Texas Oral Health Coalition
It shall be the mission of the Texas Oral Health Coalition to promote oral health across the lifespan. The purpose of the coalition is to promote optimal oral health for all Texans through statewide partnerships.
   Volume: 1, Issue: 1                                 www.txohc.org                      Top     February 11, 2013
In This Issue


Pew Dental Sealant State Report Card 


Health Care Trade Groups Lend Support to Medicaid  Expansion
SBDE New Rule
APHA Oral Health Abstract Deadline Extended
Texas Legislator Reintroduces Soda Tax Bill 
New Website to Help Battle Childhood Obesity
Health Care Reform Implementation Status and Developments

2013 Oral Health Summit

November 22-23, 2013

Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin
Welcome, Article1
In an effort to increase member communications, 
TxOHC will be publishing an e-brief every 2-4 weeks to keep you updated on coalition activites and informed on current issues and events.  
TxOHC serves to function as a clearinghouse for gathering information and disseminating it to the public to bring awareness regarding oral health issues for our state's population.
You are encouraged to visit our website at www.txohc.org for additional information as we continue to update and expand the coalition's web presence. To help diversify our social network, please Like Us on FaceBook, LinkedIn and follow our Tweets to receive notice of breaking news as we strive to become the oral health resource in Texas.

The coalition is pleased to announce the recently elected Board of Directors and we wish to welcome new officers:  Beth Stewart, RDH as Chairperson from Midland; Vice Chair Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA, CDPMA dental assistant program director from El Paso Community College; Secretary Dr. Angela Barnes, DDS and Dental Director of Good Neighbor Healthcare in Houston; and Treasurer Dr. Shirley Miranda, BDS, CAGS, MScD, a pediatric dentist and assistant professor at Baylor School of Dentistry.  Elected Directors are:  Dr. Sarah Dirks, DDS who practices geriatric dentistry in San Antonio; Daniel Snare is CEO of Bering Omega in Houston; Michelle Landrum, BS, RDH and M.Ed candidate is the Early Head Start and Head Start Oral Health Program Coordinator for San Antonio Metro Health;  H. Whitney Payne, Jr., DDS, MPH has a general and geriatric practice in Keller; and Cathy Blunck, RDH and Orapharma representative resides in Buda.  Ex-Officio Board members are Blanco resident Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH appointed by the Texas Dental Hygienists' Association as TxOHC Board liaison; and Immediate Past Chair, Rex Law, DDS from Pittsburg.  Please visit our website to find out more about each of our Board members.  


All members are invited to send relevant regional/local
news or meetings to be posted and to share this e-brief with others in hopes of broadening our network and engaging stakeholders.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy this first issue.  
Beth Stewart
TxOHC Chairperson
Pew Releases Dental Sealant State Report CardsArticle1
According to Pew Center on the States, "most states are not doing enough to use a proven strategy for preventing tooth decay, unnecessarily driving up health care costs for families and taxpayers." 


Texas earns a "D" for protecting kids from tooth decay.  To see the full report, "Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants" go to   http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/falling-short-85899434875
Health Care Trade Groups Lend Their Support to Medicaid ExpansionArticle2
by Becca Aaronson
TSBDE - New Rule On Use of Abbreviations By Dentists 

The SBDE decided this and the other new advertising rules will become effective on 05/01/13. However, they will not begin enforcement of the new rules until 09/01/13.

Dental Compliance Specialists will be hosting a webinar in March to go over the new rules so please stay tuned!

New Rules by The State Board of Dental Examiner to be published by Texas Register 2/15/2013

Texas Register
RULE �108.56 Certifications, Degrees, Fellowships, Memberships and Other Credentials
ISSUE 02/15/2013
ACTION Final/Adopted
Preamble Texas Admin Code Rule
(a)Dentists may advertise credentials earned in dentistry so long as they avoid any communications that express or imply specialization in a recognized specialty, or specialization in an area of dentistry that is not recognized as a specialty, or attainment of an earned academic degree. (b) A listing of credentials shall be separate and clearly distinguishable from the dentist's designation as a dentist. A listing of credentials may not occupy the same line as the dentist's name and designation as a dentist. Any use of abbreviations to designate credentials shall be accompanied by a definition of the acronym immediately following the credential.
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(c)The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not be required in materials not intended for business promotion or public dissemination, such as peer-to-peer communications.
This agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.
Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on February 4, 2013
Glenn Parker
Executive Director
State Board of Dental Examiners
Effective date: May 1, 2013
Proposal publication date: December 7, 2012
For further information, please call: (512) 475-0977
APHA Oral Health Abstract Deadline ExtendedArticle3

The deadline for abstract submission to the Oral Health Section is extended to Tuesday, February 12th, 2013.

The APHA Oral Health Section invites the submission of abstracts for individual paper presentations and poster sessions for the 2013 Annual Meeting. The 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition will be held from November 2-6, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of this meeting is Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World. Abstracts related to the annual theme are welcomed, also abstracts pertinent to the following current topics in dental public health:
  • Affordable Care Act and Oral Health
  • Dental Workforce Issues and Infrastructure
  • Effective Preventive and Oral Health Promotion Programs: Community Water Fluoridation and other Community Approaches
  • Epidemiology of Oral Diseases and Disparities
  • Global Health and Oral Health
  • Health Communications, Oral Health Literacy and Social Media
  • HIV, AIDS and Oral Health (Organized Jointly with HIV/AIDS Section)
  • Integrated Medical, Oral Health and Vision Care Delivery Models (Organized Jointly with Vision Care Section)
  • Maternal, Child Health and Oral Health (Organized Jointly with Maternal and Child Section)
  • Oral Health Needs among Special Populations
To submit an abstract online, get more information on present policies and requirements, and more general meeting information, please visit: meetings.
Texas Legislator Reintroduces Soda Tax BillArticle4

From RWJF Publications...

Texas Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio, reintroduced legislation last week that would implement a penny-per-ounce tax on certain sugar-sweetened beverages and ingredients. If enacted, 80 percent of the revenue raised would go to the Texas Education Agency to be put towards building physical education facilities, hiring more physical education teachers, improving the quality and nutrition of food served to students and adding more nutrition and health to curricula. According to the 2012 edition of F as in Fat, nearly 60 percent of Texas children are projected to be obese by 2030; Rep. Farias also cited data from the Texas Health Institute and Methodist Healthcare Ministries that 15 million Texans are projected to obese by 2040 if action is not taken.

Reshaping Texas
Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs, announced a new website called www.ReshapingTexas.org. This site has a great mapping feature and will show viewers information on obesity costs, medical research and health initiatives for your specific area to help battle childhood obesity.
Health Care Reform Implementation Status and Developments
How is the state approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act?
What changes have been enacted in public and private coverage?
What progress has the state made in establishing a Health Insurance Exchange?


Find out about children's health insurance coverage data and policies.

What is the demographic data on insured and uninsured children in the state?


What are the Medicaid/CHIP eligibility levels and summary of state policies and activities to maximize children's coverage?


What is the Political landscape in Texas?

Find out more about key political figures and legislative information at   

KidsWell State Overview.

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