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April 2023

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


Throughout 2022, JPS continued to develop innovative ways to engage the community and patients, while continuing to navigate through COVID-19. As COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Community Outreach was eager to be physically present in the community including meeting face-to-face to continue to make an impact throughout Tarrant County. 2022 was a time of exponential growth for Community Outreach.


JPS experienced an unprecedented need for services and began to restructure outreach initiatives as well as services in response. We are excited to give an update on our outreach efforts and share several new programs that were developed in 2022.


Year in Review

National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect people from racial and ethnic minority groups and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications. 

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Black Maternal Health Week 2023

April 11-17

Held annually on April 11-17, BMHW is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives, and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11 annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally. The activities and conversations hosted throughout the week intentionally center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements. ​

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Community Events

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Community Resources

JPS Health Network in collaboration with the Tarrant Area Food Bank has brought the RED Bus to several JPS locations. The purpose of the RED Bus is to provide resource assistance and nutrition education to families experiencing food insecurity.


To see RED Bus dates, view our Monthly Calendar of Events on the Community Outreach webpage.


For more information, contact JPS Community Outreach at CommunityOutreach@jpshealth.org.


Join Our Team!


At JPS Health Network, achieving our goals depends on hiring the right people – and putting their talents to work where they can make the biggest, most positive impact. Each day, thousands of JPS team members share their joy, kindness, and compassion with patients, visitors, and each other, excelling in roles across the entire spectrum of healthcare. 

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JPS Connection


Get yourself and your family connected to regular medical care with JPS Connection. JPS Connection provides affordable access to healthcare with inexpensive co-pays for doctor visits, specialized care, and prescriptions. Protect your family’s health and finances by applying for JPS Connection today. 


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COVID-19 & Flu Updates

Do you need a test or vaccine for COVID-19 or the flu?

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 tarrantcounty.com to find a location nearest you.

What is Long COVID?


Long COVID is a condition where long-term health problems persist or appear after the typical recovery period of COVID-19.


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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.

Community Partner Spotlight

United Way of Tarrant County


As a nonprofit leader, United Way of Tarrant County helps communities tackle tough challenges by bringing together private, public and nonprofit partners to build strong communities where everyone thrives.


We focus our efforts in four significant categories:


·        Community Health, with particular attention on our underserved including older adults, disabled individuals and caregivers through our Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County

·        Community Response, including our efforts during the pandemic and Winter Storm Uri, and how we provide assistance with daily needs through 2-1-1 and our Mission United initiative for veterans, active military members and their families

·        Financial Empowerment, by providing resources such as our free income tax preparation program (VITA) that directs more money into the pockets of our neighbors who need it and, thus, the local economy

·        Education and Learning, through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and other initiatives focused on adult education and workforce development


A new initiative launched this year, thanks to support from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds administered by Tarrant County, is a maternal health community doula program. Expectant mothers in low-income communities and communities of color are particularly affected by health disparities. In Tarrant County, the maternal death rate exceeds that of the state average – and Texas is one of the top 10 states in the nation for maternal mortality. It’s even worse in Fort Worth zip code 76104, where Black moms have the second highest maternal mortality rate in Texas.


Our new maternal health program includes training 120 community-based doulas in 76104. These doulas will support mothers throughout their entire prenatal, birth and postpartum experience with guidance, care and advocacy.


This is just one example of the many new programs United Way of Tarrant County has introduced to build a better Tarrant County. In the past two years, we have doubled our impact, helping more than 550,000 people through our resources. We celebrated our 100th birthday in November 2022, and we’re using this anniversary to highlight our impact over the last century and to fuel important change that our communities need today and in the future.


See the change and be the change we’re making in Tarrant County, together: GetUnitedTarrant.org.



Learn more about United Way of Tarrant County

CONTACT OUR TEAM

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REQUEST COMMUNITY OUTREACH

JPS Community Outreach

communityoutreach@jpshealth.org


Dr. Kandra Torrence, DrPH

Community Outreach Manager

ktorrenc@jpshealth.org

817-702-7318


Ariel Hall, MPH, CHW

Community Health Worker

ahall13@jpshealth.org

817-702-2570


Karina Garcia, CHW

Community Health Worker

kgarcia06@jpshealth.org

817-702-2570


Ebony Johnson

Care Navigator

ejohnson02@jpshealth.org

817-702-2570


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