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Operation Border Health Preparedness (OBHP)

A Full-Scale Emergency Preparedness Exercise in South Texas

Operation Border Health and Preparedness (OBHP), July 22-26, 2024

Do you want to impact the health of underserved Texans?  Practice clinical, non-clinical, and interprofessional skills?  Work with federal, state, and local health agencies and providers?  Then don’t miss out on this free opportunity!  Students and faculty from medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, psychology, public health, and veterinary medicine are invited to participate! 

Faculty & Students:  Register   Here  by Wednesday, April 17, 11:59PM

Register early as participation is limited!

What is OBHP?   Operation Border Health Preparedness (OBHP) is a full-scale emergency training exercise led by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  OBHP has taken place annually for the past two decades in various cities along the South Texas border.  OBHP volunteers - including TAMU students, staff, and faculty - have in recent years contributed to the provision of nearly 37,000 free services to over 8,500 underserved and uninsured individuals.  Services include immunizations, blood pressure checks, diabetes screening, hearing and vision exams, medical evaluations, sports physicals, dental services, veteran services, mental health services, nutrition education, and smoking cessation.  Other patient education, disease surveillance, and targeted prevention efforts are available as well veterinary services as some locations.

Where is OBHP?   Volunteers will be assigned to one of these south Texas border cities:  Brownsville, Laredo, Raymondville, Rio Grande City, San Juan .

What did TAMU students have to say about participating last year?

  • “I learned with the behavioral health team, the medical team, and the pharmacology team the importance of an inter[professional] approach to individual health care.” 
  • “What I liked most about participating was being able to help my community and see more clearly how much healthcare is lacking within it.”
  • “We learned about the Texas State Guard and the [medical] services that they provide. We learned how to work together in a medical setting to utilize all of our disciplines as a team.”
  • “What I liked most about participating was the experience of working in a different/unique healthcare setting. It definitely broadened my perspectives on what it means to work with other [healthcare providers] and members of a new community."
Important Dates/Times for all TAMU OBHP24 Participants
Registration Closes Wednesday, April 17, 11:59PM
OBHP-Required Online Training Due Wednesday, May 22, 11:59PM
Last Day to Cancel Participation Wednesday, May 29, 11:59PM
Mandatory Online HSC-Facilitated Orientation Thursday, July 11, 4PM-6PM (appx time)
Depart to Assigned OBHP Locations Saturday, July 20 (Time TBD)
First Site-Based TAMU Team Dinner Saturday, July 20, 6:00PM
OBHP-Facilitated Site Orientation Sunday, July 21 (Time TBD)
Exercise Dates/Times

Monday-Thursday, July 22-25, 8AM-3:30PM;

Friday, July 26, 8AM-2:00PM
Return Home     Friday, July 26 (After 3PM)

Volunteers will be assigned to one of the cities below: 

  • Laredo
  • Rio Grande City
  • San Juan
  • Raymondville
  • Brownsville
Who pays for my participation in OBHP?    All travel expenses are paid  by participating colleges/units and the TAMU Health Office of Interprofessional Practice, Education & Research (IPER, which also coordinates participation).  This includes transportation, hotel, and meals.  (Participants can expect to pay some expenses out-of-pocket that will later be reimbursed, such as meals.) More information is provided on the  Registration Form .
Partial participation is possible.  See the  Registration Form  for more information.

OBHP24 will have COVID-19 precautions in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. TAMU volunteers are **strongly encouraged** to receive COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure their immunity prior to attending OBHP24.

E-mail with questions.

To learn more about OBHP, read the stories below:

Texas A&M Health team receives national recognition for collaborative service in South Texas - Vital Record (
Texas A&M Entities Practice Emergency Response, Provide Medical Services at Operation Lone Star
Operation Lone Star: Emergency Preparedness Exercise in South Texas
Health profession students prepare for emergencies while serving South Texas

State OBHP Website