November 9, 2020 - 8:30am

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here.

Closed captioning for this meeting is available. Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function.

There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Call to Order, Welcome, Introductions
    1. Logistical Announcements
    2. Roll Calls
  2. Approval of Minutes from February 11, 2020, Meeting*
  3. Program Staffing Update
  4. Antibiotic Stewardship Program and Activities
  5. Healthcare-Associated Infections/Preventable Adverse Events
    1. Reporting Update
  6. Consumer Healthcare Safety Activities Update
    1. The purpose of having Consumer Representative members.
    2. The adequacy of actions taken by this Committee during crisis periods: hurricanes, pandemics.
    3. A recommendation for an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the current committee design and structure.
    4. Covid19 and Texas health services response to the pandemic.
  7. HAI Investigation Team
    1. Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN) Update
    2. Grant updates
  8. Regional HAI Updates
  9. Public Comment(s)
  10. Action and Agenda Items for Next Meeting and Adjournment

*Denotes possible action items


This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting. Agenda items may be taken in any order at the discretion of the Chair.

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Healthcare Safety Advisory Committee. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here.

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. on Friday, November 6, 2020. Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or if 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.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the registration form. Instructions for providing oral comment and information about joining the meeting will be emailed to you. Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment. The request must contain your name and the organization you are representing, or if you are speaking as a private citizen as well as your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name, affiliation, and whom they are speaking on behalf of. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Council members, State staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two (2) pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to HHSC staff immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed Enyinnaya Merengwa, 1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1960, Austin, Texas 78754, (512) 776-6878, or at

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Enyinnaya Merengwa, Department of State Health Services, telephone (512) 776-6878, or at 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.