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Binational Health Week 2017
October 2017



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Health Unites Us All

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 Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, 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, Canada, and Mexico, thanks to the participation and leadership of the consular networks of Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru, and thousands of community-based organizations. This year, Colombia Nos Une, a program of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will expand its participation in BHW with 21 consulates throughout the Americas, from Canada to Argentina, providing health services and information to the Colombians living abroad. During BHW priority will be given to topics relevant to the Latino community which include: Access to Health Care, Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases, Mental Health, and Women's Health. The closing event will take place on October 29th in San Bernardino, California for more information please visit: http://semanabinacionalmexicousa.org/ .

Calendar of Events Binational Health Week 2017
To find some of the events programmed for this year, please visit these sites:

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.