XX Binational Health Week / XX Semana Binacional de Salud
October 1 – October 31
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.
This year the XX edition of the Binational Health Week will take place on the month of October mainly in the United States. At the same time, this effort will be reaching other Latin American and European countries, thanks to the participation and leadership of the consular networks of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Peru.
The focus areas will be mental health, chronic diseases, infectious diseases, women’s health, occupational health, and access to healthcare.
The general objective for the upcoming XX BHW is:
To promote and foster the health of the Hispanic migrant population living in the United States, increase access to medical services available in the area and to increase health care coverage.
The specific objectives are:
- Mobilize clinics and community organizations to offer their services.
- Promote disease prevention and health promotion activities that are designed for migrant families.
- Provide information to migrant families in the United States about health resources and services in their area.
The prioritized topics for the XX BHW are:
- Chronic Diseases
- Infectious Diseases
- Access to Health Services
- Mental Health
- Women’s Health
- COVID-19 Prevention