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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.
Texas School Health Advisory Committee – Call for applications for membership – NEW Deadline: August 7, 2015
The commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) requests your assistance in identifying candidates for appointment to the Texas School Health Advisory Committee (TSHAC). The purpose of the TSHAC is to provide assistance to the State Health Services Council in establishing a leadership role for DSHS in support for and delivery of coordinated school health programs and school health services. The responsibilities of the TSHAC are stated in the rules, which have been posted on the TSHAC website at www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/shadvise.shtm. Thirteen positions are open to applicants that qualify in the following categories: Parent (3), Registered Nurse (1), School Health Educator (1), School Physical Educator (1), School Nutritionist (1), School Counselor (1), School Administrator/Superintendent/School board member (2) and Agency/Organization member (3). These are 4-year terms beginning July 1, 2016. Read the Solicitation and Instructions letter and complete the Application to apply. For questions, contact Ellen Smith or call 512-776-2140.
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
- 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.
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.
We the TSHAC envision healthier Texans through coordinated school health.
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.
A) Active leadership
B) Best practices identification and dissemination
C) Coordinated School Health promotion
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:
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.