Hiram Duran joins the Health Foundation as Communications Intern

September 18, 2017

Hiram is a media advertising major at the University of Texas at El Paso. This is his senior year and plans to graduate in December 2017. After graduation, he will pursue a graduate degree in Journalism.

As the Communications Intern for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, he supports the Director of Communications with media relations, writing and editing stories for website and newsletter, and reviews social media analytics.

Hiram stays busy with school and work, but also enjoys spending time with his younger brother talking about the latest and greatest development in…

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Controlling Portion Sizes

September 13, 2017

Eating smaller portions of food is one of the easiest ways to cut back on calories – but it can also be one of the most challenging, with the current trend of super-sizing. Huge portions, all-you-can-eat-buffets, and extra-large “single servings” of chips, candy bars, and other snack foods can all lead to overeating.

How do you know a reasonable portion of food when you see it? Visualize the objects mentioned below when eating out, planning a meal, or grabbing a snack. For example, the amount of meat recommended as part of a healthy meal is 3 to 4 ounces – it will look about the same…

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Paso del Norte Health Foundation 2017 Request for Proposal Timeline

September 13, 2017

To assist grantseekers, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has developed a 2017 Request For Proposal (RFP) Timeline. This information identifies when certain initiatives will have open call for proposals throughout the year.

IGNITE Initiative, Out of School programs - RFP
REALIZE Leadership - Applications

Think.Change Initiative, Mental Illness and Stigma Reduction - RFP

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte Initiative, Tobacco Prevention - RFP
Shift + Initiative, Alcohol Control - RFP

HEAL Initiative,…

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Foundation Awards New 2017 Grants to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

September 12, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 10 grants totaling more than $1.5 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 - $142,973.88
To promote physical fitness and nutrition among children in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Border Partners - $78,672.00
*Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Binational Border Region of Luna…

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Health Foundation announces REALIZE Leadership Cohort for 2017-18

August 31, 2017

Dramatic change is taking shape in the fields of population health and health care. This fast and progressive evolution in our community requires capable leadership. In response, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation created REALIZE, an innovative leadership development experience that helps ensure a network of leaders, who are committed to improving health for the benefit of future generations.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the REALIZE Cohort for 2017-18. These individuals will begin an intense nine-month experience, which is custom designed to transform…

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El Paso County-wide trail survey

August 29, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation and Institute for Healthy Living are working with multiple community stakeholders and a planning team to develop a conceptual master plan for a county-wide trail in El Paso County. The goal is to develop a trail that will become a regional attraction that connects community, celebrates El Paso’s history and cultures, highlights the Rio Grande, promotes health and active living, and catalyzes economic development.

We invite you to take a few moments to complete an on-line survey about what route and amenities you would like to see for a county-wide…

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Health Foundation looking for Artist or Artist Teams for Playa Drain Trail Project

August 17, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation in partnership with the City of El Paso Parks and Recreations Department and El Paso Water seeks an artist or artist team to work with students in select schools in the Ysleta Independent School District to create original mosaic designs/artwork and assist with fabrication oversight and installation in areas along the Playa Drain Trail.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12 p.m. (MST)

For more information, contact Tracy Yellen at or 915-218-2615.

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Students in YISD schools are leading moderate to very active lifestyles each day

August 16, 2017

In the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD), 68 percent of the student body is leading a moderate to very active lifestyle each day. If that sounds impressive, it is – particularly considering that a year ago the figure was 32 percent.

Credit a program called Coordinated Approach To Child Health, or CATCH, for the remarkable improvement. The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) provided funding to YISD in 2016 to begin implementing CATCH as a comprehensive approach to health.

The investment is paying off.

“The immediate benefits that YISD have seen in using…

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FINAL Playa Drain Trail Project Public Meeting

August 16, 2017

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation will hold a FINAL public meeting to provide input on the design of a linear trail on the Playa Drain from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Riverside High School Cafeteria
301 Midway Dr., El Paso, Texas 79915

The Playa Drain Trail is a partnership of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation), City of El Paso and El Paso Water. The Health Foundation is contributing $2 million for the design and construction of the trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The…

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Supporting nonprofit organizations working to improve health in the region.

August 14, 2017

In 2016, Paso del Norte Health Foundation supported more than 80 regional nonprofit organizations and institutions for a total of $8.9 million in funding to improve health and quality of life in the region. For a complete list of grants funded, click on link.

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