- With support from the City of El Paso’s Museum & Cultural Affairs Department, 45 children and youth in the After-School Enrichment program enjoyed art classes through the summer. Participants learned drawing, painting, multi-media, art styles and techniques, and art history. An end-of-project art exhibition and reception was held allowing participants to show and discuss their work, which focused on El Paso’s urban setting including plants, animals, and the natural environment.
- On August 16, Employees of the Dallas Federal Reserve’s El Paso branch donated numerous boxes of school supplies for the children of needy residents in communities Project Vida serves. Supplies included crayons, pencils, pens, markers, rulers, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, binders, Kleenex, boxes and small bags to hold supplies, backpacks, and more.
- The Community Youth Development (CYD) Program of the State of Texas acknowledged Sandra Gonzalez, After-School Specialist in Project Vida’s After-School Enrichment & Youth Development program, as an outstanding youth development worker. A recent CYD newsletter cited Ms. Gonzalez for having “a reputation as someone community members can trust” and who designs and implements engaging activities “that youth will enjoy and look forward to.” She has worked with After-School Enrichment since 2011 and helped open the Northeast site.
- Tobacco Cessation classes in Spanish started at Project Vida’s Administration offices, 3607 Rivera Ave. The once-a-week classes for 8 weeks are held every Thursday, 2:00-4:00 p.m., at no charge. It’s not too late to sign up! Contact Ana Mendizabal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (915) 533-7057, ext. 475.
- Diabetes Self-Management Program classes held in Spanish also are available at no charge on Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, at Project Vida’s Administration offices. Contact Juani Fierro at email@example.com or 533-7057, ext. 355.
- El Paso Health donated $5,000 for Healthy Cooking classes at Project Vida Health Center’s Naftzger and Canutillo Clinics, and at Desert Wind Middle School where the Health Center’s Outreach & Wellness has an active presence with POWER 4 Uth and Community Mobilization programs.
- Amerigroup donated $5,000 for Outreach & Wellness’ Zumba classes held at Project Vida’s Linda Vista Apartments in Northeast El Paso. Classes are open to Linda Vista residents and the community at no charge. Amerigroup also donated 300 backpacks for Outreach & Wellness’ Canutillo Health Fair held on August 11. Amerigroup donated another 100 backpacks for the children of Project Vida’s patients and clients, and Chamizal community residents, in need.
- Microsoft awarded Project Vida’s After-School Enrichment & Youth Development program $15,000 to provide computer science, digital literacy, and coding skills to 24 5th-8th graders for 32 weeks. Entitled “C.O.D.E. Busters (Clever Outstanding Developers Empowered) and launched on July 16th, the program is helping 24 After-School Enrichment participants become “future-ready” with technology skills for their high school and post-secondary educations and future careers.
- Congratulations to Project Vida Health Center for receiving a Health Center Quality Leader award as part of the Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Quality Leader award. As a Health Center Quality Leader, Project Vida Health Center achieved the best overall clinical performance for 2017 among all 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories, and the District of Columbia. Project Vida Health Center placed in the top 30% of the adjusted quartile rankings for clinical quality measures. HRSA’s Quality Improvement Awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide as well as health centers making significant quality improvement gains.
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