Public Health Funding & Policy Committee

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General Duties of the Committee

    PHFP Committee
    PHFP Committee
    Left to right, back row: Paul McGaha, DO, MPH, Regional Medical Director, DSHS Health Service Region 4/5N, Tyler; Richard Kurz, PhD, Professor and Dean for the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health; Stephen Williams, M.Ed., M.P.A., Director of the Houston Health and Human Services Department; Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH Dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health; Mark Guidry, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer and Health Authority for the Galveston County Health District;

    Front Row: William “Chip” Riggins, MD, MPH, Health Authority and Executive Director for Williamson County and Cities Health District; Victoria Yeatts, MSN, RN, Public Health Administrator for City of Garland Health Department; Deb McCullough, DNP, RN, Director, Andrews County Health Department and Sandra Delgado, MD, MPH, Regional Medical Director, DSHS Health Service Region 8, San Antonio.

(a) the Committee shall:

(1) define the core public health services a local health entity should provide in a county or municipality;
(2) evaluate public health in this state and identify initiatives for areas that need improvement;
(3) identify all funding sources available for use by local health entities to perform
core public health functions;
(4) establish public health policy priorities for this state; and
(5) at least annually, make formal recommendations to the department regarding:

(A) the use and allocation of funds available exclusively to local health entities to perform core public health functions;
(B) ways to improve the overall public health of citizens in this state;
(C) methods for transitioning from a contractual relationship between the department and the local health entities to a cooperative-agreement relationship between the department and the local health entities; and
(D) methods for fostering a continuous collaborative relationship between the department and the local health entities.

(b) Recommendations made under Subsection (a)(5)(A) must be in accordance with:

(1) prevailing epidemiological evidence, variations in geographic and population needs, best practices, and evidence-based interventions related to the populations to be served;
(2) state and federal law; and
(3) federal funding requirements.

--- Health & Safety Code, Sec. 117.101

For the complete text of the enabling legislation for the Committee, please go to:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/billtext/pdf/SB00969F.pdf#navpanes=0

Additional Public Health Funding & Policy Committee pages

Annual Report

Local Health Department Survey Summary

DSHS Response to PHFPC Annual Report Recommendations

Contact Information

For more information about participating at Public Health Funding & Policy Committee meetings, contact:

Glenna Laughlin, MA CHES
Texas Department of State Health Services
Division for Regional & Local Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX  78756

Phone: 512.776.6323
Fax: 512.458.7590
Email: glenna.laughlin@dshs.state.tx.us
                          

Last updated April 23, 2014