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North Texas Area Community Health Centers (NTACHC) will celebrate “National Community Health Center Week” from August 8 to 14 with reminders for the community to take care of their health needs now. From getting COVID vaccinations to getting the children physicals and immunizations before school starts in person, NTACHC encourages families to make appointments now. NTACHC has three centers in Tarrant County—two in Fort Worth and one in Arlington—and is accepting new patients. 


NTACHC also invites children to participate in a coloring creation activity in honor of this week that focuses on the fine work that Community Health Centers provide. Children are encouraged to submit drawings and colorings representing what health means to them for a chance to be featured in NTACHC communications. They are welcome to download the NTACHC coloring sheets found online at NTACHC Coloring Creation Activity | North Texas Area

Those who submit entries in person to any center below by August 13 will receive a toy, with one toy per child:

·      Northside Center, 2332 Beverly Hills Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76114
·      Southeast Center, 2909 Mitchell Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76105
·      Arlington Center, 979 N. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76011

Gerrie Whitaker, NTACHC CEO, said, “Our mission is to improve health and wellness through accessible, compassionate and quality healthcare services for all, and this week gives us even more reason to remind the community of our healthcare offerings. If you are looking for a new provider or need a provider, I encourage you to check us out.” 


NTACHC provides a full range of primary care services including adult care, pediatric care, women’s health and behavioral health, along with pharmacy, lab tests, diabetes management, health education and wellness. The centers are also giving the COVID-19 vaccines and providing COVID-19 testing. For more information or to become a patient, visit or call 817-625-4254. 


About North Texas Area Community Health Centers:

A nonprofit organization, North Texas Area Community Health Centers are a community family medical practice that offers a full-range of primary and preventative healthcare services to patients throughout Tarrant County. In 2002, NTACHC was founded as a federally qualified health center to provide high quality medical services, to serve as a safety net for the lower-income population, and to help successfully address health disparities in the community. Open to all, NTACHC has three community-centered medical homes: Northside Community Health Center, Southeast Community Health Center and Arlington Community Health Center. For more information, visit or call 817-625-4254.



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LWL Montage

Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) has announced a new live broadcast show and podcast titled “Lead with Love.” Rather than a traditional host, “Lead With Love” is a conversation between multiple voices of Dallas discussing ways that strong leadership, respect of diversity and inclusion, and celebration of local culture make a difference in the community. The show’s guests converse and answer audience questions in a lively manner during the live video broadcast. The 30-minute lunchtime interchange is a back-and-forth dialogue that aims to inspire, uplift and entertain.

The inaugural season kicks off on June 1 at 12:30 p.m. (Central) and can be watched live on Love Field’s social media: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Viewers are encouraged to comment and ask questions. After each episode airs, the recorded podcast is available on Apple Podcast, Spotify and iHeartRadio.

Aired in February 2021, the pilot episode featured Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, and Tex Moton, graffiti artist and muralist who designed the 2019 City Edition Mavs’ uniforms and Dallas Love Field’s Parking Garage C and terminal emblazoned with the Mavericks’ theme and “rowdy” messages. That episode can be seen at and heard on Apple Podcast, Spotify and iHeartRadio (links above).

The Summer 2021 schedule:*

June 1 (Episode 2): James Faust, Artistic Director, Dallas Film Society and Dallas International Film Festival, and Barak Epstein, Owner of Aviation Cinema, which operates the Texas Theater, and Co-Founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival

June 15 (Episode 3): Kevin Sherrington, Sports Columnist, The Dallas Morning News

June 29 (Episode 4): Anthony Hill, Head of Regional Partnerships, UberEats, and Podcast Host of "Legacy is More” and Sterling Melville, Senior Strategy Manager at Pepsico and President of The Melville Family Foundation

July 13 (Episode 5): Veletta Lill, Former Executive Director, Dallas Arts District

July 27 (Episode 6): Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas ISD

August 10 (Episode 7): Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Fossil Group, Inc. 

August 24 (Episode 8): Randall White, Founder, 24HourDallas, and Dr. Eric Anthony Johnson, Chief of Economic Development & Neighborhood Services, City of Dallas

September 7 (Episode 9): Jason Roberts, Founder of Better Block, Founder, Better Block, Urban Planner, Restaurateur, Civic Activist.

