Paso del Norte Community Foundation 2019 Annual Report
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Building a Legacy 2019 Annual Report

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Celebrating the Health Foundation’s legacy of leadership and grantmaking in health.

A Letter From our Board Chair & CEO

Sharon
Tracy
Dear Friends:

Dear Friends:

In 2020, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary promoting health and preventing disease in our binational, tri-state region. Our founding Board of Directors laid out a vision for the Health Foundation: to ensure that the people of our region have the knowledge, resources, support and environment to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

Since our inception, we have grown the Health Foundation’s assets from an initial $130 million in 1995 to $249.3 million as of December 31, 2019, while awarding $198.8 million in grants and charitable expenses working with over 300 partner organizations in the region — all to support this vision and our mission to lead, leverage and invest in initiatives, priorities and programs to promote health and prevent disease.

In 2019, we invested $11.67 million working with 75 grantees in five priority areas:

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Dear Friends:

Dear Friends:

In 2020, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary promoting health and preventing disease in our binational, tri-state region. Our founding Board of Directors laid out a vision for the Health Foundation: to ensure that the people of our region have the knowledge, resources, support and environment to lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

Since our inception, we have grown the Health Foundation’s assets from an initial $130 million in 1995 to $249.3 million as of December 31, 2019, while awarding $198.8 million in grants and charitable expenses working with over 300 partner organizations in the region — all to support this vision and our mission to lead, leverage and invest in initiatives, priorities and programs to promote health and prevent disease.

In 2019, we invested $11.67 million working with 75 grantees in five priority areas:

Health Leadership

Like many organizations in El Paso, the Health Foundation stepped up to help the community address and recover from the devastating shooting of August 3. The Health Foundation earmarked $100,000 to support the administration of the philanthropic funds raised by the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and El Paso Community Foundation working with One Fund El Paso so that 100% of the more than $11.8 million funds raised would support victims and families. The Health Foundation also awarded an emergency grant to the El Paso Child Guidance Center to expand trauma-informed care in our community in the wake of the tragedy. Earlier in the year, we lent a hand with a grant to Annunciation House to support hospitality for asylum seekers.

We helped launch the first REALIZE Executive leadership development program with a cohort of 20 nonprofit and health leaders in Ciudad Juárez in partnership with the Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar. We continued the REALIZE Board training program in partnership with BoardSource and the United Way of El Paso County.

We celebrated the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s approval of the new Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine and continued our $6 million commitment for the school.

Healthy Kids

Because we know that engaging disconnected youth in meaningful out-of-school time opportunities is a proven strategy for reducing risky behaviors among youth, we expanded our grantmaking to nonprofit organizations who offer positive after school and summer programs. We were pleased to partner with organizations like FEMAP/SADEC, Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil and Organización Popular Independiente in Ciudad Juárez, Creative Kids, Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Cruces to serve nearly 8,000 youth this past year.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

We continued our Think.Change grantmaking portfolio to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness funding programs like NAMI of El Paso’s “Family-to-Family” and Emergence Health Network’s “Mental Health First Aid.” In partnership with the Empower Change Center at the University of Texas at El Paso, we supported the work of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium, Dona Ana Wellness Institute, and U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission-Mexican Section. We welcomed two new important resources in El Paso including a Crisis Intervention Team – a partnership of the City of El Paso, County of El Paso and Emergence Health Network, and interactive directory to make it easier for families to find behavioral health providers in the region.

Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention

While our communities have made great strides in reducing tobacco use over the years thanks to the adoption of Clean Air Ordinances, we recognized that the rise in vaping use is a powerful counterforce in our community’s outreach success. Fortunately, both the state of Texas and federal government enacted new Tobacco 21 laws in 2019 – moving the legal purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21. To ensure that our communities know about these laws and the dangers of selling, possessing, and vaping nicotine and THC products, we launched two awareness campaigns in partnership with the YMCA and THC Task Force.

