EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
On October 16, 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted its third regional Beyond Translation Forum in McAllen, Texas at the Texas A&M Health Science Center - South Texas Center. A dynamic team from EPA Region 6 partnered with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, National Organization for Mexican American Rights, Texas A&M Health Science - South Texas Center, U.S. Health & Human Services, Texas Office of the Secretary of State, and U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry participated in the presentations and funding.
The Hispanic outreach initiative brought together representatives from faith-based organizations, grass-roots, civic groups, academia, health professionals, and local, state and federal governments. During the forum, EPA officials and their partners addressed environmental health challenges of the growing Hispanic community along the Rio Grande Valley area. Participants in the Colonia Session requested a guide summarizing Federal, State and nongovernment assistance for colonia residents in Texas. As a result the Summary of Federal and State Funding for Colonia Assistance in Texas guide was completed. This funding guidance provides colonia residents, local government and utility officials with a starting point and summary of funding programs for colonias in the State of Texas and is available on this website.