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United States - Mexico Border Health Commission


On May 24, 2005 the Border Governors Conference Work Health Table met in Austin, Texas. In that meeting it was proposed that an initial outcome would be the development of a clearinghouse of information on the BHC website. It was agreed that the site would contain information on organizations working on health issues along the U.S. - México border region. The following information is a response to that initiative and will continue to develop as information of other organizations is collected and updated.

  United States-México Border Governors Conference (BGC)


The first Border Governors Conference convened in Juárez, Chihuahua, México in 1980 to begin a formal process of opening lines of communication among the ten U.S. and Mexican border states. Generally, a conference is held each year, alternating locations between the United States and México. Since 1980, the organization has enhanced joint border efforts addressing agriculture, border crossings, education, economic development, energy, environment, health, tourism, and border security issues through individual work tables. The co-chairs for each work table rotate each year.
Official recommendations focusing on the above issues are presented in the form of a Joint Declaration, which is signed by each of the ten participating Governors at each conference.

  United States-México Border Counties Coalition (USMBCC)


The United States-México Border Counties Coalition is a non-partisan, consensus-based policy and technical forum founded to address the challenges facing county governments located on the United States/Mexico border. Recognizing the multitude of challenges the border region faces, county government officials in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas came together in 1998 to address vital border issues and allocate the appropriate federal resources to this critical international border region. The Coalition currently includes membership from most of the twenty-four counties contiguous to the U.S.-México border as well as interested associate members from the private sector. The Coalition meets twice a year – once in Washington, D.C. and once at a border location.

David M. Austin
Austin Copelin and Reyes, LLC
310 N. Mesa, Suite 824
El Paso, TX 79901
Telephone: (915) 838-6860
Fax: (915) 838-6880
Cell: (915) 525-9040
Email: david@acr-dc.com

  Border Legislators Conference (BLC)


The Border Legislative Conference (BLC) is a program administered by the Council of State Governments (CSG)-WEST and its regional partner in the South, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC),that serves as a mechanism for on-going dialogue and collaboration among state legislators of the United States and México. The goal is to empower border state legislators to engage in the binational agenda and provide input and direction in the development of policy between both countries. The BLC fosters the development of shared solutions along the border region through joint consideration of common problems and exchange of information. The BLC also seeks to establish efficient and strategic collaborative efforts with multi level governments and non-governmental organizations to the end that border communities and state governments on both sides of the border may be strengthened and improved.

Edgar E. Ruiz, Executive Director
1107 9th St., Suite 730
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 553-4423 Ext. 118
Fax: (916) 446-5760
Email: eruiz@csg.org

  Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 


The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with 100 years of experience working to improve health and living standards of the people of the Americas. It enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system, serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization, and as the health organization of the Inter-American System.

PAHO is based in Washington, D.C., and has scientific and technical experts at its headquarters, in its 27 country offices, and its eight scientific centers, all working with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in dealing with priority health issues. The health authorities of PAHO's Member States set PAHO's technical and administrative policies through its Governing Bodies.

The Organization's essential mission is to strengthen national and local health systems and improve the health of the peoples of the Americas, in collaboration with Ministries of Health, other government and international agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, social security agencies, community groups, and many others.

In 1942, PAHO, then known as the Pan American Sanitary Bureau was asked by the U.S. Public Health Service to help coordinate a border health campaign. Its first step was to establish a Field Office in El Paso and then immediately proceed to train personnel, launch an education campaign, and provide treatment for venereal disease.

  Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN)


The Migrant Clinicians Network originally was founded in 1984 thanks to the efforts of three dedicated clinicians: Willa Hays, RN from Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc.; Gail Stevens, RN from Delmarva Rural Ministries; and David Smith, then a physician at Brownsville Community Health Center. The three met at the 1984 Annual Migrant Health Conference in Padre Island. Willa, Gail, and David found a common link as they shared their feelings of personal isolation and dismay at the lack of migrant-specific resources available to clinicians. As a result, a grassroots clinical network consisting of clinicians dedicated to improved healthcare for migrant farmworkers came into being.
MCN has since evolved into a formal network and continues to flourish with numerous partnerships and associations, diversified funding, and an active membership. MCN engages in research, develops appropriate resources, advocates for migrants and clinicians, trains providers, engages outside partners, and runs programs that support clinical care on the frontline of migrant health.

Karen Mountain, CEO
P.O. Box 164285
Austin, Texas 78716
Phone: (512) 327-2017
Fax: (512) 327-0719

  National Center for Farmworker Health (NCHF)


The National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH), established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.

NCHF is a private, not-for-profit corporation located in Buda, Texas whose mission is "to improve the health status of farmworker families through appropriate application of human, technical, and information resources."

E. Roberta Ryder, President and CEO
1770 FM 967
Buda, Texas 78610
Phone: (512) 312-2700
Fax: (512) 312-2600
Email: ryder@ncfh.org

  International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)


The IBWC traces its roots to the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Gadsden Treaty of 1853, which established temporary joint commissions to survey, map, and demarcate with ground landmarks the new United States-Mexico boundary. It was originally the International Boundary Commission but its duties and responsibilities were expanded in 1944 and it was renamed to the IBWC.

Its mission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States - Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.

The IBWC is composed of U.S. and Mexico sections, each with its own structure and headed by a Commissioner.

