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 a statewide partnership.
   Volume: 1, Issue: 11                                 www.txohc.org                       November 5, 2013Top
In This Issue

Summit Schedule Change


Congratulations Corner


Call for Poster Presentations


Improve the Health of Your Community


U.S. HHSC announces funding to expand workforce


Nominees for 2014 TxOHC Board of Directors


National Cargivers Month

In order to bring you quality speakers, TxOHC is currently seeking sponsorship from corporations, organizations, groups or individuals for the 2013 Oral Health Summit.  

Please see the attached  Sponsor Prospectus to see the benefits offered for speaker or summit sponsorship. 
TxOHC is a nonprofit 501 c 3 making your contribution tax deductible.   Contact Beth Stewart for more details.

A new website dedicated to community water fluoridation in Texas.  Find out your county information here.
Two Minutes for 
Oral Health  
Visit Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives to find fun tips and cartoons for encouraging kids to take care of their teeth.  

2013 Oral Health Summit
Linking Interprofessionals Together To Achieve Optimal Health

November 22-23, 2013
Austin, TX


  • Elder Dental Care
  • Oral Health Literacy
  • Medical/Dental Collaboration
Committee members will be meeting in person Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

TxOHC is proud to join the American Academy of Pediatrics national Campaign for Dental Health

National Oral Health Conference
April 28-30, 2014 
 Fort Worth, Texas
Watch here for further details 
over the next few months!

2013 Texas  Oral Health  Summit

Extended Deadlines for the following:
  • Early Registration Deadline Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • Hotel Room Block Deadline Friday,  November 8, 2013 -  Please call 
    Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
  • Table Clinic/Poster Presentation Deadline, Friday, November 8, 2013


New member applications are due by November 8, 2013.  You must be a confirmed member to qualify for summit registration member pricing. Existing members do not need to renew their membership each year.


Summit Schedule Change:

Friday, November 22, 2013
10:00 - 11:00 am - Due to a change in her employment, Michelle Peck, MPH, APRN, BC had to cancel presentation, "Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and the Interprofessional Team." 

TxOHC is pleased to announce 
Janice Quertermous, OSS - MEPD Policy Analyst will be presenting a course regarding "HHSC's Incurred Medical Expenses Process & Procedures:  Ensuring Medicaid Recipients in Nursing Facilities Receive Medically Necessary Dental Care" Friday, November 22, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Ms. Quertermous is currently a Policy Analyst with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Social Services and has worked in the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities program since 1999.  
 Congratulations Corner

The Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. (TxOHC) would like to congratulate Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA, CDPMA, CRFDA for being awarded the highest award bestowed by the American Dental Assistants Association, the "ADAA Presidents Award of Excellence," during the ADA convention in New Orleans October 31, 2013.

Professor Dickinson personifies excellence for serving as the Dental Assisting Program Director for the last 33 years at El Paso Community College, the only Associate level dental assisting degree program in the state of Texas.  
Ms. Dickinson currently serves a two year term as TxOHC Vice Chairman and is the Chairperson of the 2013 Summit Planning Committee while maintaining her personal lecture and consulting business.
Congratulations again to our friend and colleague on her recognition of this prestigious award. 
  Call for Poster Presentations and Table Top Clinics

Awards to the Top 3 Winners

Application Deadline November 8, 2013


TxOHC is currently accepting applications for poster presentations or Table Top Clinics from students, educators, practitioners, or anyone interested in sharing their research.  


The Scientific Program Committee will consider the following categories for Table Top Clinic and Poster Presentations: 

  • Science and/or clinical research
  • Clinical applications, techniques or tips
  • Laboratory applications, techniques or tips


 Examples might be presentations on oral-systemic health; medical/dental practice issues, current research, health practice innovations and role development.

  • Please see the Guidelines for additional information.  
  • No abstract is required.
  • Monetary Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top three presentations selected by the TxOHC Scientific Program Committee.  

Secure your place by completing the application form today.  If you should have any questions, please contact Beth Stewart at B.Stewart@txohc.org    


Interested in Improving the 
Health of Your Community?

Attend the summit Saturday, November 23, 2013 and hear Karlene Ketola, MHSA, CAE, Executive Director of the  Michigan Oral Health Coalition and Maureen Kirkwood, Director of Health Initiatives, First Steps Kent  discuss how to advance local leaders for national impact.

This presentation will guide attendees through the coalition-building process and how to foster networks of innovation, advocacy and leadership from the state to local oral health coalitions. 

Matthew Bond, Grants and Programs Associate for DentaQuest Foundation will also be present to address current funding streams for coalitions. 



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announces new funding opportunities to support the primary care workforce


Funds will support resident training and state primary care efforts


To help expand and support the nation's supply of primary care practitioners, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of funds for two programs that receive funding under the Affordable Care Act.


The Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Program, created by the Affordable Care Act,  increases primary care medical and dental residency training in health centers and other settings by funding residents' medical education expenses. The program seeks to increase the primary care workforce as well as improve its distribution into communities that need them most, as there is good evidence that providers who receive training in community and underserved settings tend to practice in these settings. Community-based ambulatory care centers that operate an accredited primary care residency program are eligible to become Teaching Health Centers. The Affordable Care Act made $230 million available for this program over five years.


"The Teaching Health Center  program currently supports more than 300 residents for academic year 2013-2014," said Secretary Sebelius. "This new funding opportunity will build on  its progress and help support additional residents to increase our nation's supply of essential primary care providers."


The Primary Care Services Resource Coordination and Development Program supports State Primary Care Offices to coordinate activities related to the delivery of primary care services and recruitment and retention of critical health care providers. Approximately $11 million - $2 million of which is provided by the Affordable Care Act - will support these State efforts.


"The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) partnerships with states are instrumental to increasing access to high quality health care," said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of HRSA, which oversees both programs. "Together, we are working to support primary care providers in the communities where they are needed the most."


For application information for both funding opportunities, visit Grants.gov.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, go to Healthcare.gov.


TxOHC Announces Nominees for 

2014  Board of Directors


From:   Nominating Committee  

              Nancy V. Cline, RDH, MPH

              Cathy Blunck, RDH

              Whitney Payne, DDS, MPH


Re:  Nominating Committee Report 2013-2014


The Texas Oral Health Coalition Nominating Committee has selected the candidates listed below for nomination to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors.  The Board shall be composed of the elected Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer who serve terms of two

 years and six (6) Directors who serve terms of one year.  The Immediate Past Chairperson shall serve as an

unelected ex-officio member of the Board for one term of two years.  Per our Bylaws, a minimum of three Board members shall be dentists or dental hygienists.


Members will have the opportunity to nominate candidates from the floor at the annual general membership meeting , Friday,November 22, 2013. 


The Nominating Committee presents the following candidates:


Officers:  (automatic/all beginning the second year of their term)

Chairperson:  Beth Stewart, RDH

Vice Chairperson:  Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA

Secretary:  Angela Barnes, DDS

Treasurer:  Shirley Miranda, BDS



Cathy Blunck, RDH

Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH

Sarah Dirks, DDS

Michelle Landrum, RDH, MEd

Christina Murphey, RN, PhD

Daniel Snare, CEO


Ex-Officio Member:   (automatic)

Immediate Past Chair:  Rex Law, DDS 


National Caregivers Month
TxOHC is pleased to announce a special website that helps connect older adults and their caregivers to local care and education about the oral health issues they face, the importance of continuing prevention as we age, and the overall impact of oral health on overall health. We encourage you to visit www.toothwisdom.org/texas 
for more information and to take advantage of the oral health resources to improve the health of an older adult in your life. 
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