DSHS to Host Infectious Disease Response Workshops

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section will host eight three-day workshops — one in each of the DSHS health service regions — to share in-depth, Texas-specific infectious disease preparedness and response information. The workshops will provide current strategies, assess individual levels of preparedness and response, and identify gaps in service. 

The first day of the workshop covers topics such as: 

  • Threats posed by emerging infectious diseases; 
  • Challenges encountered during the Texas response to Ebola and implications for future Texas state and local preparedness and response activities; and 
  • An overview of current infectious disease preparedness and response strategies combined with a focus on the urgent need to identify gaps and mitigation strategies for all levels of government.  

Day two of the workshop covers topics such as:

  • Tiered hospital approach for triage, transport, and treatment; 
  • Legal and ethical considerations during an infectious disease incident; 
  • Media relations; 
  • Fatality management; 
  • Emergency Medical Services ground and air transport of an infected patient; 
  • Decontamination; 
  • An overview of personal protective equipment; 
  • Infectious disease waste management (hospital and community); 
  • Disaster behavioral health; and 
  • Epidemiological investigation and other surveillance issues.  

Day three will culminate in a half-day discussion-based exercise that demonstrates an infectious disease response scenario specific to each region.

DSHS will then host a capstone symposium in August 2016 to address cumulative gaps and mitigation strategies identified, as well as other information garnered in each regional workshop.

Workshop Dates and Locations  

  • Dec. 8-10, 2015, in McAllen
  • Jan. 20-22, 2016, in New Braunfels
  • Feb. 2-4, 2016, in Houston
  • Feb. 16-18, 2016, in Austin
  • March 1-3, 2016, in Tyler
  • March 29-31, 2016, in Lubbock
  • May 3-5, 2016, in Dallas
  • June 7-9, 2016, in El Paso 

For more information, email info[at]texas-hcid-workshops[dot]org

Action, Oct. 1, 2015

Last Updated On

June 17, 2016

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