HHSC to Welcome New Executive Commissioner

Texas Health & Human Services Commission will welcome a new Executive Commissioner this month to oversee the agency’s 60,000 employees and $80 billion biennial budget. Courtney Phillips will officially join the Commission on October 19. She comes to HHSC from Nebraska, where she served as chief executive officer for the state department of health and human…

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Texas Influenza Awareness Day

Monday, October 1 is Texas Influenza Awareness Day and all month long state and federal health officials are encouraging local communities to prepare for flu season. People can help stop the spread of illness and reduce their chance of catching the flu by getting vaccinated, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home…

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Tune in to the EMS Agenda 2050 National Implementation Forum

The EMS Agenda 2050 National Implementation Forum will be broadcast live tomorrow from Washington, DC. Log-on to the webcast and join the nation-wide collaborative effort to implement a people-centered EMS system. The webcast will begin at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The event will be broadcast in two different sessions at the following…

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Report: Hurricane Harvey’s Fiscal Impact on State Agencies

The Legislative Budget Board today released their September report on the fiscal impact of Hurricane Harvey on state agencies. Fiscal years 2017 and 2018 actual expenditures through the end of July 2018 total $2,658.4 million in All Funds: • $241.5 million in General Revenue • $5.1 million in General Revenue-Dedicated • $211.2 million in Other…

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Upcoming Legislative Hearings

As the legislature prepares for the 2019 legislative session, committees are beginning to meet regularly to hear from invited witnesses on issues of importance. BUDGET TETAF continues to be actively involved in ongoing discussions of the 2020-2021 budget. As previously shared, TETAF President/CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile, Wanda Helgesen, Angie Burgin,…

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In recent years, suicide prevention and mental health awareness have taken on a larger role in the Texas emergency healthcare community. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and TETAF encourages all stakeholders to utilize and share the various suicide prevention resources available through the national campaign, as well as the Texas Department of State…

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Get to Know the TETAF Councils (Committees)

The current TETAF bylaws call for the establishment of five councils to support the work of, and make recommendations to, the Board of Directors. It is the intention of the Board to rename the Councils as “Committees” in order to better reflect their designated roles and responsibilities. Each Council consists of both Board Members and…

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DSHS Releases Hurricane Harvey After Action Report

The Department of State Health Services has released their Hurricane Harvey After Action Report (AAR). The AAR for Hurricane Harvey reflects a post-incident review of state-level public health and medical preparedness and response activities.  The report is an assessment of areas of success and those requiring improvement and will guide future hurricane and disaster resource needs, protocols, planning,…

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Want to Serve on a GETAC Committee?

Applications to serve on a committee of the Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) will be accepted through September 24.  The application form can be downloaded from the News/Features column of the DSHS Office of EMS/Trauma Systems Coordination website: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/emstraumasystems/GETACCommApp.shtm.   * Applications (via email) are due by Midnight, September 24th. Due to tight timelines, applications received…

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DSHS Announces Additional Trauma, Stroke Rule Revision Stakeholder Meetings

UPDATED 10/10/2018: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled additional stakeholder meetings to review the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation. These meetings are a continuation of the previous rule review meetings over the past few years and will utilize the following resource documents: TRAUMA STROKE Meetings have been scheduled for Longview,…

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