• March 6, 2021
 PdNHF awards $3.5m+ in grants to support regional COVID-19 relief efforts

PdNHF awards $3.5m+ in grants to support regional COVID-19 relief efforts

Tuesday morning, officials with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced that the group had awarded 35 COVID-19-related grants totaling more than $3.5 million under the Health Leadership priority area.

According to PdNHF officials, the grants will go to help organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, prepare for a second wave or future crisis, and/or transform operations for future success.

Funded organizations are:

Alianza para Colaboraciones Fronterizas A.C. – $45,045.00 |  Efecto Domino. Promotores Comunitarios en Salud y COVID-19

For outreach and education related to COVID-19 by promotoras de salud in the Bella Vista and Alta Vista
neighborhoods in the northern area of Ciudad Juárez.

Border Partners – $14,850.00 | Pandemic Relief in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico and surrounding Communities

To provide pandemic relief in Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico and surrounding communities.

CASA of El Paso Inc. – $67,000.00  |  CASA of El Paso-COVID-19 Recovery

To hire an additional Advocate Supervisor and on-board 30 advocates to prepare for a case surge in El Paso.

Center Against Sexual and Family Violence Inc. – $33,039.22 | Technology & Communication Solutions for Survivors Amid COVID-19

To address immediate needs and prepare to address future needs for domestic and sexual violence survivors,
the grant supports technology upgrades and communication plans in El Paso, TX.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. – $68,530.00  |  Recuperación y transformación de CASA frente al COVID

To transform the organization by adopting digital technology to modify services and create new ones to serve
youth in Ciudad Juárez.

Child Crisis Center of El Paso – $60,058.99  |  CCCEP COVID-19 Recovery and Preparedness Plan

To serve children who are COVID positive while keeping other children and staff safe; to function remotely; and
to strengthen board governance, the Child Crisis Center will establish an isolation room, enhance technology,
and engage in board coaching at their El Paso  location.

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico – $114,950.00  |  “Reduce the Risk”: Promotoras COVID-19 Education and Outreach

For outreach and education related to COVID-19 by Community Health Workers in east El Paso County, TX.

Desert Spoon Food Hub – $43,767.85  |  Desert Spoon Food Hub Supply Chain Preparedness Plan

To invest in supply chain management software and staff to strengthen and diversify the region’s food supply chain.

El Paso Center for Children, Inc. – $161,251.56  |  Organizational Recovery and Resilience

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by; modifying center facilities to serve more youth while preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, revising policies and practices, and adding a marketing strategic plan to strengthen and expand service delivery options in El Paso.

El Paso Child Guidance Center – $250,199.47  |  Extending Healing and Hope: Strengthening the Disaster Resilience of the El Paso Child Guidance Center

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by modifying policies and practices, adding to the available service array, and exploring community partnerships for service to expand telehealth and face-to-face service delivery options in El Paso.

El Paso County Medical Society – $40,387.92  |  N95 Masks for outpatient providers and physicians

To provide N95 masks for medical providers in El Paso, TX.

El Paso Human Services Inc. – $54,336.00  |  Recovering and Transforming into the Digital World

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by upgrading technology, updating information tracking policies and practices, and supporting mobile communications in El Paso.

FabLab El Paso – $1,500.00  |  COVID-19 3D Printed PPE

To make 3D printed masks for the mitigation of the Covid 19 virus, in El Paso, TX.

Families and Youth, Inc. – $136,826.80  |  FYI’s COVID-19 Adaptation & Recovery Efforts (CARE) Project

Invest in technology to support telehealth services, rebrand the organization to better communicate services, and relocate harm reductions services at their location in Las Cruces.

Family Services of El Paso, Inc – $103,567.31  |  El Paso Mental Health Expansion Initiative

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by modifying intake triage and upgrading technology in El Paso.

Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar, AC – $50,000.00  |  COVID-19 – Health Emergency Response

To provide the required medical supplies needed by health care providers responding to the COVID 19 pandemic in Ciudad Juárez.

Insights-El Paso Science Center Inc. – $33,140.00  | Walk STEAM Augmented Reality DinoTracks Hiking Tour Transformation & Recovery

To build an app-based platform to engage families in self-guided walking tours at the Dino Tracks site.

