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Binational Health Week 2016
October 2016

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About Binational Health Week

Binational Health Week (BHW) is the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population living 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 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. This year the main health topics that will be adressed are HIV/AIDs, Diabetes, Occupational Health, Influenza, and Access to Health Insurance.

BHW main partners include the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Ministries of  Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, as well as the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Mexican Social Security Institute, the National Secretariat for Migrants in Ecuador, the Colombia Nos Une Program, 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 Policy Forum on Migration and Global Health
Inaugural Event for Binational Health Week
October 5, 2015
San Francisco Bay Area

The policy forum is the launching event of Binational Health Week, an annual weeklong series of health promotion and health education activities that include workshops, insurance referrals, and medical screenings. The annual policy forum examines and promotes immigrant health issues as a policy priority in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Held every October during Binational Health Week, the forum presents the opportunity for policy-makers, researchers, students, and public health workers to share recent research, propose policy recommendations, and develop bilateral working strategies.

This year’s Forum included presentations from Latin American leaders and workshops in critical areas affecting Latinos’ health including: access to and utilization of health services, nutrition/diabetes/obesity, mental health, violence, and occupational and safety. If you would like to see presentations from the forum, click here.

Results from Binational Health Week 2015

In 2015, thanks to the leadership and coordination of the consulates of the participant Latin American countries, 1,780 were organized, including health fairs, conferences, classes, and sports events. Approximately 325,600 people attended those events (65% female, 35% male). Close to 4,000 organizations and 11,000 volunteers joined this efforts and about 60,000 health screenings and services were offered, 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.

Click here to see the BHW Report 2015