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Yeatts Appointed to Texas Public Health Funding & Policy Committee

Garland, Texas - October 17, 2011 - Vikki Yeatts, MSN, RN, Public Health Administrator for the City of Garland, was selected by the Texas Department of State Health Services to serve as a member of the Public Health Funding and Policy Committee established by Senate Bill 969 in the 82nd Legislative Session. 

In an announcement letter to Ms. Yeatts from David L. Lakey, M.D., Commissioner of the Texas DSHS, Dr. Lakey stated, "I look forward to meeting with you and having the benefit of your expertise and experience in advising me and the Department on public health funding and policy issues in Texas."

“With Vikki's appointment to this critical state allocation committee, Garland will be well served.  She will assure that municipalities are not forgotten when the funds are allocated and policies drafted,” said Richard Briley, City of Garland Managing Director of Health.

The nine-member committee was created by SB 969 to ensure the involvement of local health officials in setting policy priorities and to minimize duplication of services among federal, state and local public health entities. It will make recommendations related to funding and communications between public health entities and the DSHS, as well as more general public health policy issues.

Ms. Yeatts was nominated for the appointment by the Texas Municipal League.

The committee’s initial meeting will be held on October 24 in Austin.