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Binational Health Week 2017
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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.

To view the 2015 report, click here.

Results from Binational Health Week 2014

The success of BHW 2014 was the result of the leadership and collaboration of a total of 111 consulates of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, operating in the U.S. and Canada, as well as various local taskforces. Overall, over 300,000 Latinos benefited from BHW events. Close to 1,600 activities were held and more than 223,000 medical services were provided including screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, mammograms, flu vaccines and many more. Approximately, 3,500 agencies and 7,000 volunteers were actively involved in the planning and execution of the 2014 BHW events.

To view the English 2014 report, click here.
To view the Spanish 2014 report, click here.






Results from Binational Health Week 2013

Under the slogan “Health is Life” the 13th Annual BHW took place from October 1-21, 2013, in the United States and Canada. Local planning committees estimate that almost 400,000 people benefitted from 3,373 activities realized by 8,684 agencies and 15,000 volunteers.

To View the 2013 report, click here.
To view the 2013 Forum report, click here.













Results from Binational Health Week 2012

The 12th Annual BHW took place from October 1-14, 2012, in the United States and Canada. Local planning committees report 461,770 people benefitted from over 4,000 activities realized by more than 9,000 organizations and 21,000 volunteers under the leadership of 133 consulates that worked in coordination with 178 planning committees. The Closing Ceremony took place on October 15th, 2012 in El Paso, Texas.

To view the 2012 report, click here.
To view the 2012 Forum report, click Here.






Results from Binational Health Week 2011

The Eleventh Annual Binational Health Week took place from October 1- 16, 2011 in the United States and Canada. According to information from the coordinators of the local planning committees, we estimate that over 500,000 people benefited through at least 3,641 activities performed by 7,500 agencies and 15,000 volunteers, under the direction of 150 consulates working in coordination with 174 planning committees. In addition, there were over 500 media reviews written on the event, meaning millions more received the health education messages. Five awareness campaigns were created for the Latino community on the following topics: Women’s Health (Latina immigrant women tend to be younger, with children, low-income, and with little health care access), Mental Health (substance abuse), Infectious diseases (addressing the high rates of Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B along the U.S. – Mexico border in particular), Chronic Disease (Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and Obesity), and Access to Health Care (of which Latinos have the least). The inaugural event and the Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Health were held on October 3-4, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. The closing event was held October 17, 2011 in Tijuana, Mexico.

To view the 2011 report, click Here
To view the Forum report, click Here


Results from Binational Health Week 2010

The Tenth BHW took place October 4-15, 2010 in 40 states in the U.S. and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the consular networks in the United States of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Additionally, during BHW five national campaigns were implemented to promote awareness among the underserved Latino community: Prevention of Addictions and Gang Involvement among Adolescents, Oral Health, Obesity and Diabetes, Disabilities and Autism Awareness, and Access to Health Care. The inaugural event and Policy Forum on Migration and Health was held on October 4-5 in Guanajuato, Mexico. The closing event took place in Sacramento, California

To view the 2010 BHW Report, click Here
To view the Forum Report, click Here








Results from Binational Health Week 2009

The Ninth BHW will took place October 3‐15, 2009 in 40 states in the U.S. and 3 provinces inCanada, with the participation of the consular networks in the United States of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Additionally, during BHW five national campaigns were implemented to promote awareness among the underserved Latino community: Preparing for Public Health Emergencies, Prevention of Addictions, Nutrition, Prevention of Strokes, and Living Green. The inaugural event and Policy Forum on Migration and Health was held on October 5‐6 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The closing event took place on October 9th in Antigua, Guatemala.

To view the 2009 BHW Report, click Here.
To view the Forum, click Here.

Results from Binational Health Week 2008

BHW 2008 took place October 6-15, 2008 in 40 states in the U.S. and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the consular networks of the seven participating countries. Also, the Mexican states with high rates of migration implemented activities. During Binational Health Week, a national campaign took place to promote awareness among the Latino community on the topics of Obesity and Diabetes, HIV/ AIDS, Autism, and Emergency Preparedness.

