Senate Bill 969, passed during the 2011 regular legislative session, directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to create a Public Health Funding and Policy Committee to discuss and make recommendations on various issues relating to local health entities (local health units, local health departments, or public health districts).  The recommendations will relate to funding and communications between the entities and DSHS, as well as more general public health policy issues.

The committee will include five representatives of local health entities, including:

  1. one local health entity representative of a city or county with a population of 50,000 or less;
  2. one local health entity representative from a city or county with a population greater than 50,000 but less than 250,000;
  3. one local health entity representative from a city or county with a population of at least 250,000; and
  4. two local health entity representatives, each of whom serves in a city or county as the health authority (defined as “a physician appointed under the provisions of Chapter 121 of the Texas Health & Safety Code by the governing body of a city, the commissioners court of a county, or a public health district board”).

DSHS has asked TML to submit nominations for these five positions.  Appointees to the committee will serve staggered terms of six years.  If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please send the individual’s name, organizational affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and a brief résumé to Lauren Crawford at

Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2011.  Any nominations received after the deadline will not be considered.  If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Crawford at 512-231-7400 or

TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League.

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