Texas School Health Advisory Committee

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Texas School Health Advisory Committee Logo In 2005, the 79th legislature passed SB42.  This comprehensive school health education package focused on a number of significant issues; one of which was the establishment of a state-level school health advisory committee at the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  The Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC) provides active leadership in the identification and dissemination of school health best practices and resources for school policy makers.  This website is a pathway to this information.

Click on any of the following  links and you will be connected to TSHAC committee members, meeting information, recommendations and resources 

TSHAC Committee Membership

  • List of members
  • Membership process and criteria

TSHAC Meetings

  • Meeting dates and agendas
  • Meeting minutes
  • TSHAC annual reports
  • TSHAC work plan

Research and Recommendations to support development of local district health policy

Resources and links to school health information and technical support 

Sample documents and other helpful tools developed by school districts

TSHAC Guiding Principles

  • Assuring a healthy future for all
       Texans will guide the work of this committee.
  • To that end, we will work to
       Support a healthy and safe school
       environment that fosters learning.
  • We will dedicate our efforts to goals that will produce
       Healthier minds and bodies through effective school
       health education and services.
  • Achieving
     Academic success by providing leadership to those
      who teach and empower our students will be our
      sustaining and overarching charge.
  • We will champion the practice of
      Coordinated School Health to effectively reach our
      goals and objectives through the eight components
      of coordinated school health programming.

VISION:
We the TSHAC envision healthier Texans through coordinated school health.

MISSION:
To provide assistance to the State Health Services Council in establishing a leadership role for DSHS in the support for and delivery of coordinated school health programs and school health services.

GOALS:
A) Active leadership
B) Best practices identification and dissemination
C) Coordinated School Health promotion

STATUTE:

By establishing a School Health Advisory Committee for Texas, the Legislature opened the way for another dimension to the systematic dissemination of coordinated school health programming and health services throughout Texas.

Health and Safety Code –
Title 12, Chapter 1001, Subchapter D, Section 1001.0711

RULES:

The TSHAC rules provide the procedures for the operation of the TSHAC based on the charge given them as stated in the statute.  Rules outline membership requirements and qualifications designed specifically to reflect the spirit by which law was established.

The rules were adopted and published in the Texas Administrative Code on June 29, 2006 under Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 37, Subchapter R, Rule  Section 37.350:  SCHOOL HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE. 

A Word document of the rules is also provided for your convenience:
Rule text Contact:  Ellen Smith, Information Specialist and TSHAC Contact or phone 512-776-2140.

Last updated June 17, 2013