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Office of Binational Border Health
Established in 1983, the La Paz Agreement defined a binationally agreed upon border region, the area within 62 miles (100 km) on either side of the border, an area that encompasses approximately 250,000 square miles. Of the 1,952-mile boundary between the United States and Mexico, California’s border region spans 140-miles, including San Diego and Imperial Counties, the state’s southernmost counties. This area is remarkable because of its assorted geography, highly mobile, culturally and linguistically diverse population.
Recognizing the distinctiveness of the border region, in 1999 Assembly Bill 63 (Chapter 765, Ducheny, Division One, Part Three, Health and Safety Code) established a permanent Office of Binational Border Health (OBBH) within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), formerly known as the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) “to facilitate cooperation between health officials and health professionals in California and Mexico, to reduce the risk of disease in the California border region and in those areas directly affected by border health conditions”. OBBH began operating in January 2000.
"To facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration between California and Mexico health officials, health professionals, and communities in order to optimize border and binational health"
Healthy Binational and Border Communities
Assess, monitor, and report on border and binational public health issues.
Promote and optimize communication, coordination, and collaboration on border and binational health issues and policies.
Build capacity to effectively address border and binational public health issued.
Increase awareness about border and binational public health issues and the role of OBBH in addressing them.
News, Hot Topics, & Updates
2012-2014 Border Health Status Report to the Legislature
OBBH Strategic Plan 2015-2018
California Department of Public Health - Zika Webpage
Website contains Zika factsheets in Spanish and English
California Department of Public Health - Vector Borne Disease Section
Mexican Ministry of Health website
California-Mexico Border Relations Council Annual Report
Guidelines for US-Mexico Coordination on Public Health Events -English / Guías Para la Coordinación Entre E.U.-México para Eventos de Salud Pública- Ingles
Guidelines for US-Mexico Coordination on Public Health Events - Spanish / Guías Para la Coordinación Entre E.U.-México para Eventos de Salud Pública-Espanol
Border Health Status Report 2012 - English
Obesity Health Brief 2011- English/ Spanish
Diabetes Health Brief 2010 - English/Spanish
OBBH Advisory Group
Advisory Group at a Glance
Contact Office of Binational Border Health
Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program (IDE)
U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission - California Outreach Office
Border Health Consortium of the Californias
Border Philanthropy Partnership
Binational Health Week: San Diego - Tijuana
San Diego County Promotores Coalition
TB Crisis Tracker, a map of the United States Identifying recent TB cases.
Migration Health (OIM)
Information on TB among migrants and surrounding communities.
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