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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 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 2020
Last year the 20th edition of the Binational Health Week took place on the month of October mainly in the United States. At the same time, this effort reached other Latin American and European countries, thanks to the participation and leadership of the consular networks of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Peru.
The focus areas were mental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, women’s health, occupational health, and access to healthcare.