Volume V, Issue: 3
April 18, 2017
TxOHC is pleased to share this month's issue brief that includes updates on legislative oral health bills, upcoming webinars, activities by members or partner organizations, the state oral health report card, shopping opportunities to help sustain TxOHC plus much, much more.

Texas Legislature Update

TxOHC is tracking the following oral health related bills during the 85th Legislative Session.  Please visit to monitor recent bill activity. 

Senate Bill 430 (SB 430) which would allow dentists to delegate to properly educated dental hygienists in Texas the administration of local anesthesia passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee with only one "no" vote.  The bill is now on the Lt. Governor's Intent Calendar which means the bill could be heard on the floor of the Senate at any time.

If you are in favor of this bill passing, it would be very helpful if you would contact your Senator this week and ask him/her to vote in favor of this bill.  

If you need talking points or more information about the language of the bill, please contact Nancy Cline (

Susie Angel and Sen. Kolkhorst during the SB 1927 Committee HearingIf you are interested in doing something about the lack of dental services in Medicaid for adults with disabilities, please send an email of support for SB 1927 to members of the Senate Health & Human Services committee and/or your own state senator.  SB 1927, sponsored by Sen. Kolkhorst, has several sections, such as a study on promoting consumer directed services and creating an attendant registry, in addition to the study on dental services.  A committee substitute will be presented, however the changes do not impact either the dental or CDS studies.

To identify your state legislators, please visit this link and type in your address when prompted. 

TxOHC Has Joined Amazon Smile

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

How does AmazonSmile work?
When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization.

Steps to Set Up Your Account
You may now elect to donate 0.5% of your Amazon purchase to TxOHC by shopping on AmazonSmile. 
  1. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. 
  2. Log into your Amazon account,  you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
  3. Choose the Texas Oral Health Coalition as your charity or use this link to go directly to in support of The Texas Oral Health Coalition so you don't have to search for TxOHC among other organizations
  4. Save to your bookmarks to eliminate repeating steps 1-3 each time you wish to shop on Amazon.
  5. Begin Shopping! Most products are eligible on AmazonSmile–if not, you’ll be notified. You can checkout normally as well. No extra cost is passed onto you–Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to TxOHC!

Texas Oral Health Report Card:
Texas Earns a C+

The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) is pleased to release the 2017 State Oral Health Report Card.  The Texas oral health report card uses thirteen key indicators to measure prevention, health status, and coverage. These indicators were chosen based on characteristics including the availability of state and national data, and the ability of the data to increase the awareness of oral health in Texas.  Indicators that are below the US national average may highlight the need for more collaboration and the refocusing of efforts and resources to meet those challenges head on.

We wish to thank the Virginia Oral Health Coalition for providing the research and developing the methodology and template other state coalitions can use. "Virginia is the first state in the nation to issue a statewide oral health report card, and the transparent and collaborative process demonstrates the strong commitment that exists in the state to elevate its oral health goals," said Tanya Dorf Brunner, President of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC). "Virginia has set a high standard in measuring itself that other states will look to when planning their own report cards." 

The utilization of Virginia Oral Health Coalition's methodology and template allowed TxOHC to insert current state data and calculate a letter grade for each indicator plus an overall oral health grade for the state.

Find the full report card here.

Texans in Action

At the Texas Public Health Association’s 93rd Annual Education Conference, March 27-29, 2017, Teresita E. Ladrillo, DMD, MPH, received the one and only “Outstanding Service” award for resurrecting the Oral Health Section of the TPHA. In awarding her this honor, Dr. Melissa Oden, TPHA President, stated “Dr. Ladrillo went above and beyond expectations” for the newly created Oral Health Section.

At last year’s TPHA Meeting, Texas Public Health Association’s 92nd Annual Education Conference, members of the HHD Bureau of Oral Health inquired and agreed to form the leadership of the soon-to-be-launched Oral Health Section. Under the guidance of the TPHA leadership and bylaws, the Oral Health Section was launched with Dr. Ladrillo presiding as the Chair; Claudia V. Amezquita-Lee, RDH, DDS, MPH, private practitioner, as the Secretary; Johanna K. DeYoung, DDS, MPH, as the Chair-elect; and Janet A. Aikins, PhD, MPH, as the Secretary-elect.

Within the course of the past year and with increased involvement and membership of the TPHA Oral Health Section, the Oral Health Section conducted its own break-out section moderated by Dr. Ladrillo.

Our congratulations to Dr. Teresita Ladrillo, DMD, MPH for being recognized by TPHA and honored with the "Outstanding Service " award.

ROHDEO Launch Webinar

The Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes is pleased to invite you to the ROHDEO Launch Webinar. The webinar will convene at 12:00 pm CDT on April 19th to preview the ROHDEO website and provide a tutorial on how to navigate all aspects of the newly launching site- including data submission and query. Public access to the demonstration website will be available on April 24th. The webinar and tutorial will be recorded and archived on the ROHDEO website for future review.

Please contact us at if you have any questions. The ROHDEO team is looking forward to sharing this exciting development with you.
ROHDEO Launch Webinar Meeting Information
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Meeting number (access code): 920 290 951
Meeting password: rohdeo

Texas Oral Health Metric Summit

The ROHDEO Executive Committee would like to invite you to save the date for the upcoming Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit. It will be convened in Austin, TX at the JJ Pickle Commons Learning Center on June 28 & 29, 2017. Mark your calendars!

Moving your school-based sealant program
from good to great

Oral Health America is hosting Moving your school-based sealant program from good to greatCDHP Sealant Workgroup findings and recommendations at Thursday April 27, 2017 @ 2pm CST.
The Children’s Dental Health Project convened an expert panel in the fall of 2015 to develop recommendations and appropriate products to strengthen the operations and sustainability of school sealant programs. This webinar will highlight the recommendations and tools developed by the sealant work group which was just recently released.
Presenters: Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, associate director, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin 
Matt Jacob, director of communications & outreach, Children’s Dental Health Project

Learning Objectives: 
  1.  Identify and address the challenges associated with school sealant programs. 
  2.  Understand how data and policy can impact school sealant programs.
  3.  Identify methods for better communicating with schools and parents/caregivers about school sealant programs. 
Register for the webinar here

Employment Opportunities

Name of Employer: AIDS Services of Austin’s Jack Sansing Dental Clinic

Position: AIDS Services of Austin seeks full time staff dentist for 35 hours per week. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, retirement, long term disability, paid vacation, paid sick time, and at least 10 paid holidays per year. The clinic covers the providers’ individual malpractice insurance, all licensing fees and pays for a minimum of 12 hours of CE per year. There are also opportunities for student loan repayment.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Contact Person: Jeannie Nelson, RDH, BAT, Director of Dental Services AIDS Services of Austin


Texas Oral Health Summit


November 9-11, 2017
Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade

$121/night room block rate

TxOHC Wants to Hear From You
(Texans in Action)

Help us share your grassroot efforts with others. Please submit a brief article with or without pictures about your successes, challenges, projects or programs to advance oral health in Texas, so we may highlight your efforts in future e-briefs. These efforts can be from you as an individual or as part of an organization. There are many successful projects worth replicating, but others need to hear about them from you.

TxOHC offers complimentary event promotion for our organizational partners. Please provide all relevant information to share or forward including registration links. If your organization is not a partner, we invite you to join and reap the many benefits of TxOHC membership.

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
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