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Legislature allocates over $400 million to bolster health workforce

| Oct 22, 2021 | Texas

The legislature’s recently approved bill that distributes $16 billion in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding appropriates over $400 million in federal funds to support the state’s faltering health care workforce. Senate Bill 8 passed during Texas’s third special session, which ended last week. It now heads to Gov. Greg...[ Read More ]

Governor Abbott, DSHS announce deployment of 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals mitigate recent rise In COVID-19 cases

| Aug 11, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has arranged for the deployment of more than 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals care for the increasing number of COVID-19 patients across Texas. This operation follows the Governor's directive earlier this week that DSHS utilize staffing agencies to...[ Read More ]

DSHS to award $10 million in grants to support local vaccination efforts across Texas

| Jul 28, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services will award $10 million to local organizations working to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. The Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant program will provide grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to a wide range of groups engaged in vaccine education with the goal of...[ Read More ]

Texas Democratic lawmakers prioritize public health in border communities

| Mar 10, 2021 | Texas

Texas lawmakers are hoping to aid disproportionately impacted communities along the state’s southern border with several public health bills this session. Representatives Eddie Lucio III and Robert Guerra are sponsoring legislation to increase testing in these communities, provide them with more resources and address the health disparities they experience.  ...[ Read More ]

Burst pipes, water uncertainty, supply shortages — an "emergency on top of a pandemic" for Texas hospitals

| Feb 18, 2021 | Texas

Texas hospitals are confronting the dual challenge of navigating an unprecedented storm and continuing to treat COVID-19 patients as the recent weather ravages health facilities across the state. Power outages, icy roads and water issues are slamming state hospitals with an onslaught of obstacles, forcing them to swiftly make sacrifices...[ Read More ]

Vaccine equity "absolutely a priority" for Texas, DSHS's Garcia says as state breaks daily vaccine record

| Jan 28, 2021 | Texas

Dr. Imelda Garcia, the Associate Director of Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services, emphasized equity in her COVID-19 vaccine update on Thursday morning. Garcia said it is “imperative” that Texas distribute its vaccines in an equitable way. “We work to try to target...[ Read More ]