Texas Department of Health
Today I began working toward safer shoools for pa children and spoke with Michelle McComb in Austin. Michelle is the coordinator of shool health for the State of Texas. Our conversation began with a brief talk about the death of Nathan Walters and proceeded to what can be done to assure that this does not happen here. Ms McComb if I understood correctly has a brother who is allergic to tree nuts, and was to a degree aware of the dangers of peanut allergies.
She made me aware of some frightening things in our school systems. A school district in this state can hire anyone off the street to oversee health issues in their schools. The health department has no enforcement aurhority over health issures in the schools but acts in an advisory role only.
Futhermore, as a state employee Ms McComb can not go to the legislature with recommendation. She can only give recommendations when Representatives or Senators come to her. So each of us needs to contact our representative and urge them to seek Ms McCombs counsel in this matter.
You can find information on your representative by going to [url="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/county.htm"]http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/fyi/county.htm[/url] Ms McComb also state that two of the legislators who have shown an intrest in health related issues are Senator Jane Nelson and Mike Moncrief. Like the epipen this is something that doesn't need to be put off.
Texas is notorious for lagging behind the rest of the country in good legislation let's see if we can be in the vanguard this time instead of riding drag.