Genny Carrillo Zuniga, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Sc.D.

Genny Carrillo Zuniga, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Sc.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, has been appointed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to lead the Environmental Education Committee, Gulf Task Force of the U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Environmental Program.

Beatriz Tapia, M.D., M.P.H., will serve as committee co-facilitator.

The Gulf Task Force is one of three task forces in the Texas/Tamaulipas/Nuevo Leon/Coahuila Regional Workgroup of the Border 2012 Program and covers Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr counties on the U.S. side of the border, and Municipios of Matamoros, Valle Hermoso, Reynosa and Rio Bravo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. This binational collaboration strives to improve the environment and protect the health of the nearly 12 million people living along the border.

The focus of the Gulf Task Force is to improve air quality, provide safe drinking water, reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous waste, and ensure emergency preparedness along the U.S.-Mexico border through the development and implementation of results-oriented programs.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell