Public Health Region 8 - Border Public Health

Rosy De Los Santos
Program Coordinator
Texas DSHS Certified Instructor for Promotores/Community Health Workers
1593 S. Veteran’s Blvd
Eagle Pass, TX 78852
(830) 758-4241
Fax:  (830) 757-4418

Purpose

The Office of Border Public Health (OBPH) is dedicated to environmental, epidemiological and educational projects specific to the Texas and Mexico border with the goal of fostering a safe and healthy environment and living practices. The close community relationship that our staff maintains on the border, coupled with our emphasis on both the environment and health, allows the Office of Border Public Health to function in a cooperative capacity with other agencies. The Office of Border Public Health partners with the United States – Mexico Border Health Commission, the United States – Mexico Border Health Association, the Pan American Health Organization and many other state and local partners in Mexico and Texas. 

Activities

  • Provide essential public health services to meet Healthy Border objectives;

  • Provide administrative and programmatic support for the two international health councils in the Region: Hope-K Trinational Health Council (Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras/Kickapoo) and the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuña Binational Health Council (Del Rio/Ciudad Acuña). Priority areas that the Councils work on are tuberculosis environmental health, diabetes, obesity, physical fitness, and substance abuse;

  • Conduct active environmental health and surveillance and field investigations of unincorporated communities (colonias) and other border areas;

  • Monitor diseases, conditions and environmental hazards and prepare periodic reports of these data. 

  • DSHS OBPH staff are available to provide training to promotores de salud/community health workers on various public health issues:

    • DSHS-certified and non-DSHS certified continuing education for community health workers
    • 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker training program certified by DSHS using the Dia de la Mujer Latina curriculum.

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Last updated February 8, 2021