About DSHS

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been restructured to sharpen our focus on public health. Our job is to promote and protect the health of people, and the communities where they live, learn, work, worship, and play. We understand no single entity working by itself can improve the health of all across Texas. We must all work together to create a better system that includes prevention, intervention, and effective partnerships.


Our Vision

A Healthy Texas

Our Mission

To improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

Our Values

  • Lead with a vision.
  • Driven by science and data.
  • Partner with a purpose.
  • Engage and connect as a team.


Our Goals

  1. Improve and support health outcomes and well-being for individuals and families
  2. Ensure efficient access to appropriate services
  3. Protect the health and safety of vulnerable Texans
  4. Continuously enhance efficiency and accountability

Learn more about how DSHS pursues our agency goals in our strategic plan



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Last updated October 28, 2022