Volume IV, Issue: 8
October  6, 2016

Promoting total health
through oral health . . .

It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan by advocating for optimal oral health for all Texans through statewide partnerships.

Table of Contents
November 4-5, 2016

Texas Oral Health Summit

Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin
Register Today!

TxOHC 2016-2017 Nominations Report

The Texas Oral Health Coalition Board Governance Committee has selected the candidates listed below for nomination to the 2016-17 Board of Directors.  The Board shall be composed of the elected Chairperson, Chairperson Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and six Directors who serve terms of two years.  The Immediate Past Chairperson shall serve as an unelected ex-officio member of the Board for one term of two years.   Per our Bylaws, a minimum of three Board members shall be dentists or dental hygienists.
Members will have the opportunity to nominate candidates from the floor at the annual general membership meeting, Friday, November 4, 2016. 
The Board Governance Committee presents the following candidates:
Chairperson:   Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA (automatic)
Chairperson Elect:  Christina Murphey, RN, PhD
Secretary:  Sharon Dickinson, CDA, CDPMA, RDA, CRFDA, CPFDA
Treasurer:  Johanna DeYoung, BSN, DDS, MPH
Immediate Past Chairperson:  Erik Harrington, DDS, PhD (automatic)
Position #1:  David Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD (automatic/beginning second year of term)
Position #2:  Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH (automatic/beginning second year of term)
Position #3:  Gary Badger, DDS, MS (1 year term)
Position #4:  Donna Morris, RDH MEd (2 year term)
Position #5:  Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA (2 year term)
Position #6:  Kila Johson, DDS (2 year term)

Board Governance Committee    
             Nancy V. Cline, RDH, MPH
             Christina Murphey, RN, PhD
             Donna Morris, RDH, MEd

TSBDE September Newsletter
Prescription Drugs and Poison Control

Excerpt from the September 2016 TSBDE Newsletter

"Within the last decade, abuse and misuse of certain prescription drugs, especially pain medications, has become prevalent. Studies have indicated that educating health care providers about the growing problem and providing them with information will create a heightened awareness of the appropriate use of pain medication as well as the misuses and diversion of addictive pain medications. Visit the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for information on:

  1. prescribing and dispensing pain medications
  2. abusive and addictive behavior of certain persons who use prescription pain medications
  3. common diversion strategies employed by certain persons who use prescription pain medications, including fraudulent patterns
  4. the appropriate use of pain medications and the difference between addiction, pseudo-addiction, tolerance, and physical dependence
  5. information regarding the services provided by poison control centers"

If you are interested in learning more about drug addiction and oral health register today for the Summit to attend Saturday's course, "Your Brain on Drugs: The Dark Side of Addiction".

Creating Total Wellness in Texas
NOVEMBER 4-5, 2016
Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin

Deadlines for your hotel reservation and summit registration are fast approaching! 

Reserve your hotel room today to take advantage of the Block Room Rate! Stay at the Wyndham Garden Hotel to receive our block room rate of $134 per night. The deadline to reserve your room at this reduced price is Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Please visit, to reserve your room now! 

Friday- Dr. Susan Maples, DDS, MSBA will be presenting Creating Cradle-to-Grave Total Wellness (6.0 CEU)
Learn how the trends in lifestyle illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and acid reflux closely intertwine with periodontal disease and caries.

Relax and unwind with colleagues during the opening reception Friday, November 4, 2016 and enjoy networking with colleagues and exhibitors, bidding on special items in the silent auction and learning about successful programs, projects or current research during poster presentations.

Saturday- Edie Gibson, RDH, MS will be presenting Your Brain on Drugs: The Dark Side of Addiction (3.0 CEU)
Substance abuse, in essence, “hijacks the brain” leading the abuser down a harmful path of oral health and whole body destruction. Published evidence on oral complications related to substance abuse emphasizes that oral health care at various levels including education, prevention, and treatment should be integrated into general care services for addicts. This life changing, brutally honest program will give you the tools and information to effectively recognize the signs and symptoms of, as well as how to treat, the drug abusing patient. It will empower you to make a significant difference in their lives!
For more 2016 summit information please visit
Poster Presentations
The Texas Oral Health Coalition invites you to submit a poster presentation for this year's Oral Health Summit.  Applications are open to professional health providers, educators, students, or anyone that would like to present information on their oral health program, project, or research.

Please read the Poster Presentation Guidelines and  Application for complete details and submit your completed application by October 12, 2016 to secure your place and an opportunity to win a monetary award.  

TxOHC Career Center
Dentists Needed in Merkel and Midland, Texas

Name of Employer: ResourceCare Community Health Center

Contact Information: Please email resume to


Position: Dentist at Merkel Clinic
Responsible for providing a range of dental procedures (e.g. diagnose and provide treatment). Must have current, valid doctorate degree from an accredited school of dentistry. Licensed to practice in the state of Texas Initiative; flexibility; ability to effectively address multiple tasks requiring attention to detail; problem identification, analysis, and resolution. 

  • Responsible  for  completing  patient  screening  procedures  (e.g.,  oral  health,  dental  history,   examinations,  etc.).
  • Responsible  for  completing  typical  treatment  procedures  (e.g.,  preventative,  restorative,   endodontic,  etc).
  • Administer  anesthetic  and  write  prescriptions  for  medication.
  • Counsels  patient  about  good  oral  health  and  hygiene.
    Learn more about the position
Position: Registered Dental Assistant-Clyde & Merkel
One Position--must have an active State of Texas Registration number to apply!

Name of employer: Department of State Health Services
Website: Apply online
Applicants may visit the HHSC jobs website, type in “Dentist I” in the “Keywords” box and select Midland from the list of “Cities”, the position should come up on the screen.

Position: Region 9/10 (Midland) Dentist I
Job Description: Dentist I Under the administrative supervision of the Regional Medical Director for Health Service Region 9/10 and the professional guidance of the Dental Director of the Oral Health Program for the Department of State Health Services, serves as the Team Leader for the Regional Oral Health Program and provides preventive oral health services to eligible populations. Works as the lead team member in close cooperation with the dental hygienist to maximize delivery of preventive services and oral health education to improve the dental public health of the region.

Learn more about this position

TxOHC Members Save Money on
Supplies, Equipment and Lab Fees

Who will win the TPC Portable Unit? You must be a member to qualify and membership applications may be found below.

TxOHC members receive substantial price discounts on merchandise, capital equipment and laboratory services. If you, or your organization are not a member, please join today and take advantage of these cost savings. 

Individual Membership
Organizational Membership

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 to be given away during the 2016 Oral Health Summit.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.
Midwest dental

TxOHC "Matching Challenge"

TxOHC is pleased to share that one of our members pledged $24,000 in financial support for 2017 that requires matching funds be acquired in 2016. Please make a donation today and help us meet this challenge. 

Any amount given demonstrates your commitment and support essential for our ability to meet the needs of Texas Dental Health Initiatives and sustainability for our Coalition.

Donations for the “Matching Challenge” may be made via Credit Card, or by check made payable to TxOHC.  All donations $250 and above will receive a tax acknowledgment letter via email for your records.

Please mail checks to:
4614 Bowie Dr.
Midland, TX   79703
2016 Matching Challenge
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