Chris Perry, Dallas Love Field’s external communications and marketing manager, said, “Lead with Love is an ongoing dialogue with the community about topics that transcend the airport—leadership, diversity and culture—and features local people who make a difference through support of good works and positive initiatives. The June 1 show with James and Barak should be fun, especially if you’re a film buff or a movie lover. Their film festivals support local and diverse new voices and talents.”

*Guests subject to change. To see the latest updates, visit Dallas Love Field’swebsite.

An award-winning airport, Dallas Love Field is a 2021 Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility – the gold standard for stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. The airport has also won many of the most prestigious awards including multiple years with Travel+Leisure’s “Top 10 Domestic Airports,” Airports Council International World and North America. For more information visit or call the Airport Operations Center (214) 670-LOVE (5683). Follow Dallas Love Field on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Black Heritage Celebration Ben Leal, Dallas Arboretum, Diversity chair; Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson; Linda Todd, Dallas Arboretum board member and Black Heritage Celebration committee chair; Jim Ryan, Dallas Arboretum board chair.

To celebrate the Summer of Sculpture exhibition opening with the return of ZimSculpt, a display of Zimbabwean sculpture, the Dallas Arboretum hosted its first ever Black Heritage Celebration on Saturday, May 1st.  On April 30th, the Dallas Arboretum held a press conference to discuss details of the Black Heritage Celebration, which honored and celebrated diversity by showcasing the work of Black designers, artists, entertainers and vendors.


At the press conference, Dallas Arboretum representatives introduced the founders and sculptors of ZimSculpt. Running from May 1 to August 8 at the Dallas Arboretum as the Summer of Sculpture exhibition, ZimSculpt, features the talent of several contemporary Zimbabwean artists with more than 100 hand-selected, exquisite sculptures artfully displayed throughout the garden. These contemporary pieces, created by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, are carved from various types of serpentine and semi-precious stone, often weighing tons, and can be as large as seven feet tall. The sculptures are available for purchase.


Tickets must be pre-purchased online or by calling 214-515-6615. Wearing a face covering is required for all guests 5 years of age while visiting the Dallas Arboretum, unless medically unable to do so. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit

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Grant Halliburton Foundation BOH Luncheon Sharon Grigsby, Dallas Morning News Metro Columnist accepts the Beacon Award from Vanita Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at the Beacon of Hope at Home Virtual Luncheon on Friday, April 30.

Grant Halliburton Foundation welcomed Nora McInerny, best-selling author, speaker and podcast host, to share her personal story at the Beacon of Hope at Home Virtual Luncheon on April 30. Presented by The David B. Miller Family Foundation, the luncheon supports Grant Halliburton Foundation’s work providing education, resources and support for children, teen and young adult mental health.

Kylie Hughitt and Jessica Slay, LPC-S were luncheon chairs; honorary chairs were Karen and Mark Carney; and Barb Farmer is the founding luncheon chair. CICI Edwards, an award-winning slam poet/spoken word artist, gave a riveting performance about mental health. Steve Noviello, FOX 4 reporter, served as the luncheon emcee.

Eric Nadel, voice of the Texas Rangers, and The Sopranos actress Jamie Lynn Sigler both gave recorded messages urging viewers to support the Foundation’s work of providing hope and healing.

Vanita Halliburton, Grant Halliburton Foundation co-founder and executive chairman, spoke about supporting the organization she co-founded after losing her teen son to suicide 15 years ago. “I hope you will consider giving to the Foundation because you believe in the future we envision and strive for. A future where suicide is no longer the second leading cause of death for 10-year-olds to 24-year-olds. A future where stigma is a thing of the past, and no one is ashamed to seek help for depression, anxiety or other brain disorders. A future where people know the signs of suicidal crisis as well as they know the signs of an oncoming cold—and know how to get help. A future where children grow up to be resilient, healthy, strong adults.”

Halliburton presented the Beacon of Hope Award to Sharon Grigsby, The Dallas Morning News Metro columnist who has written extensively on mental health and suicide.

McInerny, best-selling author of memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), No Happy Endings and The Hot Young Widows Club, shared about her life’s difficult journey. “Seven years ago, I was having a bad year: I miscarried, my dad died, and then my husband died.” When people asked her how she was doing, she would say, “fine.” She used the question, ‘how are you?’ and her least favorite four-letter-word—one that she bans from her blended family of two teens and a 4 and 8-year-old—as the basis of her talk.

