The City of Brownsville Public Health Department strives on making its community a healthier place to live, and because if our passion and dedication, we have been honored with several awards and recognition's throughout the years.


RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

 Brownsville was recognized as a community that's a beacon of hope and progress for healthier people and families. Brownsville was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize for building a Culture of Health.

2014 All-America City Award

 Brownsville was named 2014 All-America City along with 9 other cities nationwide. National Civic League recognized Brownsville as a city that is taking the lead in issues in health. Striving on making Brownsville a healthy community for all. Project lead by Arturo Rodriguez, Public Health Director.

2010 Texas Municipal League Spirit Award

 The Texas Municipal League recognized Brownsville's Greener, Healthier Initiative. The initiative provides a cleaner, healthier environment, along with educational and support programs to improve the health of both city employees and residents. Enhancements to the City's environmental footprint including a local new LED traffic light systems, the replacement of municipal cooling and lighting systems, the expansion of the local recycling center, a new employee wellness program that includes the development of employee-only sports leagues, and expanded Employee Assistance Program.

Border Binational Health Week-National Vaccine Plan

 Stakeholders met in Brownsville, TX during the Border Binational Health Week, October 4-5, to provide feedback on the National Vaccine Plan. For information, visit the Health and Human Service's website. It was sponsored by the National Vaccine Program Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region VI and the Border Health Commission.

Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge

 The City of Brownsville in collaboration with the UT School of Public Health, Su Clínica Familiar, Tu Slaud ¡Sí Cuenta!, University of Texas Community Outreach, and Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department has successfully coordinated the Brownsville's Biggest Loser Challenge., The goal of the four month challenge is to inspire local residents to increase physical activity, make healthy food choices, and when necessary, lose weight in order to improve overall health. Season One had more than 400 participants who dropped a total of nearly 1,000 pounds.

Brownsville Farmers Market

 The Brownsville farmers Market (BFM) is currently operating its 3rd successful season. BFM is an initiative aimed to reducing child and adult obesity through nutritional education, health services, and fresh, locally grown produce to individuals living in South Texas

Health Department of the Year

 In 2009 the Brownsville Health Department was awarded the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA) Health Department of the Year.

Heart & Stroke Healthy City

 Brownsville is recognized as Heart and Stroke Healthy City. Becoming a Heart and Healthy City is based on proven interventions that have made a significant difference in increasing physical activity and better eating habits, as well as reducing tobacco use and decreasing response time to heart attacks and strokes.

Bi-national Health Week

 In October 2010, the Brownsville Health Department was selected to host the 7th Annual Border Bi-national Health Week Inaugural Ceremony event.

Zumba® Guinness World Record®

Brownsville recently launched its 3rd season of Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge and ended the challenge by breaking a Guinness World Record® for the largest Zumba® class, with a total of 1,223 participants, putting Brownsville at the top with a world breaking record.

Let's Move City

 In 2010 Brownsville become a Let's Move City, following First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative. Since becoming a Let's Move City, Brownsville has adopted a long-term, sustainable and holistic approach to fighting childhood obesity.

Bi-national Health Council

 Brownsville/Matamoros is 1 of 8 bi-national health councils, with available programs with particular attention and concern to the council's geographical population of both sides of the border.

Healthy Border 2020-DSHS

 In March of 2001, the Border Health Commission established Border 2010 incorporated input from a broad cross-section of people from the United States-Mexico border, including the City of Brownsville.

Border Models of Excellence

 The Border Health Commission has awarded Brownsville the Border models of Excellence award which recognizes community-based programs and initiatives in the border region that have made great strides in improving the health and well-being of border communities.

Zumbatomic® Guinness World Record®

Brownsville recently launched its 4rd season of Brownsville Biggest Loser Challenge and ended the challenge by breaking a Guinness World Record® for the largest Zumbatomic® class, which is Zumba® for children with a total of 383 participants, putting Brownsville at the top with a world breaking record.