NCHP helped implement the Dr. Andy Nichols' Border Health Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative expanded access to medical services to the most vulnerable populations along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The U.S.-Mexico border region is home to 12.4 million people, the population will double in less than 30 years and 25% of the population is under 15.
In the U.S. 23% of border residents are uninsured compared to 14.7% nationally.
The annual household per capita income in the region is 30% lower than the U.S. average.
Women living on the border are 12.7% less likely to have an OB/GYN visit in the past year than the average U.S. woman.
Infant mortality is up to 7.8% higher than the respective national rates.
The poverty rate is almost twice as high as the U.S. national rate.
There are 37.5% fewer health care professionals per capita than U.S. average.
What the BHII program accomplished:
Expanded medical services in the border area.
Provided technology and medical equipment.
Connected physicians and clinics via electronic medical records.
Provided business and medical technical assistance.
Enhanced patient centered care.