June 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

Coming Soon! JPS Health Network, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth's Como Community Center, is implementing a wellness program that will focus on care coordination, health education, navigation and information, and wellness and prevention activities.


We want to hear from you! If you are a Como resident or live nearby, please take this survey to provide feedback on what programs and services you would like to participate in at the JPS Community Health & Wellness Program.

For more information, contact JPS Community Outreach at [email protected].

Outreach Highlights: Acclaim Sports Medicine


On May 21st, our Acclaim Sports Medicine team, the top chosen clinicians for TCU – Texas Christian University, residents, and fellows, provided 1,457 FREE sports physicals to Fort Worth ISD students so that they may participate in sports. 

Not only were students evaluated for asthma and provided cardiac exams, but they were also given referrals and resources as needed. 


Due to COVID-19, this event could not be held last year. However, after ten years of providing this vital service to FWISD, our Acclaim Sports Medicine team, partners with JPS Health Network, were glad to be able to volunteer their time to provide care.

If you are in need of a sports physical for your child, please schedule an appointment at any JPS Health clinic to receive this service for only $25. 


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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LGBTQ+ Health

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, ages, socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.


Upcoming Signature Event

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Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks cordially invites you to attend the 7th Annual Healthy Lives Matter Alzheimer’s Education Seminar on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76102. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. 

Upcoming Local Events

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Community Resources


The US Department of Health & Human Services have created a webpage to help families navigate the formula shortage.


Swim Lessons Save Lives: Answering Top Questions With a Professional Swim Instructor

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of accidental death in kids ages 1 to 14. It’s also 100% preventable.

Keeping kids safe in and around water is all about layers of protection — locking and alarming doors and gates leading to bodies of water, having a physical barrier over or around a pool, adult supervision near water, wearing a life jacket and learning to swim. Together, these layers save lives.

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COVID-19 Updates

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


Meet Opal Lee, the Grandmother of Juneteenth

Ms. Opal is a voice of history with a message for the future. Many consider her the “Grandmother of Juneteenth” but if you ask her who she is, she will tell you she’s “just a little old lady in tennis shoes getting in everybody’s business.” Following her retirement from teaching in 1976, Lee became involved in Fort Worth community causes.

Lee helped found the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, alongside civil rights activist Lenora Rolla. She also helped organize Fort Worth's annual Juneteenth celebration. During the 1980s, Lee originated a tradition of bringing Fort Worth city leaders on an annual bus tour through economically depressed areas of Fort Worth, pointing out landmarks important to Fort Worth's minority communities. Her nonprofit organization, Unity Unlimited Inc., has been in operation since 1994 and was officially incorporated in 2000.

Lee campaigned for decades to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. She has promoted the idea by leading 2.5 miles walks each year, representing the 2.5 years it took for news of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach Texas. She promoted a petition for a Juneteenth federal holiday on The petition received 1.6 million signatures.

In June 2021, at the age of 94, her efforts succeeded as a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday was passed by Congress and signed into law.

Learn more about JuneteenthFTW and Unity Unlimited Inc.



JPS Community Outreach

[email protected]

Dr. Kandra Torrence, DrPH

Community Outreach Manager

[email protected]


Ariel Hall, MPH

Community Health Worker


Karina Garcia

Community Health Worker

[email protected]


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