Healthy Eating and Active Living

We furthered our commitment to the built environment this year by establishing the Paso del Norte Trail Corporation to implement the master plan for the 68-mile county-wide hike/bike trail. We worked with OJB Landscape Architects and community partners to explore the feasibility for a visionary new “Deck Plaza” – a potential 12-acre community park over I-10 between Downtown and Uptown El Paso. We awarded an additional $350,000 grant to help the City of Las Cruces complete its 37.85-mile trail system.

Since nutrition-education is vitally important to combatting multiple diseases – from diabetes to heart disease to cancer - we worked with the El Paso Diabetes Association to pilot an updated “Sabrosa Vida” education curriculum. We further expanded nutrition education for youth in partnership with grantees including La Semilla Food Center and Border Partners in New Mexico and CCompaz and Arbol de Vida in Ciudad Juárez.


These are just a few of our accomplishments in 2019 thanks to the vision, leadership and commitment of our board of directors, time and collaboration of community leaders, partners and volunteers, and hard work and dedication of our incredible staff.

We look forward to building on these accomplishments and celebrating the Health Foundation’s legacy of leadership and grantmaking in health. We invite you to learn more about our 25-year history this year.

Sincerely,

Sharon Butterworth

Board Chair

Tracy J. Yellen

Chief Executive Officer

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2019 Highlights

Alamogordo Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)
Alamogordo Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

In 2018-2019, members of the Otero County Community Health Council (OCCHC) and Behavioral Health Local Collaborative engaged in an intensive facilitated strategic planning process. The purpose for the gatherings was to identify gaps in Otero County’s behavioral health system of care and to prioritize actions to address those gaps.

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Alamogordo Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

In 2018-2019, members of the Otero County Community Health Council (OCCHC) and Behavioral Health Local Collaborative engaged in an intensive facilitated strategic planning process. The purpose for the gatherings was to identify gaps in Otero County’s behavioral health system of care and to prioritize actions to address those gaps.

As a result of the strategic planning process, the OCCHC identified the need for a mobile crisis response team (MCRT). The City of Alamogordo, led by the Police Chief, submitted a proposal to the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to support the first year in a multi-year collaborative effort to integrate an MCRT unit into the Alamogordo Police Department (APD). The project was funded in 2019 and includes significant leveraging plus a level of community commitment for the project to continue serving the greater Otero County population of approximately 65,000 people.

The Alamogordo Police Department consists of 59 sworn personnel and 24 civilian staff. Adding an MCRT and related policy and practice improvements will contribute to preventing inappropriate justice involvement for people living with mental illness including substance use disorders. MCRTs are a well-recognized and established evidence-based best practice endorsed by policing subject matter experts and organizations to include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). MCRTs were also recognized as a key tool to support diverse and vulnerable populations by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015.

Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces Offers Interactive Programming for Teens
Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces Offers Interactive Programming for Teens

Finding something fun to do on a Friday night wasn’t always easy for teenagers in Las Cruces. That is, until the Boys and Girls Club opened a space designed especially with teens in mind. In 2018, the Club organized weekly teen nights on Fridays at their downtown Las Cruces location. To attract youth that would otherwise not go to the Club, the organization recruited 10 Teen Brand Ambassadors to invite teens to join in. The Ambassadors helped organize and lead fun activities for their peers as well. The approach worked. More than 275 teens participated in the program last year alone.

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Boys & Girls Club of Las Cruces Offers Interactive Programming for Teens

Finding something fun to do on a Friday night wasn’t always easy for teenagers in Las Cruces. That is, until the Boys and Girls Club opened a space designed especially with teens in mind. In 2018, the Club organized weekly teen nights on Fridays at their downtown Las Cruces location. To attract youth that would otherwise not go to the Club, the organization recruited 10 Teen Brand Ambassadors to invite teens to join in. The Ambassadors helped organize and lead fun activities for their peers as well. The approach worked. More than 275 teens participated in the program last year alone.

