2021 RCHIP Application Now Available – Apply by July 15

Per Texas DSHS: The 2021 Rural Community Healthcare Investment Program (RCHIP) application is open.  The purpose of the RCHIP program is assist rural communities in recruiting non-physician healthcare providers to practice in rural communities by providing partial student loan reimbursement or stipends in the amount of $10,000 for a commitment to serve in eligible communities […]

Covid-19 Vaccination Survey for EMS

a Texas DSHS is planning for statewide Covid-19 vaccination centers and asking EMS agencies to fill out a brief survey. Click here to access the survey.

Texas Immunization Registry Webinars

a Announcement   The Texas Immunization Registry is excited to announce it is hosting live webinars that cover the steps and processes for entering and reporting disaster related patient and immunization information in the Texas Immunization Registry (ImmTrac2).   Description   The webinars will include the following topics:   1.                   Legal Statutes related to Disasters​  2.                   Brief Introduction to the ImmTrac2 Registry  1.                   Different types of Consents​  2.                   Client Searches​  3.                   Entering a Client​  4.                   Priority Groups  […]

December 1 Fatigue Webinar

a Please register for the National Association of State EMS Officials’ EMS Fatigue Risk Management and Project Research – What’s New??? on Dec 1, 2020 1:00 PM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4584736299634711568 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

STRAC Survey – Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

a EMS agencies in the STRAC region are encouraged to fill out the survey related to potential Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The following message is from Bexar County. Dear Prospective Participant, We write to you today on behalf of the community of Bexar County, asking for your help in completing a survey that will give our […]

Covid-related Workers’ Comp Claims Affect First Responders

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’s Compensation (TDI-DWC) released data related to Texas Workers’ Comp claims and Covid-19. The November 10, 2020, report found: As of September 27, 2020, insurance carriers reported more than 25,000 COVID-19 claims and 100 fatalities to DWC. Most of these claims and fatalities involve first responders and […]

Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative

a To access the electronic Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative site recruitment packet, please use the following link: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/adult/adultflutool.pdf For additional information and questions by interested facilities, please visit the Adult Influenza Vaccine Initiative website or email AdultFluProgram@dshs.texas.gov.

DSHS Launches the EMS Peer Referral Program

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced the launch of the Texas EMS Peer Referral Program on April 1, 2020. The program is available for anyone in the EMS field who is struggling with substance abuse issues. Click here to learn more.