El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium

May 27, 2015

Vision and Leadership 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.

The Consortium envisions an accessible, person-centered behavioral health system of care in the El Paso region. Its actions are informed by community leaders and available data including an El Paso County behavioral health system assessment conducted in 2014.

Knowing that existing groups have projects underway in various sectors of the behavioral health system, the Consortium…

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REALIZE: A Transformational Leadership Program

May 15, 2015

When Paso del Norte Health Foundation CEO Myrna Deckert saw the need to strengthen the bench of emerging leaders in the region, she tapped Dr. Michael Kelly for the job.

This was six years ago, and what Dr. Kelly developed was a transformational leadership program called REALIZE. The next cohort will be selected in June; the class will stay together for 15 months and go through a series of executive coaching sessions, off-site visits to places like the Sacramento Mountains, and complete a course of reading from experts in the leadership field.

Dr. Kelly proudly proclaims that REALIZE…

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Archive Initiative - Action for Youth

May 7, 2015

As a health leader, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation worked to connect border communities to create change. By merely providing local organizations with the information and resources to perform necessary change, individuals were set on a powerful momentum that ignited a chain reaction in communities, establishing new bonds and generated new awareness for the needs of the people in their communities.

Action for Youth (AY) was a multi-year, grassroots initiative designed to build the capacity of communities to support youth and parents for the development of healthier youth. The…

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Doña Ana and Luna Counties receive support from Growing Food Connections

May 5, 2015

Congratulations to Doña Ana County and Luna County for being selected among eight communities from across the country by the Growing Food Connections (GFC) to receive training and assistance to connect family farmers and local residents who lack access to healthy food.

The GFC program aims to foster communication, facilitate the development of partnerships, encourage information sharing, and stimulate cross learning within and between various communities to strengthen their food systems.

Over a three-year period, GFC will help local governments create their own plans, policies,…

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REALIZE Leadership Program

April 30, 2015

REALIZE In 2011, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation initiated its REALIZE program. The initial offering was a fifteen-month leadership experience for leaders of organizations engaged in promoting health and social services within the Paso del Norte region. The purpose of this endeavor was to transform already effective leaders into “transformational leaders” for the benefit of the region’s health.

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Tracy Yellen receives Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award

April 15, 2015

Congratulations to Tracy Yellen from the Paso del Norte Foundation for being selected as one of the recipients of the Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Award by Project Amistad. Her leadership and personal contribution to help improve the lives of the people living in the region will be recognized at a banquet on May 1, 2015.

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Grantee Spotlight: La Semilla

April 15, 2015

La Semilla has been working closely with both the Doña Ana Food Planning & Policy Taskforce and the burgeoning El Paso Equitable Food Policy Group to establish the availability of safe, healthy, and sustainable food at reasonable prices for all residents that fosters a link between food, health, and local economic development.

An early success for La Semilla Food Center and its Mesilla Valley Food and Agriculture Policy Initiative was a 2012 resolution passed by the Las Cruces City Council that demonstrated the City’s support for school garden programs.

From there, it’s been one…

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Archive Initiative - Qué Sabrosa Vida

April 7, 2015

Qué Sabrosa Vida – $3 million for 7 years

The Qué Sabrosa Vida (QSV) program touched the lives of thousand of families by instructing them on how to easily incorporate basic nutrition and cooking skills into their daily lives, without having to greatly alter the traditional border diet. Through the many classes and activities that the program offered, diverse groups of individuals came together to learn and to teach one another how to make healthier choices about the foods they eat. Participants left the courses with specific nutritional ideas and a renewed sense of what their well-being…

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Foundation staffer selected to the Leaders across Border program

March 27, 2015

Nohemi Rubio, Associate Program Officer from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has been selected to the 2015 Leaders across Borders program from the U.S-Mexico Border Health Commission. Ms. Rubio is one of 11 individuals selected from throughout the country to participate in the program. She is the only representative for El Paso, Texas.

Leaders across Borders is a unique, advanced leadership program that provides a binational venue to work collaboratively with participants from the U.S.-Mexico border states. Participants will enhance their leadership skills, strengthen binational…

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EP Behavioral Consortium named a finalist in National Initiative aimed to improve health and well-being

March 24, 2015

The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium is one of 57 finalists in the running to receive a grant and technical support from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). If funded, the grant would go to the Paso del Norte Foundation for El Paso to become a leading community on health improvement, as part of an initiative known as SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation). With two years of grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SCALE aims to work with communities to develop capability to improve health and to spread effective…

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