Office of Binational Border Health

The office of Binational Border Health
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The Office of Binational Border Health (OBBH) aims “to facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration between California and Mexico health officials, health professionals, and communities in order to optimize border and binational health.”

The OBBH also publishes an annual Border Health Status Report to the Legislature (PDF) to provide a general overview of the health status of border communities in the California-Mexico border region.

Border Priority Issues​​

Tuberculosis

San Diego and Imperial counties have consistently reported higher TB case rates compared to the state. In 2016, California’s TB case rate was 5.3 cases per 100,000. Imperial reported 23.5 cases per 100,000 and San Diego 7.8 cases per 100,000. 
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HIV/AIDS

In 2015, Imperial and San Diego counties had a total of 13,146 individuals diagnosed and living with HIV infection; of these, 43.9% were classified as HIV cases (non-AIDS), and 56.1% were classified as AIDS cases.
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Diabetes

In 2015, 9.8% of adult respondents in California had been diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lives, compared to 9.9% and 16.5% of adults in San Diego County and Imperial County, respectively.
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Obesity

In 2015, 23.5% of adults in San Diego County and 35.2% of adults in Imperial County were obese. Imperial County had one of the highest proportions of obesity in California.
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Collaborative Projects

Border Health Consortium of the Californias

Aims to facilitate communication, knowledge, and best practices amongst groups/organizations/people that perform public health work in the California Border Region, to work together to bring resources to the CA Border Region, and to educate and advocate with local, state, and federal policymakers regarding public health issues affecting our Border Region.

San Diego County Promotores Coalition

Aims to advance, value, and recognize the work of Promotores and to support organizations that work with Promotores to increase access and services to residents of San Diego County.

San Diego ​Border Health Collaborative

Aims to promote a healthy California-Baja California border region by working together with partners to address the needs of our shared community.

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