Tarrant County Public Health

Tarrant County Public Health Tarrant County Public Health assures, protects and promotes the overall health and well-being of our residents. We are PHAB accredited!
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Since its inception in the 1950s, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has been a valuable local resource by providing services to all Tarrant County residents aimed at promoting, achieving and maintaining a healthy standard of living. With a client base and scope of services as diverse as the county's population, a dedicated staff of more than 360 public health professionals and annual funding resources totaling more than $64 million, TCPH services truly touch everyone, every day, everywhere. COMMENTS BY OTHERS ARE NOT ENDORSED Tarrant County Public Health does not necessarily endorse, support, sanction, encourage, verify or agree with the comments, opinions, or statements posted on this fan page. Any information or material placed online, including advice and opinions, are the views and responsibility of those making the comments and do not necessarily represent the views of Tarrant County Public Health, Tarrant County or its third party service providers. By submitting a comment for posting, you agree that Tarrant County Public Health and its third party service providers are not responsible, and shall have no liability to you, with respect to any information or materials posted by others, including defamatory, offensive or illicit material, even material that violates this Agreement. External Links (including Advertising Links) The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by Tarrant County Public Health of the linked Web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Tarrant County Public Health does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find on this page. All links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of these Tarrant County Public Health Web sites. DISCLAIMER: Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Tarrant County Public Health. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Tarrant County Public Health Department, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Mission: A healthier community through leadership in health strategy.

Important information about the Coronavirus outbreakThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a he...
01/24/2020

Important information about the Coronavirus outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health alert regarding an outbreak of a novel (new) Coronavirus in Wuhan City, China that began in December 2019. The cases have now spread to several parts of China. The first U.S. case was confirmed by the CDC in Seattle and a second one has been confirmed in Chicago. Some suspected cases are under investigation in several states.

Tarrant County Public Health Emergency Preparedness staff is working closely with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to get the latest updates on this evolving situation. We are also updating our response plans as needed and have sent health alerts to the Tarrant County medical community and other partners.

TCPH is working with local hospitals on an ongoing basis to advise if patients meet CDC recommendations for testing. If we receive a confirmation of a case of novel Coronavirus, further communication will be provided to the public and media.

The Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness with fever and cough, may lead to severe pneumonia and is similar to the SARS and MERS Coronaviruses. The SARS outbreak of 2003 sickened over 8,000 and about 800 people died. Confirmed cases of the 2019 novel Corona Virus are now reported from 6 countries in addition to China.

Coronaviruses are part of a large family of viruses, which can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Symptoms are similar to the flu and include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease and weakened immune systems.

Tarrant County Public Health recommends following the same preventive precautions as for any respiratory virus:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

- Stay home when you are sick.

- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

More information on the Coronavirus is on the Department of State Health Services website: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

The CDC is currently screening passengers at airports with direct or indirect traffic originating from Wuhan City: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta.

The CDC has prepared postcard handouts in English and Mandarin, which will be given to travelers from Wuhan City at screening airports.

Had your flu shot? When you’re vaccinated against flu, you protect yourself and lower the chances of infecting others, i...
01/17/2020

Had your flu shot? When you’re vaccinated against flu, you protect yourself and lower the chances of infecting others, including people at high risk of developing serious flu complications. So, if you haven’t done it yet, get your flu shot today!

Education and outreach is an important part of any public health program. It is especially important to inspire young on...
01/06/2020

Education and outreach is an important part of any public health program. It is especially important to inspire young ones who may one day want to serve the public as we do at Tarrant County Public Health. Vector Control Staff Nina Dacko and Bethany Hambrick did an entomology “show and tell” for Westcliff Elementary School’s Career Day. The kindergarten through fourth graders learned about the different types of entomologists and what they do, and got an up-close look at bugs that impact society in both positive and negative ways. “We brought glass cases of mounted insects, vials and jars of bugs in alcohol, and we even had some of the smelly lactic acid lures we use to trap mosquitoes,” Dacko said.

