From Our Team
Posted on November 1, 2022 by Audrey Garcia
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s (PdNHF) Smoke-Free initiative is dedicated in supporting efforts to promote smoking cessation and smoke-free spaces throughout the region. Our team is paving the way and on the forefront of clean air initiatives and ordinances in El Paso (2001), San Elizario (2018), and Horizon (2021). We are committed to promoting local tobacco cessation through research-based media campaigns that support the statewide Quitline (915-534-QUIT). Along with a network of smoke-free partners, the Tobacco Control Network, we supported efforts to institute tobacco-free…
Posted on September 21, 2022 by Guest Author
Act, give, change – the Paso del Norte Community Foundation reminds the community to take part in the region’s largest and most significant day of charitable giving.
El Paso Giving Day was founded in 2016 by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and is a charitable giving campaign designed to shine a light on the essential work of nonprofit organizations and ignite the spirit of giving in our community. This year, El Paso Giving Day will take place on Thursday, October 20. For nonprofits in our binational, tri-state region, that means it’s also time to get your nonprofit…
Posted on August 22, 2022 by Jana Renner
What image comes to mind when you think about eating healthy? If you’re like me, you’re seeing a plate full of veggies and maybe some bland chicken breast. What if there was a way to reprogram your brain — as well as your shopping list and eating habits — so that planning healthy meals sparked creativity to spice up recipes?
Sabrosa Vida is a chef-led cooking and nutrition program brought to the community by the El Paso Center for Diabetes, in partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Living priority area.
The curriculum was pilot tested by the Center for…
Posted on July 15, 2022 by Dr. Michael Kelly
Living with diabetes isn’t always easy. People diagnosed with diabetes may ask, “What foods can I eat?”, “When should I check my blood sugar?”, or “How does physical activity affect my blood sugar?”
As complex as it can be to manage diabetes or help a loved one manage theirs, it is possible to do well, be well and lead a healthy, happy life while keeping blood sugar levels at safe and consistent levels.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Paso del Norte Health Foundation are here to help with a variety of programs designed to help navigate diabetes. The new “Do Well, Be Well…
Posted on June 20, 2022 by Tracy J. Yellen
Vaxed, Variant, Hybrid, Cicada. These are just a few of the words that dominated our societal vernacular in 2021. For the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation, we’ve added three more: purpose, partnerships, and possibility.
As CEO of our family of foundations, I am pleased to share our 2021 Annual Reports, which underscore our purpose, highlight our community partnerships, and remind us of the possibility for the residents of our binational, tri-state region to achieve happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Together, our foundations invested $35.9…
Posted on May 16, 2022 by Sandra Day
Students are beginning to count down the days until summer vacation begins. Parents are too, with many trying to ensure their child has something to do over the summer break, but most importantly they want a safe and healthy environment in which their child can pursue their interests.
As youth begin to leave the rigors of the classroom, parents around the region are looking for ways to keep them engaged. Summer programs offer the perfect opportunity to match what youth want or need over the summer with the ability to learn, grow and stay healthy. For many working parents, summer programs…
Posted on April 18, 2022 by Dr. Michael Kelly
Leadership can be taught, and leadership can be learned. Using this premise, the REALIZE executive experience takes already good leaders and, over the course of ten months, helps them become transformational leaders for the benefit of the region’s health.
The Health Foundation’s REALIZE Executive program is a world-class experience established in 2010 and tailored specifically for the Paso del Norte region to inspire and train a cohort of 20 high-level leaders at a time to build upon existing leadership qualities and skills. Offered every 2 to 3 years, the more than 100 REALIZE…
Posted on March 18, 2022 by Jana Renner
Helping your children eat healthier is no easy task, but the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Desert Spoon Food Hub are here to help.
As we celebrate National Nutrition Month, we must take early steps to help our children live healthier lifestyles. One way to do so is by introducing fruits and vegetables into their diets at an early age.
One of the best ways to set a child on the path to better eating habits is education. We must make learning fun to help keep kids interested in living healthier.
That is why the Paso del Norte Health Foundation funded the Taster Space program…
Posted on February 21, 2022 by Dr. Michael Kelly
For the last two years, offices and classrooms were mere steps away from food pantries and kitchens. With government schools dominantly using Zoom, many children found themselves staring at a screen for hours each day. This combination facilitated a negative trend for child health.
During the pandemic, the national rate of obesity among kids ages 2 to 19 increased to 22.4% in 2020, up from 19.3% in 2019, according to the State of Childhood Obesity organization. In 2019-20, 21.4% of Hispanic youth ages 10 to 17 met the criteria for obesity. Importantly, both COVID and obesity are…
Posted on January 20, 2022 by Dr. Michael Kelly
For the past many months, government, community and healthcare organizations, and businesses, including the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, worked to promote and provide COVID vaccines. The Reduce the Risk collaborative provided factual information around community resources as well. Subsequently, the El Paso vaccination rate is higher than the Texas state rate; 93% of the elderly are fully vaccinated in El Paso County (84% in Texas) and 75% of those five-years and older are fully vaccinated (62% in Texas).
Vaccines were very helpful in preventing someone from contracting the alpha…