By Anthony Leslie
Binational Health Week (BHW) is a time of the year when all the core competencies of public health are put into practice. The purpose of this event is to provide an environment for the Latino population to receive information and resources on health that may otherwise have been unavailable to many. While the emphasis is on Latino health care and outreach services, other ethnic groups are welcome to join in the festivities. This year’s event, which spans a total of 40 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, will take place October 1-14, 2012. The Mexican Consulate and various community organizations usually plan BHW. The Loma Linda University School of Public Health is the other main organizer for this year’s event in San Bernardino.
Students and faculty of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health are heavily involved in the planning and organizing of the 12th Binational Health Fair. This is a very important opportunity and responsibility, not only for the School of Public Health, but also for the entire university. Consul Carolina Zaragoza chairs the event, and Richard Blanco, MBA, is the co-chair. With more than 40 organizations involved in the process, this year’s event is sure to not disappoint. In past years, students and faculty of the School of Public Health have assisted with health education, prevention, and preparedness exhibitions and services. The students, faculty, and even some of our alumni are taking part through the Ventanilla de Salud (VDS). VDS is a project that takes place at the Mexican Consulate and is coordinated by the School of Public Health. For more information visit the Binational Health Week website at http://binationalhealthweek.org/.