Issue Areas

We partner with entities in key issue areas to effect the most impact possible:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Economic Development
  • Workforce Development

2019 Transformative Outcomes

  • The first seed fund for biotech companies ever established in El Paso, Texas
  • Revitalizing communities through trail development in southern New Mexico
  • Guiding transformative thought in diabetes education along the border
  • Expanding programming and inclusivity for thousands of children with special needs
  • Empowering individuals through prevention, intervention, and recovery within substance use and mental health

Inciting Movements in 2019

Over time, leaders from across the nation have begun to reach out to our team for our expertise and services in an effort to create monumental change. In 2019 alone, our geographic growth included:

  • Massachusetts – Working to empower the Latinx community in disenfranchised counties within the state
  • East Texas – Supporting the rural communities in infrastructure, wastewater management, and broadband
  • South Texas – Partnering with a collaborative firm to design a coordinated and comprehensive healthcare system across nine community providers for 20,000 individuals
  • Washington, DC – Mounting up efforts to register 500,000 voters in 2020 through technology and digital innovation
  • Puerto Rico – Collaborating to address economic development and municipal needs in a time of distress
  • Southern New Mexico – Building county-wide growth in quality of life, economic development, and behavioral health
  • Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México – Introducing the nation to an emerging leader in sexual and reproductive health education, medical care, and promotora models

Case Studies

20 Startups Launched

Incite has partnered with the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation for several years in order to realize the vision of transforming the Paso del Norte region by creating a world-class life sciences hub in the heart of El Paso, Texas. The team worked hand-in-hand with the MCA staff to prepare applications for the growth of their Innovation Center. The MCA Innovation Center operates in the Cardwell Collaborative building, a 60,000 square foot, $28 million “tech park.” The LEED Silver building features 20,000 square feet of biomedical  and tech incubator space (wet-labs, dry-labs, lab support, private offices, open offices and collaboration spaces) in one location that brings private startup companies and university personnel together under one roof to collaborate.

In 2019, The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the MCA $750,000 through the 2018 i6 Challenge. Selected from a pool of more than 230 applicants, 40 organizations from 28 states and two territories — including nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and entrepreneurship-focused organizations —received $21 million to create and expand cluster-focused entrepreneurship and technology transfer programs, and early-stage seed fund support under the EDA’S 2018 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program competition.

This EDA investment will expand program reach and impact, and launch and scale high-tech startups across the County of El Paso, thereby creating impact with the growth of new companies, living wage jobs, and technology based industry development. The project will: develop a broad based culture of idea generation as a way to nurture the growth of commercializable ideas; support high growth startups that have the potential to drive job and value creation in the region; and connect economic development strategies and technology commercialization resources within the County of El Paso. MCA has already partnered with the County’s Economic Development Department, the town of Anthony and the City of Socorro to extend the reach of the MCA’s Innovation Center programs for the development of tech start-ups in more rural areas.

To keep the momentum going, please consider a donation to the MCA.

“The MCA has sought this award for many years and has worked diligently to develop a long-term strategy including lab research and commercialization facilities and entrepreneurship programs worthy of this prestigious award,” said Emma Schwartz President and CEO of the MCA. “This EDA i6 funding will help to accelerate the innovation ecosystem that we have already seen blossoming in El Paso County.”

The i6 Challenge, was launched in 2010 as part of the Startup America Initiative, and is now in its fifth iteration. EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds. More information on EDA’s grant process and investment process can be found at www.eda.gov.

200 Individuals with HIV/AIDS Receiving High Quality Clinical Care

Southwest Viral Med, Inc (SWVM) is El Paso County’s only self-standing nonprofit that provides clinical care and medication to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and persons living with Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The SWVM mission is to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research in medicine with a focus on international health and healthcare disparities as well as to provide exemplary patient care and service to the entire El Paso, Texasborder community. The organization provides clients with advanced innovative care, while collaborating with case management services in the El Paso region. Through a unique treatment model, SWVM is able to reduce the inherent barriers to care for persons living with chronic viral diseases.

