Texas Diabetes Council


The Texas Legislature established the Texas Diabetes Council in 1983. Since then, TDC members have worked with private and public healthcare organizations to promote diabetes prevention and awareness throughout the state. Texas Diabetes Council (TDC) addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas. It advises the Texas Legislature on needed legislation 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.   

The TDC is required to conduct an assessment of the state’s diabetes prevention and treatment programs. The TDC is required to use the results of the assessment to develop a prevention and treatment plan by November 1 of odd-numbered years. 

The current Texas Diabetes State Plan [pdf] shows priority areas that build on past accomplishments and use current national, state, and local efforts to improve diabetes education and management in Texas. Work in the state plan’s priority areas depends on the Legislature’s continued funding and support. 

The Texas Diabetes State Plan priority areas are:

  • Increase transparency in insulin and drug pricing for diabetes treatments
  • Reduce therapeutic interference in hospital settings
  • Make telehealth and telemedicine permanent 
  • Decrease identified health disparities for all persons with diabetes and obesity
  • Expand the use of automated diabetes technologies such as continuous glucose monitoring* 

*Texas Diabetes Council supports continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) as a covered medical benefit, based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) standards. CGM has been shown to be effective in children and adults with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.


Council Overview

Council Statutory Authority  

Texas Statute: Health and Safety Code, Chapter 103, Texas Diabetes Council    
Texas Administrative Code: Title 25 Health Services, Part 9, Texas Diabetes Council     

Council Statements 

Vision: A Texas free of diabetes and its complications 
Mission: To effectively reduce the health and economic burdens of diabetes in Texas 
Position: Specific initiatives to improve outcomes and minimize barriers to impact diabetes care in Texas communities for improved delivery of care through system reforms that lead to increased access and high quality, affordable, effective, and efficient care for people with diabetes and coordination of State services.   

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TDC members, appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate, serve staggered, six-year terms. Three or four-member terms end on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. Read about the governor's appointments for more information about serving on councils and the appointment process.  


Council Meetings

The TDC discusses a range of topics from glucose monitoring systems to disparities in health care. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) welcomes public comments on agenda items.

Next TDC Public Meeting 

Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Robert D. Moreton Building 
Room M100, First Floor
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756

Workgroup Meetings

TDC Advocacy and Outreach Workgroup

Date: October 19, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Robert D. Moreton Building
Room M100, First Floor
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756

TDC Health Professionals and Outcomes Workgroup

Date: September 22, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Agenda: Download PDF
Location: Virtual


2023 Meetings

Previous Webcasts can be found HERE.

Date Meeting  Agenda  Minutes Webcast 

Jan. 12 

Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda Jan 2023    TDC Minutes Jan 2023

TDC Webcast Jan 2023

April 27 Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda Apr 23   TDC Webcast Apr 2023
July 20 Texas Diabetes Council  *Canceled due to lack of quorum    
Aug 28 Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda Aug 28   TDC Webcast Aug 28

2022 Meetings


Date Meeting  Agenda  Minutes Webcast 
Jan. 13  Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda Jan 2022    TDC Minutes Jan 2022   TDC Webcast Jan 2022   
April 14   Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda Apr 2022   TDC Minutes Apr 2022 TDC Webcast April 2022  
July 14   Texas Diabetes Council TDC Agenda July 2022   TDC Minutes July 2022 TDC Webcast July 2022   
 Oct 13 Texas Diabetes Council  TDC Agenda October 2022  TDC Minutes October 2022 TDC Webcast October 2022