Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

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Howard College takes the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors as a very serious matter. It is important to us for the people we serve to be informed about communicable health issues that can potentially Your Health @ HChave a serious effect on their own health. The information shared below is reviewed and provided through our Communicable Disease Committee to provide reliable information and resources for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Further questions regarding public health concerns at Howard College should be directed to the chair of the Communicable Disease Committee at the following:

Luci Gabehart, MSN, RN, CNE
Dean of Health Professions,
ADN Program Director
Howard College
1001 Birdwell Lane,Big Spring, Texas 79720
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Ebola VirusEbola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, one in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the other in a remote area of Sudan. The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats (Pteropodidae) are considered the likely host of the Ebola virus, based on available evidence.

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Influenza (Flu)


Flu VirusInfluenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

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Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis

MeningitisMeningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria or viruses, but meningitis can also be caused by physical injury, cancer or certain drugs. The severity of illness and the treatment for meningitis differ depending on the cause. Thus, it is important to know the specific cause of meningitis.

Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine: The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107, which requires all students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine or “booster” dose- within the last five years and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.

Howard College Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Information / Requirements

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Mental Health

Mental Health Information

Big Spring Area Lamesa San Angelo

West Texas Centers 
Howard County MHC
1501 W. 11th Place, Suite 104 
Big Spring, Texas 79720

Phone: (432) 263-0027

Walk-in Intake Clinic Days
Monday to Friday
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Serves: Howard, Glasscock, Martin and Borden Counties.

To access Mental Health Crisis Services, Call:
1-800-375-4357 or

West Texas Centers
Dawson County MHC 

211 N. Main Ave 
Lamesa, TX 79331

Phone: (806)-872-3790

Walk-in Intake Clinic Days
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Serves: Dawson County

To access Mental Health Crisis Services, Call:
1-800-375-4357 or

MHMR Services for the Concho Valley 
1501 W. Beauregard 
San Angelo, TX 76901 

Phone: (325) 658-7750
Fax: (325) 658-8381
Crisis: (800) 375-8965 or
(325) 653-5933

Local Information

Public Health Department Information

Big Spring Area Lamesa San Angelo

Texas Department of State
Health Services - Big Spring
501 Birdwell Lane, Suite 28-B
Big Spring, Texas 79720

Phone: (432) 263-9775

Fax: (432) 263-9781
Counties: Howard, Glasscock, Martin

  Anonymous HIV testing, confidential HIV testing, STD testing, prevention counseling, HIV prevention education, STD prevention education, nurse on-site, hepatitis education/counseling, Hepatitis B vaccine-children ($5.00), TB testing, TB treatment, pregnancy testing, immunizations, nutrition services, family planning.

South Plains Public Health District
503 S. 1st Street
Lamesa, TX 79331

Phone: (806)-872-5863
Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00pm
(closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm)
Facility Website

Services: South Plains Public Health District provides public and environmental health services for Dawson County, Texas. Our health clinic for Dawson County is located in Lamesa. Walk-ins are welcome, although some services require an appointment. Interpreters are available – you are not required to provide your own.


City of San Angelo-Tom Green County Health Department Nursing Services
2030 Pulliam St., Suite 9
San Angelo, TX 76905

Phone: (325) 657-4214
Hours: 8 AM-Noon / 
1 PM-5 PM

Facility Website 

Services: The Nursing Division provides a range of services designed to promote healthy living through prevention, protection and intervention. Immunization clinics, tuberculosis testing and case management clinics as well as sexually transmitted disease clinics are available.


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Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran's status or any other protected class in its programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the policy of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area.