SWVM’s partnership began in 2016, just two years after the organization was formally incorporated as a nonprofit. In that short time, the combined talents of SWVM and Incite Network secured over half a million dollars to grow their work. In 2019, SWVM secured a five-year, $750,000 award to integrate  an on-the-ground, social media and digital campaign to outreach to approximately 360 new patients within the first year (over double the current patient load), educate at least 60 clinical services providers, and work across four different healthcare systems in order to braid in PrEP and nPEP education, outreach and service delivery into hospitals, primary care practices, and community-based hospital settings.

This transformational grant allows SWVM to support  a movement of local and statewide work inHIV and AIDs treatment and also join international movements to end AIDS by 2030, becoming a “Fast Track” city. Research and the Texas HIV Plan for 2017 to 2021 demonstrates that PrEP adoption should be integrated through culturally and linguistically appropriate methods. This grant award ensures that PrEP is also integrated via culturally sensitive PrEP education/training into case management, prevention counseling, and outreach services.

To talk about how you can be a part of ensuring El Paso becomes a Fast Track City, contact Cynthia Hernandez at chernandez@southwestviralmed.org .

120 youth at-risk of human trafficking supported with mentoring and counseling services

El Paso, Texas is one of the top three locations for sex trafficking and one of the top 20 human trafficking jurisdictions in the country. The majority of human trafficking cases are gang-related and tend to focus on the transport of underage females for prostitution, between the ages of 13 to 17. The problem is growing with the presence of new rival gangs fighting for control of trafficking territory since 2016 only increases the problem.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso and its partnering organizations of the Paso del Norte Center of Hope, County of El Paso Juvenile Probation Department (JPD), El Paso Center for Children, and several anti-trafficking community partners were awarded nearly half a million dollars to integrate the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso evidence-based mentoring program into JPDs new efforts to identify and enhance prevention services for females who screened positive for sexual exploitation and domestic sex trafficking. 

Incite Network called upon local partners to design the strategy for submission. As a result the El Paso community was awarded ONE OF FOUR AWARDS NATIONALLY. Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso, the lead applicant, was the only Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate to be awarded.

The purpose of this grant is to increase mentoring and supportive services to prevent SE/DST /juvenile justice involvement of girls in the community-at-large in El Paso, Texas. With approximately 40 to 50 females identified each year in the JPD system as vulnerable to SE/DST and an additional 25 on the BBBSEP waiting list, early intervention is paramount with the increased presence of trafficking activity. 

By the end of the three-year project period 120 females, ages 9 to 16, will be supported with a mentor for up to 12 months, events/activities, and parental engagement; the most at-risk will be provided trauma-informed mental health services via the El Paso Center for Children through leveraged state and federal resources; and those that are showing significant concern for involvement in SE/DST will receive direct services (e.g. court advocacy) through the Paso del Norte Center for Hope.

25,000 Students Receiving Workforce and Career Mentoring

Workforce Solutions Borderplex will pilot a career mentoring program to reach 32% of the middle and high school students in  three independent school districts or 25,000 students. The program will focus its efforts on reaching a diverse group of students so as to expose the largest to educational pathways in high demand jobs. It will work with those students who are economically disadvantaged, at-risk, in foster care, homeless, and/or in other underrepresented populations. These students are in particular need of career guidance and workforce information regarding High Growth High Demand Occupations and available trainings and opportunities related to Middle-Skill jobs and other entry points into the workforce. This pilot program, however, will also work to reach students enrolled in CTE and/or magnet tracks and specialized programs such as STEAM Academies, Robotics Teams, Healthcare Teams, and Academic Decathlon that exist within the various high schools.

New Mexico Spotlight

Since establishing offices in Southern New Mexico in 2017, Incite has secured $14 million in funding for parks, trails, firefighter personnel, water conservation, economic development, and quality of life efforts. We continue to seek out new partners to better serve the community.