November 18, 2020 - 1:00pm

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Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here. Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below. There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Meeting Agenda

  1. Call to Order, Welcome, Chair Remarks, Meeting Logistics and Roll Call - Esmeralda Guajardo, Chair, Francesca Kupper, HHSC
  2. Approval of October 30, 2020 Meeting Minutes* - Esmeralda Guajardo, Chair
  3. Update: Multi-disciplinary Response/Recovery Team (2018 Recommendation)/Rapid Local and Regional Support Plan (Senate Bill 1312 of the 86th Legislative Session) - Dr. George Peck, DSHS, Dr. Paul Grunenwald, DSHS, Chris Medina, DSHS
  4. Report: Each Subcommittee Group reports on top COVID-19 response recommendations - Esmeralda Guajardo, Chair, Eduardo Olivarez, Vice-chair
  5. Finalize and approve response recommendations - Esmeralda Guajardo, Chair, Eduardo Olivarez, Vice-chair
  6. Public Comment - Francesca Kupper, HHSC
  7. Planning for next meeting, Closing Remarks, Adjourn and Thank you - Esmeralda Guajardo, Chair

* Denotes possible action item

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), together with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to border public health. 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 HHSC by emailing  OBPH@dshs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 2020. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that 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 Task Force. 

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form. Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, November 16, 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 either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

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

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of HHSC.

If you have a disability and require assistance to attend this virtual meeting, please contact John Simo Villarreal at (737) 229-0778, john.villarreal@dshs.texas.gov 72 hours prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements may be made.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this virtual meeting.