Texas Oral Health Coalition
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.
   Volume: 2, Issue: 4                                          www.txohc.org                                     May 1, 2014Top
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Residency Program Response


Geriatric Dental Symposium


Oral Health Metric Summit


2014 Oral Health Summit 


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 2014 Texas
Oral Health Summit

Interprofesional Collaboration
Collective Impact
November 6-8, 2014  
Wyndham Garden, Austin, TX  
TxOHC is pleased to partner with 
Oral Health America's 
Wisdom Tooth Project
Find help to 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. 

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Residency Program Response

Dear Texas Oral Health Coalition Board of Directors and Fellow Members:

On April 17, 2014, the Texas Oral Health Coalition's e-newsletter ran an article, Tragedy Hits Texas, announcing Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry's plans to discontinue its Dental Public Health Residency Program. My most important responsibility as dean of Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry is to ensure our graduates are thoroughly prepared to meet the oral health needs of the citizens of our state. Our college's commitment to dental public health and serving those with the greatest needs is unparalleled. Throughout our 110-year history, our mission has included improving access to care for diverse communities within the immediate reach of the college and well beyond through our 8,000 alumni. We take immense pride in this tradition of compassionate service; it is pervasive in all we do.

On campus our students and faculty managed nearly 105,000 patient visits last year. Off campus our students served nearly 60,000 individuals through community dental clinics, health and back-to-school fairs, and oral health education programs at sites like elementary schools and nursing homes. These experiences provide students first-hand encounters with public health needs and possible solutions well before graduation. Considering that less than 2 percent of all dental school graduates apply to dental public health residency programs, we've determined that it is imperative to educate all our students about public health issues as they are learning the varied aspects of practicing dental medicine. We are preparing our students to advocate for the oral health of their communities long before they become dental professionals.

We don't exist to merely populate the dental profession with more good clinicians. Our priority is to graduate leaders in 21st century dentistry who understand the oral health needs of Texans and respond to those needs with innovative, patient-centered care and solutions. Sometimes that means we must make hard decisions to ensure we are focusing our resources appropriately and fulfilling our mission to positively and significantly impact oral health in our communities.


Lawrence E. Wolinsky, Ph.D., D.M.D.

3302 Gaston Ave. I Dallas, TX 75246 I 214.828.8300 I FAX 214.874.4536 I www.bcd.tamhsc.edu
Registration is Open!
The Linda C. Niessen Geriatric Dentistry Symposium: Real Challenges, Practical Solutions
Proudly presents:  
Dr. Gordon J. Christensen

Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry - Sixth Floor
UTHSCSA and DentaQuest Foundation proud sponsors 
of the
Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit
The Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit, hosted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School is scheduled for June 11, 2014
Discussion Topics: 
What We Collect:  Standardization and reliability of oral health data 
How We Collect It:  Data collection tools and methodology 
How We Can Use It:  Meaningful use of data on programmatic, state, and national levels

Distinguished Speakers Include:
Dr. Marko Vajucic, PhD
ADA, Sr. VP Health Policy Resource Center and 
Dr. Kathy Phipps, DrPH
ASTDD, Data Coordinator

for details and to RSVP via the Contact Us Page no later than June 6, 2014.
Texas Oral Health Summit
November 6-8, 2014
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Austin, TX

2014 Summit Theme:
Interprofessional Collaboration
 Collective Impact!
Featured Events: 
"Oral Health: State of the State"
Friday Plenary
Specially Designed Symposia on:

 School-based oral health programs

Adult (geriatric) oral health care
Maternal Child oral health care
Opening Reception
Poster Presentations 
plus many more continuing education courses to choose from 
Call for poster presentations and sponsors/exhibitors.  Please see the pdf's below for additional details.
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