2014 Annual Reports

June 10, 2015

2014 Annual Reports E-mail The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s annual report celebrates the Foundation’s 20th anniversary and how the Foundation has evolved to improve the health of the region. In addition, a few of the first initiatives are highlighted and the movement towards a region driven by the power of healthy living.

The Paso del Norte Foundation’s annual report shares the partnership with more than 10 nonprofit organizations through the Challenge Fund raising over $925,000 in new and increased gifts from more than 2,000 donors, providing matching funds and…

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Archive Initiative - Center for Border Health Research

June 5, 2015

Sound research is the basis upon which health prevention and education programs are designed.

The Center for Border Health Research (CBHR) was developed to bring together the major regional research institutes to initiate health research for the Paso del Norte region. This was achieved through programs designed to fund regional health research, increase the competitiveness of regional researchers in grant seeking, provide regional researchers with training and other tools that would increase their capacity to conduct research, and collect surveillance data in the region.

The overall…

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Foundations announce New Board Chair and Members

June 3, 2015

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Carolyn Mora, as the new 2015-16 Board Chair. Ms. Mora has served on the board since 2010 and is a Certified Public Accountant, Carolyn L. Mora Financial Services.

Jose Prieto, M.D. was appointed as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect. He has served on the board since 2011 and is in private practice, Partners in Pediatrics.

The Foundation also elected four new members to the Board of Directors – Guadalupe “Pita” de la Vega, Vice-President of Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera, Bruce Esterline, Senior Vice…

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Foundation awards 2015 grants for a Smoke Free Community

June 2, 2015

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded five grants totaling more than $3.2 million under the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Priority Area – A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative.

The purpose of A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative is to promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region by reducing smoking. Top priorities include programs aimed at children and youth, making cessation programs widely available, and promoting smoke-free environments. A Smoke Free Paso del Norte also strives to reduce the smoking rate among intermittent smokers, pregnant women,…

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El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium

May 27, 2015

Vision and Leadership The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium (Consortium) convened to examine the El Paso community behavioral health system in preparation for future service needs and funding trends.

The Consortium envisions an accessible, person-centered behavioral health system of care in the El Paso region. Its actions are informed by community leaders and available data including an El Paso County behavioral health system assessment conducted in 2014.

Knowing that existing groups have projects underway in various sectors of the behavioral health system, the Consortium…

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REALIZE: A Transformational Leadership Program

May 15, 2015

When Paso del Norte Health Foundation CEO Myrna Deckert saw the need to strengthen the bench of emerging leaders in the region, she tapped Dr. Michael Kelly for the job.

This was six years ago, and what Dr. Kelly developed was a transformational leadership program called REALIZE. The next cohort will be selected in June; the class will stay together for 15 months and go through a series of executive coaching sessions, off-site visits to places like the Sacramento Mountains, and complete a course of reading from experts in the leadership field.

Dr. Kelly proudly proclaims that REALIZE…

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Archive Initiative - Action for Youth

May 7, 2015

As a health leader, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation worked to connect border communities to create change. By merely providing local organizations with the information and resources to perform necessary change, individuals were set on a powerful momentum that ignited a chain reaction in communities, establishing new bonds and generated new awareness for the needs of the people in their communities.

Action for Youth (AY) was a multi-year, grassroots initiative designed to build the capacity of communities to support youth and parents for the development of healthier youth. The…

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Doña Ana and Luna Counties receive support from Growing Food Connections

May 5, 2015

Congratulations to Doña Ana County and Luna County for being selected among eight communities from across the country by the Growing Food Connections (GFC) to receive training and assistance to connect family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food.

The GFC program aims to foster communication, facilitate the development of partnerships, encourage information sharing, and stimulate cross learning within and between various communities to strengthen their food systems.

Over a three-year period, GFC will help local governments create their own plans, policies,…

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REALIZE Leadership Program

April 30, 2015

REALIZE In 2011, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation initiated its REALIZE program. The initial offering was a fifteen-month leadership experience for leaders of organizations engaged in promoting health and social services within the Paso del Norte region. The purpose of this endeavor was to transform already effective leaders into “transformational leaders” for the benefit of the region’s health.

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Tracy Yellen receives Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award

April 15, 2015

Congratulations to Tracy Yellen from the Paso del Norte Foundation for being selected as one of the recipients of the Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award by Project Amistad. Her leadership and personal contribution to help improve the lives of the people living in the region will be recognized at a banquet on May 1, 2015.

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