Tribpedia: Department of State Health Services

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The Texas Department of State Health Services oversees disease control and prevention, as well as operating community health centers and psychiatric hospitals.

The agency and its epidemiologists track disease trends and operate state labs, coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to combat bioterrorism and halt the spread of dangerous pathogens. It also handles environmental safety, consumer safety ...

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Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.
Hallways like this one at Whole Woman's Health will have to be widened as part of the new legislation for abortion clinics to become ASCs.

In State Records, Little Evidence to Back Abortion Law

In their successful push for new abortion regulations, abortion opponents said conditions at existing facilities were unsafe. But a Texas Tribune review of recent state records showed little evidence to suggest the facilities were putting patients in imminent danger.

Gabrielle Davis, 16, receives a shot at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on Aug. 30, 2013.
Gabrielle Davis, 16, receives a shot at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on Aug. 30, 2013.

Outbreaks Make a Case for Vaccinations

A measles outbreak at a church and soaring rates of whooping cough across the state are drawing renewed calls for immunization legislation, which medical professionals argue would help the state prevent public health crises.

Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.
Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.

Groups Work to Promote Health Insurance Exchange

Private organizations are working to educate Texans about coverage options through the federal health insurance exchange, a component of the federal Affordable Care Act that opens on Oct. 1.

A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco.
A vehicle near the remains of a fertilizer plant burning after an explosion in West, Texas, near Waco.

Texplainer: Who Oversees Texas' Fertilizer Plants?

Hey, Texplainer: Which state and federal agencies were responsible for overseeing and regulating the fertilizer plant in West that exploded last week?

 

Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.
Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.

Nutrition Benefits a Mixed Bag for Farmers Markets

About 50 Texas farmers markets take SNAP benefits, WIC benefits or both. The programs are not well utilized, but proponents say it's important to provide as many healthy food options as possible for Texans who use nutrition benefits.