border Health, please visit its website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/borderhealth/.
Prepared by Laura Beardslee, July 2007.
Outreach Programs and Health Literacy
Organizations and Resources
Collins-Dogrul J. Managing US-Mexico "border health": an organizational field approach. Social Science and Medicine. 2006 Dec. 63(12): 3199-211.
Homan R.W. The anomalous health status of Texas border counties. Texas Medicine. 2003 Nov. 99(11): 52-6.
Homedes N., Ugalde A. Globalization and health at the United States-Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health. 2003 Dec. 93(12): 2016-22.
National Population Council of the Government of Mexico, University of California. Mexico-U.S. Migration: Health Issues.
United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. Annual report 2004. El Paso, TX : United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, 2004. Call Number: WA 390 U58a 2004
United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. Annual report 2005. El Paso, TX : United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, 2005. Call Number: WA 390 U58a 2005
United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. Healthy border 2010 : an agenda for improving health on the United States-Mexico border / Frontera saludable 2010 : una agenda para mejorar la salud en la frontera Mexico-Estados Unidos. El Paso, TX : United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, 2003. Call Number: WA 541 AT4 H434 2003
University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health. The health and health service systems of Texans on the Texas-Mexico border : public policy implications. Houston, TX : University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health, 2002. Call Number: WA 390 U58h 2002
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health on the U.S.-Mexico border : past, present, and future. Austin, TX : U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000. Call Number: WA 390 U58p 2000
Doyle T.J., Bryan R.T. Infectious disease morbidity in the US region bordering Mexico, 1990-1998. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2000 Nov. 182(5): 1503-10.
Weinberg M. et al. The U.S.-Mexico Border Infectious Disease Surveillance project: establishing bi-national border surveillance. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2003 Jan. 9(1): 97-102.
Francis J. Curry National Tuberculosis Center. Promoting TB Control Along the U.S. - Mexico Border: A Binational Training Project.
Perez A., Brown H.S., Restrepo B.I. Association between tuberculosis and diabetes in the Mexican border and non-border regions of Texas. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2006 Apr. 74(4): 604-11.
Restrepo B.I. et al. Type 2 diabetes and tuberculosis in a dynamic bi-national border population. Epidemiology and Infection. 2007 Apr. 135(3): 483-91.
Schneider E. et al. Tuberculosis along the United States-Mexico border, 1993-2001. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2004 Jul. 16(1): 23-34.
Taylor J.P., Bergmire-Sweat D., Suarez L. Epidemiology of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Texas. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1999 Feb 15. 149(4): 359-65.
Taylor J.P., Suarez L. Prevalence and risk factors of drug-resistant tuberculosis along the Mexico-Texas border. American Journal of Public Health. 2000 Feb. 90(2): 271-3.
Tuberculosis Along the US-Mexico Border Work Group, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing and controlling tuberculosis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly: Recommendations and Reports. 2001 Jan 19. 50(RR-1): 1-27.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Underdiagnosis of dengue -- Laredo, Texas, 1999. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2001 Feb. 2. 50(4): 57-59.
Dengue Fever at the US-Mexico border, 1995-1996. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 1996 Oct. 4 45(39): 841-844.
Hafkin B. et al. Reintroduction of dengue fever into the continental United States. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 1982 Nov. 31(6): 1222-1228.
Reiter P. et al. Texas lifestyle limits transmission of dengue virus. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2003 Jan. 9(1): 86-89.
Weinberg M. et al. The U.S.-Mexico Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Project: establishing binational border surveillance. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2003 Jan. 9(1): 97-102.
Other Infectious Diseases
AIDS Education and Training National Resource Center. Overview of HIV/AIDS in the Texas-Mexico border region. 2007.
Bucardo J. et al. Historical trends in the production and consumption of illicit drugs in Mexico: implications for the prevention of blood borne infections. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2005 Sep 1. 79(3): 281-93.
Leach C.T. et al. The epidemiology of viral hepatitis in children in South Texas: increased prevalence of hepatitis A along the Texas-Mexico border. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1999 Aug. 180(2): 509-13.
Michael J.M., Bender T.R. Fighting smallpox on the Texas border: an episode from PHS's proud past. Public Health Reports. 1984 Nov-Dec. 99(6): 579-82.
O’Rourke K. et al. Determinants of geographic variation in Helicobacter pylori infection among children on the US-Mexico border. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2003 Oct 15. 158(8): 816-24.
O’Rourke K.M., Redlinger T.E., Steege A.M. Improving hepatitis B immunization among high-risk adolescents: a low-cost intervention on the Mexico-United States border. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2001 Apr. 9(4): 228-33.
