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Governor Abbott Appoints Staffer to Texas Diabetes Council

May 21, 2024

Congratulations to Michael P. Kelly, PhD., Vice President of Programs for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, on his appointment by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Diabetes Council.

The Council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas and advises the Texas Legislature on legislation needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services for all people with diabetes and health professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education.

As someone living with diabetes, Dr. Kelly is a passionate leader in diabetes prevention, early…

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Profile of El Paso Nonprofit Organizations

May 21, 2024

Taken together, nonprofits in El Paso make up the 7th largest employer and account for more than $6 billion in assets. Nonprofits are essential for addressing health, education, economic development, human services, and quality of life in our community. From small groups to national organizations, these entities fill gaps not otherwise addressed by for-profit organizations and government agencies.

To better understand El Paso’s nonprofit community, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation collaborated to develop a profile of nonprofit organizations…

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Improving Mental Health Education for Future Healthcare Providers

May 21, 2024

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to highlight the work of one of our trusted partners: the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center (PDN Children’s), a 75-year-old organization committed to enhancing mental health education for the region’s future healthcare providers – including specialists in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, applied behavior analysis for eating therapy, and early childhood education.

With funding from the Health Foundation, PDN Children’s has launched the Help Me Grow El Paso…

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Health Foundation awards $4.5 million grant for UTEP Health

May 21, 2024

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently announced a $4.5 million matching grant to The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to increase the number and quality of health occupations in the El Paso region.

The grant will support UTEP Health, a comprehensive initiative aimed at elevating the region’s healthcare standards. It encompasses more than 4,400 students in the College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, and other health professions, programs, and research.

The $4.5 million matching grant was awarded specifically to support UTEP Health as it works…

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Health Foundation awards $3 million grant to expand diabetes education

May 21, 2024

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently announced a $3 million to support the expansion of the El Paso Center for Diabetes’ educational programs and services to meet the needs of the thousands of people in the community living with diabetes.

Nearly 15% of El Paso adults now have diabetes, outpacing the national average of 11.3%. Over the past five years, there has been a surge in the need for diabetes services.

“In 2018, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation made diabetes prevention and management a priority. With this leadership grant, the Health Foundation Board of Directors…

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Eating fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet

May 21, 2024

Eating more fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity.

With help from the Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Initiative, the Mustard Seeds Café —Amigo Healthy Eating and Garden program educates participants to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. The program provides nutrition and cooking classes, identifies healthy portion control, and teaches children to grow produce through gardening classes in El Paso and Doña Ana Counties. The Amigo Garden also serves as a resource that provides fresh-grown produce for…

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Celebrate Trails Day: How the Community Came together to Celebrate the Paso del Norte Trail

May 21, 2024

Recently, the Paso del Norte Trail, in collaboration with Eco El Paso, El Paso Water, and the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, hosted “Celebrate Trails Day: Planting Roots with the Community” on the Playa Drain Trail.

With the help of over 130 volunteers and generous donations, 25 trees were planted along the Playa Drain Trail from Mimosa Avenue to Durrill Road. Trees are an essential amenity and enhance the trail experience by providing cooling effects, improving air quality, promoting physical activity, and more.

Community volunteers from the Lower Valley…

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Summer Programs for kids available in the region

May 21, 2024

Are you looking for a quality program to keep your kids busy this summer? Check out the interactive “Summer Program Guide” on the BOOST Network website (theboostnetwork.org). The guide includes a comprehensive list of summer programs in the Paso del Norte region (El Paso, southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez). Users can filter their search by age range and location, type of activity, registration deadlines, duration of camps, how to enroll, and more.

The BOOST Network is a hub for out-of-school time providers that work together to identify, explore, and create opportunities that…

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Investing $4.17 million to promote Healthy Living in 2023

May 21, 2024

In 2023, the Health Foundation invested $4.17 million to support 46 grants under the Healthy Living priority area to promote positive behaviors that prevent disease, including healthy eating, physical activity, smoking/vaping prevention, and positive opportunities for youth. Featured grantees include Border Partners, La Semilla Food Center, The BOOST Network, Centro de Asesoría y Promoción A.C., La Nube, Paso del Norte Trail, and A Smoke-Free Paso del Norte.

Click here to learn more about what the Health Foundation and our…

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Program to help youth with autism

April 17, 2024

In recognition of National Autism Month, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation highlights the PEERS program at New Mexico State University (NMSU)

The Autism Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is a partnership with the NMSU Papen-Aprendamos Autism Diagnostic Center (ADC). With funding from the Health Foundation’s Mental Health and Emotional Initiative, support is provided to ADC in implementing the PEERS program for at least 50 participants 18 months to 17 years of age who live in Doña Ana, Luna, and Otero counties.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a…

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