Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Injury Prevention and Public Education Committee Meeting Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Agenda

May 24, 2022 - 1:00 pm

Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, Hill Country Rooms A and B
6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX
United States

This meeting will be conducted live and virtually through Microsoft Teams.

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Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 P.M., May 19, 2022.

Mary Ann Contreras, Chair
Courtney Edwards, Vice-Chair
Jorie Klein, RN, Joseph Schmider, DSHS

Call to Order/Roll Call - Mary Ann Contreras, RN, Chair

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements - Courtney Edwards, DNP, Vice-Chair

GETAC Vision:
A unified, comprehensive, and effective Emergency Healthcare System

GETAC Mission:
To promote, develop, and advance an accountable, patient-centered Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System.

Review and approval of February 9, 2022 and April 22, 2022 minutes - Committee Members

GETAC Chair comments - Alan Tyroch, MD, GETAC Chair

EMS-Trauma Systems Update – Jorie Klein, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN, EMS-Trauma Systems Director; Joseph Schmider, State EMS Director

Update from the Office of Injury Prevention - Michael Spencer, LMSW, DSHS

Update from Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership – Sam Vance, MHA, LP

Update from Stop the Bleed Coalition - Christine Reeves

Update from Texas Suicide Prevention Coalition - Christine Reeves

Discussion and possible action on the following items

  1. Position statement on Child Passenger Safety Program - Jennifer Northway
  2. Discussion about collaborative projects with Pediatric Committee – Christi Thornhill/Belinda Waters and Cassandra Dillon
    1. Pediatric Concussion/Head Injury Education Initiative
    2. Magnet/Battery Ingestion Workgroup
  3. Discussions toward community collaboration
    1. Grey book changes
    2. Other partners; state, local facility level collaborations
  4. Review of national injury prevention initiatives & sustainability plans
    1. Members’ strategies and sustainability: current and future
  5. Integration of health equity and diversity in the role of injury and violence prevention (IVP)
    1. Concepts of how to operationalize into IVP work
  6. Conflicts of Interest Discussion – Jorie Klein, MSN, MHA, BSN, RN

Initiatives, programs, and potential research that might improve injury prevention and public education efforts in Texas - Mary Ann Contreras, Chair, and Courtney Edwards, Co- Chair

General Public Comment (Comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

Summary of action items for GETAC meeting report - Committee Members

Announcements -  Mary Ann Contreras, Chair

Review and list agenda items for next meeting - Committee Members

Future meeting dates - Mary Ann Contreras, Chair

Adjournment - Courtney Edwards, Vice-Chair

Public Comment: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Emergency Health Care. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to DSHS by emailing no later than 5:00 P.M., May 19, 2022.

Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Council. The request must contain your name, the name of the organization you represent or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name, affiliation, and on whose behalf they are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by DSHS staff to Council members, state staff, and for public distribution. Handouts are limited to two pages of documentation (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to DSHS no later than 5:00 P.M., May 19, 2022, and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of DSHS.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Jorie Klein, DSHS, 512-535-8538, or

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Crystal Beard at 737-270-0202 or at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.