Arkansas celebrates Binational Health Week October 1 to 12

Binational Health Week (BHW) has become one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of underserved immigrants and migrants of Latin American origin living in the United States, and Canada.

This year theme, “Health is Life” encompasses an annual two weeklong series of health promotion and health education activities that include workshops, insurance referrals, and medical screenings.

The Binational Health Week is intended as a first step in a larger program of cooperation amongst North American and Central American countries to improve the health and well being of immigrant workers and their families. “Binational Health Week events emerge from networks forged among volunteers, agencies and organizations working on migrant health issues and, in turn, foster ongoing collaboration,” said Arkansas Mexican Consul, David Manuel Preciado Juarez.

In Arkansas, the Mexican Consulate will be holding a free health fair on its grounds at t 3500 South University Avenue, Little Rock from Tuesday, October 1st to Saturday, October 12th. On the last day, Oct 12th, the Consulate will be celebrating Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza) with a full day of celebration of health and culture.

The event have the support of the Arkansas Human Development Corporation with anti tobacco programs, HIV screenings and bilingual representatives of the Arkansas Health Connector will be onsite signing and informing the public on Health Insurance in Arkansas, Arkansas National HIV Latino Aids Awareness Day, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic, ConnectCare, UAMS Head Start, Susan G. KOMEN, Family-2-Family, Ventanilla de Salud, UAMS Esperanza y Vida, UAMS Collage of Pharmacy with basic screenings Cholesterol, B Glucose, BP, A1C, JCCSI with HIV Screenings, Walgreens Pharmacy with Flu Vaccinations, Arkansas Insurance Department, Westside Free Medical Clinic Dioceses Of Little Rock, Catholic Charities, JCCI HIV testing, Baptist Health, University Of Arkansas Extension Services with nutrition services, ¡Hola! Arkansas and other organizations.

Main partners include the Secretariats of Health and of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Ecuador, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Mexican Social Security Institute and the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission.

This year, BHW nationally will take place October 1-12 in 40 states in the U.S. and 3 provinces in Canada, with the participation of the consular networks of the 7 participating countries. Last years Binational Health Week witnessed the largest participation since its inception in 2001. An estimated 301,661 people participated in 3,941 activities 6,586 agencies and 15,497 volunteers participated in the organization of the activities 125 task forces supported by the consulate networks.

During Binational Health Week, a national campaign will take place to promote awareness among the Latino community on the topics of Obesity and Diabetes, HIV/ AIDS, Autism, and Emergency Preparedness. For additional information call Elvira Aguirre at 501-372-6933, ext. 232 or by email,

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