September 2022

About JPS Community Outreach

Community Outreach fulfills the JPS mission of “transforming healthcare delivery for the communities we serve” by strengthening and building community links, internal and external to the network, and improving the health and well-being of the residents in Tarrant County.

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Community Outreach Updates

JPS Health Network, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth's Como Community Center, has implemented a wellness program that focuses on wellness and prevention activities.

The JPS Community Health & Wellness Program officially launched in August. This program is open to JPS patients as well as the entire community. Visit our webpage to learn more.

For more information, contact JPS Community Outreach at

JPS Community Outreach is hosting a Community Health & Wellness Fair at Como Community Center on September 24 from 10am-1pm. Please join us for health screenings, a live cooking demonstration with samples included, and to learn more about JPS and community resources. See you there!

Community Outreach Highlights:

Back to School & Healthy Lives Matter

Throughout the month of August, JPS team members participated in several back-to-school events across Tarrant County.

On August 13, JPS team members participated in Commissioner Roy C. Brooks 7th Annual Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer's Education Seminar.

Thank you, JPS team members, for your service and dedication to the Tarrant County community!


Along with the JPS Health Network Board of Managers and Tarrant County Commissioners Court, JPS is currently developing plans to greatly expand our ability to care for the people of Tarrant County. This 10-year Bond Program will expand the services at the JPS Main Campus and its ambulatory network in Tarrant County.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the culture and contributions of both Latino and Hispanic Americans. The history and accomplishments of these groups in the shaping of the country are celebrated. 

The month is celebrated in a plethora of ways. As several other celebratory holidays fall during this month — such as the independence days of several Latin American countries — concerts, parades, food fairs, and more are organized throughout. Educational events like art exhibitions take place as well, highlighting important Latino heroes in history. 

Upcoming Signature Event

Harambee means "all pull together" in Swahili, thus the Annual Tarrant County Harambee Festival pulls the citizens of North Texas together for a fun-filled day of food, fun, music, and health and cultural awareness in celebration of our shared history. Traditionally held every first Saturday in October, the festival is free to the public and is preluded by its Annual Seafood, Chicken, and Blues Festival on the preceding Friday night. The festival attracts 5,000+ attendees during the two-day event.


Upcoming Local Events

Join us on Saturday, September 24th for our incredible Recovery in the Park Rally celebration. This year it is going to be bigger and better than ever! This is a great free family-friendly event that shows us that recovery can be fun. Join us and bring a friend.

This FREE event will include food, entertainment, giveaways, speakers, and other activities including balloon animals, face painting, arts and crafts, DJ, live band, giveaways, and resources.

Each sponsor will receive an opportunity to promote your organization by presenting a brief overview from the stage throughout the day.

We hope to see you there!

Community Resources

Identifying the Symptoms of Monkeypox

According to the CDC, people with Monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Click here to learn more about symptoms.

If you believe you are at high-risk or may have been exposed to Monkeypox, visit Tarrant County Public Health's Monkeypox Vaccine Registration page to check your eligibility for the vaccine.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Updates

As part of a COVID-19 Health Disparity Grant, JPS Community Outreach is conducting a voluntary survey to help us improve and reduce COVID-19 health disparities. This survey will help us gather information about ways people reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

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To take this survey, scan the QR code or click here.

Do you need a COVID-19 test, vaccine, or booster?

Please help us preserve our ER and Urgent Care facilities by scheduling an appointment with your provider or by visiting

If you are a patient at JPS:

JPS patients can use MyChart or call 817-702-1100 to schedule an appointment with their PCP.

If you are NOT a patient at JPS:

Those needing COVID-19 testing or vaccines can visit to find a location nearest you.

Community Partner Spotlight

Hispanic Wellness Coalition

Hispanic Wellness Coalition is a non-profit entity whose mission is to serve and promote health and wellness in diverse communities through education, advocacy and access in North Texas. The Hispanic Wellness Coalition provides opportunities for access to health care and information through the annual North Texas Wellness Fair and other programs designed to increase awareness of all forms of healthcare and healthy living opportunities available while building relationships with health practitioners and wellness providers.

Learn more about Hispanic Wellness Coalition 



JPS Community Outreach

Dr. Kandra Torrence, DrPH

Community Outreach Manager


Ariel Hall, MPH, CHW

Community Health Worker


Karina Garcia

Community Health Worker


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