Advisory Committees

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Advisory committees provide valuable input regarding programs, policies, and rules as the agency seeks to become more responsive and effective in addressing needs. DSHS works together with advisory committees to ensure that Texans have access to effective public health services and that all Texans live and work in safe, healthy communities. Advisory committees may be called committees, councils, boards, or task forces.

DSHS Commissioner-Appointed Boards, Councils, Committees, and Task Forces

Printable Advisory Committee Lists (PDF)

Committee Name Description Contact
DSHS Comm-Appointed

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Regional Advisory Committees


Committees in each of Texas’ eight public health regions promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials, thereby improving patient outcomes and slowing the spread of antimicrobial resistance. 

Committee Email:

Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Medication Advisory Committee


Advises in the development of procedures and guidelines for the Texas HIV Medication Program. Reviews program's goals and aims, evaluates ongoing efforts, and recommends short-range and long-range goals and objectives. 

Sylvia Jimenez

Texas Maternal Mortality and
Morbidity Review Committee

Studies and reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity; determines the feasibility of task force study of several maternal morbidities; and makes recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas. 

Committee Email:

Kobi Ajayi
Sarah Beard

Medical Advisory Board 

Assists the Department of Public Safety in determining whether an applicant for a driver's license or a license holder is capable of safely operating a motor vehicle; or whether an applicant or holder of a private security commission or a license to carry a concealed handgun is capable of exercising sound judgment concerning the proper use and storage of a handgun. 

Jorie Klein

Newborn Screening
Advisory Committee


Advises DSHS regarding strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to newborn screening.

Committee Email:

Aimee Millangue

Preparedness Coordinating Council

Advises and assists the Department of State Health Services as a multidisciplinary strategic review forum concerning topics related to preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities in Texas at the state level as they pertain to Emergency Support Function (ESF)-8 (Public Health and Medical).

Sandra Nava

Dana Birnberg


Promotor(a) Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee 

Advises DSHS on rules concerning training and regulation of promotores or community health workers.

Beatrice Smith 

Frank Luera  

Public Health Funding
and Policy Committee


Defines core public health services a local health entity should provide in a county or municipality; evaluates public health in the state and identifies initiatives for areas that need improvement; identifies funding sources available to local health entities; establishes public health policy priorities; and makes recommendations to DSHS annually.


Glenna Laughlin

Michael Comfort


Sickle Cell Task Force 

Studies and advises the department on implementing the recommendations made in the 2018 Sickle Cell Advisory Committee Report published by the Sickle Cell Advisory Committee, or any other report the Executive Commissioner determines is appropriate. 

Aimee Millangue

State Child Fatality Review Team 

Develops an understanding of the causes and incidences of child deaths. Identifies procedures within the agencies represented on the committee to reduce the number of preventable child deaths.  Promotes public awareness and makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature for changes in law, policy, and practice to reduce the number of preventable child deaths.

Committee Email:

Sarah Blezinger

Jia Benno

State Preventive Health
Advisory Committee


Works with DSHS in the development and implementation of the state plan for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

Laura Bianco

Stock Epinephrine
Advisory Committee


Examines and reviews the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to a person experiencing an anaphylactic reaction on a campus of a school district, an open-enrollment charter school, a private school, or an institution of higher education.

Ashley Khanhkham

Dianna Pierson


Texas School Health
Advisory Committee


Advises Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on school health matters as described below:

  1. Establishes a leadership role for DSHS in the support for and delivery of coordinated school health programs and school health services,

  2. Uses the findings of the analysis of the student physical fitness assessment instrument adopted by the Texas Education Agency in:

  3. A. Assessing the effectiveness of coordinated health programs provided by school districts and 
    B. Developing recommendations for modifications to coordinated health program requirements or related curriculum.

Ashley Khanhkham

Dianna Pierson

Tobacco Settlement Permanent Trust Account Administration
Advisory Committee


Advises DSHS on program rules and reviews results of any audit conducted or any dispute filed concerning Tobacco Settlement Proceeds.

Committee Email:

Elaine Quinn McHard

Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee

Protects and promotes the health and environment of Texas through the prevention and control of adverse health and environmental effects related to toxic substances and harmful agents.

