Sumaya, Carmen; Carrillo-Zuniga, Genny; Kelley, Matthew; May, Marlynn; Li Zhu; Donnelly, K. C.
September 2006
American Journal of Health Studies;2006, Vol. 21 Issue 3/4, p245
Academic Journal
Following the 1993 passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Texas-Mexico border region has experienced rapid growth. Much of this growth has occurred in colonias which often lack proper sewage and water treatment systems. This manuscript reports on activities linking research with health promotion in these communities. Based on meetings that prioritized community concerns, a Safe Drinking Water module was developed and delivered to more than 200 families. Results from the testing demonstrated a significant improvement in correct answers. These data indicate that community health education can be an effective tool in improving health awareness.


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