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Border Health

The United States-Mexico border region is defined as the area of land being 100 kilometers (62.5 miles) north and south of the international boundary. It stretches approximately 2000 miles from the southern tip of Texas to California as set forth by the La Paz agreement signed in 1983. The region has grown rapidly because of economic opportunity in the north and it has become the most traveled and busiest border in the world. This accelerated growth in population has placed numerous burdens on the economic, social and health infrastructure of the region.


For additional information contact your state office of border health:

Robert Guerrero, M.B.A.
Chief, Office of Border Health
Arizona Department of Health Services
4400 E. Broadway, Suite 300
Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: 520.770.3110

April Fernandez
Chief, California Office of Binational Border Health
California Department of Public Health
5353 Mission Center Road, Suite 215
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619.688.0263

New Mexico
Freida Adams, R.N.
Director, New Mexico Office of Border Health
1170 N. Solano, Suite L
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575.528.5141, 800.784.0394

Ronald J. Dutton, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Border Health
Texas Department of State Health Services
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347
Phone: 512.458.7675

There are more organizations related to Border Health in the organizations section.

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Last Reviewed: 10/15/2013

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