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    Tarrant County Partnership Helps Underserved Asian American Community

    Tarrant County, TX – Tarrant County Public Health and Commissioner Andy Nguyen have partnered with the local Asian American Community to form Partners In Health, in an effort to bridge the gap between available healthcare resources and the underserved Asian American population in Tarrant County.

    Partners In Health is working to build a sustainable outreach to the Asian American Community through monthly or bi-monthly events, information media sessions and other focused initiatives.

    Their first event will be held on February 28 at the Vietnamese Community Tet Festival at Asia Times Square. The group will gather in the Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Attendees will be asked to complete a brief survey. They will also receive a pamphlet of information directing them where to go for general checkups, along with a list of recommended screening procedures.

    Partners In Health aims to encourage, educate and inform the community regarding preventative care and regular check-ups. The group also plans to provide resources for those with and without insurance.

    Being a member of the Vietnamese American Community, Commissioner Nguyen understands the importance of healthcare education within the community.

    “Building trust, fostering familiarity and access to translation services should be a priority for all healthcare providers seeking to properly serve this community,” states Nguyen.

    Those who complete the survey will receive incentives for their participation.

     

    About Tarrant County Public Health

    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. Services include environmental, laboratory and disease control as well as health screenings, education and community engagement throughout the life course. With a budget of $60 million, a staff of 460 in 18 permanent locations, and additional outreach sites, TCPH serves a client base as diverse as the county's population. TCPH services truly touch everyone, every day, everywhere.

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    To learn more about Partners In Health, please contact either:

    Mary Gilman, Community Outreach Coordinator
    Office of Commissioner Andy H. Nguyen
    Tarrant County Precinct 2
    700 E. Abram, Suite 304
    Arlington, TX 76010
    Phone: 817-548-3900
    mtgilman@tarrantcounty.com

    Ann Salyer-Caldwell, RDN/LD, MPH
    Associate Director, Community Health Promotion
    Tarrant County Public Health
    1101 S. Main Street, Suite 2415
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    Phone: 817-321-5309
    Asalyer-caldwell@tarrantcounty.com



    News release date: February 25, 2015