Health Priorities, Initiatives & Programs

Improved health outcomes are achieved faster, and with greater wide-spread success, when public and private entities work together. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation board of directors focuses on five key health priorities for the region. We work with a number of organizations to implement initiatives and programs that help us realize our mission and goals.

Healthy Eating and Active Living

To make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for all people in the Paso del Norte region.

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HEAL Initiative

The goals of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative are to 1) increase fruit & vegetable consumption and improve portion control; 2) increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior; 3) create an environment that promotes healthy eating and active living without bias…

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Playa Drain Trail

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation partnered with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water in 2018 to design and build a 3.4-mile multi-use hike and bike trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park on the historic Playa Drain.

The new trail is designed to make active living the easy choice for…

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Paso del Norte Trail

The Paso del Norte Trail is a community-driven, collaborative effort to develop and implement a master plan for a 60-mile county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to develop a multi-use, recreational trail that will become a regional attraction that connects communities, celebrates El…

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Tobacco & Alcohol Prevention

To eliminate tobacco use and reduce binge drinking particularly among youth.

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A Smoke Free Paso del Norte

The goal of A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is to eliminate tobacco smoking in the region. The initiative’s coordinated and comprehensive approach includes preventing the initiation of smoking among youth, promoting quitting among adults and young people, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke,…

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The goals the Shift+ initiative are to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in all ages. Binge drinking is the most common form of excessive drinking and is defined as 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women in one occasion. Youth and young adults are particularly…

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Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being

To reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, increase training for mental health providers and explore structural changes in the region’s behavioral health treatment system.

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The major goal of the Think.Change initiative is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Through this initiative, the Health Foundation will use a Collective Impact framework and research-informed constructs to reduce stigma. As an emerging initiative, community partners (i.e. Brain…

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El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium

The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium (Consortium) convened to examine the El Paso community behavioral health system in preparation for future service needs and funding trends. Its actions are informed by community leaders and available data including an El Paso County behavioral health…

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Healthy Kids

To work with families, community organizations, and schools to increase protective factors for youth.

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Healthy Kids

The goal of the Healthy Kids Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region in high quality programs during out of school hours. The Health Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 5-17 who are not…

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Health Leadership

To develop regional health leaders and respond to community requests to provide leadership for health-related initiatives.

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The goal of the REALIZE experience is to inspire already effective leaders to become transformational leaders for the benefit of the region’s health. Customized for the Paso del Norte region and built on nine leadership attributes, REALIZE offers a cohort of twenty executives, the opportunity for…

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REALIZE Board Training

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of El Paso County, is ensuring the success of nonprofit organizations that serve our communities. Through workshops, training and summits, the REALIZE Board Training is assuring all nonprofit board of directors are fully…

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PHIX Health Information Exchange

PHIX (formerly known as the Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange) is a non-profit organization created with the mission of improving health through collaboration and technology. Members of PHIX improve health care through the secure sharing of privacy-protected health information. Members…

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Offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 12, 2021

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation offices will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 19. Sorry for any inconvenience. Have a safe and healthy day.

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