Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response

On October 6, 2014, Governor Rick Perry created the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response through Executive Order RP-79. The Task Force was composed of seventeen members, and included representatives from pertinent state agencies, as well as experts in infectious disease, emergency management, and in public health preparedness and response. 

H.B. 2950, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, codified the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response in Texas Health and Safety Code (HSC) Chapter 81, Subchapter J. The Task Force is required to provide expert, evidence-based assessments, protocols, and recommendations related to state responses to infectious diseases, as well as serve as a source of information and education.

H.B. 2950 is created as an advisory panel to the Governor, and task force membership is determined by the Governor. 

Enabling statute:  Health and Safety Code, Chapter 81, Subchapter J

Task Force Members

No. Name Institution
1. Toby Baker Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
2. James Bass Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
3. Christopher R. Frei, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor and Division Head, Pharmacotherapy Department of the University of Texas at Austin, College of Pharmacy
4. John Hellerstedt, M.D. Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services
5. Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
6. Ruth R. Hughs Texas Secretary of State
7. Harrison Keller Commissioner of Higher Education
8. Nim Kidd Vice Chancellor for Disaster & Emergency Services, Texas A&M
9. Thomas Ksiazek, D.V.M., Ph.D. Director of High Containment Operations and Director of the Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
10. David Lakey, M.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health at the University of Texas System
11. Binh-Minh "Jade" Le, M.D. Infectious Disease Clinician at Texas Health Resources
12. James Le Duc, Ph.D.  Director of the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch
13. Scott Lillibridge, M.D. Director of Health Initiatives at the Texas A&M University System and Professor of Epidemiology at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health
14. Tony Marquardt Paramedic with the City of Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Service
15. Steve McCraw Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety
16. Michael Morath Commissioner of Education
17. Kristy Murray, D.V.M., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital
18. Major General Tracy Norris  Texas Adjutant General
19. Patrick O'Daniel Chair of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice
20. Dorothy Overman, M.D. Comal County Health Authority
21. Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D. Associate Vice President of Public Health Preparedness and Response at Texas A&M Health Science Center
22. David Slayton Administrative Director of the State Office of Court Administration
23. Kristina Stillsmoking, Ph.D., MSN Director of the Simulation Hospital, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
24. Victoria Sutton, Ph.D.  Director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at Texas Tech University School of Law
25. Bobby Wilkinson Executive Director of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
26. Edward E. Yosowitz, M.D. Clinical Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology
27.  Cecile Young Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission
28. Ben Zeller Victoria County Judge

Governor's appointment notice 

Rapid Assessment Subcommittee Membership

  • John Hellerstedt, M.D.
  • Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Nim Kidd
  • David Lakey, M.D.
  • James LeDuc, Ph.D.
  • Dorothy Overman, M.D.
  • Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D.
  • Cecile Young

Meeting notices and documents:

Report

Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response January 2017 (PDF)

Feb. 4, 2020 (1:00 p.m.)

Moreton Building - Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas
Archived Webcast

Oct. 3, 2018 (1:30 p.m.)

Moreton Building - Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas
Archived Webcast

Feb. 27, 2018 (10 a.m.)

Moreton Building – Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas
Archived Webcast

Nov. 16, 2016 (1 p.m.)

Morton Building – Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas

Aug. 8, 2016 (1 p.m.)

Morton Building – Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas 

May 6, 2016 (9:30 a.m.)

Morton Building – Room M-100
1100 W. 49th St., Austin, Texas

March 9, 2016 (2 p.m.)

Brown Heatly Building, Rooms 1410-1430
4900 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas
Archived Webcast



Contact Information:   TaskForceID@dshs.texas.gov

Last updated July 29, 2020