Volume IV, Issue:2
March 8, 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


 2016 Oral Health Policy
Workshop Wordmap

2016 Texas Oral Health Policy Workshop

A diverse network of stakeholders recently convened at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin for a roadmap-building workshop to improve oral health in Texas.  Attendees spent the first part of the day getting grounded sharing progress made since the Coalition’s priority setting session in 2012 and identifying remaining challenges.  

During the 2012 Texas Oral Health Policy Session, attendees identified the following five priority areas.
  1. Fluoridate all Community Water Systems
  2. Support the Development of the Dental Home through Professional Education
  3. Improve Oral Health Literacy across Texas
  4. Create a Statewide Oral Health Surveillance System to Collect Oral Health Data across the Lifespan
  5. Integrate Oral Health into all Elder-Care Services and Facilities
Annaliese Cothron, MS, Biostatistician from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, provided a brief presentation on Oral Health Workforce Distribution and the Potential Impact.

In looking ahead, Matt Bond, Grants and Programs Manager for the DentaQuest Foundation (DQF), discussed how our work in Texas aligns with a very powerful and burgeoning national movement for systems change called Oral Health 2020. Participants then grouped according to their work or passion to identify other stakeholders and develop a set of strategies and/or activities to advance the network and address the OH2020 targets and remaining challenges.   

Our special thanks to all of the participants and presenters, Matt Bond from DQF and Marianne Hughes, the founding executive director from the Interaction Institute for Social Change, for serving as facilitator for this special workshop.

To close the day, attendees gave their impressions of the workshop in one word and the results from that sharing resulted in the wordmap above.  

Participants stated they were excited about the content, networking, and engagement at the 2016 Texas Oral Health Policy Workshop and wish to continue the momentum. You may find the presentation slides posted on our website at and the Getting Grounded in the 2012 Priorities and Moving Texas Forward worksheets will be available here as well soon. Meeting planning is under development for work groups to meet either in person or via video conferencing to work on activities identified.  Stay tuned for additional information and meeting dates.

In order to maintain this momentum moving forward, one participant pledged $24,000 that requires matching funds. If every member donated $100 in lieu of member dues, we could meet 100% of this required matching challenge.  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   79703

Please remember to save the date and make plans now to attend the 2016 Oral Health Summit and participate in Creating Total Wellness in Texas!    
Save the Date!
Texas Oral Health Summit
Friday, November 4-5, 2016
Wyndham Garden Hotel Austin

Oral Health Services Survey

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of the Texas Oral Health Metrics Workgroup, we are requesting a response from your program regarding data collection. I understand we all have hectic schedules, but if you could please find a moment or two to respond to the survey below, your help would be greatly appreciated. The information you provide is very valuable and directly influences data collection processes across our state. We are asking organizations to please respond no later than March 11, 2016.
I am asking that one person per oral health program respond to this survey. There may be multiple programs operating under the same organization and I would ask that one representative per program fill out this survey to maximize outreach efforts. I understand that some of you receiving this email may not be directly involved in operating an oral health program, but are in the position to disseminate this survey to colleagues who do operate programs. If this is the case, I would like to request that you please share this survey with oral health program directors, organizations, leaders, and advocates who provide any type of oral health service in Texas.

 To access this survey, please click on the link below. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. I sincerely appreciate your time and attention to having your program count among the dedicated oral health outreach efforts in Texas. If you have already responded, thank you for participating in this survey. I appreciate your support. Thank you.

Best Regards,
David P. Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD

2016 National Oral Health Conference

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Pre-Conference: April 16-17, 2016
Conference: April 18-20, 2016

Early Bird Registration Ends11:59 PM CST March 11, 2016!

Texas Perinatal Oral Health Project
Funding provided (in part) by a 2015 grant from the ADA Foundation.

TxOHC is pleased to start dissemination of oral health education materials aimed at low-income perinatal women with a primary focus on teen pregnancy programs in Title I schools and perinatal populations in community health clinics across Texas.

