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: 12                                 www.txohc.org                       December 6, 2013Top

In This Issue

Summit CE's & Evaluations


Launch of new website


Member Survey


2014 Board of Directors


Congratulations Corner 


CDC Grand Rounds cwf webcast


Tis the season 
to be generous!
Please support increasing oral health care education in Texas by sending your tax free donation to the Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. today.  
TxOHC is a nonprofit 501 c 3 and will issue a tax acknowledgement letter for your donation immediately upon receipt.

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.  
To receive your Summit Course Attendance Verification for CE credit you must complete the online evaluations by
December 31, 2013  
Click here for complete instructions
Click here for Summit Evaluation 
   2013 Sponsors

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!

Thank you 
Attendees, Speakers and Sponsors
2013 Texas Oral Health Summit!!!

The evaluations are coming in and attendees are reporting it was "the best summit yet."  They appreciated the options in course selections and the caliber of speakers and topics that were offered and of course the wonderful networking opportunities.
A friendly reminder to complete your summit and course evaluations online to receive your
Attendance Verification for CE credit. Evaluations are due by December 31, 2013.
The Evaluation Instructions for your Course Attendance Verification may be found here
or go directly to Summit Evaluation to complete.

Course presentations and the TxOHC annual report may be found on the History page of the TxOHC website and pictures of the summit are posted under Overview on the Oral Health Summit page.

Special thanks to all our featured speakers, but especially:

Janice Quertermous, HHSC OSS - MEPD Policy Analyst for presenting a course regarding "HHSC's Incurred Medical Expenses Process & Procedures: Ensuring Medicaid Recipients in Nursing Facilities Receive Medically Necessary Dental Care" and to
 Dr. Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA for presenting "Improving Access:  The Role of Education in Children's Oral Health" when the previous scheduled speakers had to cancel.
New Website Launched 
TxOHC is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, www.oralhealthtexas.org devoted to providing oral health education materials for all ages focusing on Education, Prevention, Access and Treatment.  

Take the Oral Health Literacy Quiz today and test your knowledge.
Member Survey Questionnaire

The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) Board of Directors (BOD) would like to gain input from the general membership as to whether individual and/or organizational member annual dues should be charged.

A survey questionnaire was included in summit packets and the issue was raised and discussed during the annual meeting.  Attendees were able to submit their completed questionnaires during the summit, but the BOD wanted to give members not able to attend the summit an opportunity to weigh in. 
Please complete the survey and return to Beth Stewart before December 31, 2013.


TxOHC Announces  

2014  Board of Directors


The Nominating Committee announced their selection for the 2014 Board of Directors during the TxOHC annual meeting on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown.


Six at large Board of Director nominees were presented for the membership's consideration and no nominations were received from the floor.  All nominees were voted in unanimously by acclamation.


Directors: (one year term)

Cathy Blunck, RDH

Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH

Sarah Dirks, DDS

Michelle Landrum, RDH, MEd

Christina Murphey, RN, PhD

Daniel Snare, CEO 

Officers:  (beginning the second year of their two year term)

Chairperson:  Beth Stewart, RDH

Vice Chairperson:  Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA

Secretary:  Angela Barnes, DDS

Treasurer:  Shirley Miranda, BDS,CAGS, MScD

Ex-Officio Member:   (automatic)

Immediate Past Chair:  Rex Law, DDS 


to our
Poster Presentation Winners 

Winners of the first Oral Health Summit Poster Presentation competition were announced the last day of the summit November 23, 2013.

Attendees were asked to participate by ranking the top three presenters and the TxOHC Scientific Research Committee consisting of Dr. Shirley Miranda, Dr. Helena Tapias and Cathy Blunck awarded monetary prizes to the top three winners.


1st Place - Donna Morris, RDH, MEd

"Oral Health and Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adults"


 2nd Place - Bill Devine, DMD

"Performance Measurement of the JPS School Based Dental Program"


3rd Place - Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA

"Improving Access:  The Role of Education in Children's Oral Health in the Corpus Christi Area"  


CDC invites you to join monthly
Grand Rounds Webcasts 


This month, "Community Water Fluoridation: A Vital 21st Century Public Health Intervention" is featured.


This important session of Grand Rounds will explore the public health impact of CWF including challenges and opportunities for state and local partners.  You will also hear about new communications strategies to get important messages out to the communities.   

Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. 


Public Health Grand Rounds is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to stay abreast of current public health issues in addition to receiving continuing education credits if needed. 


This is a great opportunity for you and your colleagues to stay abreast of current public health issues and receive continuing education credits for   participation.


The CDC will post recorded webcasts to their website archives section within 48 to 72 hours after the event.  At that time, they also include a segment called "Beyond the Data" -- featuring a conversation between hosts and panelists which includes key "take home" messages from each Grand Rounds session. 


Excerpted information above was provided by: 

Susan K. Laird, MSN, RN


CDC Education and Learning Initiative

Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

OADC/Office of Communication Science



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