October 12, 2001

Binational Health Week Begins Friday in California and in Seven Mexican States

Friday, October 12th, Binational Health Week participants will hold a local kick off event to announce seven days of coordinated health activities throughout the county. Activities include health education and screening on a myriad of topics such as diabetes, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, cholesterol, family planning, immunizations, work related injuries and many other. The event marks the beginning of a series of health related activities that aim to reinforce healthy behavior among migrant workers and their families. Similar activities will be done in six other California counties and in seven Mexican states.

The event will be mid-day from 11:30 to 12:30 at the San Ysidro Health Center, 4004 Beyer Blvd., San Ysidro, CA.

"We plan to reach out to the community with flyers, radio announcements and through our contacts in the various organizations to let people know about all these services," said Gloria Sotelo, event coordinator in San Diego County. "A lot of people don't know these services exist or they feel that they don't have a right to them. But they're free or offered at low cost and open to anyone."

Participating health centers around the county include San Ysidro Health Center, Logan Heights Family Health Center, North County Health Services, East County Health Services, Vista Community Clinic, and Escondido Community Health Center.

Dr George Flores, Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego Health and Service Agency will make a statement at the kick off. He will be joined by others from local health and social services agencies as well as a representative from the Mexican Consulate in San Diego.

The week of activities is one component of the California-Mexico Health Initiative which is a coalition of government and non-governmental organizations in Mexico and the U.S. dedicated to expand access to health services for all Mexicans living and working in California.

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