Volume IV, Issue: 10
December 19, 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

Stay Updated in 2017
with Oral Health related
Legislative Highlights
Season's  Greetings

This holiday season, the Texas Oral Health Coalition would like to thank you for your support and many efforts in promoting good oral health for all Texans across the lifespan.

Many thanks to our partners for successful collaborations in 2016 and we look forward to the continuation and expansion of these endeavors next year.

We wish you peace and happiness and a healthy New Year !

-- The Board and Staff of the
Texas Oral Health Coalition

December 2016 Edition of Health Affairs

Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy thought and research has released it's December 2016 edition entitled, "Oral Health and More".

This issue explores the state of oral health. Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil writes that, “the divide between dental care and medical care is vast, has significant consequences for patients, and is entirely of our own making.” 

Visit http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/12.toc to read the journal.

New Report Published on Health Disparities in Texas

The Episcopal Health Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas sponsored a new report entitled, "Economic Impacts of Health Disparities in Texas."

The Episcopal Health Foundation states, "Significant health differences for Blacks and Hispanics in Texas lead to higher health care spending, lost work productivity and a dramatic number of years lost to premature death. That’s just a few of the findings of [this] new study examining the economic burden associated with health disparities across the state." 

Learn the complete findings of this study by reading the full report here.

Call for Images

The Texas Oral Health Coalition has a unique opportunity to partner with the Campaign for Dental Health in the development of a state specific ad to use to promote community water fluoridation (CWF).  

In order to show the ethnic and geographic diversity of Texans and our state, we are asking members to submit images that you have permission to use. Photos may be taken by you or someone you know who is willing to sign the authorization linked below for use. If there are people, especially children, in the photo, we need the model release linked below signed for each person in the photo and returned as well.

You are encouraged to be creative so that anyone seeing this ad will know a) this is in Texas, and b) what region of Texas it reflects.  Look for local events, landmarks, skylines or coastlines that are unique to our state or to your region. Regional images could also include well known community members local people will recognize.

We would like to start this ad campaign with the new year, so please submit your images before the end of 2016. Thank you for your assistance with this endeavor and we look forward to seeing your pictures soon.
AAP Print and Electronic Image Authorization Form
AAP Image Authorization (Model Release)

ROHDEO Landing Page Goes Live

We are pleased to announce the Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes (ROHDEO) landing page is up and running. On this page, you’ll find basic information on the goals and uses of ROHDEO as well as electronic copies of the data entry forms, data entry guides, and the BSS webinar slides. Resources will continue to be added as they are available. Feel free to share the link with your colleagues. As always, if you have any questions or would like more information on ROHDEO data collection, please feel free to reach out to them at any time.
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 Meets "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. We have surpassed this goal thanks to the generous contributions of TxOHC members.

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

TxOHC Career Center
Dentists Needed in Merkel and Midland, Texas

Name of Employer: ResourceCare Community Health Center

Contact Information: Please email resume to hr@resourcecare.org

Website: http://www.resourcecare.org/careers.html

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


November 9-11, 2017

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