Join the Movement

November 13, 2017

No individual or family should be isolated when confronted with a behavioral health problem. Reducing the stigma often associated with mental illnesses is pivotal when addressing what needs to be done to improve services. The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium has partnered with other community organizations in support of the “Okay to Say” campaign. The campaign creates a movement for talking openly about mental illness and helping people find the resources and treatment they need.

The Okay to Say campaign is a community-based movement initiated by the Meadows Mental Health Policy…

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UTEP named Backbone Organization for mental health priority area

November 13, 2017

Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) – Office of Research & Sponsored Projects a grant of $1.1 million over two years to serve in the role of Backbone Organization (BBO) for the Health Foundation’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Priority Area. The BBO will provide leadership and expertise to catalyze efforts in the Paso del Norte region.

“The Health Foundation’s ‘Backbone Organization’ grant to UTEP will leverage the UTEP team’s extensive technical expertise and professional networks to build upon existing community partnerships and…

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Mental Health Advocate honored by NAMI Texas

November 8, 2017

Congratulates to Sharon Butterworth, board chair for the Health Foundation. She recently received the Mental Health Professional of the Year Award from NAMI Texas, at the Texas Behavioral Health Funders Network Annual Meeting in Dallas. Sharon has spent more than two decades working to improve services and change perceptions about people with mental health conditions in our region and across Texas.

Elise Banks and Sharon

Left to right: Richard Salcido, Sharon, Jennifer Krautkremer, Denise Uga, and Diane Banks

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10,000 Steps to Better Health

November 8, 2017

Every step you take throughout the day counts!

Health and fitness researchers are finding that people can achieve health benefits by exercising at a moderate level than previously thought.

Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association have confirmed that the lifestyle approach can be as effective as a traditional exercise program. Additionally, many doctors and researchers have found that wearing a pedometer or some form of monitoring device is a great way to track your daily activity, while inspiring you to be more active than usual.

To achieve good…

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Funding Opportunity under the HEAL Initiative

October 31, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation seeks Letters of Intent (LOIs) from eligible organizations to promote the Health Foundation’s Strategic Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Initiative.

Applicants are encouraged to download and read the HEAL Strategic Plan. The Paso del Norte Institute for Health Living serves as the Health Foundation’s backbone organization for the HEAL priority area and evaluates the HEAL programs. Applicants are encouraged to visit the IHL website at


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Health Foundation seeks proposals for the construction of the Playa Drain Trail

October 27, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) seeks proposals for the construction of the Playa Drain Trail - a 3.4-mile trail on the Playa Drain from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The Health Foundation was established in 1995 to lead, leverage and invest in initiatives, programs and policies to promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region.

Scope of Work. The work under this contract shall be for furnishing all labor, materials, transportation and services for the construction and installation of the following work:

  • Implementation of a…
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Town of Anthony, Texas adopts a smoke-free ordinance

October 25, 2017

Recently, Mayor Martin Lerma, Alderman Shawn Weeks and the Anthony Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will prohibit the smoking of both commercial and electronic cigarettes in restaurants, bars, parks, and playgrounds.

The Public and Workplace Smoking Restrictions ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed properties, open spaces within or between enclosed facilities, outside areas within 20 feet of a doorway, and all properties owned or leased by the Town of Anthony, Texas. It also offers protection to youth and families that utilize the city’s parks, baseball fields, and…

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New program helps identify if a child is a picky eater or a problem feeder.

October 24, 2017

It’s dinner time, and once again you look for an innovative approach to get your child to eat. Is he a picky eater or a problem feeder? The Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center (CDC) has an answer for children with special needs.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF) recently awarded a $262,000 grant through the Healthy Eating & Active Living Initiative to the CDC for their “Off to a Good Start: Eating Our Way to a Healthy Life” program. The program will be the first in the El Paso area to support children from 12 months to five-years of age who are often malnourished…

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Focusing on Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in the region

October 23, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently published a newsletter in celebration of World Mental Health Day. The newsletter shares the advances that the Health Foundation and many other community partners have made to improve mental and behavioral health in the region.

Today 1 in 5 adults lives with a mental health condition.

Click on link below to view or download document.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Newsletter

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Foundation awards grants to support Healthy Kids

October 19, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded five grants totaling more than $499,000 under the Healthy Kids Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative. The purpose of the IGNITE Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region in high quality programs during out of school hours.

Funded organizations are:

Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council - $138,930.00
Unidos Prosperamos
To pilot test a volunteer sustainability model for units in Anthony, Clint, Horizon City, Santa Teresa, Sunland Park, and…

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