September 17, 2014
Dr. Leah D. Whigham, Executive Director for the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) was recently selected to serve on the Obesity Society Council as Clinical Practice Councilor and on the Advocacy Committee.
As a Clinical Practice Councilor, Dr. Whigham will serve a three-year term, which includes oversight of and reporting about committees, sectors and task forces with a primary responsibility of coordinating activities to meet strategic plan goals and strategies of the Obesity Society Council. On the Advocacy Committee, she will be responsible for tracking legislative and…
September 15, 2014
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants for more than $1,247,000 under the Healthy Relationships Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative. The goal of the IGNITE initiative is to work with community organizations and schools to improve health outcomes of youth through participation in out-of-school programs.
Funded organizations are:
Creative Kids, Inc. - $91,944.60 Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences) To offer an after-school and summer visual arts education program for 115 disconnected youth 7-18 years old in Fabens, TX.
Girl Scouts of the Desert…
September 10, 2014
Congratulations to Tracy Yellen on being named 2014 El Paso Inc. Women of Impact.
Other honorees included:
September 8, 2014
The community of south El Paso along with students, staff and faculty of Bowie High School will soon work together to educate people on growing, preparing, selling and consuming nutritious food for a healthy lifestyle. With support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative and La Semilla Food Center, a food coordinator will be hired. The food coordinator will integrate La Semilla’s Edible education program model over two-years to 600 students, 500 families and community residents on the Bowie campus in cooking, taste, learning events and…
September 5, 2014
A recent report indicates that the incidence (# per 100,000 residents) of lung/bronchus cancer in El Paso County has dropped from 48/100,000 in 1995 to 30.9/100,000 in 2011. This is about a 35% drop. The state incidence dropped about 30% during the same period. El Paso’s age-adjusted rate is also much lower than the state’s overall.
Decreased adult smoking likely contributed to the reduction in the incidence of lung cancer in El Paso.
A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is associated with a reduction in adult smoking from 21.5% in 1996 to 14.7% % in 2012. This history of success largely is…
September 5, 2014
Through the use of videos, 300 students in eight media technology classes at several middle and high schools in Las Cruces Public Schools, participated in a project that challenged them to develop health messages that would improve nutrition and activity habits on their school campus.
Supported by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living - HEAL initiative, Las Cruces Public Schools worked with teachers and students to find creative ways through video to influence administrative staff, students, and parents on nutrition and physical activity policy and practice,…
August 22, 2014
Shopper Marketing Nutrition Intervention
Why are fruit and vegetable purchase and consumption relatively low? This may be because current grocery store nutrition interventions do not consider powerful applications of in-store marketing. This report explores the possibility of using in-store marketing to target fruit and vegetable purchases that may not only benefit economic concerns of retailers, but also economic and nutritional concerns of shoppers.
July 23, 2014
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to welcome two individuals to the Foundation team: Faviola Porras and Angelina Velazco.
As the Accounting Support Assistant, Ms. Porras will provide accurate and timely reports, payroll, payables, and other accounting functions as needed.
Angelina Velazco is the welcoming face and voice when visiting or calling the office. She will also provide administrative and general clerical support in her position as Operations Support Assistant.
June 20, 2014
Leadership in health just took a step forward, as 20 community leaders graduated from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s REALIZE Leadership Progam. These individuals participated in a 15-month experience that prepares them to address regional health needs, through the use of cutting edge leadership ideas.
“REALIZE has given me the opportunity to learn from renown leaders, outstanding mentors, and amazing colleagues. I look forward to applying what I have learned to forming successful partnerships to resolving the complex health issues facing our community.” – Candyce Berger,…
June 5, 2014
Like most public health challenges, alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences affect everyone. But in a society where drinking is often associated with family gatherings, sports events, and celebrations, it’s easy to think “it’s not my problem” or “they’re not my kids” or “they’re just having fun.” Many of us have likely seen statistics about underage drinking and had exactly these thoughts. I’d like to reinforce the notion that underage drinking is our problem – and solutions are our responsibility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive alcohol…
January 15, 2020
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to the nonprofit profile on GuideStar. Now community members as well as more than 10 million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about the Health Foundation’s goals, strategies, capabilities, and process. [Click…