In this blog, the Director of Public Health offers tips and insights to further promote the public's health.

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April 1, 2024

The first full week in April is National Public Health Week.

Did you know public health is more than just health care? "Public health" is part of the government infrastructure that focuses specifically on health education and prevention, instead of simply treating patients who are already sick, as most hospitals do. We help to ensure food and water are safe to eat and drink, monitor and track certain diseases, and build strong relationships in our communities to create better health outcomes.



March 6, 2024

Get "Smart" with your yard

At last, March is finally here and that means it’s time to start planting gardens and improving our yards.

One of the many things Public Health has been concerned about is water from rain and sprinkler systems on residential and commercial properties that runs off into street and storm drains. Unfortunately, some of this runoff can carry pesticides and other chemicals that get into the groundwater in our soil. This groundwater can seep through porous rock or sediment and resurfaces into wells and springs, which supply water to reservoirs. Many, but not all, of these chemicals can be removed by water treatment plants.



February 14, 2024

Health goals and heart month

As Tarrant County Public Health’s new interim director, I want to commend those Tarrant County residents who not only resolved to work on their health this year, but also those who are hanging tough on their resolutions. Having health goals for ourselves that we can stick to is important for a happier life.



January 10, 2024

Determination is the key to keeping healthy goals

The new year always presents a chance for anyone to make a fresh start. I'm not just talking about the typical New Year resolutions, like getting organized, quitting smoking, etc.

I'm talking about that inner determination we each must develop to accomplish whatever goal we set for ourselves. And any goal that can improve your health is a worthwhile goal no matter what your age or condition.

One way to go about that is to start some simple habits that you can easily do until you don't have to think about them. For instance,...