Texas Dept. of Health, Office of Border Health. Assessment of parasitic disease in children in five communities in the border region of far west Texas. Austin, TX : Texas Dept. of Health, Office of Border Health, 2003. Call Number: TDH 1000 43 2003
Weinburg M. et al. Hepatitis A in Hispanic children who live along the United States-Mexico border: the role of international travel and food-borne exposures. Pediatrics. 2004 Jul. 114(1): e68-73.
Yalamanchili K. et al. The prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in Texas: implications for future health care. Proceedings (Baylor University Medical Center). 2005 Jan. 18(1): 3-6.
Abarca J., Ramachandran S. Using Community Indicators to Assess Nutrition in Arizona-Mexico Border Communities. Preventing Chronic Disease. Dec. 2005. 2(1): A06.
Albertorio-Diaz J.R., Notzon F.C., Rodriguez-Lainz A. Diabetes hospitalization at the U.S.-Mexico border. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2007 Apr. 4(2): A28.
Bowman B.A., Vinicor F. Toward Prevention and Control of Type 2 Diabetes: Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Beyond. Preventing Chronic Disease. Dec. 2005. 2(1): A02.
Brown S.A. et al. Culturally competent diabetes self-management education for Mexican Americans: the Starr County border health initiative. Diabetes Care. 2002 Feb. 25(2): 259-68.
Brown S.A. et al. Measuring health beliefs in Spanish-speaking Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes: adapting an existing instrument. Research in Nursing and Health. 2002 Apr. 25(2): 145-58.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Geographic disparities in diabetes-related amputations -- Texas-Mexico border, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2006 Nov. 24. 55(46): 1251-3.
Cohen S.J. Border Health Strategic Initiative: Overview and Introduction to a Community-based Model for Diabetes Prevention and Control. Preventing Chronic Disease. Dec. 2005. 2(1): A05.
Poss J.E., Jezewski M.A., Stuart A.G. Home remedies for type 2 diabetes used by Mexican Americans in El Paso, Texas. Clinical Nursing Research. 2003 Nov. 12(4): 304-23.
Poss J.E., Jezewski M.A. The role and meaning of susto in Mexican Americans' explanatory model of type 2 diabetes. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 2002 Sep. 16(3): 360-77.
Teuful-Shone N.I., Drummond R., Rawiel U. Developing and Adapting a Family-based Diabetes Program at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Preventing Chronic Disease. Dec. 2005 2(1): A20.
Obesity and Overweight
Coleman K.J. et al. Overweight and aerobic fitness in children in the United States/Mexico border region. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2004 Apr. 15(4): 262-71.
Coleman K.J. et al. Prevention of the epidemic increase in child risk of overweight in low-income schools: the El Paso coordinated approach to child health. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 2005 Mar. 159(3): 217-24.
Mier N. et al. Levels and correlates of exercise in a border Mexican American population. American Journal of Health Behavior. 2007 Mar-Apr. 31(2): 159-69.
Perez A. et al. Physical activity and overweight among adolescents on the Texas-Mexico border. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2006 Apr. 19(4): 244-52.
Cardarelli R., Herron K. Border health and physicians. Texas Medicine. 2001 Jun. 97(6): 9-10.
Franzini L., Fernandez-Esquer M.E. The association of subjective social status and health in low-income Mexican-origin individuals in Texas. Social Science and Medicine. 2006 Aug. 63(3): 788-804.
Franzini L., Fernandez-Esquer M.E. Socioeconomic, cultural, and personal influences on health outcomes in low income Mexican-origin individuals in Texas. Social Science and Medicine. 2004 Oct. 59(8): 1629-1646.
Franzini L., Ribble J., Spears W. The effects of income inequality and income level on mortality vary by population size in Texas counties. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2001 Dec. 42(4): 373-387.
Landeck M., Garza C. Utilization of physician health care services in Mexico by U.S. Hispanic border residents. Health Marketing Quarterly. 2002. 20(1): 3-16.
Pazmino P.A., Pazmino A.K. Diabetic renal failure in Texas: influence of ethnicity and household income. Texas Medicine. 2003 Oct. 99(10): 57-65.
Zunker C.L., Cummins J.J. Elderly health disparities on the U.S.-Mexico border. Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology. 2004 Mar. 19(1): 13-25.
Health Care Access
Borders T.F., et al. Parents' reports of children's medical care access: are there Mexican-American versus non-Hispanic white disparities? Medical Care. 2004 Sep. 42(9): 884-92.
Marshall K.J. et al. Health status and access to health care of documented and undocumented immigrant Latino women. Health Care for Women International. 2005 Nov-Dec. 26(10): 916-36.
Ortiz L., Arizmendi L., Cornelius L.J. Access to health care among Latinos of Mexican descent in colonias in two Texas counties. Journal of Rural Health. 2004 Summer. 20(3): 246-52.
Parchman M., Byrd T. Access to and use of ambulatory health care by a vulnerable Mexican American population on the U.S.-Mexico border. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2001 Nov. 12(4): 404-14.
