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Video+Story: Paso del Norte Health Foundation Releases 2016 Annual Report

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation Board and Staff announced Wednesday the release of their 2016 Annual Report – Health is Elemental.

The online 2016 Report shares the many ways that the Health Foundation is investing in more than 100 organizations and grantees to bring about healthy change in the region.

The report also includes the work of the Health Foundation’s affiliated foundations: Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation and Fundación Paso del Norte para la Salud y Bienestar. This Family of Foundations are collaborating to unify the health of the region.

Entering their third decade as a leader in health promotion and disease prevention, the Health Foundation remain as committed as ever to ensuring that the residents living in far west Texas, southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico have the knowledge, resources and environment needed to live healthy lives.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s work includes strong financial investments to nonprofit organizations in the region.

Since 1995, the Health Foundation invested more than $140 million towards its mission to improve health. The $140 million mark is significant because it exceeds the amount that the Foundation received from the sale of Providence Memorial Hospital.

Despite this level of grantmaking, the Foundation’s assets now surpass $225 million, positioning the Foundation to maintain its commitment to the region into perpetuity.

Visit the 2016 Annual Report at 2016annualreport.pdnhf.org

Local Groups Set to Discuss Results, Impact of 85th Legislative Session on Children

“How did Texas’ children fare in the 85th Legislative Session? The Institute for Healthy Living,  in partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, invites community members for a legislative update, presented by Children at Risk.

Attendees will learn about what was accomplished and discuss the local impact of new legislation on nutrition, physical and mental health, public education, human trafficking, and other key issues impacting children in El Paso.

Highlights include a conversation with a legislator; a State-of-the-State review; Key Wins, Misses, and Next Steps; as well as a panel featuring local experts. Children at Risk staff, Dr. Bob Sanborn (President and CEO), Mandi Kimball (Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs), Jenny Eyer (Senior Policy Analyst) and Dr. Claire Bocchini (Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Child Advocate), will lead an engaging discussion on key legislation impacting our children.

More information and registration @ https://childrenatriskupdate.eventbrite.com.

Children at Risk – Texas Legislative Update 

Tues., June 27, 2017, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM

The Hospitals of Providence East Campus – Main Auditorium

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Health Foundation Announces New Board Chair and Members

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Sharon Butterworth as the new 2017-18 Board Chair. Ms. Butterworth has served on the board since 2013 and is a community advocate on mental health issues.

Hector Retta was appointed as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect. He has served on the board since 2014 and is Vice Chairman and CEO of Capital Bank.

The Health Foundation also elected three new members to the Board of Directors – Ernesto Avila with Capital Bank, Ed Escudero with High Desert Capital and Susan Melendez with Borderplex Alliance.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s board members are a diverse group of business and community leaders dedicated to upholding the vision, mission, values and goals established to promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region.

The volunteer board meets bi-monthly and through committees, oversee the Foundation’s strategic planning, grantmaking, investments, finances, audit, communications and governance.

Health Foundation Seeks Public Input on the Playa Drain Trail

Earlier this year, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF) announced a partnership with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water to build a linear trail on the Playa Drain from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School.  Now, officials with PDNHF want to meet with the public to discuss and share ideas about the project.

Tracy J. Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation, says , “The Playa Drain Trail will offer opportunities for recreation and physical activity (walking/biking) for use by residents throughout the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents, and is part of the Health Foundation’s commitment to making active living the easy choice in our region.”

The Playa Drain Trail project is possible because of the creativity and collaboration of multiple entities committed to improving quality of life in the region. El Paso Water purchased the Playa Drain from the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 (Improvement District) in 2014 for $2.75 million to become part of the storm water management system.

El Paso Water entered into an agreement with the City of El Paso to allow use of the Playa Drain for recreation, with the City committing to its maintenance.

The City also committed $300,000 for amenities on the trail as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Project. Finally, the Health Foundation Board approved up to $2,000,000 for design and construction for a 3.4 mile section with the goal of leveraging additional funds to convert the entire 8- mile stretch of the Playa Drain from Ascarate Park to Capistrano Park (just past Ysleta High School) into a safe, well-designed walking and biking trail.

Ultimately, the Health Foundation seeks to work with multiple partners like the City and County of El Paso to develop an ambitious, and potentially continuous, county-wide urban trail.

