New report identifies alcohol as drug of choice among El Paso youth

November 3, 2016

Alcohol is the leading drug among El Paso young people, according to a new report from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. Underage Drinking in El Paso - A status report was commissioned by the Foundation’s Shift+ initiative. The goals of the initiative are to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in the Paso del Norte region.

According to the report, more than 28% of 9th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. About 17% reported binge drinking, or having 5 or more drinks in a row on one occasion. Among those youth who reported binge drinking, more than half said they had ridden with a driver…

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Job Opening for Operations Support Assistant

October 31, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation has a position open for an Operations Support Assistant. The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, associate degree in Business Administration preferred, and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience as an administrative assistant.

This individual will report to the Director of Operations and assist and provide administrative and general clerical support to the organization. Click on link to review job description. Operations Support Assistant Job Description

The closing date for applications is Friday, November 11. Interested individuals should submit resume and…

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FECHAC and the Health Foundation partner to stem underage and binge drinking along the border

October 26, 2016

So far 15 mom-and-pop stores in Ciudad Juárez have signed on to be “Responsible Merchants” as part of an effort by FECHAC and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Shift+ initiative to stem underage and binge drinking along the border.

Agreeing to be “Responsible Merchants” means the neighborhood stores will:

  • Check IDs for underage drinkers.
  • Sell alcohol only during legal sales hours.
  • Display a Responsible Merchant Poster & Youth Education Ad.
  • Separate alcohol and non-alcohol products.
  • Separate alcohol advertising from candy or youth-oriented items.


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Health Foundation Grants $6 Million to Support Dental School

October 25, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s board of directors is pleased to announce a $6 million grant to support the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (WLHSODM).

The Health Foundation will contribute $6 million over six years. Funding will support the start-up phase of the school with opportunity to leverage State funding.

“We are excited to be part of a leadership opportunity to bring a dental school to the region,” said Jose Prieto Jr., M.D., board chair of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “Poor dental…

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The Health Foundation partners with others to improve school health at YISD

October 21, 2016

The CATCH Global Foundation is proud to announce significant results at 14 Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) elementary schools in El Paso, TX during Phase 1 implementation of the highly effective, evidence-based CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) program. The project is made possible through a generous grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ (BCBSTX) “Healthy Kids, Healthy Families” initiative.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation provided support to YISD to expand the CATCH program to 11,000 students and 23 schools in Phase 2. The YISD CATCH Phase 2 training…

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Foundation Awards New 2016 Grants to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

October 20, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $1.2 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:

Border Partners - $62,700.00 Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Border Region of Luna County, New Mexico and Palomas, Chihuahua To offer promotora-led nutrition classes, home gardening instruction, and lead community efforts to update recreational…

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Smoking ban at nearly all El Paso County facilities starting January 2017

October 19, 2016

On Monday, October 17, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar and Commissioners approved a policy that protects all those using County property and facilities from exposure to secondhand smoke. County Commissioner Carlos Leon along with the County’s Human Resources Department introduced a policy that would prohibit the use of tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

The policy would go into effect on January 1, 2017, and prohibit the use of tobacco on all enclosed property, open space within or between enclosed…

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New Board Member for the Health Foundation

October 11, 2016

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Ruben Guerra as a new board member for the Health Foundation. Mr. Guerra is President and CEO of The Ruben E. Guerra Company, LLC. He is a registered investment advisor with over 29 years of investment experience.

For a complete list of board members, click here.

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Coping with mental illness has family to family support

September 23, 2016

Families and care givers are making connections and learning that support and treatment options do exist to help loved ones with mental health conditions.

Through Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Think.Change initiative, one of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) signature programs is available in El Paso. The program known as Family-to-Family teaches concise, empathetic communication with a family member who has a mental health condition. Participants learn how the brain and medications work and learn how to be advocates for their loved one at different…

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FC Bravos join thousands for "Juárez en Accion"

September 22, 2016

On September 3 and 4, the Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar invited the Juárez community to participate in Juárez en Acción – a weekend of activities designed to promote gender equality, a peaceful environment, and healthy eating and active living in the municipality of Ciudad Juárez.

Individuals were asked to be part of Juárez en Acción by signing up on the Fundación website to participate in any physical activity to improve their health or the community. More than 40 activities were reported throughout the city, mobilizing more than 2,400 people.


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