Heidi Bojes

Youth Camp Advisory Committee

Provides advice on the development of standards, procedures, and rules to implement the Youth Camp Act.

Jeff Mantia

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HHS Executive Commissioner, Governor, and Legislative-Appointed Boards, Councils, Committees, and Task Forces

Printable Advisory Committee Lists (PDF)

EC-/Gov-appointed ACs
Committee Name Description Contact

Governor's EMS and Trauma
Advisory Council


Provides professional advice to the EMS regulatory and EMS and Trauma systems programs. Serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Reviews and recommends changes to rules, assesses the need for EMS in the rural areas of the state, and develops a strategic plan for refining the educational requirements for certification and maintaining certification as EMS personnel. 

Jorie Klein

Statewide Health Coordinating Council
Ensures that health care services and facilities are available to all citizens in an orderly and economical manner. Based on these planning activities, makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature through the Texas State Health Plan. 

Committee Email:

Lissette Curry

Task Force of
Border Health Officials

Identifies and raises awareness of health issues impacting border communities and establishes policy priorities to enhance border public health, creating a healthy binational community. Makes recommendations to the commissioner for short-term and long-term border health improvement plans.

Guillermo Zenizo Lindsey

Task Force on
Infectious Disease
Preparedness and Response
The Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response is an advisory panel the governor created to provide expert, evidence-based assessments, protocols, and recommendations related to state responses to infectious diseases, including Ebola, and serve as a reliable and transparent source of information and education for Texas leadership and citizens. 

Committee Email:
Phone: 512-969-0428

Nathan Gauldin

Texas Center for Nursing
and Workforce Studies


Guides in the accuracy of reporting nursing workforce data and research results; Develop priorities and an operations plan for the Center for Nursing and Workforce Studies (CNWS). Provides policy recommendations to assure an adequate nursing workforce for the State of Texas. Identifies other issues concerning nursing professionals in Texas that need further study.

Pamela Lauer

Texas Council on
Alzheimer's Disease 
and Related Disorders


Advises and recommends needed actions for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorder and their caregivers; disseminates information on services and related activities; coordinates services and activities of state agencies, associations, and other service providers; and encourages statewide coordinated research. 

Program Email:

Julie Ketelsen

Rachel Wiseman

Texas Council on Cardiovascular
Disease and Stroke


Develops a plan to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and economic burden of cardiovascular disease and stroke in Texas. Conducts health education, public awareness, and community outreach. Coordinates activities among agencies to improve access to treatment. Develops a database of recommendations for treatment and care. Collects and analyzes information related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Program Email:

Julie Ketelsen  

Rachel Wiseman

Texas Diabetes Council

Addresses issues affecting people with diabetes. Advises the Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services for all people with diabetes and health care professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education.

Program Email:

Julie Ketelsen

Rachel Wiseman

Texas Radiation Advisory Board

Provides technical guidance and advice on radiation programs to DSHS, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Railroad Commission of Texas, and Texas Board of Medical Examiners.

Gem Naivar

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are advisory committee meetings open to the public? 
In most instances, advisory committee meetings are open to the public and subject to the Open Meetings Act ( Government Code, Chapter 551). Some advisory committees hold closed sessions to discuss cases or activities of a confidential nature. Open meeting notices are posted on the Secretary of State's website. You may also find advisory committee meeting dates, times, and locations (or links) by viewing the opening meetings schedule. You can sign up to receive notifications about open meetings as well.

Are advisory committee meetings broadcast live? 
HB 630, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, directs each health and human services agency to broadcast live video and audio of open meetings and to provide access to archived video and audio of meetings on the agency's website by 2023. 

Using the Microsoft Teams platform, all DSHS advisory committees are broadcasting open meetings, and you can view the scheduled Live and Archived Webcast Meetings.  The public may also join any open meeting by telephone in person or remotely with the phone number and location provided in the meeting notice.

How can I provide feedback to an advisory committee? 
You can make a public comment at an advisory committee meeting. There is time on the agenda for public comment at each open meeting. Please note there may be a time limit for comments.  Instructions for public comment will be provided before the meeting or by contacting the point of contact named on the posted meeting agenda 72 hours before the meeting as required by law. Some committees also provide opportunities for written comment. Check with the meeting contact listed online for more information. 

How do I apply for membership on an advisory committee?
There are more than 25 advisory committees that provide advice on agency rules, policies, and programs. Member appointments are made by the DSHS Commissioner, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Executive Commissioner, the Governor, or other legislative officers and vary by committee. You can find open positions, how to apply, and applications for membership below, at HHS Advisory Committees, and on individual advisory committee pages.

Current Advisory Committee Openings

Members Sought for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) State Child Fatality Review Team (SCFRT) Committee.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following positions:

  • A Child Educator,
  • An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider,
  • A Police Chief,
  • A Department of Public Safety (DPS) Representative,
  • A Justice of the Peace (JP),
  • A Sheriff,
  • A Neonatologist,
  • A Pediatrician experienced in diagnosing and treating child abuse and neglect,
  • A Child Protective Services (CPS) Specialist, and
  • A Chief Juvenile Probation Officer

Members will serve a term of three years. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on April 25, 2024. Please submit the application by email.

About the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee

The DSHS Injury Prevention Unit facilitates the SCFRT Committee to provide recommendations related to legislation, public education, and strengthening systems.

The SCFRT Committee appoints committee members that represent the diversity of all Texans. For that reason, the Committee considers applicants' ethnicity, gender, and geographic location. DSHS does not discriminate against applicants and members of DSHS advisory committees on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, or sex.

DSHS will notify applicants by May 24, 2024, if they have been selected.

To learn more about the SCFRT Committee, please visit the DSHS Texas Child Fatality Review website or email


Members sought for the DSHS Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee (SEAC)

If you are interested in Epinephrine auto-injectors in schools and institutions of higher education, we are accepting new member applications for the following position(s): 

  • Physician with expertise in treating anaphylaxis and specialization in one of the following fields: Emergency Medical Services, pediatrics, allergies, asthma, or immunology. Seven positions, four with a 5-year term ending August 31, 2029, and three with a 3-year term ending August 31, 2027,
  • Registered Nurse employed in a school district in an urban or suburban area as a health services coordinator or school nurse, and possess additional training or education in emergency response, allergies, or allergic reactions. A four-year term ending August 31, 2028, and
  • An employee from a public junior college or public technical institute (2-year institution). A four-year term ending August 31, 2028.

The SEAC advises the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) commissioner:

  • The storage and maintenance of epinephrine auto-injectors and medication for respiratory distress on school campuses and campuses of institutions of higher education.
  • The training of school personnel and school volunteers, and of personnel and volunteers at institutions of higher education, in the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector.
  • The training of school personnel and school volunteers, and of personnel and volunteers at institutions of higher education, in the administration of a medication for respiratory distress.

The DSHS commissioner will appoint members to the committee to serve a term of four years, unless otherwise noted above. A committee member must participate in advisory committee meetings and may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects, and presentations. Committee meetings will be held in Austin at least once annually or at the call of the presiding officer. Virtual attendance at advisory committee meetings is allowed. Committee members will receive reimbursement for travel expenses only, when funding allows.

If you would like to serve on the committee, please review the committee vacancies and complete the online application by 11:59 p.m., April 26, 2024.

For more information about the committee, or to request a Microsoft Word version of the application, email Dianna Pierson at or visit the SEAC website.

DSHS will notify applicants by August 2024 if they have been selected to serve as a member of the Stock Epinephrine Advisory Committee. In selecting members to serve on the committee, DSHS considers the applicants' qualifications, background, and interest in serving on the committee. DSHS also tries to choose committee members who, as a whole, represent the diversity of all Texans. For that reason, DSHS considers applicants' ethnicity, gender and geographic location. 

    New Advisory Committee Member Training Modules

    New DSHS Advisory Committee Members are required to complete training within 90 days of appointment to a committee. Below are five PowerPoint Training Modules* for new member orientation. 

    *Webinar training modules are currently being revised.

    Additional Training and Resources

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