A Landmark Gathering
In a historic inaugural event, the Secretary of Health of Mexico, Dr. Jorge Alcocer, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States of America, Dr. Xavier Becerra, joined forces in San Diego, California.
Accompanied by key dignitaries, including Luis Gutiérrez Reyes, the head of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), and Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, this event marked the opening ceremony of the 23rd Binational Health Week.
Bridging Health Gaps for the Migrant Communities
Throughout the month of October, the Consular Network of Mexico in the United States, with support from the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Relations, conducts an array of activities. These include fairs, workshops, conferences, and intensive sessions focused on prevention and vaccination.
The goal is to deliver vital health information to the Mexican and Latin American communities residing in the United States.
Embracing Health Without Stigmas
Secretary Jorge Alcocer emphasized that Binational Health Week is a platform to recognize the value of collaborative efforts for health in both nations. He expressed gratitude for the support of the Government of Mexico in enhancing the health of the migrant population residing in the United States.
Dr. Alcocer stressed the importance of emotional health alongside physical well-being, stating,
“There is no health without mental health.”
Shared Health Goals
Secretary Xavier Becerra underscored the significance of this event as a means to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. He highlighted the interdependence of Mexico and the United States, stating,
“What happens in Mexico affects the United States and vice versa.”
Health, he emphasized, is vital for both nations’ prosperity.
Celebrating Partnerships for Well-being
Representing Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena, Luis Gutiérrez acknowledged the joint efforts of various government agencies in promoting programs that benefit migrant workers and their families.
Binational Health Week, initially a seven-day event, has expanded to the entire month of October throughout the United States. It offers a wide range of health services, including vaccination, vision exams, mammograms, and much more.
Unity for Migrant Well-being
Gutiérrez praised the dedication of consulates, health windows, tax agencies, allied organizations, and individuals who contribute to enhancing the health of Mexicans. He emphasized that the health of a nation is intrinsically tied to the well-being of its migrants.
Collaborative Efforts for a Healthier Tomorrow
This year’s Binational Health Week garnered substantial support from a multitude of foreign ministries, organizations, and departments. Notably, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the National Secretariat for Migrants, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Health Care Foundation, and the Council of Mexican Federations of North America all played instrumental roles in the event’s success.
Eliminating Stigmas and Uniting Hearts
Binational Health Week represents a concerted effort to eliminate stigmas and, crucially, unite hearts, thereby making a significant contribution to the well-being of migrant communities. It serves as a compelling testament to the enduring and fruitful collaboration between Mexico and the United States, driven by a shared pursuit of better health for all.