Quality of Life Crossborder Collaboration on Public Health: The 2009 U.S. - Mexico Response to H1N1   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Key Findings: "[1] The United States, Mexico, and Canada had been formally planning for a possible pandemic originating in Asia since shortly after the 2003 SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] outbreak. The Security and Prosperity Partnership, begun in 2005 by the Bush, Fox, and Martin administrations, became the key forum to develop truly regional plans for pandemic response. [2] Although H1N1 [Swine flu] developed into a pandemic and thus quickly superseded efforts at containment, years of collaborative efforts to track and address infectious diseases by federal, state, and local agencies along the U.S.-Mexico border helped communication and monitoring of the disease. As is the case with many pandemics, H1N1 developed and spread very quickly. As such, there was little time to develop new mechanisms or relationships. Officials had to rely on the prior planning where they could and improvise where there were no plans. [3] Addressing pandemics in the U.S.-Mexico requires close coordination across agencies and borders. [...] [4] Because of the rapid spread of H1N1 that surpassed border controls and the importance of crossborder U.S.-Mexico trade to both economies, a consensus developed in the spring of 2009 among U.S. and Mexican officials that closing the U.S.-Mexico border was neither desirable nor helpful."

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State of the Border Report 2020
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