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Volume: VII, Issue: 4
April 18, 2019


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

To view the 2019 TOHC schedule, please visit http://www.texasoralhealthconference.com/schedule.html

Applications for Sponsors and Exhibitors Welcomed!

Please visit  http://www.texasoralhealthconference.com/sponsorship to determine your sponsorship level and/or secure your exhibitor's table today.

SAVE THE DATE
for the
2019 Texas Oral Health Conference


July 24-26, 2019
JJ Pickle Commons Learning Center | Austin, TX


Location and Directions 

Texas Oral Health Conference Room Block

Hyatt House Austin Arboretum 
10001 N. Capital of TX Highway Austin, TX 78759
Step 1: Enter dates for your hotel stay
Step 2: Confirm the room block code G-TOHC

Continuing education credit for multiple
disciplines will be provided for this event.

Congratulations


Congratulations to TxOHC Board members Annaliese Cothron, MS and Dr. Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MBA for being elected Chair and Secretary respectively of the Texas Public Health Association's Oral Health Section during their annual meeting.  

The Texas Public Health Journal recently released their Spring Issue (TPHJ Volume 71 Issue 2) in celebration of National Public Health Week the first week of April. We are excited to acknowledge the many contributions from our members found in this informative and useful professional journal. 

We are pleased to recognize member authors, Dr. Sherdeana Owens, Dr. Christina Murphey, Sangeetha Gajendran Sarah, Dr. Maryam Tabrizi, Dr. Josefine Wolfe, Christina Horton, Carrie Hobbs, Regina Weems and our TALON (Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico) oral health associates from neighboring states.

Thank you all for advocating for oral health to improve underserved populations in your communities and state.
 

Recently Released Policy Statements
on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages


The ASTDD Dental Public Health Resources Committee is pleased to announce the posting of a new ASTDD Policy Statement on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages.  This Policy Statement adopted in April 2019 states:
"ASTDD supports the development of policies that result in limiting the availability of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and encouraging increased consumption of beverages with low or no added sugar content. State and territorial oral health programs, in collaboration with oral health professionals, coalitions and established public health, medical and dental related organizations, should participate in education and efforts to make a strong and cohesive case for policies and practices that limit SSB intake."
The American Academy of Pediatrics similarly came out with a policy statement in April on the reduction sugary drink consumption titledPublic Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents. AAP's statement includes four policies with state and national support for:
  • the consideration of approaches that increase the price of sugary drinks,
  • efforts to decrease sugary drink marketing to children and adolescents,
  • federal nutrition assistance programs discouraging consumption of sugary drinks; and
  • access to credible nutrition information for families.

New ASTDD Best Practice Approach Report on the Role of the Oral Health Workforce in Access to Care


The new ASTDD Best Practice Approach Report, The Role of Oral Health Workforce in Access to Care is now available on the Best Practice Approach Reports webpage.

Oral health is an integral, but often disregarded element of overall health and quality of life. One of the key elements in obtaining optimal oral health is access to oral health services. This report provides an overview of two components of access directly influenced by workforce development initiatives: accessibility and availability. 

-- Excerpt from Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Weekly Digest 

86th Texas Legislature
Oral Health Related Bill Watch

April 18, 2019

SB 556 - Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to adults with disabilities. Referred to Health and Human Services on 2/21/2019.  
HB 1647 - Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to adults with disabilities.  Pending in the Health and Human Services committee after the public hearing on 3/12/2019.

SB 1263 -  Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to certain Medicaid recipients. Referred to Health and Human Services on 3/7/19. No companion bill filed.​ 

SB 510 - Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.  Referred to Health and Human Services on 2/14/2019.
HB 2275 - Relating to the regulation of the practice of dental hygiene.  Pending in Public Health subcommittee after a public hearing on 4/4/19.

SB 792 - Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Pending in the Health and Human Services committee after a public hearing on 4/16/19.
HB 1756 - Relating to the practice of dentistry and the provision of teledentistry dental services.  Referred to Public Health subcommittee by the chair on 3/13/2019.

SB 630 Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Pending in the Higher Education committee after hearing on 3/10/19.
HB 80 - Relating to a study and report regarding shortages in certain health professions.  Bill passed by the House as amended 4/17/19.
 

SB 1030 - Relating to the duty of a water supply system to provide certain information to consumers regarding fluoride in drinking water.  Referred to Water & Rural Affairs on 3/7/2019. No companion bill filed.
 

HB 3552 - Relating to certain notice requirements regarding fluoridation of a water supply system.  No companion bill filed.  Placed on General State Calendar for 4/24/19.
 

HB 1862 - Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Referred to Insurance on 3/5/19. 
SB 1550 - Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Referred to Business and Commerce 3/14/19.
HB2486 - Relating to certain required disclosures and prohibited practices of certain employee benefit plans and health insurance policies that provide benefits for dental care services. Placed on General State Calendar for 4/24/19.
 

SB 1635 - Relating to medical and dental clinical education in public and nonprofit hospitals. Referred to Higher Education 3/14/19.

Texas Legislature Online

 

New Campaign for Dental Health
How Fluoride Works Posters


The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) is excited to announce that the How Fluoridation Works poster and graphic have been updated with new images and are available in both Spanish and English!  And now a new format is available that allows for printing of full-size, 18x24 posters! These resources compliment the How Fluoride Works video that is also available through the CDH website. How Community Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay and  Cómo la Fluoración de la agua de Comunitaria Previene Caries Dental are now available for you to use and share.

New National Maternal and Child Oral Health
Resource Center Publication


The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the availability of a new publication.

Oral Health Resource Bulletin: Volume 42 features materials on data and surveillance, policy, professional education and practice, professional-client tools, program development, public awareness and education, and systems integration. Examples of materials include an infographic sharing oral health professionals’ attitudes about providing oral health care to pregnant women; a report about improving access to oral health services for individuals with developmental disabilities; a video showing how child care consultants can promote children’s oral health; and tobacco-cessation resources for oral health professionals. 
 
The resource bulletin series is available at http://mchoralhealth.org/materials/resource-bulletins.php, and the latest volume is featured now on our home page, mchoralhealth.org.

-- National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
 

Midwest Collaborative Stakeholder Agreement


Midwest Dental Equipment and Supply will be giving away one Premier AeroPro™ Cordless Prophy Handpiece to a participant in the Midwest Stakeholder Initiative.  The drawing will be held at the TxOHC annual meeting Thursday, July 25, 2019 during the Networking Reception of the 2019 Texas Oral Health Conference. 

To determine your eligibility please contact Midwest.
Midwest Stakeholder Initative Flyer

Member must be present to win, so register now for the Texas Oral Health Conference. 

The AeroPro™ Cordless Prophy Handpiece 
  • Total mobility with no cord drag or rheostat
  • Works with most disposable prophy angles
  • Long-lasting battery gets you through the day
  • Lightweight design

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Register with Goodshop then head on over to the pick a cause page and select Texas Oral Health Coalition (or visit the TxOHC page directly).  Once you've signed up for a nonprofit and chosen the stores you love to shop at, sit back and receive the latest coupons and offers at thousands of top retailers like Amazon, Macy’s, Target and Best Buy. You can also donate while you search using https://www.goodsearch.com/ powered with the yahoo search engine.


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When shopping you can choose the Texas Oral Health Coalition to support with all of your purchases!
 
Many Thanks To Our Coalition Sponsors!




            



  
 
          
     
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