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Border Infectious Disease Conference
Border Reproductive Health Summit
Border Binational Health Week
Border Health Research
Border Models of Excellence
Border Obesity Prevention Summit
Healthy Border
Leaders Across Borders
Prevention and Health Promotion among Vulnerable Populations
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The Summit aims to capitalize on the current high interest in reproductive health, family planning, and gender equity to elevate the border region within the collective global reproductive health discourse. 


Border Reproductive Health Summit Objectives:

The Summit will convene researchers, practitioners, and policy leaders who work in the areas of gender equity and reproductive health and family planning to:

  • Work to elevate the U.S.-México border region within the global health discussion.
  • Advance evidence-based reproductive health practice, programming, and policies that promote gender equity and  reproductive health, including the support of the safety and choices of women and girls.
  • Document mutual problems and identify solutions to address those problems via the development of short- and long-term plans toward increasing capacity-building and information-sharing between the United States and México.
To Register
To register for the Summit and Symposium, click here. 
For More Information
In the United States, contact:
April Fernandez
California Office of Binational Border Health
California Department of Public Health 
(619) 688-0159
In México, contact:
Dr. Adalberto Peña de los Santos
Coahuila State Coordinator
BHC Coahuila Outreach Office
(01152-878) 784-0125  

Who Should Attend?

National and international scholars, practitioners, advocates, and policymakers across the fields of medicine, public health, and social science are invited to participate in this event. 


Featured Remarks will be provided by:

  • Dr. José Lauro Cortés Hernández, Secretary of Health, Coahuila State Secretariat of Health 
  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
  • Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, University of California San Diego

Distinguished Speakers (to-date)

  • Elizabeth Lule, M.S., Director of Family Planning, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ellen Starbird, Director Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID
  • Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development and Economic Management Network at the World Bank Group
  • Malcolm Potts, MB, BChir, Ph.D., FRCOG, Professor of Public Health, Former Bixby Chair, UC Berkeley
  • Craig Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Health at UCSF, and Co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute Center of Expertise in Women's Health & Empowerment
  • Jay Silverman, Ph.D., Director of Research, UCSD's Center on Gender Equity and Health and Professor of Global Public Health
  • Anita Raj, Ph.D., M.S., Center Director, University of California, San Diego's (UCSD) Center on Gender Equity and Health and Professor of Global Public Health
  • Dr. Jill McDonald, Ph.D., Stan Fulton Endowed Chair in Health Disparities Research, Director of the Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research and Professor of Public Health Sciences
  • Yolanda Palma, Researcher, Department of Population Studies, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte