NCHP has been working on the U.S.-Mexico border since its inception in 1984.
Highlights of NCHP's Border Health Projects
Conducting capacity building services nationally with organizations that work with migrant populations of any race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and HIV status with funding from Centers for Disease Control (CDC). NCHP adapted an evidence-based intervention to improve HIV/AIDS prevention services for migrants; this adaptation is currently being reviewed by CDC to determine best practice eligibility.
Providing capacity building services to community health workers who educate high-risk border populations about HIV/AIDS prevention. Outreach efforts targeted hard-to-reach populations such as migrant workers who work in fields, camps, and factories, and border area residents isolated from health and social service systems. In collaboration with the Farmworker Justice Fund, NCHP provided border area health workers with up-to-date information and skills to develop culturally competent best practices for conducting HIV/AIDS prevention education with hard-to-reach populations along the border. These efforts were carried out through funding from the Office of Minority Health.
Providing culturally competent education and referrals for mental health and substance abuse services for individuals living along the U.S.-Mexico border through the “Disparities” project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The project targeted Latino women and their family members and included health education and counseling surrounding topics such as breast cancer, depression, diabetes, drug use, and pregnancy.
Building the capacity of community health educators to conduct outreach and provide HIV-related information to migrant and seasonal farmworkers along the Arizona-Mexico border. NCHP also provided migrant participants with referrals and access to testing and treatment centers. These efforts were funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.