Volume: 3, Issue: 11                                            www.txohc.org                             October 5, 2015
In This Issue

Right column:
  • TxOHC Nomination Report
  • CODA's midlevel provider program accreditation
Left column:
  • San Marcos Fluoride Update
  • Dental Personnel Needed
  • Summit Registration
  • Win a Durango Saddle Stool from Crown Seating
  • Blog
The November ballot will ask San Marcos voters to amend the City Charter to prohibit adding fluoride to the municipal water supply.
Amending the San Marcos City Charter to add a separate section relating to fluoridation of the San Marcos municipal water supply to read as follows:  "The City of San Marcos shall not add, or direct or require its agents to add fluoride in the form of hydrofluorosilicic acid, hexafluorosilicic acid, or sodium silicofluoride to the San Marcos municipal water supply;"

Ask all your friends, family and colleagues in San Marcos to help get the word out to 


  on Proposition 1!



Please feel free to copy and distribute this flyer.

Employment Opportunities for Dentists, Dental Assistants and a Front Office Manager

TxOHC Career Center is pleased to post four (4) new employment opportunities currently available for Dentists, Dental Assistants, and a Front Office Manager

Community Dental Care has multiple full-time and part-time positions opened in Corpus Christi and Abilene. Please visit http://txohc.org/Employment.html
for details regarding position requirements and their benefits package.
2015 Texas Oral Health Summit

Early registration ends in less than 2 weeks!
Deadline is Oct. 16, 2015

Plan now to join your friends and colleagues for the Texas Oral Health Coalition's premier public health education event November 5-7, 2015 at the Omni Colonnade Hotel in San Antonio.

For additional information regarding course topics, speakers and objectives, please visit
Poster Presentations:
In an effort to increase participation for this event,  presenters do not have to be registered for the summit. Please read the Poster Presentation Guidelines and  Application  for complete details and  send in your application soon to secure your place and an opportunity to win a monetary award.  
Opening Reception:
Join us Thursday, November 5th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and relax and unwind with colleagues during this fun-filled opening reception. Enjoy light hors d' oeuvres while you bid on those "must have" items donated by TxOHC members and friends during the Silent Auction. Money raised during this event go to support the infrastructure of our valuable coalition.   

Reserve your room at the Omni Colonnade now to take advantage of room block pricing. 
Reserve your room here, or by calling1-800-THE-OMNI and asking for the 2015 Texas Oral Health Summit room block. 

The Room block rate and early registration end on October 16, 2015! 
Win a Durango 
Saddle Stool from Crown Seating

Chance tickets for the Durango C90SS Modified Saddle Stool from Crown Seating will be available for purchase at the Texas Oral Health Summit, November 5-7, 2015 at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio.

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Please consider becoming a guest contributor on our
new blog. 
 2016 TxoHC BOD
Nomination Report

From: Board Governance Committee
Nancy V. Cline, RDH, MPH
Cathy Blunck, RDH
Beth Stewart, RDH

The Texas Oral Health Coalition Board Governance Committee has selected the candidates listed below  for nomination to the 2015-16 Board of Directors. The Board shall be composed of the elected  Chairperson, Chairperson Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and six Directors who serve terms of two years.  The Immediate Past Chairperson shall serve as an unelected ex-officio member of the Board for one  term of two years. Because of a change in the Bylaws to increase continuity, this year three Directors  will be elected for one year terms and three Directors will be elected for two year terms. In the future,  three directors will be elected each year for two year terms, thus staggering the terms. The current Vice  Chairperson will continue to serve on the Board until the completion of her two year term. 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 6, 2015.

