Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION

Making a Healthy Difference

aka PDNHF   |   El Paso, TX   |  https://pdnhf.org/
This organization is a 501(c)(3) Private Nonoperating Foundation (This organization has notified the IRS of its intention to convert to a public charity, and the IRS has ruled that grantors and contributors may consider it a public charity for the purpose of making contributions to the organization.).

Mission

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

Ruling year info

2001

CEO

Mrs. Tracy Jo Yellen

Main address

221 N. Kansas St Ste. 1900

El Paso, TX 79901 USA

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EIN

74-1143071

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Community Foundations (T31)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation believes that many diseases can be prevented, or onset delayed, and that good health facilitates better quality of life. With much of the US health care system focused on treating disease, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation has purposely invested building “upstream” solutions for individuals and families to have the knowledge, resources, skills, and environment to make healthful choices. The Health Foundation focuses its prevention activities in five priority areas: Healthy Eating and Active Living, Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, Mental Health and Emotional Well-being, Healthy Kids and Health Leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthy Eating and Active Living

The goals of the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative are to 1) increase fruit & vegetable consumption and improve portion control; 2) increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior; 3) create an environment that promotes healthy eating and active living without bias against obesity; and 4) achieve long-term sustainability of Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living (IHL) and HEAL initiative. To achieve significant success in increasing healthy eating and active living on a large scale across the Paso del Norte region, the model of Collective Impact is employed with the IHL as a backbone organization. The IHL is a collaboration between Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, The University of Texas at El Paso, the UT School of Public Health, and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. Nutrition and physical activity have well documented effects on health. Regardless of weight, a high quality diet can combat many chronic diseases. Active living involves two important and distinct components: being physically active and minimizing sedentary time. The HEAL initiative places emphasis on program and policy interventions that positively impact large numbers of residents, are sustainable, can potentially be scaled, and have measurable results.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth (0-19 years)

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation partnered with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water in 2018 to design and build a 3.4-mile multi-use hike and bike trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park on the historic Playa Drain. The new trail is designed to make active living the easy choice for residents in the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents. The trail has several amenities such as seating and shade structures, water fountains, sunscreen stations, bicycle repair stations, exercise stations, artwork and more. Playa Drain Map with Amenities The Paso del Norte Health Foundation contributed $2.5 million for the design and construction of the trail project. The City of El Paso contributed $300,000 from the Quality of Life Bond for trail amenities like benches and shade structures and will maintain the trail in perpetuity. El Paso Water purchased the Playa Drain for storm water management and is allowing for its public use as a recreational trail.

Population(s) Served
Families

The goal of A Smoke Free Paso del Norte is to eliminate tobacco smoking in the region. The initiative’s coordinated and comprehensive approach includes preventing the initiation of smoking among youth, promoting quitting among adults and young people, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups. Tobacco smoking is associated with a range of diseases that affect every organ of the body and is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Program partners work on a range of prevention strategies including advocating for smoke- and tobacco-free organizational and municipal policies, monitoring the sales of tobacco products to minors, and educating youth about the risks of smoking.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

The goals the Shift+ initiative are to reduce underage drinking and binge drinking in all ages. Binge drinking is the most common form of excessive drinking and is defined as 5 or more drinks for men or 4 or more drinks for women in one occasion. Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to the negative consequence of binge drinking, including sexual assaults, unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and diseases, and unintentional injuries. Currently, partners in El Paso, Southern New Mexico, and Juárez are working within their communities to address environmental risk factors that contribute to underage and binge drinking through advocacy and policy change.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)

The major goal of the Think.Change initiative is to reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Through this initiative, the Health Foundation will use a Collective Impact framework and research-informed constructs to reduce stigma. As an emerging initiative, community partners (i.e. Brain Trust, El Paso Community Behavioral Health Consortium and other regional partner groups). will work together to identify appropriate indicators to measure change toward the initiative’s goals and objectives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The goal of the IGNITE Initiative is to improve a range of health outcomes by engaging disconnected youth in the Paso del Norte region in high quality programs during out of school hours. The Foundation refers to “disconnected youth” as people between the ages of 5 – 17 who are not involved in out-of-school activities or not working. Evidence indicates that youth who are involved in out of school programs are less likely to use drugs, alcohol, or be involved in criminal activity. Well-designed youth activities increase protective factors needed for youth to lead healthy and productive lives. Currently, program partnerships have been established throughout the region and policy efforts are underway. Interactive Mapping Tools: illustrate out of school programs through a point in time data set from fall 2016. The U.S. map includes youth population ages 7-18 by census track in the New Mexico and Texas counties of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s service region. The Mexico map includes youth population ages 6-17 by census track in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Links below:

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

The goal of the REALIZE experience is to inspire already effective leaders to become transformational leaders for the benefit of the region’s health. Customized for the Paso del Norte region and built on nine leadership attributes, REALIZE offers a cohort of twenty executives, the opportunity for individualized leadership growth over fifteen months. With strengthened leadership in place, regional organizations and individuals are better positioned to promote health and prevent disease. Key REALIZE interventions include a customized 360 and other leadership assessments, executive coaching around personalized leadership goals, two transformational off-site experiences, at least six one-day cohort connect learning sessions, networking opportunities, assessments to measure individual growth, and more. The REALIZE experience is funded and operated by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation seeks to promote health and prevent disease by promoting healthy behaviors including healthy eating, active living, drug-free lifestyles, positive mental and emotional well-being, positive out of school time youth activities, and effective non-profit leadership so that residents have more opportunity to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation uses three primary strategies, which are: leading change, grantmaking and leveraging opportunities, and investing in programs and policy to promote health and prevent disease.

As a neutral partner with a high-capacity 11-member volunteer board and 13-member staff, the Foundation uses its endowment, reputation, professional network, affiliated foundations, and facilities to power strategies that improve health and quality of life.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation monitors financial and human capital investments in health promotion and disease prevention. Funded program and policy investments are evaluated appropriate to scale sharing findings and learning experiences through reports, journal articles, and other media.

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation invests over $9 million each year in grants to dozens of partner organizations for health promotion and disease prevention. The wisdom and resolve to maintain a focus on health promotion and disease prevention for nearly 25 years has yielded more than $200 million invested to strengthen nonprofit partner organizations, forge innovative pathways, catalyze lasting health improvement initiatives, and share what is learned with others. Great stewardship also allowed the Foundation to grow its initial endowment of approximately $130 million to more than $230 million, keep administrative expenses below one percent of assets, and develop new philanthropic entities for our service region. In recent years, the Foundation developed 80 health leaders and hundreds of non-profit board members so that scarce resources may be prudently used. Over 4 miles of neighborhood trails were built in 2018 and 50 more miles planned. The Foundation also leads efforts for regional tobacco, mental health and healthy food policies to be adopted; serves over 2,000 youth through positive out of school time activities and positive role models; builds capacity in mental health service organizations and maximizes resources through coalitions across the region. The Foundation has also continued a $6 million commitment for development of a new dental school and started new investments in diabetes management and addressing vaping among youth.

Financials

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PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Sharon Butterworth

Community Advocate

Term: 2019 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Ruben Guerra

Guerra Investment Advisors

Term: 2019 - 2020

Myriam De la vega

Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera

Charles DeWetter

Coldwell Banker Legacy

Keywords

promoting health, preventing disease, leads and leverages