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The United States-México Border Health Commission (BHC or Commission) was created as a binational health commission in July 2000 with the signing of an agreement by the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States and the Secretary of Health of México. On December 21, 2004, the Commission was designated as a Public International Organization by Executive Order of the President.

The mission of the United States-México Border Health Commission is to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-México border.

The Commission is composed of the federal secretaries of health, the chief health officers of the ten binational border states, and prominent community health professionals from both nations. The BHC has the unique opportunity to bring together the two countries and their border states to address border health challenges by providing the necessary leadership to develop coordinated and binational actions that can improve the health and quality of life of all border residents.


ESTABLISHING A BINATIONAL COMMISSION
 

In recognition of the need for an international commission to address border health issues, the United States-México Border Health Commission (BHC) was created in July of 2000 to provide international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-México border. The United States-México border includes four U.S. states (Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas) and six Mexican states (Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas).

The BHC, which is composed of the federal secretaries of health, the chief health officers of the ten border states, and prominent community health professionals from both nations, has the unique opportunity to bring together the two countries and their border states to solve border health problems by providing necessary leadership to develop coordinated and binational actions that will improve the health of border residents and eliminate health disparities through an effort that focuses attention on regional health issues. The BHC works to promote sustainable partnerships, bringing together government and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and public and private stakeholders. 

The BHC is a critical catalyst to raise awareness about public health issues and challenges faced by border populations, help create the necessary venues and partnerships to mobilize the actions needed to improve health status, and serve as a reliable information portal regarding border health issues. Key priorities for the BHC include obesity and diabetes, strategic planning, research, data collection, and academic alliances.