Kelly Memorial Food Pantry – $67,248.42  |  Kelly Adaptations

To upgrade technology infrastructure for greater efficiency of services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kids Excel El Paso, Inc – $17,796.90  |  Kids Excel Virtual Arts Education Outreach Program

To transfer their face-to-face arts enrichment classes to weekly, live and recorded classes for 23 local school campuses during the 2021 spring semester.

Medical Center of the Americas Foundation – $50,000.00  |  Support for El Paso COVID-19 Preparedness

To provide for COVID-19 consultation services from Battelle to the City of El Paso, TX.

NAMI El Paso Inc – $53,940.00  |  Preparing NAMI El Paso for The Future

To help NAMI El Paso continue providing crucial services by supporting strategic planning and innovative approaches that address pandemic related challenges and setbacks.

Organizacion Popular Independiente, A.C. – $22,810.28  |  Superando el COVID-19: Tecnología y fuerza al personal

To help the Organizacion Popular Independiente continue providing crucial services by supporting minor modifications to the organization’s worksites and revising and strengthening the organization’s communications tools to include website updates, digital programs and marketing materials.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation – $75,000.00  |  Support for the COVID-19 Response Fund and Outreach Efforts

To fund COVID-19 community grants and project grant with all funds earmarked for COVID-19 outreach efforts.

PHIX – $75,000.00  |  Diabetes Data, COVID-19 Response Assistance and EP MedCorps

To establish a preliminary approach for a Diabetes bi-direction referral system, establish and maintain an emergency EP MedCorps program and provide a secure communication system related to testing for COVID-19 in El Paso.

Programa Companeros, A.C. – $49,152.40  |  Unificando esfuerzos para la respuesta efectiva a la pandemia de COVID-19

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by providing personal protective equipment (PPE), HIV rapid tests, technology upgrades, mobile support for staff, and vending machines to help connect individuals at risk for HIV with services and supports to prevent the spread of disease in Ciudad Juárez.

Project Amistad – $36,410.00  |  Amistad’s Resiliency Project

To help Project Amistad continue providing crucial services by supporting minor modifications to the organization’s workplace and expanding and strengthening their donor engagement program.

Project Vida Health Center – $23,016.00  |  PVHC COVID-19 Adaptations

To provide environmental modifications in Project Vida’s Naftzger, Montana Vista, and Northeast clinics. The modifications will help increase ability to serve inpatients while protecting staff, and patients from spread of COVID-19 during patient screening, flow, intake, and while in waiting areas.

Recovery Alliance of El Paso – $319,358.40  |  From Crisis to Communication and Collaboration: Re-envisioning Communities of Recovery

To help Recovery Alliance continue providing crucial services in the greater El Paso area by upgrading technology, training staff, and strengthening collaborative partnerships for clients to experience improved quality and continuity of care.

Rescue Mission of El Paso, Inc. – $7,500.00  |  Protective Mask Production and Distribution

To produce face masks for homeless shelter residents and staff in El Paso, TX.

Rio Grande Cancer Foundation – $78,870.00  |  Transforming Cancer Services in the Age of COVID 19

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by implementing an online Cancer Help Center for program and service delivery to cancer patients in El Paso.

Texas A&M University – $285,616.00  |  Community Outreach & Education

For outreach and education related to COVID-19 by Community Health Workers in East El Paso County.

The Arc of El Paso – $9,005.00  |  Helping People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Respond to COVID-19

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by supporting programming for individuals and family members dealing with I/DD challenges in El Paso.

The University of Texas at El Paso – $370,722.00  |  Reaching underserved communities with promotores de salud for COVID-19 Outreach
For outreach and education related to COVID-19 by Community Health Workers in West El Paso County and parts of southern New Mexico.

United Way of El Paso County – $113,942.00  |  Transformation to a Modern United Way

To implement new internal organizational systems and invest in technology for increased effectiveness and efficiency during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

YMCA of Greater El Paso, TX &  Rio Grande Valley – $40,780.00  |  Y Connect

To assist in organizational recovery from COVID-19 and preparedness for post pandemic conditions or future outbreaks by investing in technology infrastructure to allow for virtual and hybrid youth and adult fitness programming in El Paso, TX.

For more information on these grants, call Michael Kelly, Vice President of Programs at 915-218-2619 or  mkelly@pdnfoundation.org .

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation (Health Foundation) leads, leverages and invests in initiatives, programs and policies to promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region.

The Health Foundation was established in 1995 from the sale of Providence Memorial Hospital to Tenet Healthcare Corporation. For
more information, visit www.pdnhf.org.

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