Volume IV, Issue:5
July 1, 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

Have a Safe and Happy
Fourth of July!

Grant Awarded to Texas Health Institute and 
Texas Oral Health Coalition

Texas Health Institute (THI) in collaboration with the Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) was awarded a $190,000 grant from the Dentaquest Foundation to advance the oral health movement in Texas. Through this grant, THI’s Ankit Sanghavi, Director, Community & Oral Health Research, Policy, and Advocacy, and Beth Stewart, Texas Oral Health Coalition’s Executive Director, envision developing and supporting a sustained strategic movement that will increase oral health public and health equity through capacity and coordination of oral health and related organizations in Texas, emphasizing sustainability and accountability. THI, as the statewide public health entity, and TxOHC, as the primary oral health network in Texas, will combine their expertise, networks, and infrastructure to convene, guide and support this movement.

 -- Excerpt from THI's June 2016 newsletter

New Report Provides Framework for Integrating Oral Health Services into Primary Care for Children and Adolescents

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services program grantees have developed a framework for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to integrate comprehensive oral health services into primary care for children and adolescents. 

"This framework offers ideas for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to consider when integrating sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care. Implementing these ideas can improve the quality of care and ultimately the oral health and overall health and well-being of school-age children and adolescents."  Learn more about the framework at and read the complete pdf report here

State Innovations: Oral Health Integration in
Statewide Delivery System and Payment Reform

From the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., June 22, 2016.

As state Medicaid programs move toward value-based payment, states interested in improving adult oral health care access and outcomes are testing creative strategies to integrate dental care into primary care delivery. For example, through State Innovation Model (SIM) grants from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, many states have explored oral health integration in statewide delivery system and payment reform efforts. States without SIM grants are also identifying ways to incorporate dental services into primary care models.

This webinar, made by possible by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, explores the range of approaches to oral health integration that states are considering in the areas of: (1) Medicaid benefit design and expansion; (2) practice-level oral health reforms; and (3) statewide delivery reform models. It draws from a recent CHCS brief, Oral Health Integration in Statewide Delivery System and Payment Reform, and features innovations from two states, including the development of primary care integration models in Virginia and the incorporation of oral health into Oregon’s coordinated care organizations.

CHCS Archived Webinar

Virginia Oral Health Integration Toolkit

New National Data Provides Snapshot of Health in Texas 

Two new reports have been released providing data on health and other measures nationally and by state.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2016 Kids Count Data Book which gives Texas an overall ranking of 43 out of 50 states. The data shows that 11% of Texas children are without health insurance, improving from 18% in 2008, but 25% of children live in poverty a statistic worsening since 2008's 23%

View the infographic below to see the Texas statistics and visit for more information.

The ADA's Health Policy Institute issued a report entitled, Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States that summarizes 2015 data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization among adults. This report includes state-specific data. The Texas findings show that 61% of Texans cite cost as the reason they don't visit the dentist more frequently and 1 in 4 low income adults say their mouth and teeth are in poor condition. 

Moving Forward:
Vermont Authorizes Dental Therapists
and Michigan Introduces Legislation

As of June 20, 2016 Vermont has become  the fourth state in the U.S. to allow dental therapists to treat patients. Vermont joins the ranks of Alaska, Minnesota and Maine, as well as tribes in Washington and Oregon in officially recognizing midlevel providers as part of a comprehensive team approach to oral health.

In Michigan, S
tate Senator Mike Shirkey (R), chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee, sponsored S.B. 1013 to create the dental therapist, a midlevel dental provider, similar to a physician assistant, who can perform the most commonly needed services, such as filling cavities. According to PEW Charitable Trusts, "dental therapists can benefit patients who otherwise may not have access to care and give dentists flexibility to expand their practices. Dentists are unevenly distributed across Michigan, so millions of residents have difficulty accessing care, especially those in rural areas, low-income families, seniors, pregnant women, and children on Medicaid." 

Learn more about Access to Care in both Vermont and Michigan below:
Michigan Moves to Improve Access to Dental Care, PEW Charitable Trusts
Organized Dentistry Loses Big in Another State as Propaganda Stops Working, Huffington Post Blog

 TxOHC Houston Oral Health Coalition
Announces Officers for 2016-2017

TxOHC wishes to congratulate the new officers for the Houston Oral Health Coalition and continue successful collaborations to improve the oral health for all Texans.
Teresita Ladrillo  DMD, MPH  – Chair
Ana Neumann  DDS, PhD – Vice Chair
Heather Dent DDS – Secretary/Treasurer

Previous chairperson, Angela Barnes-Filzen, DDS, recently accepted the position as the Mississippi State Dental Director. Our congratulations and best wishes extend to Dr. Filzen as well.

Partners Creating Total Wellness in Texas

Please make plans to join us November 4-5, 2016 for the annual Texas Oral Health Summit at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin.  If you are interested in participating as a poster presenter or nominating an outstanding individual or organization for the Texas Oral Health Champion award, please find the applications linked below. 

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 send in your completed application soon to secure your place and an opportunity to win a monetary award.  

Nominations Requested for the 2016
Texas Oral Health Champion

The Texas Oral Health Coalition's Board of Directors are now accepting nominations for outstanding individuals and/or organizations who are dedicated to improving oral health in Texas. 

This is an excellent opportunity to show someone how much their work is appreciated. Award winners will be honored during the annual meeting at the Oral Health Summit, Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin.

All nominations must be submitted by: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

General Information/Instructions
  1. Please nominate only one individual or organization. Awards are designed to recognize contributions that far exceed that of the normal course of duty. 
  2. No endorsement letters may be attached to nomination.
  3. Please complete the online Oral Health Champion nomination form here.
November 4-5, 2016

Texas Oral Health Summit

Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin
Online Registration opens September 1, 2016

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. If every member donated $100 in lieu of member dues, we could meet 100% of this required matching challenge by December 31, 2016.

If this amount seems excessive, any amount given demonstrates your commitment and support essential for our ability to meet the needs of Texas Dental Health Initiatives.

Donations for the “Matching Challenge” may be made via PayPal at, or please make checks payable to TxOHC Matching Challenge and mail to:

4614 Bowie Dr.
Midland, TX   79707
NEW Member Benefit

TxOHC is pleased to add a new tangible benefit for all coalition members.

We are excited to announce that TxOHC has entered into a Collaborative Stakeholder Initiative with Midwest Dental. TxOHC members will 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 to be given away during the 2016 Oral Health Summit.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.
Midwest dental
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