Volume IV, Issue: 9
November 15, 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.
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If you missed the 2016 Texas Oral Health Summit, here is a brief video montage of this year's highlights for your viewing pleasure.

2016 Oral Health Summit Highlights

Our many thanks to all who attended the 2016 Texas Oral Health Summit, November 4-5, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin, TX.
What attendees are saying about the 2016 Summit:

Dr. Maples was superb. A charming mix of Tony Robbins and Suze Orman.

Edie Gibson's presentation underscored with her sincere desire to make a positive difference challenged me to be more responsive to substance abusers.

I really enjoyed the speakers, especially Dr. Maples. Very [high] quality with great information. I appreciated the healthy food options.

2016 Oral Health Champion Award

In gratitude for your generous support, service and dedication
we award
Erik K. Harrington, DDS, PhD
Oral Health Industries

2016 Oral Health Champions

Summit and Course Evaluations Deadline
A quick reminder to complete your online Summit and Course Evaluations by November 30, 2016, so you may receive your continuing education credit and/or certificate of attendance. 
Please access your online evaluations here:

Thursday Evening Opening Reception 
and Poster Presentation Event

Our many thanks to all who participated in the poster presentations event during the 2016 Texas Oral Health Summit. We are pleased to recognize the top three 2016 Poster Presentations:

1st Place: Magda de la Torre, RDH, MPH, "Evaluating the Oral Health Status of Hispanic Children in a School-based Prevention Program Previously Enrolled in Head Start"

2nd Place: Faizan Kabani, RDH, MHA, MBA, PhD Candidate, "Special Care for Special Needs: Caring for the Dental Patient with Spina Bifida"

3rd Place: Elaine Vivens, "Oral Health Education for Community Professionals"

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
Midwest dental

TxOHC Partners with Morningside Ministries 

TxOHC was pleased to partner with, a web-based program to provide quality, consistent caregiver training, in the creation and distribution of an oral health care video. Since its inception in 2007, has produced over 300 web-based caregiver training videos and has grown from a local service for Morningside employees to providing much needed training to caregivers around the world. 

Daily mouth care should not stop because a person has missing teeth, in fact, taking care of dentures in the mouth is just as important as brushing natural teeth on a daily basis. This video covers:

  • The Importance of Oral Health
  • Denture Care Protocol
  • Infection Control
  • Identifying Visible Mouth or Denture Problems
  • Supplies and Steps to Denture Care and Cleaning. 

While this video is being presented to CNA's in a health care facility - this information is relevant to anyone responsible for the oral care of another.

 2016-2017 TxOHC Board of Directors

Congratulations and welcome to the recently elected Board of Directors.

Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA
Chair Elect
Christina Murphey, RN, PhD
Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA, CDPMA
Johanna DeYoung, BSN, DDS, MPH
Immediate Past Chair
Erik Harrington, DDS, PhD
Ex-Officio (DSHS OHP)
Rhonda Stokley, DDS
Gary Badger, DDS MS
David Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD
Nancy V. Cline, RDH, MPH
Kila Johnson, DDS
Donna Morris, RDH, MEd
Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA


TxOHC "Matching Challenge"
We are only $2,675 shy from meeting our year-end goal,
so please donate today!

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

November is National Family Caregivers Month!

A family caregiver is a partner, friend, family member or neighbor that assists a physically or mentally impaired individual. Caring for someone’s mouth is one of many daily challenges that caregivers face.  Oral Health America is committed providing education and resources to older adults and caregivers to help them maintain their smiles across the lifespan. Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month by visiting the Oral Health America's "Campaign for Older Adults & Caregivers" page to find resources for maintaining a healthy aging mouth.

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

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