Posted on March 28, 2018 by Anna Alemán
Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) is a mobile dental clinic that travels around the state providing free basic dental care to Texans with limited resources and/or access to care.
The last time El Paso hosted TMOM was in 2003. Thanks to a partnership between the El Paso District Dental Society, Texas Dental Association’s Smiles Foundation, Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation and dedicated volunteers, the dental clinic will be in El Paso on April 13 and 14 at Silva Health Magnet High School.
The two-day dental mission will bring hundreds of dental professionals and volunteers together to…
Posted on March 5, 2018 by Enrique Mata
A key part of growing up is sharing experiences with trusted adults. The memories of these experiences, good or bad, can have a lifelong impact on youth.
This is especially true when it comes to the use of tobacco products. Research has shown that youth are less likely to use tobacco products when their parents disapprove of tobacco use; their relationships with parents include a balance of expressing care, providing support, and challenging growth; they do well in school and are involved in out of school activities; their friends are substance free; and they have self-control and stren…
Posted on February 5, 2018 by Michael Kelly
It is well into the new year and while some people have kept their New Year’s resolutions, others have not. If you are one who has set (and kept) a resolution to be healthier, congratulations; if not, don’t feel too bad. Changing the way one eats, exercises, consumes alcohol, smokes, sleeps or engages in any number of health behaviors is complex.
If just knowing the benefits of exercise would cause people to be active, then we would all exercise; if knowing that smoking was harmful, we would stop smoking. But, this is not the case. While information is helpful and frequently necess…
Posted on January 1, 2018 by Tracy J. Yellen
One of our 2017 high points was welcoming home the first two Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine graduates who elected to set up practices in El Paso after their residences. Dr. Iris Tomas and Dr. Jennifer Lopez-Perez were among the first participants in the Health Foundation’s “forgivable loan program,” established at Texas Tech nearly a decade ago to reward medical students if they practiced in El Paso.
The forgivable loan program is one of many investments that the Health Foundation is making to promote health and prevent disease in the region. Here are a few additional high…
Posted on December 4, 2017 by Jana Renner
This year, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation joins a consortium of partners to celebrate a milestone that has improved our community’s health and quality of life – fifteen years of clean indoor air. Fifteen years ago, in 2002, El Paso became the first Texas city to adopt a Clean Indoor Air Ordinance. Since then, El Pasoans have enjoyed smoke-free restaurants and bars and employees have enjoyed smoke-free work environments. The adoption of the ordinance was revolutionary at the time yet smoke-free indoor spaces is now the norm. In fact, my teenagers do not remember a time they’ve eate…
Posted on November 1, 2017 by Guest Author
Over 165 local nonprofit agencies are joining together on November 15 for El Paso Giving Day – a 24-hour social media campaign designed to raise awareness (and funds!) for worthwhile charitable causes in our community. And, we are upping the ante for this second annual event with a goal of raising $250,000 in a single day. It’s ambitious but, with your help, we know we can do it!
Nonprofits do incredibly important work in our community. As the fifth largest employer taken together, nonprofit organizations provide after-school child care, organize cancer support groups, feed and house …
Posted on October 4, 2017
I was invited to a local middle school’s career day, where I was given the opportunity to explain my work developing a teen dating violence prevention curriculum.
To avoid complete boredom during my presentation, I immersed them in a curriculum activity.
(Life tip: Tell a middle school student they are the first to try your product, and they will enthusiastically agree to do it!)
The lesson consisted of identifying attitudes on “okay” and “not okay” behavior in a teen dating relationship. To my surprise, most of the students thought it was okay for their partner to engage in unheal…
Posted on September 5, 2017 by Enrique Mata
My daughter and I recently watched the 2017 Video Music Awards (VMA). We were touched by the performance that Logic, Alessia Cara and El Paso’s Khalid gave from the song ‘1-800-273-8255,’ which raises awareness for suicide prevention.
Kesha, an American singer, songwriter and rapper, introduced the performance making her own statement of support saying, “Whatever you are going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone. We all have struggles, and as long as you never give up on yourself, light will break through the da…
Posted on August 1, 2017 by Michael Kelly
Not long ago, a man who was newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes walked into the El Paso Diabetes Association (EPDA) along with his wife. He seemed depressed, atrophied, exhausted, and agitated. Goaded by his wife, he registered for the next available diabetes management class. When the class started a few days later, he sat with a blank stare and seemed disengaged from learning. At a break, the diabetes educator asked the man, “Why are you here?” His response was unenergetic and monotone, “I don’t know. I don’t have anyone to live for and I don’t know what to do.”
Posted on July 3, 2017 by Jana Renner
A friend and I were recently trading stories about parenting teenagers. The topic moved to underage drinking parties and how to talk to our teenage children about expectations around underage drinking without sounding preachy or overbearing. Parents of teenagers may be surprised to learn that research shows that parents’ opinions do matter. In fact, 80 percent of youth between the ages of 10 and 18 report that their parents, not their peers, influence their decision to drink or not to drink.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has resources for paren…
February 14, 2019
Soon, individuals will have access to a new trail segment that will connect safe routes to neighborhood destinations and provide greater opportunities for increased physical activity.
This new trail segment will run along the Franklin Canal from Presa Place to Loop 375 in the Lower Valley and is part of the over…