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    Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    MC 1965
    PO Box 149347 Austin, TX 78714-9347
    1100 West 49th Street
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: (512) 458-7111
    Fax: (512) 458-7618


Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section

Dedicated to the health of every Texan throughout their lifespan.


The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) Section is part of the Community Health Improvement Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The section serves Texans by creating, promoting, and guiding public health programs across the lifespan to promote healthy lifestyles and educate, prevent, and manage chronic diseases.

  • Vision: All Texans live, work, play, and learn in communities that support health and an optimal quality of life at every age.
  • Mission: To serve all Texans by improving and supporting systems, policies and environments that promote health and improve quality of life.
  • Goal: To coordinate efforts between communities, coalitions, and stakeholders to support and sustain an environment that makes possible a whole and healthy Texan.

There are five branches of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section:

Chronic Disease: This branch supports multiple diseases encompassing many of the most common, costly, and preventable health problems in Texas: Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. As a group these chronic diseases are the cause of major limitations in daily life and represent significant time, money, and resource burdens on individuals, communities, and the State. 

Diabetes Prevention and Control targets diabetes as a common risk factor/outcome for other chronic diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. The branch develops a state plan for diabetes prevention and control alongside the Texas Diabetes Council and supports diabetes public information campaigns and prevention programs at the community level.

Community Health and Wellness includes a variety of programs that work with communities and organizations to encourage healthy living activities aimed at preventing chronic disease and health complications, including the Community Health Workers Program and the Worksite Wellness Program which promotes nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention among all Texans. 

Tobacco Prevention & Control works to reduce the health effects and economic toll of tobacco on the citizens of Texas. Major goals are prevention of tobacco use among young people, reducing or quitting existing tobacco usage in all populations, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and promoting compliance and support of existing tobacco laws in Texas. 

Chronic Disease Epidemiology supports all of the branches of the Section as subject matter experts. As subject matter experts they serve as the collectors, evaluators, and interpreters of data that informs and enhances health promotion and chronic disease prevention in Texas.

In addition to these major branches, key programmatic areas include:

The Texas School Health Program which functions as a central resource for educators, schools, and their respective communities across Texas working to increase access to health education and services for Texas school-age children. This program is located in the Diabetes Prevention & Control Branch.

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program which assures Promotores/Community Health Workers meet minimum standards and have adequate guidelines to carry out their duties.  The CHW Program provides leadership to enhance the development and implementation of statewide training and certification standards for Promotores/Community Health Workers (CHWs), CHW instructors, and CHW training programs. This program is located within the Community Health & Wellness Branch.

Many programs are advised by internal and external councils such as the Texas School Health Advisory Committee, the Texas Diabetes Council, the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, and the Cancer Alliance of Texas to provide information for health care providers, nonprofit entities, hospitals, school sites, and individuals. In all, more than 300 internal and external stakeholders rely on the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Section for information and guidance regarding the continuum of health for all Texans.

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Last updated November 9, 2018