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re gathering with a small group of friends or to a party, it’s important ...
12/31/2019

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re gathering with a small group of friends or to a party, it’s important to stay safe on the last day of the year.

According to the National Safety Council nearly half of all car accidents on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to drinking and driving.

Here are some tips to stay safe:

• Don’t drink and drive: Assign a designated driver or take a cab. Because many people will be driving under the influence this night, don’t use or drive a car if you can avoid it.
• Alcohol: If you decide to drink, Eat before you drink, and snack while drinking. It’s also a good idea to monitor the alcohol intake of yourself and your friends.
• Safety in Numbers: Go out in groups so you can look out for friends and family.
• Pet Safety: Keep your pets away from loud noises, such as fireworks. And be sure they have a collar with your information or a microchip. Double check your fence and pet area.

Happy New Year!

12/05/2019
Don’t wash your grease down the drain! Participate in the Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free!  Collected coo...
11/25/2019

Don’t wash your grease down the drain! Participate in the Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free! Collected cooking oil and grease will be recycled into biodiesel or biogas, which reduces landfill waste and produces an alternative fuel that is clean and green. For a list of drop-off locations and times visit: http://defendyourdrainsnorthtexas.com/holiday-grease-roundup/index.html

Vaccines save lives!Millions of people safely receive vaccines every year. Vaccines are safe and effective and are as im...
11/22/2019

Vaccines save lives!

Millions of people safely receive vaccines every year. Vaccines are safe and effective and are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.

Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a public awareness event to encourage pe...
11/18/2019

Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a public awareness event to encourage people to stop smoking.

Quitting smoking improves health immediately and over the long term at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling and medications greatly increases your chances of quitting successfully. For more information visit www.cancer.org/Smokeout.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot. The vaccine is especially important for people at risk of se...
11/15/2019

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot. The vaccine is especially important for people at risk of severe influenza, children under age two, and persons over 65, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. Close contacts of children younger than six months should also be vaccinated, since younger infants cannot receive the vaccine.

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo
11/15/2019

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo

Everyone 6 months & older should receive a yearly flu vaccine. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2Chel5T
11/15/2019

Everyone 6 months & older should receive a yearly flu vaccine. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2Chel5T

Tarrant County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Catherine Colquitt welcomes attendees to the Human Trafficking and Int...
11/14/2019

Tarrant County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Catherine Colquitt welcomes attendees to the Human Trafficking and Intimate Partner Violence seminar today at TCU.

November 17 is World Prematurity Day! The U.S. preterm birth rate has increased for the fourth year in a row. But this c...
11/11/2019

November 17 is World Prematurity Day!
The U.S. preterm birth rate has increased for the fourth year in a row. But this crisis is not just about the health of babies born too soon, it’s also about those we’ve lost. It’s about the moms who died and those who face serious health challenges before, during and after pregnancy.

The March of Dimes is shining a spotlight on this maternal and infant health crisis all month and on Nov. 17- World Prematurity Day. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/PAM19FB.

This Thursday, Nov. 14, Tarrant County Public Health joins JPS Health Network,UnBound Fort Worth, and TCU's Harris Colle...
11/05/2019
Seminar about human trafficking, intimate partner violence

This Thursday, Nov. 14, Tarrant County Public Health joins JPS Health Network,UnBound Fort Worth, and TCU's Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, to present this seminar.

Tarrant County Public Health, along with the JPS Health Network, UnBound Fort Worth, and Texas Christian University (TCU)'s Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will present a seminar on human trafficking and intimate partner violence in Tarrant County.

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo
11/05/2019

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo

Parents: As of Oct. 15, 2019, 1,479 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette/vaping products have been r...
10/21/2019

Parents: As of Oct. 15, 2019, 1,479 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigarette/vaping products have been reported to the CDC from 49 states. Thirty-three deaths have been confirmed in 24 states. If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to have a conversation with your children/teens about the potential risks of vaping.

Visit http://challengetc.org/news---events.html to see a social media guide from Challenge of Tarrant County. Together, we can make a difference!

