NRHA’s Border Health Initiative

Recognizing that the majority of border counties are rural, the National Rural Health Association thought it fitting to advocate for border health issues, just as it serves as a voice for rural America. The Border Health Initiative began in 2008 with the goal of ensuring quality health care services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. The inaugural meeting was held in Tucson, Ariz., in June 2008, and annual meetings have occurred ever since.
In addition to hosting annual meetings that convene state officials and other border health leaders, NRHA’s accomplishments to date include the implementation of border health tracks at conferences, increased border representation on the association’s Health Equity Council, appointments to regional committees of the Office of Minority Health, an official policy paper on border health, engagement of state rural health associations in border health, and support of the Border Health Security Act.
Additionally, community health worker (CHW) education is a focal point of NRHA’s involvement with border health. Since implementing an original action plan after attending the Clinton Global Initiative conference in 2012, NRHA has sponsored an annual training along the U.S./Mexico border and has trained over 1,200 CHWs to date.
For more information, contact Gaby Boscan at 202- 639-0550.

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Partners along the border
These NRHA partners have provided resources for more information on the U.S.-Mexico border:

HRSA – Office of Global Health
United States – Mexico Border Health Commission
Arizona Dept. of Health – Office of Border Health
California Dept. of Public Health – Office of Binational Border Health
New Mexico Dept. of Health – Office of Border Health
Texas Dept. of State Health Services – Office of Border Health