Binational Health Week (BHW) has evolved into one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population that lives in the United States and Canada. During BHW, federal, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations and thousands of volunteers come together in the month of October to conduct a series of health promotion and health education activities including workshops, insurance referrals, vaccinations and medical screenings.
BHW fosters community solidarity by bringing together existing resources and thousands of volunteers working together for a common goal. The events are coordinated by the collaboration among Latin American consulates, community, and government agencies from the U.S., Mexico and other Latin American countries with the purpose of reaching out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, especially those without medical coverage.
BHW main partners include the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, and Peru, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, several Departments of Public Health, the Council of Mexican Federations in North America, and the Health Initiative of the Americas, a program of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Binational Health Week 2017
The seventeenth edition of BHW will take place during the month of October primarily in the United States. At the same time, BHW will be expanding to other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Spain, among others thanks to the participation and leadership of the consular networks of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, and Peru. During BHW priority will be given to topics that are relevant to the Latino community which include: Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases, Access to Health Insurance, Mental Health, and Women’s Health. This year the closing event for the XVII Binational Week will take place on October 29th in San Bernardino, California. The closing of BHW will be a community event which will highlight binational families and will culminate in a health fair. The traditional Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health will not take place this year. More details on the closing event soon to come.
Results from Binational Health Week 2016
The sixteenth, edition of BHW took place during the month of October primarily in the United States. At the same time, BHW also expanded for the first time to other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, and Spain, among others thanks to the participation and leadership of the consular networks of México, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, and Peru. Thanks to their leadership and other agencies, 1,784 health activities and events were organized, including health fairs, conferences, classes, and sports events. Approximately 240,146 people attended those events. Close to 4,680 organizations joined this efforts and offered free health screenings and services, including glucose, cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure, HIV, mammograms, breast exams, PAP smears, dental check-ups, vision check-ups, bone density, flu shots and other vaccinations, mental health screenings, health insurance enrollments and referrals, among other health related services.