Ed Drusina, Commissioner
U.S. Section, IBWC
4171 North Mesa, Suite C-100
El Paso, Texas 79902
Phone: (915) 832-4101

  Border Environmental Protection Agency (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB)

www.cocef.org and www.nadb.org

NADB and its sister institution, the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), were created by the governments of the United States and Mexico in a joint effort to preserve and enhance environmental conditions and the quality of life of people living along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Created as interdependent institutions, NADB and BECC function as a team, working with communities and project sponsors to develop, finance and build affordable and self-sustaining projects with broad community support. Within this project development model, each institution is charged with specific responsibilities, with BECC focusing on the technical aspects of project development, while NADB concentrates on project financing and oversight for project implementation.

Specifically, BECC is charged with verifying the technical viability and environmental/health impacts of projects through a certification process that ensures transparency and public participation. Each infrastructure project must be certified by BECC in order to be eligible for financing from NADB.

NADB offers direct financing in the form of loans and grants to public and private entities for the implementation of their projects. NADB verifies that the proposed projects are financially feasible and works closely with the sponsors and other funding partners to structure appropriate and affordable financing packages to meet the specific needs of each community and project.

In addition, NADB works with local governments and other project sponsors to help them implement sound financial and business practices that provide a basis for well-managed debt financing. As part of this strategy, NADB also promotes a comprehensive, long-term approach to infrastructure planning and project finance, as well as offers technical assistance to build institutional capacity and support the development of sustainable infrastructure.

P.O. Box 221648
El Paso, Texas 79913
Phone: (877) 277-1703 (U.S.)
(011-52) 656-688-4600 (MX)
Fax: (915) 975-82820 (U.S.)
(011-52) 625-6180 (MX)

Alex Hinojosa, Deputy Managing Director
203 South St. Mary’s, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: (210) 231-8000
Fax: (210) 231-6232

  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. It leads the United States’ environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts and works to develop and enforce regulations that implement environmental laws enacted by Congress. EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety of environmental programs, and delegates to states and tribes the responsibility for issuing permits and for monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist the states and tribes in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality.

EPA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with regional offices throughout the U.S. Regions 6 and 9 serve the four U.S. border states.

It has several initiatives and programs targeting the U.S.-Mexico border region. To learn more about each one, click on the links below:

U.S.-Mexico Border Program
U.S.-Mexico Border 2020
Good Neighbor Environmental Board

Tomas Torres, Director
San Diego Border Office, EPA
610 West Ash Street, Suite 905
San Diego, California 92101
Phone: (619) 235-4775
Fax: (619) 235-4771
Email: torres.tomas@epa.gov

Carlos Rincón, Director
El Paso Border Office, EPA
4050 Rio Bravo, Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79902
Phone: (915) 533-7273
Fax: (915) 544-6026
Email: Rincon.carlos@epa.gov

  Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF)


The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF) is one of the largest private foundations on the U.S. - Mexico border. It was established in 1995 to improve the health and promote the wellness of people living in West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico through education and prevention.

The main focus of PdNHF is to help those within the community who are most in need. To envision the region where all people, regardless of socio-economic status, have the knowledge, resources, and environment they need to live healthy lives.

Its mission is to promote health and prevents disease in the region through leadership in health education, research, and advocacy.

Myrna Deckert, President and CEO
221 North Kansas, Suite 1900
El Paso, Texas 79901 Phone: (915) 544-7636
Fax; (915) 544-7713
Email: mdeckert@pdnhf.org

  U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP)


The US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) is a binational membership organization that brings together individuals and institutions from the US and Mexico that serve and care about the US-Mexico border region. BPP provides the tools and opportunities that help strengthen members’ ability to pursue and achieve their individual missions in the border. BPP does this by offering cross-regional networking, learning, professional and organizational development tools, products and services to members. BPP members are individuals and institutions that are located on the border or outside of the region.

Andy Carey, Executive Director
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 130
San Diego, California 92106
Phone: (619) 814-1387
Fax: (619) 814-1389
Email: andy@borderpartnership.org

  Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC)


The Alliance is a resource to access materials and methods drawn from successful initiatives, programs and services to improve the lives of border and Latino populations. The Alliance focus is on intervention design, advocacy and mobilization, as well as program evaluation using applied research techniques, to build community capacity.

Rebeca Ramos, Executive Director
5400 Suncrest, Suite D=7
El Paso, Texas 79912
Phone: (915) 584-2875
Fax: (915) 584-2876
Email: rebeca@abc-ep.org

  Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones Privadas (FEMAP)


The Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones Privadas (FEMAP), in collaboration with Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juarez (SADEC) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1973 with the mission to improve the quality of life of a population living under conditions of poverty. This mission, supported by research, education and active participation by the community, is put into practice by providing health care services, promoting environmental health and through the establishment of actions to facilitate the economic and social development of the community served. FEMAP’s working model focuses on the areas of promoting human and social capital development through information, education, training and prevention; health and economic development. FEMAP has been working for 40 years in poverty stricken urban and rural communities in the municipality of Cd. Juarez and in the northern parts of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Anna Aleman, Executive Director
FEMAP Foundation
El Convento at Loretto
1400 Hardaway, Suite 210
El Paso, Texas 79903
Phone: (915) 544-4151
Fax: (915) 565-0134