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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.
Results from Binational Health Week 2017
The XVII edition of the Binational Health Week (BHW), under the motto “Health unites us all,” was held during October 2017 in the USA and Canada. Moreover, due to the endeavor of the Colombian Consulate’s Network and the “Colombia unites us” program, BHW reached Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, France, Brazil, Belgium, and Spain. Every year, since October of 2001, Binational Health Week has been coordinated by the Mexican Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries, the International Affairs Ministries from Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, and Peru, the Health Initiative of the Americas of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, as well as by the support of thousands of local organizations. Thanks to their leadership, 1,768 health activities and events were organized, including health fairs, conferences, classes, and sports events. Approximately 219,410 people attended those events. Close to 6,664 organizations joined this efforts and offered 245,843 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.
Archives of Previous Binational Health Weeks: