Antimicrobial Stewardship Regional Advisory Committees

The DSHS Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s mission is to provide direction for the development of a collaborative statewide program that empowers healthcare providers and the public with evidence-based information, education, and tools necessary to use antimicrobials judiciously and limit the emergence and spread of resistance in Texas. 

The Department of State Health Services defines “antimicrobial stewardship” as a coordinated approach to promoting and monitoring the appropriate use of antimicrobials to preserve their future effectiveness. Antimicrobial stewardship serves to improve patient outcomes, slow the increase in antimicrobial resistance, and decrease adverse drug reactions, antibiotic-associated disease, and healthcare costs.

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About our Eight Committees

Texas Health and Safety Code § 81.015 requires the establishment of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Regional Advisory Committee in each of Texas’ eight public health regions to address antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care facilities and to improve antimicrobial stewardship through collaborative action. Each committee must consist of:

  1. Physicians
  2. Directors of Nursing or equivalent consultants with long-term care facilities
  3. Public health officials knowledgeable about antibiotic stewardship
  4. Other interested parties

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Regional Advisory Committees are governed by House Bill 1848 (86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019).

The application period for PHR 1’s Director of Nursing position has been reopened. If you are interested, please submit an application to by June 30th, 2023.


Public Health Region Date Agenda Join Here
1 May 5, 2023
10 am
05.05.23 Agenda Minutes coming soon
2/3 June 13, 2023
10 am
- Join the meeting
4/5N March 22, 2023
10 am
03.22.23 Agenda Minutes coming soon
6/5S June 21, 2023
10 am
- Join the meeting
7 TBD - -
8 June 20, 2023
1 pm
- Join the meeting
9/10 March 23, 2023
4 pm
03.23.23 Agenda Minutes coming soon
11 May 2, 2023
10 am
05.02.23 Agenda Minutes coming soon

For more information, please contact:

  • Vanessa Pierce
    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Healthcare Safety Unit
    1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756
  • Fax: 512-323-1900
  • Email:

Texas Government Code: 

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