Volunteer in Support of Public Health

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Volunteers and donors may play a role in improving public health of Texans. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and affiliates have some information about how you can help.

General Information on Statewide Volunteer Programs

Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry

The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry (TDVR) is part of the federally mandated Emergency Systems for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) Program which serves to pre-register volunteers and verify professional licensure so that efficient, effective response can be coordinated during and after any disaster. 
Register for the TDVR.

Medical Reserve Corps
The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is headquartered in the Office of the United States (U.S.) Surgeon General. DCVMRC helps communities establish, implement, and maintain MRC units. Local MRCs engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response and community resiliency. MRC volunteers train – individually and with other members of the unit.

Texas Citizen Corps
Citizen Corps offers volunteer opportunities to support local fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, community public health efforts, and to contribute to the four stages of emergency management: preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery. Texas Association of Regional Councils, a public entity, administers the Citizen Corps programs in Texas through councils of governments (COGs).
Find a local Citizen Corp Council.

DSHS Programs

DSHS Advisory Committee Service

DSHS staff work together with advisory committee (councils, boards and task forces) members ensuring that Texans have access to effective public health services and that all Texans live and work in safe, healthy communities. Periodically vacancies may exist and create an opportunity for the public to apply for membership.

Faith Community Health Ministry 

Texas’ Faith Community Health Ministry focuses on health promotion within a faith community. Roles vary between faith communities depending upon the needs of its members and available resources.  Most common roles include educator, counselor and health advocate. The person(s) acts as a resource of preventive and restorative care while ministering holistically to individuals and families. See the Texas Health Ministries Network brochure. More resources. 

DSHS Internships

Internships must fulfill an official curriculum requirement and are set up in partnerships between DSHS and schools. Generally, internships at DSHS are unpaid. If you are interested in an internship at DSHS, contact the Office of Practice and Learning.

DSHS Public Health Regions and Volunteering

Public health regions around the state may have additional opportunities for the public to volunteer. Contact the office closest to you to inquire.

Health and Human Services Volunteering and Internships

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has information on becoming a volunteer or intern with a Texas HHSC office, state hospital or state supported living center.

More Information

DSHS Customer Service representatives can be reached for general inquiries via email or phone at 512-776-2150.

Last updated December 16, 2021