Community Youth Development Project Manager Jodi Newton has received the Outstanding Leader Award from the Texas Departm...
10/08/2019

Community Youth Development Project Manager Jodi Newton has received the Outstanding Leader Award from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Department in Austin. Eric Moya, the Department’s Youth and Family Programs Specialist, presented the award locally.

The awards recognize individuals and organizations who help to make bright futures possible for children, youth, families and communities. The Outstanding Leader Award is given to an individual for exceptional achievement in these areas:

• An outstanding commitment to the mission of their program.
• A deep understanding of the aspirations of youth and parents/caregivers their organization serves.
• Communicates a clear vision supported by others.
• Motivates others to meet their personal and professional goals.
• Brings innovation and excellence in pursuit of programmatic goals and broader community change.

The actual award will be presented at the Department’s annual Partners in Prevention Conference in Austin Nov. 5-7.

Got drugs you don’t need? Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drug...
10/03/2019
Got drugs you don't need?

Got drugs you don’t need? Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and anonymous way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. The next Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 26. To find your collection site, visit:
http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/medication-disposal.html, then enter your Zip Code or County/City/State.

Proper drug disposal is important. While prescription drugs are important to those with health conditions requiring such medication, sometimes partially used medications and prescriptions end up sitting in medicine cabinets and drawers long past their need and expiration dates. It's tempting to just...

A wide range of free health screenings will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 5 by the Hispanic Wellness Coalition. Carnaval ...
10/02/2019

A wide range of free health screenings will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 5 by the Hispanic Wellness Coalition. Carnaval de Salud will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the TCC Trinity River Campus, 300 Trinity River Campus Circle, Fort Worth.

Tarrant County Public Health’s For Her Health (FHH) program serves the community by providing pap smears, breast exams, ...
10/01/2019

Tarrant County Public Health’s For Her Health (FHH) program serves the community by providing pap smears, breast exams, mammograms, family planning and counseling. The clinic provides referrals to other resources to meet their needs not provided at FHH. The clinic also assists women with breast or cervical cancer diagnosis who qualify to apply for Breast and Cervical Cancer Medicaid program (MBCCP). Learn more at: http://access.tarrantcounty.com/en/public-health/clinical-services0/breast-and-cervical-cancer-control-program.html.

If you receive a call from (214) 390-5269 please do not hang up! It’s a legitimate call from a representative of Tarrant...
09/26/2019

If you receive a call from (214) 390-5269 please do not hang up!
It’s a legitimate call from a representative of Tarrant County Public Health asking questions about your health and health practices. Your responses are anonymous, and will be used to plan and support health improvement programs, inform residents and elected officials about the health of their communities, and address health disparities.
The Tarrant County Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey is being conducted now through July 2020. Learn more about the BRFSS Survey at:
http://access.tarrantcounty.com/content/main/en/public-health/disease-control-and-prevention/epidemiology-and-health-information/about-epi/brfss-underway-in-tarrant-county.html?linklocation=departmentcarousel&linkname=Epidemiology and Health Information:Happening now

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) hosted its second table-top exercise on Sept. 26 in response to the World Health Org...
09/26/2019

Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) hosted its second table-top exercise on Sept. 26 in response to the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of Ebola as a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” The exercises were designed to test the ability of the county and its partners to respond if an Ebola case occurred in Tarrant County.

On Sept. 12, representatives from Denton, Collin and Dallas County health departments joined TCPH staff for a discussion of core capabilities, objectives and coordinated responses to potential scenarios.

On Sept. 26, Public Health and Emergency Management professionals, EMT’s, nurses, infection control practitioners and local government leadership in Tarrant County came together to discuss procedures and challenges and how to best share information in a crisis.

Each group’s scenario depicted developments that might occur in an actual Ebola case in Tarrant County. Participants discussed how they would likely respond to each step of the scenario and resources that might be needed. TCPH Director Vinny Taneja said the exercises helped more clearly define the role of each agency in an emergency.

