Santa Clara County’s 17th Annual Binational Health Week 2021
Binational Health Week was created in 2001 to raise awareness of and respond to the unique health care challenges of Latinos living in the United States and Canada. This year is the 17th year of Binational Health Week in Santa Clara County. During Binational Health Week federal, state and local government agencies, community-based organizations and thousands of volunteers come together to conduct a series of health promotion and health education activities. In the past this has taken place over one week, but this year Binational Health Week will expand to include events throughout the month of October. This year’s focus will be on :
- COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccines
- Access to Healthcare
- Chronic Diseases
- Mental health
- STDs and HIV
About Binational Health Week
Binational Health Week (BHW) was created in 2001 with the objective of raising awareness and responding to the unique health care challenges of Latinos living in the United States and Canada. Since its inception, BHW has evolved into one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population. This has been possible thanks to the leadership of the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, in conjunction with the Health Initiative of the Americas at UC Berkeley, the Secretariats of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and several other Latin American consulates.
BHW fosters community solidarity by bringing together existing resources and thousands of volunteers working together for a common goal. The events are coordinated by the collaboration among Latin American consulates, community, and government agencies from the U.S., Mexico, and other Latin American countries with the purpose of reaching out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, especially those without medical coverage.
Results of the Binational Health Week 2020
In collaboration with community partners, volunteers, and the Consulado Mexicano en San Jose, we hosted 18 events. Here are our 2020 results:
- Number of individuals reached: 33, 260
- Educational Materials Distributed: 67, 590
- Number of Volunteers: 220
- Health Screenings Provided: 545
- Flu Shots: 189
- Partnering agencies: 40+
Thanks to the collective efforts of our community partners and community members, we have reached over 478, 260 (and counting) residents since Binational Health Week 2005.
Together we can continue to promote the health of our community. Join us in 2021!