Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force

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Background and Purpose

The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force was created by Senate Bill 495, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The multidisciplinary task force within the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will study maternal mortality and morbidity. The task force will study and review cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, determine the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity, and make recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas. The task force and DSHS must submit a joint report on the findings of the task force and recommendations to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and appropriate committees of the Texas Legislature by September 1 of each even-numbered year, beginning September 1, 2016.

Members of the task force were appointed by the DSHS commissioner. Task force members appointed by the commissioner serve six-year staggered terms. In making the initial appointments, the commissioner designated five members to serve terms expiring February 1, 2015, four members to serve terms expiring February 1, 2017, and four members to serve terms expiring February 1, 2019.

Current Members

Dr. Lisa Hollier, Chair, Physician specializing in Obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine specialist, Houston
Dr. Gary Hankins, Vice-Chair, Physician specializing in Obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine specialist, Galveston
Evelyn Delgado, DSHS representative - Family and Community Health Services, Austin
Dr. Meitra Doty, Physician specializing in Psychiatry, Dallas
Dr. Linda Gaul, DSHS representative - State Epidemiologist, Austin
Dr. Kidada Gilbert-Lewis, Physician specializing in Pathology, Houston
June Hanke, Community advocate, Houston
Armilla Henry, Registered Nurse, Houston
Dr. James, Maher, Physician specializing in Obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine specialist, Odessa
Dr. D. Kimberley Molina, Medical examiner, San Antonio
Dr. Carla Ortique, Physician specializing in Obstetrics, Houston
Dr. Ronald Peron, Physician specializing in Family Practice, Greenville
Dr. Amy Raines Milenkov, Researcher of pregnancy-related deaths, Fort Worth
Nancy Jo Reedy, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Arlington
Nancy Sheppard, Social Worker, Austin

Task Force Positions

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requests your assistance in identifying applicants for membership on the Maternal Mortality & Morbidity Task Force.

The positions requiring appointment for a six-year term to expire February 1, 2021 are:

  • One physician specializing in obstetrics
  • One physician specializing in family practice
  • One certified nurse midwife
  • One registered nurse
  • One medical examiner or coroner

All people who wish to be considered as a nominee must complete the application for task force appointment. To download the application, go to the link provided: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Application. All applications will remain on file for 12 months. Completed applications, including two letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the following address by email, mail or fax by December 08, 2014.

Email: MaternalHealth@DSHS.state.tx.us

Mail: DSHS Office of Title V and Family Health
P.O. Box 149347, MC 1922
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Attn: Beverly MacCarty, Maternal & Child Health Program Coordinator

Fax: (512) 776-7658 Attn: Beverly MacCarty

Please contact Beverly MacCarty at (512) 776-6663 if you have any questions.

Please note that the application requires the submission of two signed and dated letters of recommendation. Applications without two signed and dated letters of recommendation will be deemed incomplete and will not be forwarded for consideration. Résumés, curriculum vitae, and additional supporting documentation not specifically requested in this letter will not be considered.

More Information

Please contact MaternalHealth@DSHS.state.tx.us

Last updated November 25, 2014