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Building a Healthier Border

By | October 28th, 2011|General|

You can think of the border public health advocacy network as a binational matrix of public health partners that collaborate to improve conditions along the US-Mexico border.  The network includes national organizations like the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission along with state based partnerships like the Arizona-Mexico Commission and the annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governor’s Conference.  Community based binational partnerships [...]

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Who is Louis Pasteur?

By | September 8th, 2011|General|

In 1862, a French chemist named Louis Pasteur discovered that heat kills germs in liquids, preventing bacterial growth, food spoilage and foodborne illnesses. He used his discovery to invent methods that have been used for the last 150 years as a sanitary treatment for milk – which at the time was a prime source of TB.  His experiment?  He exposed [...]

Border Health Partnerships

By | July 12th, 2011|General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

A few weeks ago I blogged about the June plenary session of the Arizona Mexico Commission called Arizona & Sonora: Gateway for Innovation.  The conference provided an opportunity to move forward a bi-national agenda supported by Arizona and Sonora.  The health committee discussed regional approaches to valley fever surveillance, burn patient infrastructure, substance abuse, TB, border [...]

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Arizona Mexico Commission

By | June 4th, 2011|General|

The Arizona Mexico Commission was started by then Arizona Governor Paul Fannin in 1959 to improve partnering between Arizona and Sonora in a wide range of areas.  It’s evolved over the years to become a premiere and unique cross-border nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the well-being and quality of life for residents of [...]

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New TB Diagnostic Test on Horizon?

By | September 29th, 2010|Preparedness, Prevention|

One of the major challenges for global control of tuberculosis is that the current diagnostic tests are very slow and can require significant laboratory infrastructure.  The tests are particularly difficult to manage in developing countries and are more complicated for folks with HIV.  It’s also difficult to test for drug sensitivity.   The challenge is that [...]

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The 2010 Infectious Disease Training and Tabletop Exercise

By | August 13th, 2010|General|

was held at ASU July 27th -29th.  This is the first time that we have brought together all of the fields of infectious disease including HIV, TB, STDs, Vector-borne Disease, Foodborne Disease and Invasive Bacterial Infections in a unified training.  The training: Had almost 300 attendees from across the state, including physicians, nurses, sanitarians, local health [...]