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Individuals learn the root causes of hunger and poor nutrition

March 14, 2018

Wouldn’t it be great to have someone follow you through a grocery store and assist you with information and support on how to live a healthy and productive lifestyle?

With support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Initiative, the Kelly Memorial Food Pantry’s Fresh Start program is doing this and more. The program is one of its kind in the region and supports individuals by addressing the root causes of hunger and focusing on skills of individuals that can be used throughout their lives. Members of the program receive training in nutrition…

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Nonprofit organizations receive support to engage disconnected youth

March 12, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded eight grants totaling more than $1 million under the Healthy Kids Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative. The goal of the IGNITE initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the region in high quality programs during out of school hours. The Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 7-18 who are not involved in out of school activities or participating in the labor market. Funded organizations are:

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces - $78,490.50
*More Teens, More…

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Two new grants awarded to support Healthy Eating and Active Living

March 12, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded two grants totaling more than $2.3 million under the Healthy Eating and Active Living Priority Area – HEAL Initiative. The purpose of the HEAL initiative is to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for youth and their families.

Funded organizations are:

Creative Kids, Inc. - $79,882.00
Playa Drain Mosaic Project
To design and produce art in collaboration with regional youth for the Playa Drain Trail in El Paso, TX.

Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation - $2,250,000.00
*Construction and…

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New teen dating violence prevention curriculum shows significant effects on students

February 22, 2018

In an effort to address dating violence in schools, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in partnership with the YWCA, and Health Advocates, developed the Me & You curriculum for middle and highs schools. Research shows that well designed and implemented teen dating violence prevention curriculum can decrease risks of being in an abusive relationship. This new dating violence prevention curricula is based on the National Sexuality Education Standards and health education standards for Texas and New Mexico. The interactive learning experience is designed to increase classroom participation…

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Neighborhoods in Ciudad Juárez apply for playground equipment

February 20, 2018

The Fundacion Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar and FECHAC have partnered to launch “Playgrounds in the Park,” an initiative designed to get gently used playground equipment into neighborhood parks in Ciudad Juárez. The organizations have extended an invitation to neighborhood groups (consisting of 10 or more individuals) to submit proposals on the need for playground equipment in their neighborhood, how the equipment will improve health, and how the equipment and park will be maintained.

The playground equipment was purchased by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation for a…

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Partners work together to receive state funds

February 19, 2018

The Health Foundation and the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium congratulate Consortium partners, Emergence Health Network, El Paso County, City of El Paso and University Medical Center, who submitted a proposal to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Senate Bill 292 and were selected from across the state to receive funding.

The partners are leveraging recently approved local resource allocations for development of a crisis intervention response team (CIT) in El Paso County. The partners on this project include the City of El Paso, the County of El Paso and…

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Foundation awards grants to support Mental Health and Emotional Well-being

February 15, 2018

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $2 million under the Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Priority Area – Think.Change Initiative. The purpose of the Think.Change Initiative is to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, increase training for mental health providers and explore structural changes in the region’s behavioral health treatment system. Funded organizations are:

City of El Paso Housing Authority - $49,094.10
Think Change Housing
To conduct a review of housing policies and practices, identify strengths…

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Students at YISD are making healthy choices

February 15, 2018

Students at Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) are leading a more healthy and active lifestyle these days, due to the coordinated approach of students, campus staff, and student families that are learning the Coordinated Approach To Child Health or CATCH program. With support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s (Health Foundation), HEAL Initiative and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, YISD was able to implement the CATCH program over two years in 37 elementary schools, reaching approximately 18,500 students.

CATCH is a school-based program that helps schools…

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Staff support ‘Tired of Cancer’ project

February 15, 2018

The staff of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and family of foundations was honored to participate in the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation’s “Tired of Cancer” campaign.

The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation asked local individuals and organizations to decorate car tires with creative designs to bring awareness to Cancer Foundation’s important work in the community and to promote the Second Annual Run Together 5k.

“We thought this would be a fun project for our team. Our design focused on physical activity and nutrition, which are both important in the prevention and during the…

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Shift+ partners to hold Responsive Beverage Service training to local businesses

February 14, 2018

As part of an effort to reduce binge drinking, the YMCA and the Rio Grande Safe Communities will hold a FREE Responsive Beverage Service (RBS) training for businesses that sell and serve alcohol. The training covers Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) seller-server guidelines and operational practices that support responsible alcohol service including alcohol sales to minors and intoxicated people.

Monday, March 5, 2018
Region 19
6611 Boeing Dr.
El Paso, Texas

Session 1:
9 a.m. to noon for on-premise locations (i.e., bars, restaurants, lounges) …

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