October 20, 2014
Unlike other days, Maria couldn’t wait to get home to show her mother the flyer she received at school about joining Girl Scouts. She has always wanted to be a Girl Scout, but troops were not organized at her school or around her neighborhood until now.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s IGNITE initiative has awarded $50,000 to the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest (GSDSW) to create 24 new troops and offer Girl Scout Leadership Experience to 240 disconnected girls from Doña Ana, Luna and Otero Counties in New Mexico.
The goal of IGNITE is to improve a range of health outcomes…
October 13, 2014
As the last bell rings at the end of the school day, 35 students from Hart Elementary rush quickly through the halls, not to leave the school campus, but to get their instruments and prepare for their music lesson. Through collaboration with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s IGNITE initiative, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) is working to improve the range of health outcomes for disconnected youth through their Tocando! music program. The Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 7 – 18 years old who are not involved in out-of-school activities or…
October 10, 2014
On October 15, Myrna J. Deckert, CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation will be awarded the Fred Rogers Leadership Award in Philanthropy for children, youth and families for 2014.
Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) gives this prestigious award annually in memory of one of the country’s most beloved advocates for children, Fred McFeely Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”). This award recognizes outstanding contributions and leadership by grantmaking staff, trustees and donors in all fields of children, youth and family philanthropy. This year’s award will be presented at GCYF’s…
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.
September 18, 2020
For the lives she touched, contributions she made, and legacy she leaves Myrna served as CEO of YWCA El Paso del Norte Region for more than 30 years, growing the organization from an annual budget of $150,000 when she joined in 1970 to over $35 million when she retired in 2002, making it the largest…