If you’re interested in the efforts to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas, you might be interested in being a member of the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force.

The Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner will appoint members to the task force to serve a six-year term. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m., March 31.

DSHS will consider the applicants' qualifications, background and interest in serving on the committee. DSHS also tries to choose committee members who, as a whole, represent the diversity of all Texas citizens. For that reason, DSHS considers applicants' ethnicity, gender and geographic location.

You may submit the application by email, mail or fax. 


DSHS Maternal and Child Health
P.O. Box 149347
Mail Code 1922
Austin, Texas 78753
Attn:  Allison Waage MSN, RN

Fax:  512-776-7658
Attn: Allison Waage MSN, RN

DSHS will notify applicants by May 2018, if they have been selected.

About the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force

The committee includes a 17-member multidisciplinary Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. Chapter 34, Texas Health and Safety Code, directs the task force to study and review cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, study health disparities in pregnancy-related deaths and determine the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity. The task force then uses this information to make recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in this state.

The task force will include key stakeholders as determined by the DSHS commissioner. The task force must include representatives of each of the following:

  • Four physicians specializing in obstetrics, at least one of whom is a maternal fetal medicine specialist.
  • One certified nurse-midwife.
  • One registered nurse.
  • One nurse specializing in labor and delivery.
  • One physician specializing in family practice.
  • One physician specializing in psychiatry.
  • One physician specializing in pathology.
  • One epidemiologist, biostatistician, or researcher of pregnancy- related deaths.
  • One social worker or social service provider.
  • One community advocate in a relevant field.
  • One medical examiner or coroner responsible for recording death.
  • One physician specializing in critical care.

A member must regularly participate in task force meetings and may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects and presentations. Meetings will be held at least quarterly in Austin or at the call of the presiding officer. Members don’t receive compensation for participation or travel for the task force.

To Learn More

For more information, contact Allison Waage MSN, RN.

Email: MaternalHealth@dshs.state.tx.us

Phone: 512-776-2907

Additional information about this task force and current membership may be found at http://www.dshs.texas.gov/mch/maternal_mortality_and_morbidity.shtm.