The Playa Drain is part of the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 Historic District, a large, narrow district that spans from Caballo Reservoir in New Mexico south along the Rio Grande, following the Franklin and Riverside canals and their associated laterals and drains.

According to the Improvement District, drains, like the nearly 100-year old Playa Drain, were developed to carry salty water that leached from the cotton fields during irrigation. The drains are characteristically deep, versus irrigation canals which are above ground, allowing water to flow through the soil and into the drains, removing the salt that can be harmful to farming.

For the Health Foundation, the conversion of the drain from its historical use to a storm water and recreation use helps the Health Foundation promote health in the region.

Foundation officials say that their research shows nearly 30% of adults in El Paso have reported no physical activity over the last 30 days. A sedentary life is often associated with poor health.

“We believe that well-designed trails that are close to neighborhoods and connected to other amenities like parks and schools will promote physical activity and make active living the easy choice for residents in our region,” says Yellen.

She adds, “We extend our sincere thanks to the Improvement District, El Paso Water and City of El Paso for their partnership on this project and look forward to working with residents in the neighborhoods around the Playa Drain and throughout the community to promote active living in our region.”

With the partnerships and funding in place for the Ascarate Park-Riverside High School portion of the Playa Drain Trail, the Health Foundation and partners turn their focus from visioning to design.

To that end, they are inviting the community to join them for the first set of public planning meetings to work on the trail design:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 6 p.m.

Riverside High School Cafeteria

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 6 p.m.

Riverside High School Cafeteria

For more information, contact Tracy Yellen, Paso del Norte Health Foundation at tyellen@pdnhf.org or 915-544- 7636.

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UTHealth School Houston Training El Paso Youth to Become Advocates for Tobacco Policy Change

HOUSTON –  To help train youth to become educators and advocates for tobacco policy change, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso is partnering with El Paso Independent School District high schools to create an innovative new program.

As part of its A Smoke Free Paso del Norte initiative, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation awarded UTHealth School of Public Health nearly $150,000 to implement Youth Advocating for Policy EXecution (APEX). The unique program will teach youth how to advocate for policy changes that will reduce tobacco use among adults, prevent tobacco use among youth and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

The program, which begins in August, will start at three schools: Bowie High School, Chapin High School and Austin High School. The program may be expanded to include more schools in the future.

“We’re helping to train the next generation of policy advocates and helping foster long-term leadership and career development,” said Louis Brown, Ph.D., the program’s leader and assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso. “Most policy change initiatives are adult-driven and don’t involve youth. Youth APEX is not the standard paradigm. Instead, this is a paradigm shift.”

The program will operate as an after-school club at each school, allowing students to participate in five different policy and environmental initiatives throughout the school year. A campus coordinator at each school will recruit students and collaborate with UTHealth staff in trainings, as well as in the implementation of tobacco control activities.

The first activity will be retailer compliance checks, which will focus on enforcing the policies that are already in place to reduce the purchase of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 18. The compliance checks will be conducted in collaboration with the El Paso Department of Public Health and Aliviane, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides behavioral health, treatment and recovery services.

For the next project, students will work on promoting the adoption of smoke-free apartment complexes.

“The students will survey residents about their views on smoke-free housing,” said Brown. “Our plan is to collect the data and share it with property owners to help them consider the pros and cons of smoke-free housing.”

Other activities in the program will include a social media campaign and collective action aimed at encouraging pharmacies to stop selling tobacco.

In the final phase of the program, students will write letters to Texas state senators and representatives advocating to raise the minimum age required to purchase tobacco products to 21.

“We often see youth as part of the problem instead of the solution. They are often underestimated because people don’t see the possibilities,” Brown said. “This is an important public health issue and youth have a powerful voice that is uniquely capable of attracting media attention, garnering sympathy and swaying public opinion.”

Health Foundation partners with City of El Paso, El Paso Water to Develop Playa Drain Trail

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation announced Tuesday afternoon a partnership with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water to build a linear trail along the Playa Drain in South Central El Paso.

The City of El Paso approved a Donation, Development and License Agreement authorizing the Health Foundation to design and construct a 3.4 linear trail on the Playa Drain from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The Playa Drain Trail will offer opportunities for recreation and physical activity (walking/biking) for use by residents throughout the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents.

