JPS Stop Six: Business of the Year

April 27th, 2017

JPS Stop Six/Walter B. Barbour Health Center has been named Business of the Year among large employers by Southeast Fort Worth Inc., praised as a vital asset in the city’s economic development plans for Southeast Fort Worth.

The award recognized JPS as an organization that has “exemplified professionalism and commitment to the Southeast Fort Worth economy and community,” providing a valuable service and demonstrating excellence, initiative and creativity in support of economic revitalization.

Stop Six manager Jeannell WatkinsMilton Johnson, regional manager of Community Health, and Stop Six manager Jeannell Watkins accepted the 2016 award at a ceremony on Wednesday.

“We love our community,” said Watkins.

Population health research has established links between a community’s economic health and the health status of the people who live there. They are intertwined, and that’s not lost on Watkins and her team. “We treat the whole person,” she said.

Stop Six maintains a small library of donated books that team members give to children and adult patients struggling with reading, recognizing that while there’s no diagnosis code for that, illiteracy can have a profound impact on one’s health and well-being. When teaching the benefits of good nutrition, they investigate the availability of food. When patients don’t have enough, they are connected with churches and other agencies in the area that can provide food.

Stop Six provides about 24,000 patients visits a year.

Southeast Fort Worth Inc. is one of the city’s Tax Increment Financing Districts, created to help fund infrastructure improvements along the East Berry Street corridor and promote redevelopment and growth in the area.

Share this article!