The easiest way to treat a disease is stop it before it starts. Understanding how to avoid a possible chronic condition is essential. Prevention is an effective path to improving Texans' lives.

  • Chronic Disease Prevention Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services creates, promotes and guides public health programs to promote healthy lifestyles and to educate people about preventing and managing chronic diseases.
  • Immunization Branch provides information for families and medical providers about the benefits of immunizations and which ones are recommended at different life stages.
  • Infectious Disease Prevention Section at the Texas Department of State Health Services oversees program services related to tuberculosis, Hansen's disease and refugee health, sexually transmitted diseases, viral hepatitis prevention and all HIV activities along with activities for detection, prevention, and control of other infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases.
  • Medicaid Wellness Program has nurses who can answer questions day or night. The nurses also can help participants find a doctor, manage their health and understand how to take their medications.