Health Priorities, Initiatives & Programs

Community Resilience

To provide leadership for crisis response and other emergent health needs in the region. In difficult times, such as with the 2019 El Paso shooting and the emergence of COVID-19, the Health Foundation thoughtfully responded in collaboration with community organizations and with funding. We are committed to continued involvement when crisis hits and are preparing for an even more efficient response.

In partnership with the County of El Paso, the Health Foundation founded the “Reduce the Risk” campaign to engage more than 70 promotoras across the region to promote health and safety messaging, vaccine registration support, and information around financial and economic support services. Reduce the Risk website:

The Health Foundation has also awarded more than $3 million to 35 nonprofit organizations to support their preparedness, recovery and transformation through the pandemic.

Awarded Grants

Project Title Organization Grant Amount
CASA of El Paso-COVID-19 Recovery CASA of El Paso Inc. $67,000.00
Recuperación y transformación de CASA frente al COVID Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. $68,530.00
2021 CRI: Desert Spoon Food Hub Supply Chain Preparedness Plan Desert Spoon Food Hub $43,767.85
Extending Healing and Hope: Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the El Paso Child Guidance Center El Paso Child Guidance Center $250,199.47
Recovering and Transforming into the Digital World El Paso Human Services Inc. $54,336.00
FYI’s COVID-19 Adaptation & Recovery Efforts (CARE) Project Families and Youth, Inc $136,826.80
El Paso Mental Health Expansion Initiative Family Service of El Paso, Inc. $103,567.31
Walk STEAM Augmented Reality DinoTracks Hiking Tour Transformation & Recovery Insights-El Paso Science Center Inc. $33,140.00
2021 CRI: Kelly Adaptations Kelly Memorial Food Pantry $67,248.42
2020 LDR: Support for El Paso COVID-19 Preparedness Medical Center of the Americas Foundation $50,000.00
2021 CRI: Preparing NAMI El Paso for The Future NAMI El Paso Inc $53,940.00
2020 COV: Unificando esfuerzos para la respuesta efectiva a la pandemia de COVID-19 Programa Companeros, A.C. $49,152.40
2021 CRI: From Crisis to Communication and Collaboration: Re-envisioning Communities of Recovery Recovery Alliance of El Paso $319,358.40
Transforming Cancer Services in the Age of COVID 19 Rio Grande Cancer Foundation $78,870.00
Community Outreach & Education Texas A&M University $285,616.00
Reaching underserved communities with promotores de salud for COVID-19 Outreach The University of Texas at El Paso $370,722.00
2021 CRI: Transformation to a Modern United Way United Way of El Paso County $113,942.00
Y Connect YMCA of Greater El Paso, TX & Rio Grande Valley $40,780.00

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Health Foundation announces New Board Officers, Members

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…

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