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. 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 will designate 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.

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

More Information 

Please contact MaternalHealth@DSHS.state.tx.us

 

 

Last updated December 04, 2013