The Boys and Girls Club program is one of 13 programs funded through the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Kids Initiative in 2019 focused on increasing health outcomes and decrease risky behaviors like smoking and drinking by engaging disconnected youth in high quality programs during out-of-school hours. The Health Foundation defines disconnected youth as young people between the ages of 5-17 who are not otherwise involved in out-of-school activities and not working and would benefit from engagement in positive activities and interaction with caring adults.

Partnering with the El Paso Diabetes Association to Improve Health
Partnering with the El Paso Diabetes Association to Improve Health

In 2019, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation partnered with the El Paso Diabetes Association (EPDA) to build their capacity to provide essential diabetes education and support in our community.

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Partnering with the El Paso Diabetes Association to Improve Health

In 2019, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation partnered with the El Paso Diabetes Association (EPDA) to build their capacity to provide essential diabetes education and support in our community.

Diabetes is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, with an estimated 9.4% of the U.S. population with the disease. As the sixth largest city in Texas, 13.9% adults in El Paso have diabetes, which translates to about 94,000 people. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in adults over the age of 75 in El Paso. It accounts for the age-adjusted death rate 32.2 per 100,000 population in El Paso compared to 20.9 and 21.2 deaths per 100,000 in Texas and the U.S., respectively. In short, El Paso has more diabetes than many other places and it is poorly managed.

For El Paso to effectively respond, a comprehensive approach for Diabetes prevention, screening, and management — including a strong Diabetes Association - is essential.

The Health Foundation has invested in EPDA staff leadership development through REALIZE Executive, organizational strategic planning, and a strengthened insurance billing system. The Health Foundation has also provided grant funding to EPDA to support Diabetes Self-Management classes, increase capacity to serve more residents, and strengthen relationships with regional medical providers. Additionally, the Health Foundation is working with EPDA on an updated health cooking class, Sabrosa Vida, which serves people with diabetes and those at higher risk for developing diabetes.

The Health Foundation looks forward to making additional investments in the coming years across the continuum of diabetes prevention and care in our community. Partnering with EPDA has been an important start.

El Paso Healthy Kids Coalition: Working on School-Based Interventions to Improve Student Health and Wellness
El Paso Healthy Kids Coalition: Working on School-Based Interventions to Improve Student Health and Wellness

The El Paso Healthy Schools Coalition was founded in 2018 with an important goal: to improve the health and wellness of students across El Paso. The Coalition is made up of school district employees, parents, and community partners to share best practices and policies to improve student health. The Coalition is supported by Action for Healthy Kids – a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering schools, families, and communities to take actions that help children lead healthier lives – through a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

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El Paso Healthy Kids Coalition: Working on School-Based Interventions to Improve Student Health and Wellness

The El Paso Healthy Schools Coalition was founded in 2018 with an important goal: to improve the health and wellness of students across El Paso. The Coalition is made up of school district employees, parents, and community partners to share best practices and policies to improve student health. The Coalition is supported by Action for Healthy Kids – a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering schools, families, and communities to take actions that help children lead healthier lives – through a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Over the last two years, Action for Healthy Kids has worked with the El Paso, Socorro, Ysleta and Canutillo Independent School Districts to improve their wellness policies and strengthen their School Health Advisory Committees (SHACs) with more parent engagement.

In 2019, the Coalition developed a policy agenda with four areas of focus: improving recess policies, increasing school lunch participation, particularly in middle and high schools, exploring Safe Routes to School programming and policies, and encouraging joint-use agreements of school facilities.

One SHAC has rewritten a recess policy for school board approval. School nutrition directors have formed a working group to share ideas about increasing school lunch participation. A Safe Routes to School working group of more than 20 school and community representatives has been formed to address improving infrastructure and education on walking and biking to school.

Ultimately, working to improve student health and wellness is smart. Children who are active and eat regular, healthy meals perform better academically, and have better health outcomes.

Responsible Merchant Program Curbs Sales of Alcohol to Minors
Responsible Merchant Program Curbs Sales of Alcohol to Minors

Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of binge drinking, including unintentional injuries, pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual assaults, and future alcohol addiction.

