El Paso’s UTHealth Houston Center for Community Health Impact to partner on USDA Regional Food Business Center

Gabriela Gallegos, JD, MPP, will lead the evaluation, assessment, and advocacy team for the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

May 10, 2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 12 applicants that will each establish a Regional Food Business Center. UTHealth Houston School of Public Health Center for Community Health Impact has partnered with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and other Texas and New Mexico organizations to lead the Rio Grande Colonias USDA Regional Food Business Center over the next five years.

Battling the ‘Quarantine 15’

Battling the ‘Quarantine 15’

September 7, 2020

Have you been packing on the pounds over the last several months? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. 

Dubbed the “Quarantine 15,” the weight gain many have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic is a nationwide phenomenon.

Gabriela Gallegos Natural Drive to the Finish Line

Gabriela Gallegos “Crossing a finish line creates an exhilaration you don’t get often as an adult – working toward a goal and having it play out.”

August 29, 2020

The little boy struggled to finish the race, running well behind the others. So, race organizer Gabriela Gallegos sent a couple of volunteers to run with him. The boy finished the race with a huge smile on his face.

El Paso County Opens Application Process for $1 Million in Healthy Food Financing Initiative Funds

Grocery Store Produce Display

July 19, 2019

El Paso – El Paso County has broken new ground as the first county in the country to establish a Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to increase access to healthy and affordable food. In December of 2018, El Paso County allocated $500,000 of the County Economic Development Impact Fund to start the initiative. With this investment, the County will offer grants and low-interest loans to develop and expand healthy food retail and infrastructure in high-need areas of El Paso County.

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