|(a) Purpose. The purpose of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (council) is to review and assess major statewide health concerns and the availability and use of the state's health resources, including higher education resources, for addressing these issues in order to provide direction for the state's legislative and executive policy making processes. (b) Conflict of interest. A member who has a personal or private interest in a measure, proposal, or decision pending before the council shall publicly disclose the fact to the council in a meeting. The member may not vote or otherwise participate in the decision or discussion. The disclosure shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting. An individual does not have a "personal or private interest" in a measure, proposal, or decision if the individual is engaged in a profession, trade, or occupation and the individual's interest is the same as all others similarly engaged in the profession, trade, or occupation. (c) Assistance. The Texas Department of Health (department) shall assist the council in performing the council's duties and functions as described in a memorandum of understanding between the council and the department.