The Maternal Child Oral health Work Group developed a tailored education curriculum to use oral health messages printed on baby clothing to reinforce three specific oral health behaviors, a healthy oral health diet, oral hygiene, and dental attendance.

Work group volunteers will provide a brief oral health education presentation, sign pregnant mothers up to participate in the program and distribute the gift bags. Participants of the program receive a set of three onesies for their baby and agree to complete a texted survey when their child is two years of age to measure the success of this project.

Each onesie has a specific oral health message directed at age-specific oral health behaviors corresponding to the size of the onesie (6 months, 12 months, and 18 months). Postcards relating to each size and message contain oral health education and pictures demonstrating this information, as well as, a one-page educational piece that includes all three oral health behaviors we are looking to enforce in the home.

Students from the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi help prepare gift bags for low-income pregnant women for distribution in San Marcos, Corpus Christi and Houston.

CMS Webinar, March 23, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to the webinar:
Taking Action to Improve Children’s Oral Health in Medicaid: Lessons from States
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 PM CDT
To register, please click on this link: Register Now!
As state Medicaid agencies, oral health programs, and their partners work to improve the oral health of children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid, a variety of strategic approaches, tools, and other resources can support achievement of their goals. Through this CMS webinar, participants will learn about federal guidance and other activities available to help improve oral health care access and outcomes for low-income children; and strategic, stepwise approaches that show promise for achieving meaningful progress and are currently underway in a number of states. The experiences of states implementing State Oral Health Action Plans (SOHAPs) in pursuit of CMS’s national oral health improvement goals for children will be featured, including strategies around increasing the comprehensiveness and accuracy of oral health care data reporting; provider engagement and training; and expanding the reach of managed dental care.
Through participation in this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about CMS’s plans to extend the Oral Health Initiative (OHI) through 2018 and what the initiative will entail over the ensuing time period;
  • Become informed about the change in the OHI goal related to dental sealants, and understand CMS’s expectation around the preventive dental service utilization goal;
  • Learn about key considerations around developing a strategic plan to improve children’s oral health in Medicaid/CHIP; and
  • Gain insights into how states participating in the OHI Learning Collaborative planned for and began implementing strategic approaches to children’s oral health improvement, with lessons for other states’ own oral health improvement efforts.
Who should attend:
  • State Medicaid and CHIP staff: Dental directors and dental program managers, medical directors, quality improvement directors, and other state agency staff engaged in children’s oral health.
  • State data system partners: Staff and contractors involved in extracting oral health data for reporting to CMS.
  • Medicaid health and dental plans: Dental directors, medical directors, quality improvement directors, and other health and dental plan staff engaged in quality improvement or children’s oral health.

Beyond Translation: How to Reach Latino Communities with Effective Communications

Thursday, April 7, 2016
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

The Campaign for Dental Health is pleased to host this free webinar with presenters Laura Flores Cantrell, JD and Cynarah Ellawala. People of all cultures want to be engaged with compelling and culturally-relevant campaigns. This webinar will cover strategies for reaching Latino audiences by highlighting learnings from oral health and water fluoridation efforts. From understanding the audience and creating messages that resonate, to utilizing the right mediums, the webinar will walk through the key steps to improving your communications and engagement with Latino audiences.

Laura Flores Cantrell, JD currently serves as a Senior Program Officer at the Washington Dental Service Foundation. She is also the Director of Policy at the University of Washington Latino Center for Health Research, Policy, and Practice.

Cynarah Ellawala is a Principal at the Latina Creative Agency, an integrated marketing and public relations agency using all available mediums to engage with the Hispanic Market. She has over 15 years of experience working in traditional and digital marketing.

CDHP Launches New Website

The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) launched  a resource center for policymakers, health professionals and child advocates on February 4. 2016.

Their launch came on the tail end of our new survey revealing that U.S. adults lack the knowledge to prevent and end tooth decay.  Learn more about the survey here.

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
November 4-5, 2016

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