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: 7                                          www.txohc.org                               July 17, 2014Top
In This Issue


TxOHC's Inaugural Program 


Help Beat the Heat! 


TxOHC Welcomes New Secretary 




Landslide Victory  


2014 Texas Oral Health Summit


Call for Poster Presentations

Donate now to support your statewide oral health coalition

Learn what TxOHC advocates for to help improve the oral health for all Texans   

Share the latest news in this e-brief with your friends and colleagues. 

A 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.  

 2014 Texas
Oral Health Summit
Interprofessional 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. 

TxOHC is proud to join the American Academy of Pediatrics National Campaign for Dental Health
 2014   Sponsors
Proud Sponsors of the 2014 Keynote Speaker, Brian Souza

CDHP Fluoridation Handout


   2013 Sponsors

TxOHC past vice chair, Cindy Hines, RDH, MA, has been in the hospital since the first part of June and is still on IV and TPN.

For those of you that know her please consider sending her a card/message and keep her in your prayers.  The hospital has an email card messaging system and is linked below.






Inaugural Program


$30K in 30 Days


The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) is proud to announce, "Help Beat the Heat" TxOHC's newly established annual fundraising program beginning July 17th through August 15th.  Join the fun by beating the current Fahrenheit temperature with your donation amount.  Visit the donation page on our website and locate the widget to find out your current temperature to help beat the heat.


Donations made will help sustain the infrastructure of our worthy organization by funding the day to day operations and pay the salaries of our staff members.  Currently, we have a part-time website maintenance manager and we are pleased to announce the recent addition of our grant writer, Josefine Wolfe, MSPH, RDH, CHES from San Antonio.  Eventually, our goal is to hire an Executive Director and have an office in Austin once funding is secured from outside sources.


Advocacy and communications require resources and policy change may be essential to increase access and provide oral health care for underserved populations.  Meetings require funding and it is vital that our volunteer members and stakeholders have the opportunity to collaborate to create innovative and viable solutions to improve the oral health for all Texans. 


Donations will help support these coalition activities: 

  • Legislative and community advocacy
  • Regular news updates
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Educational opportunities
  • Opportunities to participate in coalition committees and work groups

Your contribution is essential to our continued efforts and will make a real difference in the lives of thousands of your neighbors.  If you do not wish to play "Help Beat the Heat," please consider making a donation at one of the levels outlined below.


Supporter:  $25 - $49

Patron:  $50 - $99

Promoter:  $100 - $249

Advocate:  $250 - $499

Champion: $500 and above


Please share in our mission to make optimal oral health a reality for all Texans by donating today.  The Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. 

is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Contributions of any amount are welcomed and appreciated!


We thank you for your support.

Donations may be made via PayPal at www.txohc.org/donation, or by checks made payable to TxOHC and mailed to: 

4614 Bowie Dr.
Midland, TX   79703 


Donations of $250.00 and over will receive a tax acknowledgement letter via email.

Thank you again for your support!
July 17th - August 15th

Can you beat the current temperature?
Make your personal contribution higher than the day's current temperature and help beat the heat.
TxOHC Welcomes New Secretary


The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) is pleased to announce Pamela J. Myers, RDH will be stepping in as the Coalition's Secretary for the remainder of the 2014 term effective July 1st.  
Dr. Angela Barnes Filzen, DDS, resigned in June due to health challenges and an increase in work related duties, so it became necessary to appoint a new Secretary.  Thank you for your previous service Dr. Filzen and we look forward to your participation as you are able.  
TxOHC is extremely fortunate to have someone of Ms. Myers' caliber join the Board of Directors.  Pam has authored numerous publications, is a well known speaker and was honored the RDH Mentor of the Year award in 2010 by RDH Magazine and Philips Sonicare.  She has practiced dental hygiene clinically for the past 40 years and has been Manager of the Dental Hygiene Program for the University of Texas Medical Branch-Correctional Managed Care since 1995.  
Thank you Pam and welcome to the Board.
It is not too early! 

Election of the 2015 TxOHC Board of Directors will take place at the General Membership Meeting of TxOHC on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Oral Health Summit.  It is not too early to be thinking about running for office or nominating someone else for office.

We will be electing the following officers for two year terms:  Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.  Board officer nominees must be members in good standing of the TxOHC for one year prior to nomination.  In addition, we will elect six Directors for terms of one year.  Nominees for director positions must be members in good standing of the TxOHC for a minimum of ninety days prior to election.

If you are interested in running for these positions, or have questions about the duties and responsibilities, please contact Nancy Cline, Chair, Board Governance Committee.  830-833-5770 or
Landslide Victory for Fluoridation!

The people of the United States have spoken and they support community water fluoridation as a proven public health strategy to reduce dental cavities.
Oral health advocates across the nation found their voice and spread the word about the water fluoridation debate and poll highlighted in the June 2014 issue of the Costco Connection member magazine.  Results from this poll released in July show overwhelming support for community water fluoridation.  


YES     65%                            NO      35%     
Percentage reflects votes received by June 18, 2014. Results may reflect debate being picked up by blogs.  
fyi - Costco did not report the total number of votes received.


It is truly inspiring to know the power of an activated oral health network and what can be accomplished.
Thank you to all that voted in the Costco fluoridation poll, forwarded the request to others and/or wrote letters in support of community water fluoridation to the editor.  Your advocacy efforts were successful!
Here is a link for the results.
Texas Oral Health Summit
November 6-8, 2014
Wyndham Garden Hotel
Austin, TX

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

Thursday and Saturday  
Specially Designed Symposia on:

 School-based oral health programs

Adult (geriatric) and 
Maternal Child oral health care issues
Opening Reception
Poster Presentations 
plus many more continuing education courses to choose from 
Sponsors and Poster 
Presentations Wanted!!!
Please refer to the pdf's below for additional details.

 Call for Poster Presentations


Applications are open to professional health providers, educators, or anyone that would like to present information on their oral health program, project or research during the 2014 Texas Oral Health Summit.

Presentations and Judging will be:
Thursday, November 6, 2014
4:30 to 6:30 PM

Areas of interest are:
  • Basic science and/or clinical research
  • Clinical applications, techniques or tips
  • Laboratory applications, techniques or tips
  • Community oral health programs or grant projects
There was a strong demand from summit attendees last year to learn about other oral health programs that exist in Texas.  We highly encourage anyone that operates a community, school-based, or faith-based, preventive or comprehensive oral health program to share information on your program' objectives.

Monetary awards will be provided to the top three presentations.
  • 1st Place -  $500
  • 2nd Place - $250
  • 3rd Place -  $100
Deadline for application submissions is September 6, 2014
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