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Members Sought for the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council

Last updated on 11/30/2021

If you’re interested in improving the availability of patient-centered and family-focused palliative care services for families with a member facing a serious illness, you may want to apply to be a member of the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) executive commissioner will appoint members to the council to serve a term expiring December 31, 2025, unless otherwise noted.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m., December 31, 2021.

HHSC will consider applicants' qualifications, background, and interest in serving on the council and will try to choose council members who represent the diversity of all Texans. For this reason, HHSC considers applicants' ethnicity, gender, and geographic location.

  • Please review the linked application letter to find out who the council is seeking as representatives and if you qualify.
  • After reviewing the application letter and verifying that you meet the qualifications for at least one category, click on the application linked here to apply to be on the council.

It is preferred that you submit your application electronically, but you may submit the application by email, mail, or fax. Here are the addresses:


Texas Health and Human Services Commission
701 W. 51st Street
Mail Code 0223
Austin, TX 78751
Attn: Susanna Sparkman

Fax: 512-206-3984

A Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council member must regularly participate in council meetings. They may also have to participate in subcommittee meetings, projects, and presentations. Council meetings are held about once every three months in Austin or at the call of the presiding officer. To the extent permitted by the current state budget, a council member may be repaid for their travel expenses to and from meetings if money is available and in accordance with the HHSC Travel Policy. A council member is not paid to participate in council meetings.

For more information about the council, visit the council website or contact Jimmy Blanton.

For more information about the application process, contact Susanna Sparkman.