September 15, 2021

If you’re interested in issues related to preparedness, training, planning, communications and emergency response to public health and medical emergencies, you may want to apply to be a member of the Preparedness Coordinating Council. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner will appoint members to the council to serve a term expiring Dec. 31, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 24.

HHSC and DSHS will consider applicants' qualifications, background and interest in serving on the council and will try to choose council members who represent the diversity of all Texans. For this reason, HHSC and DSHS considers applicants' ethnicity, gender and geographic location.

  • Please review the linked application letter to find out who the council is seeking as representatives and if you qualify.
  • After reviewing the application letter, and verifying you meet the qualifications for at least one category, click on the application linked here to apply to be on the council.

It is preferred that you submit your application electronically, but you may submit the application by email, mail or fax. Here are the addresses:

Attn: PCC

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Mail Code 0223
Austin, TX 78751
Attn:  Susanna Sparkman

Fax: 512-206-3984
Attn: PCC

A Preparedness Coordinating Council member must regularly participate in council meetings. They may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects and presentations. Council meetings are held about once every three to four months in Austin or at the call of the presiding officer. To the extent permitted by the current state budget, a council member may be repaid for their travel expenses to and from meetings if money is available and in accordance with the HHSC Travel Policy.

For more information about the council contact Sandra Nava.

For more information about the application process, contact Susanna Sparkman.