June 12, 2019
On June 7, Governor Abbot signed SB 21, or Tobacco 21, which raises the minimum legal age in Texas to purchase tobacco from 18 years to 21 years. Tobacco 21 also makes changes to how tobacco sales to minors are enforced. A person can be charged under the law if they sell, give, or knowingly purchase with the intention of providing a cigarette, e-cigarette, or other tobacco product to someone who is younger than 21 years old. A conviction calls for a fine of $100. The new law also requires retailers to train their clerks to prevent a violation of this law. Exemptions to the law include…
June 12, 2019
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling more than $1.9 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:
Arbol de Vida - $139,963.63
To provide nutritious meals and physical activities to children in Rancho Anapra and Loma de Poleo in Ciudad Juárez, México.
Border Partners - $98,120.00
HEAL – Year 5
To establish home and school…
PDN Community Foundation Update: $3 Million Gift to advance the future of health education at TTUHSC El Paso
June 12, 2019
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), along with the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and Rick and Ginger Francis, announced earlier this month a $3 million gift that will help drive the university toward a bright, impactful future.
Encouraged by TTUHSC El Paso’s success and driven by their passion to leave the community better for future generations, Rick and Ginger Francis established the Ginger G. and L. Frederick Francis Foundation in the Paso del Norte Community Foundation. <iframe width=”1162” height=”654”…
June 11, 2019
As part of our ongoing commitment to stewardship, the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Health Foundation are working to move as many functions as possible from paper to digital platforms.
We started the effort to reduce our use of paper and printing internally sharing documents electronically, preparing board materials using a board packet app, and moving the majority of our annual report content online. We have taken another step recently with digital contracts and electronic payments.
We are proud of our staff for moving more tasks into the digital space and…
June 11, 2019
The boards and staff of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar are pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report: Trailblazing 2018annualreport.pdnhf.org.
The online 2018 Report highlights the collaborative work to improve health, education, social services, economic development and quality of life in the region, grants awarded to nonprofit organizations and an accounting of foundation resources.
Collectively, in 2018, the…
May 16, 2019
Allan Goldfarb was inspired to volunteer for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation by former CEO Myrna Deckert. A committed board member from 2010 to 2016, he served as board chair in 2013 and was also a founding board member and chair of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation in 2016.
Mr. Goldfarb and his wife, Amy, are especially committed to creating a region driven by the power of healthy living. They aspire for El Paso to be among the healthiest cities in Texas. Amy was a Division I college tennis player, still active on the courts today, and her parents ran marathons well into…
May 16, 2019
The City of El Paso Police Department in collaboration with Emergence Health Network and the County of El Paso took a big step forward in efforts to improve the behavioral health system of care. The Department launched its Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) to serve El Paso residents experiencing a mental health crisis. The CIT is a co-responder program partnering a specially trained El Paso officer with a masters-level licensed professional clinician from Emergence Health Network.
The police officer and clinician ride together in a patrol car. Since its launch in January of this year, the…
May 15, 2019
El Paso Giving Day (EPGD) was established four years ago to increase awareness and community engagement and support for the active network of nonprofit organizations that provide vital programs and services to the residents of our community. Planning has begun for EPGD 2019 – set for Thursday, November 14th - to reach an even larger audience and engage even more donors to support our nonprofit entities.
If you work with a nonprofit or know of one that would like to participate, please join the Paso del Norte Community Foundation on **June 12th at the EPCC Administrative Services Center…
May 15, 2019
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is supporting NAMI El Paso during Mental Health Month by promoting the importance of caring for others as part of NAMI National’s “Why Care” campaign.
Research shows that recovery from a mental illness, including addiction, occurs best in a caring supportive environment that promotes acceptance and prevents social isolation. “CARE” is an action, feeling or gift given to ourselves and to each other. People feel loved when someone cares. People feel heard when someone cares. People recover when someone cares. Society changes when people care. Entire…
May 14, 2019
On May 9, 2019, the REALIZE Executive Leadership program kicked-off in Ciudad Juárez under the Spanish name “REALIZE Liderazgo Transformacional”. Twenty executives active in Ciudad Juárez were selected from a pool of more than 70 nominees. They join the select network of REALIZE leaders from both the US and Mexico. These executives will undergo a 10-month transformational process to improve their leadership skills and build synergies to improve health in the Paso del Norte region.
For more information on REALIZE Liderazgo Transformacional, contact José Antonio Ibáñez at (915) 400-0147,…
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…