CEO receives prestigious Fred Rogers Leadership Award

October 10, 2014

On October 15, Myrna J. Deckert, CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation will be awarded the Fred Rogers Leadership Award in Philanthropy for children, youth and families for 2014.

Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) gives this prestigious award annually in memory of one of the country’s most beloved advocates for children, Fred McFeely Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”). This award recognizes outstanding contributions and leadership by grantmaking staff, trustees and donors in all fields of children, youth and family philanthropy. This year’s award will be presented at GCYF’s…

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Dr. Whigham's appointment to benefit obesity prevention in the region

September 17, 2014

Dr. Leah D. Whigham, Executive Director for the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) was recently selected to serve on the Obesity Society Council as Clinical Practice Councilor and on the Advocacy Committee.

As a Clinical Practice Councilor, Dr. Whigham will serve a three-year term, which includes oversight of and reporting about committees, sectors and task forces with a primary responsibility of coordinating activities to meet strategic plan goals and strategies of the Obesity Society Council. On the Advocacy Committee, she will be responsible for tracking legislative and…

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Foundation awards grants to support healthy youth

September 15, 2014

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded 12 grants for more than $1,247,000 under the Healthy Relationships Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative. The goal of the IGNITE initiative is to work with community organizations and schools to improve health outcomes of youth through participation in out-of-school programs.

Funded organizations are:

Creative Kids, Inc. - $91,944.60 Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences) To offer an after-school and summer visual arts education program for 115 disconnected youth 7-18 years old in Fabens, TX.

Girl Scouts of the Desert…

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Tracy Yellen - 2014 Women of Impact

September 10, 2014

Congratulations to Tracy Yellen on being named 2014 El Paso Inc. Women of Impact.

Other honorees included:

Rosemary Castillo

Betty Ligon

Cindy Ramos-Davidson

Denese Watkins

Joyce Wilson

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Bowie High School Jardin Project

September 8, 2014

The community of south El Paso along with students, staff and faculty of Bowie High School will soon work together to educate people on growing, preparing, selling and consuming nutritious food for a healthy lifestyle. With support from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative and La Semilla Food Center, a food coordinator will be hired. The food coordinator will integrate La Semilla’s Edible education program model over two-years to 600 students, 500 families and community residents on the Bowie campus in cooking, taste, learning events and…

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The number of Lung/Bronchus Cancer drop in El Paso County

September 5, 2014

A recent report indicates that the incidence (# per 100,000 residents) of lung/bronchus cancer in El Paso County has dropped from 48/100,000 in 1995 to 30.9/100,000 in 2011. This is about a 35% drop. The state incidence dropped about 30% during the same period. El Paso’s age-adjusted rate is also much lower than the state’s overall.

Decreased adult smoking likely contributed to the reduction in the incidence of lung cancer in El Paso.

A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is associated with a reduction in adult smoking from 21.5% in 1996 to 14.7% % in 2012. This history of success largely is…

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Las Cruces Kids develop videos to promote healthy habits

September 5, 2014

Through the use of videos, 300 students in eight media technology classes at several middle and high schools in Las Cruces Public Schools, participated in a project that challenged them to develop health messages that would improve nutrition and activity habits on their school campus.

Supported by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Healthy Eating Active Living - HEAL initiative, Las Cruces Public Schools worked with teachers and students to find creative ways through video to influence administrative staff, students, and parents on nutrition and physical activity policy and practice,…

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Why are fruit and vegetable purchase and consumption relatively low?

August 22, 2014

Shopper Marketing Nutrition Intervention

Why are fruit and vegetable purchase and consumption relatively low? This may be because current grocery store nutrition interventions do not consider powerful applications of in-store marketing. This report explores the possibility of using in-store marketing to target fruit and vegetable purchases that may not only benefit economic concerns of retailers, but also economic and nutritional concerns of shoppers.

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Two individuals join Foundation Staff

July 23, 2014

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to welcome two individuals to the Foundation team: Faviola Porras and Angelina Velazco.

As the Accounting Support Assistant, Ms. Porras will provide accurate and timely reports, payroll, payables, and other accounting functions as needed.

Angelina Velazco is the welcoming face and voice when visiting or calling the office. She will also provide administrative and general clerical support in her position as Operations Support Assistant.

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REALIZE Cohort Graduate

June 20, 2014

Leadership in health just took a step forward, as 20 community leaders graduated from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s REALIZE Leadership Progam. These individuals participated in a 15-month experience that prepares them to address regional health needs, through the use of cutting edge leadership ideas.

“REALIZE has given me the opportunity to learn from renown leaders, outstanding mentors, and amazing colleagues. I look forward to applying what I have learned to forming successful partnerships to resolving the complex health issues facing our community.” – Candyce Berger,…

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