To view the 2008 BHW Report, click Here.








Results from Binational Health Week 2007

Binational Health Week 2007 took place October 13-21, 2007 in 40 statesin the U.S. and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the 46 Mexican consulates, 11 Guatemalan, 16 Salvadorian consulates, 9 Colombian consulates and in the Mexican states with high rates of migration. The inaugural event and Binational Policy Forum on Migration and Health took place in Los Angeles, California.

To view the 2007 National Report, click here.












Results from Binational Health Week 2006

The Sixth Annual Binational Health Week took place October 7-15, 2006 and witnessed the largest participation since its inception in 2001. This past year an estimated 300,000 people participated in 1,014 activities and received 49,349 health screenings throughout the United States and Canada. An additional 386,000 people were reached and 235,000 health screenings provided through activities carried out in 23 federal entities and 294 municipalities in Mexico.

To view the 2006 National Report, click here.








Results from Binational Health Week 2005

From seven California counties in 2001 to 27 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 3 Canadian provinces in 2005, Binational Health Week had grown tremendously over 5 five years. In 2005, activities reached more people, in more areas of North America, than in any previous year. This expansion was due in large part to partnerships between the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, Mexico’s Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs, the California-Mexico Health Initiative (a program of the University of California), the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, and The California Endowment and the California HealthCare Foundation.

To view the 2005 BHW Report, click here.













Results from Binational Health Week 2004

In 2004, 15 U.S. states and the District of Columbia celebrated BHW through the coordination of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) in cooperation with the Government of Mexico’s Secretariat of Health (SSA) and Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE), the Mexican Institute
of Social Security (IMSS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. An estimated 116,648 people across the United States received health-related interventions over the course of the week.

To view the 2004 BHW Report, click here.


Mural 2003Results from Binational Health Week 2003

The Third Binational Health Week (BHW) activities took place from October 12-19, 2003, in California, where almost half of the population of Mexican origin in the United States resides, and in 8 Mexican states characterized by a population with high international mobility. Twenty-two California counties participated in delivering health-related services and information: Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Solano, Sonoma, San Diego, Riverside, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo. The 8 Mexican states were Baja California, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, and

Zacatecas. BHW was an effort of federal, state, and local entities, public and private, in favor of promoting the health and well-being of Mexican immigrants in California and their families in Mexico. Health activities also took place in New York and New Jersey.

To view the 2003 BHW Report, click here.
To view the 2003 BHW Forum Report, click here.




Results from Binational Health Week 2002

The Second Binational Health Week (BHW) activities took place from October 12-19, 2002 in California, where almost half of the population of Mexican origin resides in the United States, and in seven Mexican states with high international mobility. Twelve1 California counties participated in delivering services and information: Alameda, San Francisco, Fresno, Imperial, Los Angeles, Monterey, Sacramento, San Mateo, Sonoma, Napa, San Diego, Orange, and Ventura. The 7 Mexican states were: Baja California, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Zacatecas. The BHW was an effort of federal, state, and local entities, public and private, in favor of health and well-being for Mexican immigrantsCalifornia and their families in Mexico.

To view the 2002 BHW Report, click here.

2001 Mural

Results from Binational Health Week 2001


The first Binational Health Week was composed of 115 community-based organizations from seven counties that helped plan activities at 98 sites. More than 950 people participated in the planning of activities. Over 18,720 people received direct health-care services during the week.  The services included HIV testing, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, breast cancer screenings, immunizations, vision testing, and health insurance enrollment. More than 950 people participated in the planning of activities. Over 18,720 people received direct health-care services during the week.  The services included HIV testing, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, breast cancer screenings, immunizations, vision testing, and health insurance enrollment

To view the 2001 BHW Report, click here.