“In the unlikely event that an Ebola case does occur in Tarrant County, exercises like this will help us be more prepared, more proactive and on the same page as our county partners,” he said. “We intend to keep the lines of communication open between our cross county health departments to ensure the best possible outcome in an actual emergency.”

Important update: Tarrant County Public Health clinics will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and will be closed from ...
09/25/2019

Important update: Tarrant County Public Health clinics will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 2.

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu shot. The vaccine is especially important for people at risk of severe influenza, children under age two, and persons over 65, pregnant women and those with chronic conditions. Close contacts of children younger than six months should also be vaccinated, since younger infants cannot receive the vaccine.

Here is a list of Tarrant County Health Center locations:

09/12/2019
Petrolia CISD

Vaping is a serious problem, says school superintendent in viral video

School officials in the small Texas town of Petrolia, near Wichita Falls are educating parents about the dangers of vaping. In this video, which has now gone viral, Petrolia CISD Superintendent David Hedges shows various vaping devices, including one disguised as a smart watch.

https://www.facebook.com/PetroliaCISD/videos/1123117411230642/?t=0

Public Service Announcement: Parents please take note.

Tarrant County Maternal Child Health Epidemiologist Kristin McElroy presented data regarding infant health trends in Tar...
09/10/2019

Tarrant County Maternal Child Health Epidemiologist Kristin McElroy presented data regarding infant health trends in Tarrant County at the 18th Annual Infant Health Summit in Fort Worth. Each year the Tarrant County Infant Health Network hosts an educational summit aimed at raising awareness about infant mortality and improving infant health in Tarrant County.

On Ozone Action Days you can reduce ozone-forming emissions by implementing clean air strategies. Here are some great ex...
09/05/2019

On Ozone Action Days you can reduce ozone-forming emissions by implementing clean air strategies. Here are some great examples of things you can do to help improve air quality:

• Carpool or van pool
• Bike or walk instead of driving
• Take mass transit such as DART, FWTA, or DCTA
• Report smoking vehicles
• Observe the speed limit
• Reduce idling
• Combine trips
• Keep your vehicle maintained by getting it inspected, keeping tires properly inflated and changing filters regularly

Children, older adults and people with lung disease, such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis, should avoid outdoor activity if ozone reaches Level Red. All other people should limit prolonged outdoor exertion if ozone reaches Level Red.

For more information, visit AirNorthTexas.org.

See current air quality index at: https://www.nctcog.org/trans/quality/air/ozone.

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning...
09/03/2019

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning, now and throughout the year. Learn how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and help build more resilient communities at: https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/PersonalHealth.htm.

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo
09/03/2019

Tarrant County Public Health's cover photo

for pending seminar
08/30/2019

for pending seminar

TCPH Director Vinny Taneja; Associate Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Talmage Holmes; and Manager and Chief Ep...
08/29/2019

TCPH Director Vinny Taneja; Associate Director, Disease Control and Prevention, Talmage Holmes; and Manager and Chief Epidemiologist Russ Jones are attending “A Prescription for Prevention” symposium today at the Hurst Conference Center.

Hosted by Challenge of Tarrant County along with community partners Fort Worth Safe Communities and the DEA, the symposium will discuss the latest research and practical solutions to reduce opioid deaths in our community.

Speakers include experts from the U.S. Public Health Service and the DEA; physicians from Cook Children’s Hospital, Baylor Scott and White and UT Southwestern Medical Center; Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office; and community directors from My Health My Resources.

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1101 S Main St
Fort Worth, TX
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Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) is responsible for safeguarding the health of our community's 2 million residents. Headquartered in Fort Worth, TCPH provides a variety of services that promote good health, prevent disease and injury, protect our communities, as well as reduce the physical and fiscal impact of health threats. This page deals specifically with health issues and concerns promoted by TCPH. We reserve the right to exclude health issues not directly related to the scope of TCPH responsibilities.

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Monday 07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:00 - 19:00
Friday 07:00 - 19:00

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(817) 321-4700

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