Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Traveler's Health Project.

Project Overview

The Travelers’ Health Project partners with CHWs to both survey travelers and provide up-to-date COVID-19 information. Communities in this region are largely Spanish-speaking and low income with generally poor healthcare access. They also experience numerous health disparities. The CHWs working in this project come from these communities and are able to establish effective communication with these populations. CHWs have so far reached tens of thousands of travelers at ports of entry, bridges, bus stops, and other places frequented by international travelers.

In addition to providing up-to-date COVID-19 information, the CHWs also offer testing services. They have administered over 500 rapid COVID-19 tests to participants and also assisted travelers with ordering free, at-home COVID-19 testing kits from the federal government. CHWs helped in the coordination and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination events in El Paso and Presidio, Texas. They have also provided information about other infectious diseases like monkey pox and RSV.

The data gathered from travelers includes their reasons for traveling, COVID-19 vaccination and booster status, and reasons for not getting the vaccine (if applicable). This data is shared with CDC and relevant public health partners for follow up and investigation. In the long-term, it will also be used to develop new communications approaches for travelers and to inform the organization of public health activities at ports of entry and other travel hubs.

The Travelers’ Health Project is conducted by investigators and staff at the UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in El Paso. The project is funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services through a grant by the CDC.

Project Staff

Project personnel are listed below. Click on a name to view the individual profile.

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Travelers' Health Project Provides Vital COVID-19 Information and Services to Travelers at the Texas-Mexico Border

CHPPR’s Travelers' Health Project partners with Community Health Workers (CHWs) to engage international travelers along the Texas-Mexico border, providing them with COVID-19 education and services.