“We are excited to partner with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water to develop the Playa Drain Trail for residents in our region,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “It will provide safe, well-designed walking and biking areas that connect neighborhoods to important amenities like parks and schools, improve the built environment, and contribute positively to our quality of life.”

“Partnerships like these further the vision of the City and Parks Department to expand recreation opportunities for residents and visitors, promote physical activity, and enhance the ability of residents adjacent to the Trail to enjoy recreational activities within close proximity to where they live,” said Tracy Novak, City Parks and Recreation Director.

The Health Foundation’s Board of Directors approved up to $2,000,000 to fund the design and construction of the linear trail under its Healthy Eating and Active Living priority area that works to make healthy eating and active living the easy choice for individuals and families in the region.

The City of El Paso had previously earmarked $300,000 for trail amenities such as benches and shade structures as part of their 2012 Quality of Life Bond. The Playa Drain is owned by El Paso Water.

In a separate agreement, El Paso Water granted the City use of the Playa Drain for a trail with the City agreeing to maintain it.

The Health Foundation will seek input from the public during the design-phase of the 3.4-mile linear trail. Completion of the trail is set for March 2019.

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Paso del Norte Health Foundation invites Local Agencies to Submit H.E.A.L Proposal

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is pleased to invite eligible agencies to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) under the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s Priority Area: Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL).

Applicants are encouraged to download and read the Healthy Eating and Active Living (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: February 6, 2017
  • Invitations for full proposals announced: February 15, 2017
  • Full proposals due: March 15, 2017
  • Funding cycle starts: June 1, 2017 but other dates may be proposed

Click here to access the online Letter of Intent (LOI) or visit www.pdnhf.org/grant_center/funding_opportunitiesClick here to review the grant guidelines including what PDNHF does not fund.

Foundation Awards New Grants to Engage Disconnected Youth

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded eight grants totaling more than $900,000 under the Healthy Relationship Priority Area – IGNITE Initiative.

The Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 7-18 who are not involved in out of school activities or participating in the labor market.

The goal of the IGNITE initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the region in high quality programs during out of school hours.

Funded organizations are:

Boy Scouts of America Yucca Council – $160,616.50
Unidos Prosperamos
To recruit 100 new, disconnected boys to become part of the Boy Scouts of America program and develop a sustainability model for the Unidos Prosperamos program.

Centro de Asesoria y Promocion Juvenil, A.C. (CASA) – $120,505.00
Espacios de Participación y Desarrollo Juvenil
To implement of out of school workshops in five community centers and recruit and retain 900 disconnected youth ages 11-18 years old in Ciudad Juárez, MX. as well as develop a sustainability model for their youth program.

Creative Kids, Inc. – $284,681.10
Project ABLE (Art Brokers Learning Experiences)
To offer Project ABLE, an arts-based after school and summer program, to disconnected youth in Fabens, TX as well as develop and pilot test a training tool kit as a sustainability model for the program.

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest- Southern New Mexico & West Texas, Inc. – $17,303.00
Ignite Program Sustainability
To develop a sustainability model for the Troop Pathway program in southern New Mexico.

Organización Popular Independiente, A.C. – $119,845.00
Cultura y deporte: Jóvenes en Acción
To provide after school and summer programming to 350 youth in Ciudad Juárez, MX through music, art, dance, and sports activities, as well as develop a sustainability model for their youth program.

Patronato del Museo del Niño de Ciudad Juarez, A.C. – $24,970.34
Rodis Jr. Convirtiendo a jóvenes desvinculados en guías del museo
To recruit and train 120 disconnected youth from Ciudad Juárez, MX to serve as museum guides at La Rodadora, the only interactive museum in Ciudad Juárez and the largest museum in the state of Chihuahua and El Paso, TX. They will also work towards the development of a sustainability model for the Rodis Jr. program.

The FEMAP Foundation – $113,303.00
FEMAP en Conexion, Desarrollando las Capacidades
To continue to implement an out of school program for 300 disconnected children and youth in Ciudad Juárez, MX and develop a sustainability plan for their youth program.

