Exploring Agenda-Setting for Healthy Border 2010

Research Directions and Methods

  • Charles T. Kozel New Mexico State University
  • Anne P. Hubbell New Mexico State University
  • James Dearing Ohio University
  • William M. Kane University of New Mexico
  • Sharon Thompson University of Texas, El Paso
  • Frank Peréz University of Texas, El Paso
  • Enrique Suárez Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juárez, A.C.
  • Adriana Peña Salud y Desarrollo Comunitario de Cd. Juárez, A.C.
  • Michael T. Hatcher Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Melanie Goodman New Mexico State University
  • Kathrin Berg Pettit American Cancer Society
  • Shelly Modell City of Las Cruces Senior Programs
  • Everett M. Rogers Grant Collaborator


Policy makers take action largely on issues that attain the pinnacle of the policy agenda (Pertschuck, 2001). As a result, how decision makers choose which issues are important has been the subject of much research. Agenda-setting conceptualizes the process of how issues move from relative unimportance to the forefront of policymakers’ thoughts (Dearing & Rogers, 1996). An area within agenda-setting research, Health Promotion Agenda-Setting, provides Health Promotion practitioners with an innovative framework and strategy to set agendas for sustained courses of action (Kozel, Kane, Rogers, & Hammes, 1995). In this interdisciplinary and bi-national exploratory study, funded by the Center for Border Health Research of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, we examine agenda-setting processes in the Paso del Norte Region and evaluates how the public health agenda is determined within the U.S.-Mexico border population. Integrating both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, the current research is focused on identifying deficiencies in the public health infrastructure in the U.S.-Mexico border area, and identifying channels that exist for working toward the bi-national goals presented in Healthy Border 2010 (U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, 2003). Research directions, design, and methodologies for exploring health promotion agenda-setting in applied settings, such as Healthy Border 2010, provide health practitioners and policy makers the potential to improve public health leadership by influencing the public health and policy agendas.
How to Cite
Kozel, C. T., Hubbell, A. P., Dearing, J., Kane, W. M., Thompson, S., Peréz, F., Suárez, E., Peña, A., Hatcher, M. T., Goodman, M., Pettit, K. B., Modell, S., & Rogers, E. M. (2006). Exploring Agenda-Setting for Healthy Border 2010: Research Directions and Methods. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 4(1), 141-161. https://doi.org/10.32398/cjhp.v4i1.742

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