Family-based health needs along the Texas-Mexico border

A. L. Ramirez, M. Perez, O. J. Muñoz, P. Garcia, L. Treviño, P. Lara

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Background The population in the Texas-Mexico border is rapidly increasing and exacerbating a number of public health problems and healthcare services. The needs of this area have been predominantly assessed through a professional lens. To better inform public policy and serve the area, this study assessed the needs of families living along the Texas-Mexico border. Methods Approximately 2000 households along the Texas-Mexico border were interviewed for their basic demographic information and health needs. Results It was found that childrens healthcare services were the highest reported need among families along the border. The probability of reporting healthcare needs increased by 43 among families with children under the age of 5, whereas the probability of reporting healthcare needs decreased by 40 among families with children 13 and older.ConclusionThe findings from this study suggest child healthcare services, particularly for families with young children, is the most pressing need of the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-596
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • health impact assessment
  • health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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