October 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.

Community Outreach Highlights:

Health & Wellness Fair

On September 24, JPS Community Outreach hosted a Health & Wellness Fair at Como Community Center. Attendees received free health screenings, learned more about JPS and the new Community Health & Wellness Program.

JPS Lifestyle Medicine resident physicians facilitated a cancer prevention education class paired with a hands-on healthy cooking class.

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.

Subscribe to the newsletter to stay updated.


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October is dedicated to educating everyone on the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and prevention of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.


JPS offers inpatient and outpatient lactation consultant services. 

Contact Valencia Moore to learn about JPS lactation consultant services at

Upcoming Local Events


Know a child who would like to go out on Halloween for Trick or Treat, but needs medical support to be able to do so?


For the 9th year, MedStar is offering to take one or two children out for Halloween in a very special Fort Worth neighborhood. 

This program is designed for kids who might not normally be able to go trick or treating due to medical restrictions.


The child will be picked up at home, brought to a specially selected neighborhood in a fully decorated MedStar ambulance.


The child and their family will be escorted on one of our stretchers, with full medical support, until their goody bag is full!


To nominate a child for this event, contact Matt Zavadsky at or by phone at 817-991-4487


Nomination deadline is Monday, October 18th   


Participation Guidelines:

  • Date of event will be October 29th, between 6p and 9p
  • Child and parents should live, or be temporarily residing in the MedStar service area
  • Children in a hospital, or other medical facility are eligible, and we will coordinate with the facility to determine feasibility.
  • Child should be between 5 and 15 years old
  • Child and parents should be willing to share their experience with media partners and sign a media release
  • MedStar shall make the final determination of clinical appropriateness for participation

Community Resources

Could you use extra support and guidance while caring for a loved one with dementia?

If so, Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) may be just what you need. This skill-building program empowers caregivers through services that nourish self-esteem, increase disease knowledge, and reduce stress. Over a six-month period, a caregiver meets one-on-one with a Dementia Care Specialist to address dementia-related behaviors, home safety, self-care, social support, and caregiver stress. REACH is offered at no cost and is available in English and Spanish.

To learn more call the Alzheimer’s Association North Central Texas Chapter at


COVID-19 & Flu 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.

Flu vaccination is more important than ever in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic because it can reduce the overall amount of flu illness this season, in turn reducing the burden on health care systems and saving medical resources for care of patients with COVID-19. While CDC conducts annual education and awareness campaigns with the goal of increasing flu vaccination, this season, extra work has been done in this area, including the launch of a new campaign called: No One Has Time for Flu.

How to schedule COVID-19 or flu tests and vaccines:

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

Alzheimer's Association,

North Central Texas Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care and support. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and, ultimately, a cure. Last year, the North Central Texas Chapter served more than 4,600 people through support groups, education and care consultations. To learn more about how we can help you, call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or check our website at

To view a list of education programs and support groups, visit our Community Resource Finder at and check out these upcoming programs: 

2022 Early-Onset Dementia Family Conference for patients, families and caregivers impacted by early-onset dementia on October 8 and 9. Program will be held virtually. Register here.

Alzheimer's Association Fall Seminar: Living Well with Dementia on November 17. This seminar will include a discussion of Mild Cognitive Impairment and the importance of accurate diagnosis, an inspiring word from a person living with dementia, updates on the latest research and more. Complimentary CEUs are offered for social workers, LPCs and nurses. 

Learn more about Alzheimer's Association



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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