“We answer a big meaningful question—'how are you’ -- with the reply ‘fine’ and turn it into small talk. We don’t want to be a burden, a bummer, and we don’t want your pity.” Yet, McInerny believes the honest truth is better than lying, a reason why she named her subsequent podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Her podcast is designed to get to the honest truth to the question, “How are you?”

She added, “Bring the honest truth. Model that truth. To be able to sit with our pain or somebody else’s and to validate it, that’s what keeps us going. The answer could be ‘I’m struggling.’”

About suicide, she said, “Suicide is a parent’s worse nightmare. Our kids are not weird or wrong or strange. Growing hurts. Grownups don’t have all the answers, but we’ll help and show up.” Her story of being resilient, living life after the loss of loved ones and mental health was uplifting and powerful.

In the last 15 years, Grant Halliburton Foundation has provided mental health education, training and support to more than 200,000 students, educators, parents and professionals, thanks to funds raised in part by the annual Beacon of Hope event. The Foundation also offers two free community tools to help North Texans find mental health and addiction information and resources:

  • is a website with a searchable database of more than 900 North Texas providers, designed to help people make informed decisions about mental health care.
  • The Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line is a helpline that offers people personal assistance with finding providers and resources that match their needs. Help is just a free phone call away at 972-525-8181, and Spanish speakers are available.

Special thanks to the sponsors:

Beacon: The David B. Miller Family Foundation

Visionary: Shelley and Jeff Becker in memory of Alec Becker, Karen and Mark Carney, Barb and David Farmer, Todd Abbott Memorial Fund.

Advocate: BKM Sowan Horan, Matejek Family Foundation, Alyson and Joe Ray, Lisa K. Simmons, Rene and Jimmy Wisch Family Charitable Fund of the Dallas Jewish Family Foundation.

Friend: Vanita and Terry Briley in memory of Grant Halliburton, Debbie and David Fosdick, Kevin and Sharon Hall, Cindi and Alan Halliburton in memory of Grant Halliburton, Parish Episcopal School, The Fullbrook Center.

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Now in its 15th year, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 200,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at

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North Texas Area Community Health Centers Dr. Dinesh Gowda is the new pediatrician at North Texas Area Community Health Centers' Arlington location.

As the demand for accessible pediatric healthcare has increased, the North Texas Area Community Health Centers (NTACHC) has hired Dr. Dinesh Gowda, M.D., FAAP, an award-winning pediatric physician, to join its Arlington location.

With more than 15 years of experience in pediatrics and newborn care, Dr. Dinesh Gowda is a board certified pediatrician who graduated from J.J.M. Medical College in India. He completed three years of additional training in pediatrics from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in India before relocating to the U.S. He completed his internship and residency at Harlem Hospital Center, New York, which is affiliated with Columbia University.

Before joining NTACHC, Dr. Gowda worked as an associate professor of pediatrics and chair of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa, Texas. He is a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a special interest in pediatric asthma and newborn care. His awards include the Dean’s Educational Innovation Award (2018), Top Pediatrician Award from Patient Reviews (2017), and the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award (2017). He is a board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the Texas Medical Association and West Texas Physicians Association.

Dr. Gowda said, “My goal is to provide the best, most comprehensive and compassionate care for children from birth to 18 years. By focusing on preventative medicine, I teach children healthy habits that they can use as they grow.”

Gerrie Whitaker, NTACHC chief executive officer, said, “With the addition of Dr. Dinesh Gowda to our Arlington location, we are ready to serve even more patients, especially those children whose healthcare needs may have been delayed during the lockdown. We encourage parents and guardians to make an appointment to take care of their children’s healthcare needs including immunizations, well child exams, physicals and acute visits.”  NTACHC is accepting new patients at all three of its centers.

A nonprofit organization, North Texas Area Community Health Centers are a community family medical practice that offers a full-range of primary and preventative healthcare services to patients throughout Tarrant County. In 2002, NTACHC was founded to provide high quality medical services, while serving as a safety net for the lower-income population to help successfully address health disparities in the community. Open to all, NTACHC has three community-centered medical homes: Northside Community Health Center, Southeast Community Health Center and Arlington Community Health Center. For more information, visit or call 817-625-4254.

