DSHS: Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response
The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response met for the first time since November of 2016. On October 6, 2014, Governor Rick Perry created the Task Force through Executive Order RP-79. The Task Force was composed of seventeen members, and included representatives from pertinent state agencies, as well as experts in infectious disease, emergency management, and in public health preparedness and response. H.B. 2950, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, codified the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in Texas Health and Safety Code (HSC) Chapter 81, Subchapter J. The Task Force is required to provide expert, evidence-based assessments, protocols, and recommendations related to state responses to infectious diseases, as well as serve as a source of information and education. H.B. 2950 is created as an advisory panel to the Governor, and task force membership is determined by the Governor.