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Environmental Health

NCHP has extensive experience in providing education regarding the health impact of pesticide exposure, lead poisoning, and unsafe drinking water.

Highlights of NCHP's Environmental Health Programs

  • Educating residents living in colonias (HUD-designated rural towns along the border) in the Arizona counties of Cochise and Santa Cruz about lead poisoning and related health risks. These efforts were made possible through funding from Housing and Urban Development.
  • Supporting promotoras (community health educators) in disseminating information and tools to (1) purify drinking water in the colonias; (2) increase community awareness of environmental health concerns; (3) build the local capacity of colonias to improve the quality of life of residents; and (4) promote bi-national coordination to address environmental health issues. These efforts targeted predominantly Hispanic/Latino low-income residents of colonias in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, and were supported with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Initiating the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program through funding from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Recruitment, outreach and lead poisoning prevention education were implemented with low-income families in Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Yuma Counties. Lead poisoning prevention messages were disseminated throughout many Arizona communities and regular follow-ups were conducted.
  • Providing education about pesticide exposure to extremely high-risk migrant workers in Yuma County, Arizona through funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control.


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Who We Are

Formerly Border Health Foundation (BHF), we recently changed our name to National Community Health Partners (NCHP) to reflect the expansion and scope of our services.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, with a regional office in New Orleans, our organization was founded in 1984 to address the health needs of border populations. Since then we have developed a strong national presence providing education and services to minority and underserved populations in 44 states and two U.S. territories.

We have housed over 70 public health programs and services promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities across the U.S. It is our goal to improve health outcomes through innovative services and compelling educational programs.

NCHP provides training and technical assistance to community based organizations and health departments serving minority populations at risk for HIV/AIDS. We implement programs that educate teens and parents about sensitive issues related to drugs and alcohol, premature sexual activity, and juvenile delinquency. We provide services addressing substance abuse, tobacco cessation, environmental health, nutrition and positive family relationships.

National Community Health Partners is prepared to assist your organization.

For more details regarding our programs and services please browse through our Projects tab above.