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Grant Halliburton Foundation Vanita Halliburton holds a photo of her late son, Grant Halliburton.

Vanita Halliburton founded Grant Halliburton Foundation in 2006 after her son had taken his life following bouts of severe depression and bipolar disorder. When Grant was struggling, Vanita searched for resources and found little. Later, she resolved to provide critical mental health resources, so that other families wouldn’t have the same outcome as hers.

Out of that tragedy, Grant Halliburton Foundation was founded. Now in its 15th year, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training and support to more than 200,000 students, educators, parents and professionals. The Foundation also offers many educational resources, such as and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line.  These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources.

Halliburton said, “In 15 years, we’ve been able to talk more openly about mental health and provide resources, but there’s still a stigma tied to this important issue. Our goal is to be the ‘go to’ organization for those who need resources and for those working with children to young adults. If you, your loved one or someone you know needs help, we encourage you to contact us.”  

According to the 2021 The State of Mental Health in America study, mental health and suicide are still critical issues among children and young adults:

  • Texas ranked the second lowest in terms of access to mental healthcare.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 31% increase in mental health-related emergency room visits among children aged 12-17 years, during April-October 2020 compared to April-October 2019.
  • Suicide is still the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24 (CDC, 2019).
  • In Texas, the state loses a young person ages 10-24 to suicide at the rate of almost 2 per day. (CDC Wonder, 2019)
  • Since COVID-19, pediatricians are seeing more patients come in with depression, anxiety, obesity and risky sexual behavior.

Cami Fields, Grant Halliburton Foundation director of outreach and education, said, “This report states that 60% of youth with depression don’t receive any mental health treatment, and I estimate that number is actually higher since many who need help don’t seek it. The pandemic also shifted school online, away from peers and friends, and home life into a bubble. So for those who were experiencing depression or other mental health symptoms, their conditions may have gotten worse.” 

She added, “The stigma of mental health isn’t going away, so we work hard to help as many as we can through a series of education, talks and programs.” During the pandemic, the Foundation shifted to doing a majority of its school presentations for students, parents, teachers, schools, counselors and others online.

Blanca Garcia, director of mental health resources at Grant Halliburton Foundation, has seen an increase in the severity of calls to the Mental Health Navigation Line during 2020. She remarked, “The calls lasted longer and highlighted more family problems. There was also a rise in elevated crisis calls, though we are not a crisis line, but we can refer them to other resources.”

She takes many of the Spanish calls and said, “Many said they felt anxious and stressed, had trouble sleeping and were short of breath. As I told them, these physical symptoms are linked to mental health, so it was both the adult family member and child who needed help.”

Callers are connected to a trained mental health navigator who can offer support and information about services and resources in their area. These are trained volunteers who gather pertinent information from the caller regarding their needs. Then, an experienced mental health professional helps to identify specific resources tailored to the caller’s needs within 24 hours. Note: the Mental Health Navigation Line is not a crisis line, but navigators can direct callers to additional crisis resources.

Garcia added that she would like more stories told of regular people dealing with mental health, and less about the celebrities and extreme cases.  “Feeling anxious or depressed is normal, and people can learn to cope with that. In some cases, they may need a professional to talk to, and that’s our role to help as many as possible.”

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Now in its 15th year, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training, and support to more than 200,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. More information can be found at

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Dallas Arboretum Garrison Efird (Corporate Advisory committee member and Newmark), Robin Carreker (Dallas Arboretum Board Member), Jim Ryan (Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman and Jackson Walker)

The Dallas Arboretum held its Corporate Dinner on March 23 with more than 125 people that support the garden at a high level. Guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Trams gave tours throughout the garden to see the Japanese cherry trees and the 500,000 spring flowers—tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and more—that were in full bloom in every color palette.

Dallas Arboretum Board Member Robin Carreker gave a state of the garden update including a recent accolade of the garden being one of eight featured in The New York Times. Garrison Efird, Corporate Advisory committee member, thanked the 2020 major donors, committee and staff. Then visitors enjoyed a lovely dinner outdoors in Jonsson Color Garden. Dallas Arboretum Chairman  Jim Ryan concluded the evening with final thanks to everyone, especially during a difficult year.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price

To bring awareness to Sexual Assault Community Action Day on April 6th and throughout April, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County (The Women’s Center) is selling teal t-shirts for $25 during its Victory Over Violence – Hope Starts Here campaign. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

To kick off the campaign, on April 6th at 10 a.m., the nonprofit organization will address the Tarrant County Commissioners Court and will receive a proclamation declaring the day “Turn Tarrant Teal” Day (Tarrant County Administration Building, 100 E. Weatherford Street, Suite 502A, Fort Worth, Texas 76196).

