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Prevention and Preparedness

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Abstinence-Centered Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Includes Federal Law creating the Abstinence Education Program, Abstinence Education Awards in Texas, Abstinence Education Awards Project Summaries, and an e-mail link to the Texas Abstinence Education Coordinator.

Alzheimer's Disease Program Supportive and educational programs to assist Alzheimer's patients, their families and long-term care providers.

Arthritis Program The Texas Arthritis Program works to reduce the burden of arthritis on the people of Texas through secondary and tertiary prevention, including self-management programs and health communication strategies, and monitors the prevalence of arthritis among Texans.

Asthma Control Program The Texas Asthma Control Program addresses the social and economic burden of asthma in Texas as well as providing data, educational materials, and other resources for health care professionals, community-based organizations, schools, and the general public on asthma control.

Birth Defects Epidemiology and Surveillance Collects data on births occurring throughout the state of Texas. Identifies and describes patterns of birth defects in Texas; and collaborates with others to find the causes of birth defects and work toward their prevention.

Cancer Registry Maintains a population-based cancer incidence reporting system that collects, analyzes and disseminates information on all new cases of cancer.

Cardiovascular Health & Wellness Program Provides technical assistance, consultation, and training to health agencies/sites, worksites, schools, and communities at large to affect change for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program-CLPPP Educates providers, parents, and the general public about childhood lead poisoning and iron anemia. Conducts monitoring and surveillance for children with lead poisoning.

Chronic Disease Prevention Chronic Disease Prevention at DSHS provides information, education, resources, and assistance to the people of Texas to make healthy life choices, reduce the human and economic impact of poor health, reduce the incidence of premature death and disability, and promote healthy communities.

Community Preparedness Section Provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure public health preparedness for bioterrorism, natural epidemics, and other public health threats and emergencies in Texas.

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Combines the urgency of disaster communication with the need to communicate risks and benefits to stakeholders and the public. The site offers links, resources and training information in the area of risk communication.

Diabetes Council Develops and implements a state plan to control diabetes.

Disaster Mental Health Services Critical Incident Stress Management and Crisis Counseling, Texas Crisis Consortium, Emergency Management.

Disease Prevention News Provides timely information on a variety of health issues.

Environmental & Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit Their mission is to use the methods of epidemiology and toxicology to understand and prevent toxic exposures and illnesses, identify people at risk, and promote actions to protect them.

Environmental Epi and Injury Surveillance Group Focuses on collecting data to better define the magnitude of injuries in the state, and providing information and resources on how to prevent injuries.

Epidemiology Applies the principles and techniques of Epidemiology to a variety of public health concerns.

Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance The purpose of this project is to describe the public health consequences associated with spills or releases of hazardous chemicals excluding those releases involving only petroleum fuels and natural gas.

HIV/STD, AIDS Information on prevention and care in Texas. Find out about HIV/STD services in your area, access HIV/STD and AIDS statistics for Texas, or learn about eligibility requirements for the Texas HIV Medication Program.

Immunization Branch Contains information on the Branch, an electronic edition of the newsletter Upshot, information on the automated immunization tracking system ImmTrac, disease incidence data, the Vaccines for Children Program, and more.

Infectious Disease Control Unit Promotes epidemiology, surveillance, education, risk stratification/communication, consultation, and disease interventions.

Laboratory Services Section Provides comprehensive diagnostic testing of human, animal and environmental specimens for the presence of infectious disease organisms. Offers professional expertise and consultation. Provides medical laboratory services for the state-mandated newborn screening program, Texas Health Steps Program, the Maternal and Child Health Program, Title V, and Childhood Lead Screening.

Multiple Sclerosis Investigating an apparent cluster of MS in El Paso. In conjunction with this investigation, we have constructed this web page to help provide information for those who are concerned about MS and to help us gather information to aid our investigation.

National Electronic Disease Surveillance System for Texas-NEDSS Provides a standards-based disease surveillance infrastructure that will promote the storage and electronic exchange of information, integrate surveillance and health information systems, provide methods for analyzing trends and detecting public health problems, and supply information for setting public health policy.

Obesity The state Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity Prevention Program (NPAOP) works to reduce the burden of death and disease related to overweight and obesity in Texas.

Pharmacy Branch Ensures departmental compliance with state pharmacy laws and regulations and FDA federal requirements for the receiving, storage, repacking, relabeling and shipping of medications to prevent, diagnose, and treat communicable diseases.

Preventable Hospitalizations Information Some hospitalizations can be prevented. These hospitalizations can be very serious and expensive. Hospitalizations represent a major part of local, state and federal health care costs.

Public Health Preparedness Resources regarding public health preparedness topics, including bioterrorism and chemical preparedness, for the public, health care professionals, and emergency responders.

Rabies Prevention A guide for medical care providers, veterinarians, and animal control officers in the evaluation of possible exposures of humans to rabies and in the treatment of probable exposures.

Regional and Local Services Serve the needs of Local Public Health Agencies, Health Service Regions, and local communities in building and maintaining capacity to provide essential public health services responsive to local needs.

Safe Riders Traffic Safety Program Contains helpful information about child passenger safety, traffic safety for youth and older adults and locations of Texas SAFE KIDS coalitions.

School Health Program Provides leadership and support to communities in their efforts to meet the health services and health education needs of children in a school setting by supporting comprehensive school health programming.

Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Provides leadership for and coordination of statewide cancer control efforts.

Texas Environmental Health Institute Individuals often have to make choices about their lifestyles that can affect their health. They frequently need to rely on public authorities to provide them with reliable information so that they may make informed decisions. Often they also rely on government to protect them from threats which are beyond their control.

Texas Public Health Laboratory System Assessment (TPHLSA) Report The purpose of this report is to identify ways to strengthen the public health laboratory system in Texas through use of the assessment results and collaboration of the laboratory partners throughout the state.

Tobacco Prevention and Control Provides a clearinghouse of information on tobacco use prevention issues.

Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee To protect and promote the health and environment of Texas through the prevention and control of adverse health and environmental effects related to toxic substances and harmful agents.

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Last updated October 01, 2010