El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium brings all the players to the table

December 16, 2015

El Paso County leaders are working to transform the current behavioral healthcare system into an ideal, accessible, person-centered behavioral health system of care. To tackle this daunting and complex task the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium was formed.

Its first step was to do an in-depth assessment to understand services being provided and the organizations providing them. This 8 month process resulted was an extensive report including analyzed data on needs and local resources, interviews with over 50 community leaders, clinicians and stakeholders and recommendations for action…

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PdNHF partner Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute announces new CEO

December 3, 2015

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF) is pleased to share the announcement of Andrew Keller, PhD. as the new CEO for Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI). MMHPI traces its origins to the vision of The Meadows Foundation and its philanthropic leadership throughout the State of Texas on mental health issues.

PdNHF and MMHPI have worked together on many projects related to mental health in the region. Dr. Keller was instrumental in providing support for PdNHF’s Think.Change Initiative and the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium. Today, Sharon Butterworth, mental health…

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2016 Healthy Eating Active Living - Letter of Intent

November 30, 2015

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF) is pleased to invite eligible agencies to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) under the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Priority Area: Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL). Applicants are encouraged to download and read the HEAL Strategic Plan. After LOI review, selected agencies will be invited to submit a full proposal. Eligible applicants include nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, including churches and units of government, located in the Paso del Norte region.

Deadlines & Schedule:

 •   Letters of Intent due to Foundation:...
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Happy Thanksgiving - 2015

November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year to give THANKS.

Click here for a special message from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation

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Celebrating 15 years of reducing the rates of smoking in the region

November 18, 2015

“A day that I don’t smoke is like a year of life to me,” says Julie Crest, who works at the Don Haskins Recreation Center. “The Paso del Norte Health Foundation helped me save my life.”

Fifteen years after A Smoke-Free Paso del Norte was launched, Julie’s sentiment is echoed by thousands of former smokers who have found the strength and resources to quit, thanks to this signature initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

But don’t think the work is done. Even with all the measurable success, there is still plenty to do in addressing the needs of individual smokers, the…

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PDNF Challenge Fund: Increasing Resources to improve well-being

November 17, 2015

November wraps up the second year of the Paso del Norte Foundation’s Challenge Fund program. The PDNF started the Challenge Fund program in 2014 with a generous grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to inspire new and increased gifts through a wide-range of sponsored events and appeals. In these first two years, the Challenge Fund program has inspired nearly $1.8 million in gifts from over 3,000 individuals, corporations and foundations as part of 36 different events and appeals raising and returning nearly $2.7 million to charitable organizations in El Paso, Ciudad. Juárez and…

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Archive Initiative - Herbal Safety

November 10, 2015

Herbal Safety – 2001 - 2004

Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Throughout the past two decades, the United States saw a dramatic increase in the use of complementary and alternative medicine, including herbal supplements.

To better inform the community on the safety of herbal products, a partnership was formed between the Paso del Norte Health Foundation and the UTEP/University of Texas at Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program. Educational products were developed through this partnership, including the development of a bilingual website and a guidebook…

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Great turnout for REALIZE Board Event

November 5, 2015

Thank you to all those that participated in the REALIZE Board event on November 4, 2015 with Dr. Les Wallace presenting on Principles of 21st Century Goverence.

If you are interested in learning about future REALIZE Board events, contact Juanita Galaviz at

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Creative Kids helping disconnected youth in Fabens, TX

October 21, 2015

Of course you’ve heard of Creative Kids Inc. Who hasn’t? The award-winning visual arts education program has been recognized by the White House, named THE model after-school program in the state of Texas, and will be reaching new heights by sharing its program strategies throughout the state.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is a partner through the IGNITE Initiative and it’s funding the Creative Kids’ Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences), an after-school and summer visual arts education program for youth ages 7-to-18 in Fabens, TX. This program that was the Texas…

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Celebrating National Health Education Week

October 21, 2015

In celebration of National Health Education Week, four Certified Health Education Specialists (CHESs) share their reasons for obtaining national certification as health education specialists, the value of national credentialing to their employers, and the career development benefits of National Commission for Health Education Credentialing certification. Perspectives from the field: Certified Health Education Specialists on the Value of Health Education Credentialing. Four of the five authors work with Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s initiatives.

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