Grantee Spotlight: La Semilla

April 15, 2015

La Semilla has been working closely with both the Doña Ana Food Planning & Policy Taskforce and the burgeoning El Paso Equitable Food Policy Group to establish the availability of safe, healthy, and sustainable food at reasonable prices for all residents that fosters a link between food, health, and local economic development.

An early success for La Semilla Food Center and its Mesilla Valley Food and Agriculture Policy Initiative was a 2012 resolution passed by the Las Cruces City Council that demonstrated the City’s support for school garden programs.

From there, it’s been one…

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Archive Initiative - Qué Sabrosa Vida

April 7, 2015

Qué Sabrosa Vida – $3 million for 7 years

The Qué Sabrosa Vida (QSV) program touched the lives of thousand of families by instructing them on how to easily incorporate basic nutrition and cooking skills into their daily lives, without having to greatly alter the traditional border diet. Through the many classes and activities that the program offered, diverse groups of individuals came together to learn and to teach one another how to make healthier choices about the foods they eat. Participants left the courses with specific nutritional ideas and a renewed sense of what their well-being…

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Foundation staffer selected to the Leaders across Border program

March 27, 2015

Nohemi Rubio, Associate Program Officer from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has been selected to the 2015 Leaders across Borders program from the U.S-Mexico Border Health Commission. Ms. Rubio is one of 11 individuals selected from throughout the country to participate in the program. She is the only representative for El Paso, Texas.

Leaders across Borders is a unique, advanced leadership program that provides a binational venue to work collaboratively with participants from the U.S.-Mexico border states. Participants will enhance their leadership skills, strengthen binational…

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EP Behavioral Consortium named a finalist in National Initiative aimed to improve health and well-being

March 24, 2015

The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium is one of 57 finalists in the running to receive a grant and technical support from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). If funded, the grant would go to the Paso del Norte Foundation for El Paso to become a leading community on health improvement, as part of an initiative known as SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation). With two years of grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SCALE aims to work with communities to develop capability to improve health and to spread effective…

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Initiative Archive Vault - It Takes Two

March 19, 2015

It Takes Two – $1 million for 3 years

The YWCA coordinated a teen pregnancy prevention program for sixth, seventh and eight graders. Middle schools in the nine area schools districts were eligible for the program free of charge. It Takes Two focused on empowering teens to make healthy choices about their relationships to prevent premature pregnancy.

The program was conducted over three class sessions and focused on sharing the responsibility for healthy romantic relationships with male/female presentaion teams.

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Two partners working for a smoke free region

March 17, 2015

Since 1999 the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has worked diligently and strategically to transform the border into a smoke-free region and to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. The rate of adult smokers was reduced from 21.5 percent in 1996 to 13.3 percent in 2010. This is one of the most significant statements of impact on the Foundation’s work. Two current efforts demonstrate the Foundation’s continued commitment to a Smoke Free Paso del Norte. In 2014, UTEP implemented a tobacco-free policy for its campus, including the Don Haskins Center, Sun Bowl Stadium and every building…

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20th Anniversary - Walk El Paso program

March 9, 2015

While studies showed that exercise combined with healthy food choices reduced the risk of chronic diseases, it appeared that El Paso was not following the national trend with 75% of adults not participating in any physical activity. Most sedentary group was women ages 35 to 65 years of age.

Walk El Paso was a funded initiative launched in 1998 by the Foundation to inspire and mobilize the El Paso sedentary population to begin a simple walking program. Through the development of walking material, walking groups, events and a media campaign with a “Walk El Paso walk, 20 minutes a day, 3…

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Enroll El Paso Coalition shares success of the nation's top performers

March 2, 2015

Open Enrollment to select a plan or be automatically re-enrolled in quality, affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace ended February. 15, 2015. The Enroll El Paso Coalition, comprised of local agencies, assisted El Pasoans in the process for a second year. A total of 54,117 individuals during the two open enrollment periods were signed up, adding 21,432 to last year’s count.

“I am so proud of the Enroll El Paso coalition and its’ partners. I look forward to thanking each of them and congratulating them in person February 27 in El Paso,” said Marjorie Petty, Regional…

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Programs that helped the environment and health clinics

February 24, 2015

The health impact that 20 years have made in the region, is represented by many of the programs and initiatives that were developed and supported by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to promote health and prevent disease in the region.

Below are two programs that were developed in 1997 to improve the health of the region.

Addressing the need to improve the environment of residents, the Foundation was actively involved in helping find resources for water, wastewater and hygiene problems in selective communities.

When Water Works for Health $1.7 million…

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Empowering the heart of the family

February 16, 2015

Latina women play a key role in the health and well-being of their families. Too often this burden of being the essential unifying force to support and guide the family leads to women putting aside their own needs. Research has shown that Latina women are more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression and more likely to delay seeking help for such symptoms.

This health challenge is a major reason why Texas A&M Colonias Program sought assistance from Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Think.Change initiative. Through the Think.Change initiative, Foundation partners are…

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