TETAF | Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Advocacy
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Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Advocacy


Your Voice on Trauma & Emergency Healthcare at the Texas Capitol

Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Advocacy

TETAF has been active at the Texas Capitol since 2009, providing services in the advocacy, public policy, communications and regulatory arenas. TETAF has become known as the go-to source for lawmakers on trauma and emergency healthcare. Filling a unique niche by representing the system as a whole, TETAF is able to successfully advocate on behalf of hospitals, EMS providers, Regional Advisory Councils and the Emergency Medical Task Force.

TETAF Encourages Stakeholders to Use Interim to Cultivate Legislative Relationships

The Texas legislature is currently in what is called the “interim period” between the biannual legislative sessions. Unless the Governor calls for another special session, the legislature will not meet again as a full body until January of 2019.

During this time, TETAF encourages all stakeholders to reach out to their lawmakers and cultivate relationships. Invite local lawmakers to speak at a RAC meeting, tour a hospital or ride along with an EMS crew. These relationships truly pay dividends during the legislative sessions and help lawmakers understand the local impact to any funding decisions made or bills passed.

Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Day at the Capitol a Success!

Thank you to the advocates from across the state who joined us in Austin Feb. 21 for our biannual Trauma & Emergency Healthcare Day at the Capitol. We could not be successful without the work of these amazing doctors, nurses, EMTs and RAC staff. And special thanks to the survivors who joined us to share firsthand their experience with the state's trauma system!

Photos from Capitol
House Resolution
Senate Resolution

Meet Our
Advocacy Team

Dinah Welsh, TETAF CEO, Lead Advocate

Dinah Welsh

TETAF CEO, Lead Advocate

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Courtney DeBower

Communications Manager

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Latest Legislative News

  • TETAF is calling on all Regional Advisory Councils and their supporters to reach out to the Texas Senate Finance Committee and the Legislative Budget Board to emphasize the importa...

  • On January 30, the Texas Senate Committee on Finance took up a charge to review revenue sources currently funding the state's trauma system and the impact of declining revenues and...

  • The Texas Legislature will hold hearings Jan. 30 to discuss trauma funding and March 22 to discuss substance abuse and opioids. On Jan. 30 at 10:00 am, the Senate Finance Committee...