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Office of Border Health
The mission of the Office of Border Health (OBH) is to promote and protect the health of all border area residents through sound, competent public health practices along the Arizona-Sonora border.
The Office of Border Health coordinates and integrates public health program efforts to identify, monitor, control and prevent adverse health events in border communities. The Office also strengthens cross-border public health collaboration with Sonora, Mexico.
Since 2004, the U.S.-México Border Health Commission has joined the CDC and the Pan American Health Organization to promote immunization in the United States - México border region with the celebration of National Infant Immunization Week, Mexico National Health Weeks and Vaccination Week in the Americas.
This year, the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Border Health together with the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission Arizona Outreach Office and the Secretariat of Health of Sonora hosted a variety of events along the border from April 21-28, 2012.
The message of Love them, Protect them, Immunize them continued to serve as the theme for the celebration of National Infant Immunization Week/Vaccination Week in the Americas. For additional information, please visit www.borderhealth.org.
Border Health Studies
In cooperation with other agencies, the Office of Border Health has conducted the following studies: Asthma, Diabetes, Household Pesticides, Lupus, Pediatric Lead levels, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sonora-Arizona Health Indicators, Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health
Border Infectious Disease Surveillance (BIDS)
This program was formed in response to binational consensus among public health officials about the need for a system on active surveillance of infectious disease along the U.S.-Mexico border. The emerging infectious diseases in the border area picked to surveillance are Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and the Febrile Exanthems, including Dengue and West Nile Virus.
Arizona Mexico Commission
The Arizona Mexico Commission (AMC) was created to address economic and cultural issues between Arizona and Sonora. The Office of Border Health provides administrative and program support to the Health Services Committee of the Commission.
Border Health Commission Arizona Delegation
The primary goals of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission (USMBHC) are (1) institutionalize a domestic focus on border health which can transcend political changes and (2) create an effective venue for binational discussion to address public health issues and problems which affect the United States-Mexico border populations. Arizona Commission Members are Will Humble, Dr. Cecilia Rosales, and Emma Torres.