Today, more than 150 local and regional health departments provide resources to promote health, control and investigate disease, perform inspections and sanitation of retail food locations, and promote healthy communities. Texas public health is concerned with protecting the health of the entire population of Texas. National Public Health Week celebrates the contributions of public health and highlights the ongoing issues that are vital to improvement.
DSHS Division for Regional and Local Health Services (RLHS) will be recognized locally, statewide and nationally as key to the support of high quality essential public health services at the local level in Texas. Recognition of the value of essential public health services will permeate all levels of governance and all programs administered by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas residents and state officials will have confidence in the practice of public health in this state.
The mission of DSHS Division for Regional and Local Health Services is to serve the needs of Local Public Health Agencies, DSHS Health Service Regions, and local communities in building and maintaining capacity to provide essential public health services responsive to local needs.
Spotlight on Regional and Local Health Services
Community Preparedness Section Update
The Community Preparedness Section was moved under the Division for Regional and Local Health Services. This move was effective September 1, 2012.