Mandate

The mandate of the PBPHPC is to facilitate regional pan-border public health preparedness collaborations to collectively strengthen capacity at all levels to address all nature of public health threats, including: responding to severe or novel outbreaks of infectious disease; augmenting disease surveillance in the face of an evolving or yet-undefined threat; or a need to address non-urgent but still important public health issues that arise, e.g., transportation across the border of infectious disease samples, or radiological material, or any other animals or substances with human health implications across the border.

Authority

The PBPHPC draws it authority from the November 2007 trilateral public health MOU entitled “Declaration among the Department of Health and Human Services of the United States of America, the Department of Health of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ministry of Health of the United Mexican States”.

Goals and Strategic Priorities

PBPHPC activity is chiefly focused on:

  • Providing a forum for facilitating pan-border emergency preparedness collaboration;
  • Promoting local and regional collaborations in emergency public health activities;
  • Ensuring all pan-border activities are deliberate, realistic and value added for all members;
  • Addressing Federal issues that are common to all Canada – U.S. cross border health collaborations and require resolution at the Federal level;
  • Engaging other pan-border stakeholders when appropriate to assist regional alliances and activities across the border; and
  • Avoiding duplication of established initiatives and alliances across the Canada – U.S. border

Leadership

The Council is co-chaired by one Canadian and one United States Member split between one holding a federal position and the other being a regional representative. The term for the Co-chairs is for two years. The mandate may be extended for an additional year based on the agreement of the Council membership.

Core Membership

The Core Membership includes:

  • Canadian Representative from the Pacific Northwest Border Health Alliance
  • Canadian Representative from the Great Lakes Border Health Initiative
  • Canadian Representative from the Eastern Border Health Initiative
  • United States Representative from the Pacific Northwest Border Health Alliance
  • United States Representative from the Great Lakes Border Health Initiative
  • United States Representative from the Eastern Border Health Initiative
  • Canadian National Capital Region Public Health Agency of Canada Representative
  • US National Capital Region Health and Human Services Representative
  • Regional Representatives (2) from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • United States Regional Representatives (2) from Health and Human Services
  • Representatives from unaffiliated jurisdiction (3)

Council members are responsible for:

  • participating in quarterly conference calls and an annual face-to-face meeting;
  • bring forward issues for the Pan-Border Council to address that represent the needs or their jurisdiction, alliance or initiative;
  • regularly communicating the activities of the Pan-Border Council to their respective collaboratives; and
  • promoting education about the Pan-Border Council.