Budget Recommendations to DSHS to Support Healthy Women and Babies

We recently submitted our recommendations to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regarding the budget request — known as a Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) — that the agency is preparing to submit to state lawmakers.

Our comments included the following four recommendations:

  • Increased funding to strengthen and expand the Texas AIM initiative to prevent maternal illness and death

  • Funding efforts to combat the unprecedented spread of congenital syphilis in Texas

  • Restored funding to HPV prevention efforts to prevent cervical and other cancers among Texas women

  • Sustaining transparency in the continued work and data needs of the Maternal Morbidity & Mortality Review Committee (MMMRC) to strengthen the maternal health systems in Texas