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El Paso County Community Listening Sessions for ARPA Funding

March 18, 2022

The El Paso County is hosting four community listening sessions to engage the public in identifying high priority needs in our community.

The El Paso County Commissioner’s Court plans to invest $9.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for nonprofit organizations to help meet identified needs. The sessions will allow residents to provide input on community needs and services, which will help the Commissioners Court develop a Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for nonprofit organizations.

The public is invited to participate in this process by attending one of the…

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Welcome Daniela Salazar

March 17, 2022

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation are pleased to welcome Daniela Salazar as our new Operations Support Assistant.

Daniela is the friendly face you first meet when visiting our office. She is responsible for providing administrative and general support for the foundations.

A native of the region, Daniela grew up in Ciudad Juárez. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and part of both amazing cultures. She continues to study and hopes to be a psychologist to help the community. Daniela enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her…

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Nominations accepted for next REALIZE Executive Cohort

February 17, 2022

The future of health in our community requires well-trained, supported, and capable leadership. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) designed REALIZE Executive to create a dynamic network of skilled leaders committed to improving health now and for the benefit of future generations.

REALIZE Executive is a world-class leadership development experience, custom designed by international leadership experts and Health Foundation staff, for top-level and emerging top-level management within the Paso del Norte region. The purpose of this leadership development experience is…

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Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation to partner with Health Foundation to fund nonprofit organization

February 17, 2022

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation in partnership with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK) recently invited several local nonprofit organizations that promote health and prevent disease to participate in an information session to identify at least one local organization to be included in the DRK portfolio.

Michelle De La Isla, Managing Director of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, spoke to the group on the criteria for funding. The selected organization(s) would receive financial support in the form of an unrestricted $300,000 grant over three-years along with directives that…

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Health Foundation recognized as Best Place for Working Parents

February 16, 2022

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been acknowledged as a “Best Place for Working Parents.”

In response to a local effort to promote family-friendly business policies, the Health Foundation took the assessment to learn more about its policies for families. The Health Foundation is among hundreds of organizations in Texas and the U.S. that have family-friendly policies and practices that support employees, specifically working parents.

According to The Best Place for Working Parents website, “More than 15 million U.S. workers have quit their jobs…

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New “Explore AR” App brings Insight to DinoTracks tour

February 16, 2022

Did you know that dinosaurs once roamed the El Paso region?

The Insights’ DinoTracks tour offers visitors a 98-million-year-old fossil discovery over five different species of dinosaurs, volcanos, and marine organisms.

Once a person-guided tour, Insights recently launched the Explore Augmented Reality (AR) DinoTracks app. With support of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the AR DinoTracks app was developed to engage families in a self-guided walking tour.

The new app allows visitors to use their tablet or smartphone to see augmented reality outlines of real…

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Parents, can you spot the vapes?

February 16, 2022

A Smoke-free Paso del Norte, which is an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, has experienced many successes since its inception in 1999. It supported important policy adoptions like the Clean Indoor Air Ordinance adopted by the City of El Paso in 2001, which prohibited smoking indoors and since been updated to include the prohibition of smoking and vaping in outdoor public spaces like public parks. As a result of this and other community-wide efforts, smoking rates in El Paso County declined from 21% 1996 to 11% today.

Despite these successes, smoking continues to be…

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February is heart awareness month: explore data related to heart disease in the Paso del Norte region

February 16, 2022

The Healthy Paso del Norte website healthypasodelnorte.org provides a variety of information about quality of life, health disparities, demographics and more for El Paso and Hudspeth Counties in Texas, Doña Ana, Otero and Luna Counites in New Mexico, and Ciudad Juárez. The website is sponsored by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to support the community in assessment, strategic planning and identifying best practices.

We invite planners, policymakers, and community members to use this valuable resource. February is Heart Awareness Month,…

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Trail News

January 19, 2022

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven, collaborative effort started by the Health Foundation to develop a 68-mile county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to create a regionally significant landmark that promotes active transportation, preserves the history and culture of our region, highlights the Rio Grande River, supports economic development and ecotourism, provides educational and volunteer opportunities, and makes healthy living the easy choice for our unique, binational community.

Learn about some of the progress that is taking place.

  • The City of El Paso…
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Health Foundation announces New Board Officers, Members for 2022

January 10, 2022

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Charles de Wetter as Chair and Susan Melendez as Vice-Chair for the 2022 Health Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. de Wetter has served on the board since 2018 and as Chair of the Allocations Committee. Mr. de Wetter is a licensed real estate broker in Texas and California. Ms. Melendez has served on the board since 2017 and as Chair of the Finance, Audit and IT Committee. Ms. Melendez is a community advocate.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation also welcomes new board members: Sereka Barlow, The Hospitals of…

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