The Regents of New Mexico State University – $74,385.00
Evaluation of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation’s Ignite Initiative
To monitor the prevalence of disconnected and connected youth in the Paso del Norte region, provide technical assistance to the Foundation and partner organizations, and evaluate the quality of program sites.

For more information on these grants, contact Bianca Aguilar, Program Associate at 915-218-2623 or baguilar@pdnhf.org

New Report Identifies Alcohol as Drug of Choice Among El Paso Youth

Alcohol is the leading drug among El Paso young people, according to a new report from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. Underage Drinking in El Paso: A Status Report was commissioned by the Foundation’s Shift+ initiative.

The goals of the initiative are to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in the Paso del Norte region.

According to the report, more than 28% of 9th graders reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days. About 17% reported binge drinking, or having 5 or more drinks in a row on one occasion.

Among those youth who reported binge drinking, more than half said they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking, and 1 in 4 indicated they had driven after drinking.

Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to alcohol-related consequences, including sexual assault, unplanned sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, unintentional injuries, and school and legal problems. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates the cost of underage drinking, including health care, lost productivity, criminal justice, and traffic crash costs, to be $1.8 billion per year in Texas.

This amount allocated based on population amounts to an economic burden of $48 million every year for El Paso.

“These findings underscore that underage drinking can not only compromise the young drinker’s health and future,” Dr. David Jernigan, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the primary author of the report. “The consequences can affect the entire community.”

Dr. Jernigan has worked with hundreds of community coalitions, and served as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on alcohol issues. The report’s recommendations reflect findings from the WHO that among the most effective and cost effective ways to reduce alcohol problems is by looking at how alcohol is made available in communities.

Similarly, the Institute of Medicine has called underage drinking “a collective responsibility,” and emphasized how important it is that adults understand and take meaningful actions to prevent it.

“Underage drinking is a community problem, and to keep our kids safe and healthy we need tofocus on community solutions, in addition to getting help to families and individuals struggling with alcohol problems,” says Jana Renner, Associate Program Officer at the Foundation.

“That’s why the Health Foundation is focusing on strategies, such as a social host ordinance limiting underage drinking parties, that support youth, parents and law enforcement to reduce the riskiest drinking.”

The report emphasizes that communities create and control the environments in which young people learn about alcohol and are at risk for alcohol-related problems, and that enacting and enforcing policies that limit the social and retail availability of alcohol to young people needs to be part of how communities respond.

According to Renner, “Evidence has shown that community-based strategies can help reduce underage drinking and associated harms. It is our hope that Underage Drinking: A Status Report will help inform and improve our local efforts to reduce the burden youth and communities experience because of underage drinking.”

Full report click FINAL Underage drinking in El Paso – a status report 11 1 16 (002)

Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange Names New Executive Director

The Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange’s (HIE) board of directors today announced the appointment of Jon Law as the Executive Director of the HIE.

“We are pleased to have Jon onboard. His track record shows he is ready to lead the HIE to the next level,” said Jacob Cintron, Chair of the HIE’s board of directors.

Law comes to the HIE with extensive experience in health promotion, healthcare strategy, and nonprofit leadership. Most recently, he served as the President of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF). In this role, he lead the Foundation’s Program, Communications, and Finance departments.

During his 12 years with PDNHF, he led the Foundation’s Smoke Free Paso del Norte Initiative, designed its binge-drinking reduction strategy, and co-led a benchmark study on the utilization of healthcare by El Paso County residents in Mexico. He is recognized by the public health community as a strategic thinker, who is able to translate scientific findings into applied benefit for the community.

Law is no stranger to the HIE. He was one of the organization’s founders, who worked to incorporate the organization and raise the original funding in 2010. “I am excited to be part of a project that involves the collaboration of the key partners to build a resource that will improve the quality of medical treatment and position the region to benefit from changing models of healthcare financing,” said Law.

“I’m pleased to see the HIE’s progress. In the next year, two hospital systems will be onboarded and Jon will be working to integrate the El Paso VA system into the HIE’s services,” said Jim Valenti, board member. Sally Hurt Deitch, board member, said, “the HIE is at a pivotal moment in its development. Jon is the right person to help the organization move through this tipping point, so the HIE becomes an integrated tool to ensure healthcare quality in the El Paso area.”

Law’s position as HIE’s Executive Director begins immediately.

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