Health Service Region 4 and 5N Epidemiological Response Team Contacts

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The Public Health Emergency Preparedness program was created within the Department of State Health Services as a result of a grant allocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to upgrade public health preparedness for response to bioterrorism, other outbreaks of infectious disease, and other public health threats and emergencies. Areas include:

Preparedness Planning and Readiness Assessment

Surveillance and Epidemiology

Laboratory Capacity-Biologic Agent

Health Alert Network Communications and Information Technology

Communicating Health Risks and Health Information Dissemination

Education and Training

Bioterrorism may occur as covert events, in which persons are unknowingly exposed and an outbreak is suspected only upon recognition of unusual disease clusters or symptoms. Bioterrorism may also occur as announced events, in which persons are warned that an exposure has occurred. For this reason, there are numerous plans developed to improve the overall preparedness to bioterrorism events, infectious disease outbreaks, or any other public health emergencies to ensure that the residents of our Region are safe and prepared.

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Go to the DSHS IDEAS (Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division) site.

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Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Contacts

Headquarters are in Tyler office unless otherwise indicated:

David Leary
Program Manager
(903) 533-5253

Sharon Owens
Program Specialist
(936) 544-3559
Crockett, TX

 

Kimberly Friend 
SNS Coordinator 
(903)533-5302

Pat Huff
Program Specialist
(903) 927-0231
Gilmer, TX


Calvin Nicholson
Planner 
(903)533-5218

Melanie Reece
Program Specialist
(936) 633-3681
Lufkin, TX

Horace McCorvey
Epidemiologist
(903) 533-5210

Sherrie Johnson
Program Specialist
(903) 927-0231
Marshall, TX

 

Vicki Harris
Epidemiologist
(903) 533-5262

Melanie Reece
Program Specialist
(936) 569-4974
Nacogdoches, TX

 

Stephanie Williamson
Public Health Technician II
(903) 533-5328

Vacant
(903) 439-9338
Sulphur Springs, TX

 

Contact Information

 

Cindy Phelan
Program Specialist
(903) 791-3427
Texarkana, TX


Last updated July 30, 2013