The Women’s Center encourages the community to wear their teal t-shirts on April 6th and throughout the month to raise awareness about issues of sexual violence, as well as to support survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. Supporters are also invited to wear their teal t-shirts for Denim Day on April 28th.

During the month of April, The Women’s Center is also partnering with local universities—including TCU, UTA, TCC and UNTHSC—during on-campus events to educate students, faculty and the community of sexual and relationship violence prevention.

Confirmed events include participation with TCU’s “Take Back the Night” program, which raises awareness about sexual violence on college campuses. On the first Tuesday of April, The Women’s Center will participate in Teal Talk Tuesdays presented by UT Arlington. Additional events include TCC Southeast’s Sexual Assault Awareness Presentation with the Family Empowerment Center, as well as presentations with DASHH (Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Harassment, and Hazing) Prevention Squad.

Funds raised from teal t-shirt purchases and donations to The Women’s Center help provide continuum of care for the more than 100,000 women, men and children served in the Rape Crisis and Victim Services Program. Through this program, survivors receive the tools needed to heal from the devastating effects of violence, children and teens learn how to reduce their risk of abuse, and the community is empowered to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence through education and training. 

Visit to purchase a t-shirt or make a donation to the organization.

The Women’s Center hopes to raise awareness on these startling statistics:

  • Every 73 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted (
  • Nearly one in three Texans will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, with women being twice as likely to be victimized as men.
  • One in four girls and one in six boys experience some form of sexual abuse before their 18th birthday.
  • Eight out of ten rapes are committed by someone known to the victim (

Laura Hilgart, The Women’s Center’s President and CEO, said, “Child and adult victims of interpersonal violence, already vulnerable and traumatized, have been made even more so by the COVID -19 pandemic. The Women’s Center is preparing to see an increase in victims seeking services, as many have been trapped in unsafe situations and may have experienced more extreme levels of violence. Since we are unable to have our Victory Over Violence Walk/Run, we need the community’s support to raise critical funds to sustain our work—work that prevents violence and helps survivors heal.”

About The Women’s Center:

Established in 1979, The Women’s Center addresses significant problems of violence, crisis, and poverty experienced by women and families in Tarrant County. The founders of The Center created a place of transformation that has served hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children over the past 40 years. This has been made possible through the commitment of expert staff, generous donors, dedicated volunteers, a passionate involved board of directors, and community partnerships. The mission of The Women’s Center is to inspire and empower women, men, and children to overcome violence, crisis, and poverty. For more information about The Women’s Center, please visit, or call 817.927.4040.







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Jason Brown

Dallas City Homes (DCH), a non-profit community development organization, is pleased to announce Jason Brown as its new president. He will be the third president in DCH’s 31-year history and will succeed current president, Karen Brooks-Crosby, who is retiring after 20 years of service.

Brown is a Dallas native and managing partner at aTENANTCo, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm serving small and mid-size business users of retail, office and industrial space.  For more than a decade, he has specialized in working with public and privately held real estate investment trusts, developers, non-profit organizations, municipalities and high net worth individuals. Brown serves on several committees and non-profit boards including the International Council of Shopping Centers, North Texas Commercial Association of REALTORS, The Real Estate Council, Fair Park First, and is a fellow of D Magazine’s Leadership Academy.

Brooks-Crosby said, “Jason is an ideal mix of intellect, experience, commitment and passion for communities. I am thrilled that he has been selected to lead DCH into its next phase of community development and its continuing mission of creating housing and physical spaces that meet the residential needs of people while addressing their multifaceted needs for wellness, education, human connectivity and personal growth.”  

Brown has been a member of DCH’s board of directors for more than four years and has served recently as treasurer.  As he vacates his governance position to step into his leadership role, he will focus on several housing and mixed-use developments that DCH has in the works.

