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Paso del Norte Health Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-08-16

At A Glance

Paso del Norte Health Foundation

(also known as Paso del Norte Foundation)

221 N. Kansas St., Ste. 1900

El Paso, TX United States 79901-1428

Telephone: (915) 544-7636


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $227,189,111

Total giving: $7,699,398





Additional Contact Information

E-mail for Myrna Deckert:


Established in 1995 in TX; converted from sale of the assets of Providence Memorial Hospital

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to promote health and prevent disease in the region through leadership in health education, research, and advocacy.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Major Grants

The Major Grants Program is designed to improve health by providing increased community access to best, promising, and innovative practice programs and by helping regional agencies with operating support.

Physical Activity and Balanced Nutrition

This initiative promotes proper nutrition and physical activity for children. These are fundamental to health and to the reduction of chronic diseases.

REALIZE Leadership Program

A unique leadership experience that prepares participants to address regional health needs, while engaging in world class leadership development. The 15-month experience emphasizes a triad of thinking, doing, and living in leadership.

Smoke Free Paso del Norte

Emphasis is on reducing the number of smokers in the region. Top priorities include teaching children about the dangers of smoking, making cessation programs widely available, and promoting smoke-free environments. The initiative also strives to reduce the smoking rate among youth, pregnant women, people living with small children, and those who lack the resources to provide for their own wellness.

Two Should Know

Two Should Know improves sexual health in the region through education and prevention. The initiative helps grantees develop effective and creative programs emphasizing safer sexual health practices to reduce sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unintended pregnancies, and sexual violence/abuse as well as for the promotion of good emotional and social health outcomes.

Fields of Interest

  • Education
  • Health
  • Medical support services
  • Mental health care
  • Nutrition
  • Special population support
  • Youth development
International Interests
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of Latin American descent
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $227,189,111 (market value)

Gifts received: $61,000

Expenditures: $19,220,230

Total giving: $7,699,398

Qualifying distributions: $10,458,294