Williams D.M. La promotora. Linking disenfranchised residents along the border to the U.S. health care system. Health Affairs. 2001 May-Jun. 20(3): 212-8.
Brown G.D. Protecting workers' health and safety in the globalizing economy through international trade treaties. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2005 Apr-Jun. 11(2): 207-9.
Dahl R. Trade/commerce: NAFTA worries in Juárez. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2004 Dec. 112(17): A985.
Collins-Dogrul J. Managing US-Mexico "border health": an organizational field approach. Social Science and Medicine. 2006 Dec. 63(12): 3199-211.
Frenk J. et al. Consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement for health services: a perspective from Mexico. American Journal of Public Health. 1994 Oct. 84(10): 1591–1597.
Homedes N., Ugalde A. Globalization and health at the United States–Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health. 2003 Dec. 93(12): 2016–2022.
Poole D.L. NAFTA, American health, and Mexican health: they tie together. Health and Social Work. 1996 Feb. 21(1): 3-7.
Shaffer E.R. et al. Ethics in public health research: global trade and public health. American Journal of Public Health. 2005 Jan. 95(1): 23–34.
VanderMeer D.C. NAFTA prompts health concerns across the borders. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1996 Jun. 104(6): 590–594.
Waterman S., Stolp C. The North American Free Trade Agreement and public health at the U.S./Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health. 2004 Jul. 94(7): 1077.
Balluz L. et al. Investigation of systemic lupus erythematosus in Nogales, Arizona. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2001. 154(11) :1029-36.
Belson M. et al. Childhood pesticide exposures on the Texas-Mexico border: clinical manifestations and poison center use. American Journal of Public Health. 2003 Aug. 93(8): 1310-5.
Byrd T.L., VanDerslice J., Peterson S.K. Attitudes and beliefs about environmental hazards in three diverse communities in Texas on the border with Mexico. Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública. 2001 Mar. 9(3): 154-60.
Carter D.E. et al. Environmental health and hazardous waste issues related to the U.S.-Mexico border. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1996 Jun. 104(6): 590–594.
May M.I. et al. Embracing the local: enriching scientific research, education, and outreach on the Texas-Mexico border through a participatory action research partnership. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2003 Oct. 111(13): 1571-6.
Ramos I.N., May M., Ramos K.S. Environmental health training of promotoras in colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health. 2001 Apr. 91(4): 568-70.
Reynolds J.H. et al. Clean indoor air in El Paso, Texas: a case study. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2005 Jan. 2(1): A22.
Ryu H. et al. An assessment of water quality and microbial risk in Rio Grande Basin in the United States-Mexican border region. Journal of Water Health. 2005 Jun. 3(2): 209-18.
Saller J. et al. Children's exposure to pesticides used in homes and farms. Journal of Environmental Health. 2007 Mar. 69(7): 27-31, 56.
Bowden V.M. et al. Health information: Hispanic outreach in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2006 Apr. 94(2): 180–189.
Cohn L.D. et al. A program to increase seat belt use along the Texas-Mexico border. American Journal of Public Health. 2002 Dec. 92(12): 1918-20.
Lorig K.R., Ritter P.L., Jacquez A. Outcomes of border health Spanish/English chronic disease self-management programs. Diabetes Education. 2005 May-Jun. 31(3): 401-9.
Manos M.M. et al. A community-based collaboration to assess and improve medical insurance status and access to health care of Latino children. Public Health Reports. 2001 Nov-Dec. 116(6): 575-84.
Noriega O.A. Telemedicine demonstration projects along the Texas-Mexico border. Texas Medicine. 2007 Feb. 103(2): 48-50.
Olney C.A. et al. MedlinePlus and the challenge of low health literacy: findings from the Colonias project. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2007 Jan. 95(1): 31-9.
Steinfelt, V.E. The border health strategic initiative from a community perspective. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2005 Jan. 2(1): A23.
United States - Mexico Border Health Commission. Border Models of Excellence Compendium. 2003.
Warner D.G. et al. High school peer tutors teach MedlinePlus: a model for Hispanic outreach. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2005 Apr. 93(2): 243-52.
Arizona Office of Border Health
Arizona Prevention Research Center - Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, University of Arizona
Border Epidemiology and Environmental Health Center, New Mexico State University
Border Health Office - The University of Texas-Pan American
California Office of Binational Border Health
CDC Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities - Hispanic or Latino Populations
National Rural Health Association
New Mexico Border Health Office
Pan American Health Organization
Pan American Health Organization, El Paso Office
Texas A&M University, Center for Translational Environmental Health Research
University of Texas School of Public Health
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Program: Border 2012
U.S.-Mexico Border Diabetes Prevention and Control Project, Centers for Disease Control
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Project
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Virtual Library
See also Binational and U.S. Websites, DSHS Office of Border Health
External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.