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Canutillo ISD, Project Vida partner to open health clinic

Canutillo area residents will now have greater access to integrated health care in their community thanks to a new partnership between the Canutillo Independent School District and Project Vida Health Center.

The federally-qualified Canutillo Northwest Health Center is now open at 7000 Fifth Street in Canutillo and will provide primary health care and behavioral health to patients of all ages.

A licensed professional counselor will be available for integrated behavioral health care.

Canutillo ISD Executive Director of Student Support Services Dr. Monica Reyes is proud of the district’s participation in making the health center a reality.

“When our superintendent, Dr. (Pedro) Galaviz, said he wanted greater access to integrated health care services for our community, we went straight to work and established a partnership with Project Vida,” Reyes said. “We are pleased to continue to further support our students and their families with complete wrap-around services that now include accessible health care.”

David Godinez, Program Manager of Navigation and Behavioral Health in Schools for Project Vida Health Center says that the program enables more convenient access to services that would otherwise be out of reach for communities that reside further from city services.

“Project Vida aims to fill the gap with access to fully integrated primary and preventive care,” Godinez said. “The fact that we are able to open a health center in the heart of Canutillo will accommodate and benefit this community greatly.”

The clinic is now open four days a week, and as demand increases, organizers say that services will expand to six days a week. Patients without insurance are charged for services according to their ability to pay based on sliding scale fees.

Canutillo ISD Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz believes that the new center will greatly improve the overall physical and mental well-being of students and their families.

“When our kids and parents are healthy, they have less to worry about, and they can be more successful in school and in life,” Galaviz said.

Community organizers will celebrate the opening of the new health center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

CISD’s Rodriguez to lead Hispanic outreach for national school board organization

Canutillo Independent School District Officials announced that Trustee Armando Rodriguez was elected chair of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members, a branch of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) tasked with furthering education policy benefiting the Latinx community throughout the United States.

In his new role, he will help NSBA better understand the needs and goals of Hispanic students and communities that continue to grow in numbers in every region of the country.

Rodriguez, a 14-year veteran of the CISD Board, is the first El Pasoan to serve on this capacity.

“I’m honored to have been elected by my peers from across the country and to be able to represent Canutillo and El Paso on an important national stage,” said Rodriguez, who in 2005 became the youngest person in El Paso County ever to serve on a school board. “This position will allow me to bring to the table the wonderful work that is happening along the U.S.-Mexico Border, and share best practices with those who may be dealing with a surge of a Latino population for the first time in their hometown’s history.”

Rodriguez’s role will allow him to serve on the National School Board Association’s board of directors — a first for an El Paso-area trustee.

Voters first elected Rodriguez to the Canutillo school board in 2005, just years after he graduated from Canutillo High School. Since then, he has earned state and national recognition as an education advocate and a leader in Hispanic legislative issues.

He is a graduate of Leadership TASB, the premier leadership program for school-board members in Texas. He has served on every committee for the Texas Association of School Boards and currently is the vice chair of membership for the organization.

Rodriguez is the past president of the Mexican-American School Boards Association and serves on the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Board of Directors.

A Canutillo native, Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso.

Canutillo ISD Trustee Rodriquez Elected President of Mexican American School Board Members Association

Armando Rodriguez, a member of the Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees, has been elected as President of the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA).

Rodriguez recently served as board vice-president and president elect before becoming the first member from the El Paso region to be elected president of MASBA.

MASBA is recognized by the Texas Education Agency and provides continuing education to Texas school board trustees. The organization aims to help school board members come together to find solutions, discuss legislation and current affairs as it relates to education and the Mexican-American culture. Rodriguez says their mission is to advocate for top quality public education for all the children of Texas.

“We are invigorated by issues affecting minorities and I have a heart for our students’ needs,” Rodriguez said. “I decided to take action by getting involved so our students’ voices are heard and addressed.”

In addition to his service on the Mexican American School Board Association, Mr. Rodriguez also serves in leadership positions, including the Texas Association of School Boards, and the former President of the Far West Texas School Board Association. Mr. Rodriguez is serving his fourth term on the Board of Trustees, where he has served as Secretary, Vice President and President.

A graduate of Canutillo High School and the University of Texas at El Paso, Mr. Rodriguez is a business development specialist with Venegas Engineering Management and Construction.

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