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Sickle Cell Task Force

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Background and Purpose

House Bill 3405, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, directs the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission to establish and maintain a task force to raise awareness of sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. The purpose of the Sickle Cell Task Force is to study and advise the department on implementing the recommendations made in the 2018 Sickle Cell Advisory Committee Report published by the Sickle Cell Advisory Committee or any other report the executive commissioner determines is appropriate.


Announcements 


Members Sought for Sickle Cell Task Force 


If you’re interested in issues related to sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait, you may want to apply to be a member of the Sickle Cell Task Force. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission executive commissioner will appoint members to the task force to serve a term expiring Aug. 31, 2023 unless otherwise designated. 

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., Aug. 13.

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

     •    Please review the linked application letter to find out who the task force 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 task force.

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

Email: HHS_Appointments@hhs.texas.gov
Attn: SCTF

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

Fax: 512-206-3984
Attn: SCTF

A Sickle Cell Task Force member must regularly participate in task force meetings. They may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects and presentations. Task force meetings are held about once every three to four months in Austin or at the call of the presiding officer. 

For more information about the task force, contact Aimee Millangue.

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



Sickle Cell Task Force Legislative Reports

The Sickle Cell Task Force is required to report Task Force activities and recommendations for the year to the HHSC Executive Commissioner and to the Legislature.  The Legislative Mandated Report can be accessed at this link:

Sickle Cell Task Force Annual Report - 2020

Information for Families and Healthcare Providers

Last updated September 25, 2021