The Board Governance Committee presents the following candidates:

  • Chairperson: Erik Harrington, DDS, PhD (automatic/beginning 2nd year of term)
  • Chairperson Elect: Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA
  • Vice Chairperson: Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA (automatic/beginning 2nd year of term)
  • Secretary: Pam Myers, RDH (automatic/beginning 2nd year of term)
  • Treasurer: McHenry Lee, DDS (automatic/beginning 2nd year of term)
  • Immediate Past Chairperson: Beth Stewart, RDH (automatic/beginning 2nd year of term)

  • Position #1: David Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD (for a two year term)
  • Position #2: Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH (for a two year term)
  • Position #3: Christina Murphey, RN, PhD (for a two year term)
  • Position #4: Donna Morris, RDH MEd (for a one year term)
  • Position #5: Maria Wellisch, RN, LNFA (for a one year term)
  • Position #6: pending
CODA begins midlevel provider program accreditation process

August 11, 2015 -- Education programs for midlevel dental providers could be accredited as soon as August 2016, after a Commission on Dental Accreditation ( CODA) meeting on August 8 determined that the accreditation process can begin, according to an ADA statement.

In  February, CODA adopted standards by which midlevel dental provider education programs can apply for accreditation. At the recent meeting, CODA estimated that the earliest an existing or developing dental therapy program could be accredited would be August 2016.

The commission is an independent entity recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for dental, allied dental, and advanced dental education programs.
According to a statement from CODA Director Dr. Sherin Tooks, the development of an accreditation process requires the following:
  • Creation of application and related accreditation documents
  • Identification of peer reviewers to serve as CODA site visitors in the discipline
  • Training of site visitors
  • Establishment of an internal review process for the discipline within the commission
The commission has directed the formation of an ad hoc committee to further develop the implementation process, including the development of all application and related materials, according to the CODA statement. Once these materials are fully developed and publicized, applications for accreditation may be received. As noted in its policy, typically the first opportunity for CODA to consider an application, provided the application is in order, is nine to 10 months following submission of the application.

A profession
David Jordan, director of Community Catalyst's Dental Access Project, stated that his organization applauded CODA's voting to implement dental therapy education standards.
"The vote means dentistry's accrediting body fully recognizes dental therapy as a profession and will move forward with accrediting dental therapy training institutions -- possibly within the next year," Jordan stated in a press release.

The "vote both underscores the overwhelming support for dental therapy from the public and within the dental industry," he noted, and the "implantation of standards will provide needed guidance to policymakers in more than 10 states across the country considering dental therapy as a way to address substantial unmet oral health needs in their communities."

"With recognition from CODA, dental therapy programs are well on their way to training dental therapists who will improve access to affordable care in underserved communities, help control costs, and create economic impact and opportunities in vulnerable communities," he added.

Eligibility criteria
The commission had determined that it would not implement the standards until one or more educational programs applied for accreditation and met the criteria for eligibility. Among the criteria are whether the allied dental education area has been in operation for a sufficient period of time to establish benchmarks and adequately measure performance, and whether there is evidence of need and support from the public and professional communities to sustain educational programs in the discipline.

Shelly Gehshan, a health policy consultant and coach, stated in an email interview with DrBicuspid.com that CODA's decision to implement dental therapy accreditation standards will help launch the profession nationwide.

"Now all the states considering legislation will have a single, clear set of guidelines for what education standards to require," she wrote. "Dental therapists have been shown to provide quality care for underserved people, so paving the way for more training programs will help reach the one-third of the population who currently lack access to care."

When asked how this accreditation standards decision will impact already established programs and students, she responded that "it should be reassuring to current dental therapy students that there are now nationally recognized standards, because in the future, dental therapists will have reciprocity and be able to move and practice in other states."

ADA opposition
In its statement, the ADA noted that, while it fully supported CODA and its role in assuring high-quality standards for dental education, the association "remains firmly opposed to allowing nondentists to perform surgical procedures."

The ADA stated that there was no "one-size-fits-all" solution to issues of affordability of treatment and access to healthcare , and pointed to the launch of Action for Dental Health ( ADH). According to the ADA, ADH is a nationwide, community-based movement that provides care now to those already with dental disease, strengthens and expands the public/private safety net, and brings dental health education and disease prevention into underserved communities.

Read the full article here.

CODA's Dental Therapy Education Standards


for   the 2015 
Texas Oral Health Summit

November 5-7, 2015