New StuffArizona and Sonora Collaborate in Developing a Secure Electronic System to Exchange Information Concerning Binational Public Health Threats
Acknowledging their "history of trust and collaboration" and "historic bonds in public health", the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Sonora Secretary of Public Health, witnessed by the states' Governors, recently signed a "Declaration of Cooperation". The states have agreed to collaborate in establishing "a secure electronic system for the exchange of information concerning binational public health threats, including infectious diseases, along the Arizona-Sonora border." The "SIREN" information exchange platform recently created by Arizona will serve as a foundation for development of protocols, provision of training relating to operation of the exchange system, and coordination of information exchange.
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Mutual aid agreements can be effective tools to assist U.S. state and local governments, Tribes, Canadian provinces, First Nations, and Mexican states in sharing information, data, supplies, resources, equipment, or personnel for the purpose of protecting the public’s health. Resources which can be accessed here include:
There are currently several agreements in the works; please visit often to get the updates. All current additions will be posted and highlighted on this page (under "new" in the box to the right).
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Dan Stier, JD