The BOOST Network provides out-of-school time programs for youth in our communities

March 29, 2023

Out-of-school time (OST) programs provide safe, structured spaces with trusting adults for youth to learn, play, and connect with their peers while school is not in session. Evidence shows that OST programs reduce health disparities, improve personal and social skills, foster healthier lifestyles, support student academic achievement, and reduce incidents of delinquency and risky behaviors.

The BOOST Network is a hub for out-of-school time (OST) providers that work together to identify, explore, and create opportunities that increase the quality and effectiveness of their…

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Fun activity along the Playa Drain Trail

March 29, 2023

Get Fit on the Playa event was recently held on the newest section of the Playa Drain Trail. More than 200 participants walked and biked along the newly completed section between Yarborough Drive and Knights Drive. Participants received tips on the importance of stretching and staying hydrated along the way. Other fun activities included jump rope and hula hoop stations.

The City of El Paso completed this section in the fall of 2022 and is working on another section near Ysleta High School. Once this section is complete, the Playa Drain Trail will be 8.3 miles.

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National Nutrition Month - Awareness on Healthy Eating habits

March 29, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month! This is an opportunity to bring awareness on the importance of making informed food choices and healthy eating habits. The Health Foundation has partnered with several nonprofit organizations in the region through our Healthy Eating Initiative to make healthy eating a priority in the community by providing health education, policy, and promotion. Here are a few of our partners:

El Paso Center for Diabetes offers Sabrosa Vida, a cooking class that teaches participants how to cook healthy delicious meals, with an emphasis on making healthy eating…

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2022 Annual Report - Our Line of Work - Promoting Health & Preventing Diease

March 29, 2023

Much like the work we do, papel picado - the inspiration for our 2022 Annual Report - embodies skill, beauty, creativity, and challenge. Its intricate designs echo the complexity of our mission. Its color and creativity represent the diversity, vibrance, talent, commitment, and generosity of those we serve in our binational, tri-state region.

In the beauty and spirit of the papel picado, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to share the impact of our work in 2022, independently and in partnership with numerous area entities, across our three priority areas.

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First Binational Mental Health Conference offered positive change for the region

March 29, 2023

Recently, individuals throughout the border region participated in a two-day binational conference in Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, Texas aimed at sharing the most recent research on best practices in health promotion and treatment of mental illness and substance use. In-depth discussions took place related to improving access to services and reducing the stigma associated with mental disorders to achieve positive change in mental health workers and the region.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation and U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission, along with more than 40 academic,…

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Funders gathered to improve behavioral health opportunities

March 29, 2023

The Texas Behavioral Health Funders Collaborative (TBHFC) members gathered at the Paso del Norte Health Foundation offices this month for their semi-annual meeting to share best practices in behavioral health. The purpose of the TBHFC is to offer regular networking, information sharing and co-funding opportunities to promote high-impact behavioral health interventions, system improvements, or better behavioral health policy in Texas. Sessions featured the collaborative work of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium. Visitors included Amarillo Area Foundation, East Texas Medical Center…

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Funding Opportunities under Mental Health & Emotional Well-being Initiative

March 3, 2023

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation seeks Letters of Intent (LOI) from eligible organizations under the Health Foundation’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being priority areas.

Behavioral Health Consortium Programs that address mental health and substance use system gaps by increasing coordination among regional behavioral health consortia stakeholders as informed by data. The Health Foundation will not consider proposed programs already covered by other resources to include government funding or by health coverage reimbursement.

Think.Change Initiative Programs that…

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Health Foundation Vice President appointed to Kenedy Memorial Foundation Board of Directors

February 24, 2023

Congratulations to Marcela Garcia, Vice President of Finance and Operations for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation/Paso del Norte Community Foundation, on her recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the John G. and Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation. Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Kenedy Memorial Foundation’s mission is to support and fund mostly Catholic, educational, charitable, and religious activities, that includes the El Paso region.

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Diabetes resources available in rural communities

February 23, 2023

Diabetes has no boundaries when it comes to the illness, yet access to information and services can present a challenge depending on where you live.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation has partnered with Texas A&M University Colonias Program and their Project VyBE to help address diabetes at the community level by increasing self-sufficiency and enhancing the quality of life of residents in hard-to-reach areas throughout the region.

Project VyBE trains regional certified community health workers as diabetes education coaches and works to establish relationships with individuals…

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New funding and schedule for REALIZE Board – Lunch & Learn

February 21, 2023

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce funding of more than $150,000 to United Way of El Paso County to strengthen nonprofit board governance by offering REALIZE Board across El Paso and southern New Mexico.

REALIZE Board provides a variety of workshops, training, and summits to ensure the success of nonprofit organizations that serve the region’s communities. The curriculum includes courses with 1-hour modules focused on understanding board member roles and responsibilities as well as nonprofit board structures and fundraising.

Sessions are in person from 12…

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