Volume V, Issue: 2
March 23, 2017

Texas Legislature Update

TxOHC is tracking the following oral health related bills during the 85th Legislative Session.  Please visit to monitor recent bill activity. 

Current Senate Bills

SB 123 - Relating to the internet broadcast of open meetings of the TSBDE, referred to the Business and Commerce Committee.
SB 313 - Relating to the continuation and functions of the State Board of Dental Examiners, left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-20-17.
SB 404 - Prohibiting health care practitioners from providing alcoholic beverages to certain persons, placed on intent calendar, 3-22-17.
SB 430 - This bill would allow hygienists to administer local anesthesia. This bill is identical to HB 1201. Left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-8-17.
SB 1565- Relating to the procedure for ordering medical or dental services for certain persons admitted to or committed to care at certain state facilities. Currently referred to the Health and Human Services Committee, 3-21-17. 
SB 1927 - Requiring the HHSC to evaluate and implement changes to the Medicaid program (Section 3 related to the Health and Human Services Commission shall conduct a study of the provision of dental services to adults with disabilities under the Medicaid program). Filed on 3-10-17.

Current House Bills

HB 832 - Relating to state funding for baccalaureate degree programs offered at certain public junior colleges. Reported favorably without amendments on 3-22-17.
HB 2007 - Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain military dentists and dental hygienists who provide voluntary charity care. Left pending in committee after a Public Hearing on 3-22-17.
HB 2990 - This bill is identical to SB 313 and currently referred to the Public Health Committee. 
HB 3153 - Relating to certain notice requirements regarding fluoridation of a water supply system. This bill was filed 3-7-17.

ROHDEO Launch Webinar

The Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes is pleased to invite you to the ROHDEO Launch Webinar. The webinar will convene at 12:00 pm CDT on April 19th to preview the ROHDEO website and provide a tutorial on how to navigate all aspects of the newly launching site- including data submission and query. Public access to the demonstration website will be available on April 24th. The webinar and tutorial will be recorded and archived on the ROHDEO website for future review.

Please contact us at if you have any questions. The ROHDEO team is looking forward to sharing this exciting development with you.
ROHDEO Launch Webinar Meeting Information
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Meeting number (access code): 920 290 951
Meeting password: rohdeo

ADA HPI Webinar:
"Access to Dental Care in Texas – New Analysis”

You are invited to participate in the "Access to Dental Care in Texas – New Analysis” webinar developed by the Health Policy Institute of the American Dental Association. This webinar will take place Monday, April 17, 2017 10:00 AM-11:00 AM CDT.

The Health Policy Institute ( has developed an innovative new way to measure access to dental care providers. We are organizing a webinar to show results for your state. This analysis takes a very different approach than the HPSA designation (which is highly flawed) and is intuitively simple but highly actionable from the policy maker standpoint. We want to (i) show you the results for your state (ii) gauge your interest in having HPI do a more detailed follow up analysis in your state.

To join the meeting on April 17th
Click this link to join call and online meeting, then enter your phone number to have the system call you and join the online meeting. 
- OR -
Join the meeting manually using the method below:
  1. Choose a phone number to dial-in
    - United States: 8667401260
  2. Enter Access Code: 4407745
  3. Join Online Meeting

TxOHC Wants to Hear From You
(Texans in Action)

Help us share your grassroot efforts with others. Please submit a brief article with or without pictures about your successes, challenges, projects or programs to advance oral health in Texas, so we may highlight your efforts in future e-briefs. These efforts can be from you as an individual or as part of an organization. There are many successful projects worth replicating, but others need to hear about them from you.

TxOHC offers complimentary event promotion for our organizational partners. Please provide all relevant information to share or forward including registration links. If your organization is not a partner, we invite you to join and reap the many benefits of TxOHC membership.

Employment Opportunities

Name of Employer: AIDS Services of Austin’s Jack Sansing Dental Clinic

Position: AIDS Services of Austin seeks full time staff dentist for 35 hours per week. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, retirement, long term disability, paid vacation, paid sick time, and at least 10 paid holidays per year. The clinic covers the providers’ individual malpractice insurance, all licensing fees and pays for a minimum of 12 hours of CE per year. There are also opportunities for student loan repayment.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Contact Person: Jeannie Nelson, RDH, BAT, Director of Dental Services AIDS Services of Austin



November 9-11, 2017

Texas Oral Health Summit

TxOHC Membership Reaps Big Rewards

Tarrant County Junior College Representative Lisa Englehart, was pleased to accept the TPC Portable Unit from Midwest Dental Chief Operating Officer Tim Cluley Friday, November 4, 2016 during the Texas Oral Health Summit. As the TCJC dental hygiene community health instructor, Lisa is excited for the opportunity this portable unit brings to her students and community members.

As part of the Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative between TxOHC and Midwest Dental, TxOHC members receive substantial price discounts on merchandise, capital equipment and laboratory services. For each merchandise or equipment order placed with Midwest Dental in excess of $500, your name will be added to a drawing for a free TPC Portable Unit.

Midwest Dental has generously pledged another TPC Portable Unit to give away during the 2017 Texas Oral Health Summit, so if you, or your organization are not a member, please join today and take advantage of these cost savings. 

You must be a member to qualify and complimentary membership applications may be found linked below.
Individual Membership
Organizational Membership

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