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Responsible Merchant Program Curbs Sales of Alcohol to Minors

Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of binge drinking, including unintentional injuries, pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual assaults, and future alcohol addiction.

To help combat underage and binge drinking among youth in Ciudad Juarez, the Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense (FECHAC) expanded its “Responsible Merchant Program” with support from Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s SHIFT+ Initiative. The Responsible Merchant Program was initially developed and implemented by FECHAC in 2015 to train more than 600 alcohol retail establishments, like restaurants and bars, on the laws, tools and techniques to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.

In 2019, FECHAC expanded the program training 100% of OXXO employees from its 265 stores on the legal sales of alcohol to minors (which is 18 years old in Ciudad Juárez), sales after hours permitted by law, and the right to request identification for the sale of alcohol. To test the effectiveness of the training interventions, FECHAC hired mystery shoppers to act like minors trying to purchase alcohol. The results were impressive. 85% of merchants asked for identification and refused to sell alcohol to minors.

ROTMENAS Juárez
ROTMENAS Juárez

Over the past 24 months, the Mexican sector of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission worked in collaboration with Paso del Norte Health Foundation to develop a collaboration among Juárez leaders and behavioral health service providers.

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ROTMENAS Juárez

Over the past 24 months, the Mexican sector of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission worked in collaboration with Paso del Norte Health Foundation to develop a collaboration among Juarez leaders and behavioral health service providers.

The result was the Red de Organizaciones dedicadas a la prevención y atención de Trastornos Mentales, Neurológicos y por Abuso de Sustancias (ROTMENAS), which translates to the network of organizations dedicated to the prevention and care of mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders. This growing group of more than 40 organizations and agencies now has a mission, strategic plan and four active work groups to implement data-informed actions that will reduce negative bias associated with mental illness and improve the Juárez behavioral health system of care.

In this short period of time, ROTMENAS partners are influencing change in the State of Chihuahua with 12 of their proposed amendments to the state mental health act approved. In addition, the partners educated more than 1,600 health and education professionals trained in mental health and addiction programs. This includes 189 trained in Mental Health First Aid and more than 280 healthcare professionals trained in “MH Gap,” a program developed by the World Health Organization for use by doctors, nurses, other health workers as well as health planners and managers. The program prepares participants for integrated management of priority mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) conditions using algorithms for clinical decision making in non-specialist health settings.

The ROTMENAS partners also developed two annual events. The first is a symposium for health professionals to share data and known treatment approaches for some of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the Juárez area. The second annual event engages youth from area schools in suicide prevention awareness activities. These events have already helped more than 1,300 adolescent youth connect with community organizations to learn about resilience skills and mental health myths and facts.

A behavioral health provider resource and referral directory for Juárez providers was also developed and is available to download at: https://rotmenas.saludfronterizachihuahua.org/directorio.

Now armed with passion, drive, and data, the Juárez ROTMENAS partners are making lasting system improvements and building a culture of support and acceptance for individuals in need.

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Grantmaking & Finances

Assets
*As of 12/31/2019
Expenses
 
Grants & Charitable Expenses
*2019

The Health Foundation ended the year with $249.3 million in assets, up from $130 million in 1995, keeping administrative expenses below 1 percent of foundation assets and bringing total grantmaking since inception to nearly $198.6 million.

The Impact of PDNHF in 2019

The Health Foundation invested a record $11.67 million in 75 organizations across our five priority areas to expand the opportunity for individuals to live healthy lives.

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A Community of Philanthropy

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is a supporting organization to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation and works with the Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, a Juárez-based nonprofit.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation is a public charity established in 2013 to support the philanthropic goals of individuals, families, corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations to improve education, health, social services, economic development and quality of life in the Paso del Norte region.

The Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar is a Juarez-based nonprofit organization established in 2015 by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to lead and promote partnerships and initiatives to improve health and quality of life for people in the Ciudad Juárez, Mexico region.