August 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, is implementing a wellness program that will focus on care coordination, health education, navigation and information, and wellness and prevention activities.

Our program is launching this month! Visit our webpage to learn more.

For more information, contact JPS Community Outreach at

Yes to JPS Bond Updates

Medical Home Southwest Tarrant is the First Major Project of the JPS Bond Program

Press Release July 20, 2022, Fort Worth

JPS Health Network leaders are pleased to announce the location of the next primary care medical clinic, Medical Home Southwest Tarrant, to be constructed at the intersection of Mesa Springs Drive and Granbury Road in Fort Worth.


National Breastfeeding Month

World Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7

August is National Breastfeeding Month. Breastfeeding is key to sustainable development strategies post-pandemic, as it improves nutrition, ensures food security, and reduces inequalities between and within countries.

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7

This year’s theme is “Step Up For Breastfeeding, Educate and Support”

We have a responsibility to STEP UP and resume opportunities to educate new moms and families and restore breastfeeding support systems. 

JPS is committed to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding!

As a Mother-Friendly Designated hospital, JPS provides private pumping rooms to breastfeeding employees returning to work after maternity leave.

JPS offers inpatient and outpatient lactation consultant services. 

Contact Valencia Moore to learn about JPS lactation consultant services at

Upcoming Signature Events

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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, Texas 76102. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. 


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

The Fort Worth Chapter of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) is hosting our annual Recovery in the Park. This event celebrates the greater Fort Worth recovery community with a day of fun filled activities for the entire family. This year’s theme is “Every Step Counts”.

Join us on Saturday, September 24 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

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.

PSA: Elmo Gets The COVID-19 Vaccine

Children 6 months through 4 years old are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 5 years and older are encouraged to get booster shots.

COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help protect everyone 6 months and older from COVID-19 and its complications.

Getting children and teens vaccinated against COVID-19 can help keep them from getting really sick if they do get COVID-19. Vaccinating children can also help relieve the strain on families by providing greater confidence in children participating in childcare, school, and other activities.

Community Partner Spotlight

Help Me Grow North Texas

Help Me Grow promotes child development by working to successfully link families to community resources that meet their needs. This happens through cross system collaboration of existing community resources that meet all families needs. Help Me Grow North Texas provides an information line that connects a family or provider to child development services and other community-based resources within your area. By calling this one number, you are connected to an experienced child development specialist, a Family Navigator, who can provide education, resources, and information on developmental screenings to meet a family’s specific needs. Call 844-NTX-KIDS (844-689-5437) to get connected with a Family Navigator.

Learn more about Help Me Grow North Texas



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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