DCH currently owns multifamily communities and development sites in Bishop Arts, La Bajada/Trinity Groves, Pleasant Grove and Southeast Oak Cliff. The nonprofit organization develops housing for low-to-moderate income residents, with plans to develop senior housing, art/culture-based community assets and community gardens. “One of my priorities will be taking these projects vertical and continuing to increase the supply of affordable housing for Dallas County,” said Brown.

“The need for affordable housing has never been more critical.  We are confident that Jason will not only continue the legacy of our retiring president, but also master the major new challenges going forward,” said Phyllis Isaacs, DCH board of directors chairwoman.

Since 1989, Dallas City Homes has developed and/or preserved the affordability of more than 2,400 apartments in Dallas County and engaged in the construction, renovation or development of more than 350 single family homes for sale. The company’s values are steeped in equity, dignity and respect for all. For more information, call 214-943-9007, email or visit


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The Concilio


The Concilio, a nonprofit that unlocks opportunities for Latino families in North Texas, and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) present the 15th annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® This year’s event emphasizes health and wellness through family-friendly physical activities and healthy lifestyles, as well as COVID-19 vaccine registration. With the threat of COVID-19, basic healthy habits that prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity are more important than ever. The Concilio seeks to bring education and engagement in positive healthy behaviors to Latino families year-round through this event, as well as its Healthy Kids, Heathy Families program. This year’s event will be held virtually on Facebook to protect everyone’s health and provide family-friendly activities when many Dallas-area children will be off from school for spring break.

Over the years, more than 30,000 people have benefited from this event. A special thanks to NAHH and Baylor Scott & White Health for sponsorship.

To learn more or support the event:



WHERE: Virtually online on The Concilio’s Facebook page (@theconcilio). Or follow the hashtags #ConcilioMoves or #ConcilioSeMueve.

WHEN: Monday, March 15-Monday, March 22, 2021



All week:

  • #ConcilioMoves Fitness Challenge: Select your favorite fitness activity, and record yourself or your family doing it together. Post your :30 video on Facebook and Instagram by Friday, March 19 at midnight using the hashtag #ConcilioMoves or #ConcilioSeMueve for a chance to receive a cash prize.*

(1)  Play soccer together, juggle a ball or throw a ball together.

(2)  Walk, jog or run together.

(3)  Do exercises: push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, sit-ups.  

(4)  Dance! Record yourself following Zumba instructor Martha Palacios’ moves in her demonstration video, which will be posted on Monday, March 15, on The Concilio website, Facebook (@The Concilio) and Instagram (@The Concilio).

(5)  Participate in one of the events: Virtual Zumba on March 18 or Virtual Quinceañera on March 19, and record yourself.

*The three videos with the most likes and shares will receive cash prizes ($500, $250 and $100). Another video that captures The Concilio spirit will also receive a $250 prize.

  • Register for the COVID-19 vaccine through Dallas County:
  • Health tips and conversation on The Concilio’s social media outlets: Facebook (@The Concilio) and Instagram (@The Concilio).

Mon., March 15, 5 p.m.

Facebook Live: Bring Down Diabetes with Baylor Scott & White Health

A kick-off conversation featuring Dallas City Councilmember Chad West (District 1); Baylor’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Dr. Alejandro C. Arroliga; and The Concilio President & CEO, Florencia Velasco Fortner

Tues, March 16, 9 a.m. (English)/9:30 a.m. (Spanish)

Facebook Live: Virtual Yoga and Meditation with Ana Jones

Thurs., March 18, 6 p.m.

Facebook Live: Virtual Zumba with Martha Palacios

Fri., March 19, 12 p.m. 

Facebook Live: Virtual Quinceañera with DJ KIKS celebrating the event’s 15th anniversary

Sat., March 20, 2 p.m.

Facebook Live: All Of Us: COVID-19 Vaccine Talk.

Mon., March 22, 5 p.m.

Facebook Live: Event Wrap Up: The Concilio President & CEO Florencia Velasco Fortner wraps up the event with announcements of the winners of the #ConcilioMoves Fitness Challenge.

WHY: A nonprofit, The Concilio is dedicated to championing and engaging Latino families across North Texas. By unlocking opportunities for these and other underserved families, The Concilio builds stronger communities. Since its inception four decades ago, The Concilio, has served as advisors to families as they pursue their dreams. For more information, visit