Volume: 3, Issue: 8                                            www.txohc.org                               August 7, 2015
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DSHS Personnel Changes 
Dr.  Vy   Nguyen, DDS, MPH recently resigned as the State Public Health Dental Director to move home to Washington, DC and pursue an employment opportunity with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The coalition would like to thank Dr. Nguyen for her invaluable service and efforts the past three years in working to improve the oral health of all Texans.  We wish her every success in her future endeavors.
Dr. Marguerite Laccabue, MPH, DDS has been named the new HHSC Medicaid Dental Director for Texas.  Dr. Laccabue transferred from the DSHS OHP.

Earlier this summer, the Texas Department of State Health Services named Deba P. Dutta, P.E. as the State Engineer for the Texas Fluoridation Program in the Environmental & Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit.  


DSHS Job Opening

Regional Dentist for Health Service Region 9/10

Under the administrative supervision and professional program coordination of the State Dental Public Health Director/Oral Health Branch Manager and with guidance from the Health Service Region (HSR) 9/10 administration, provides preventive oral health services to eligible populations with other member(s) of regional dental teams in HSR 9/10 and other HSRs. The position uses knowledge of public health dentistry, clinical dentistry and public health issues in development, coordination and implementation of preventive oral health programs, surveillance activities, and administrative services. Works with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Please visit 
to learn more about the job opening and to see the full position details.

To apply for this position, please visit the Health and Human Services Job Center at:

Le2Nominations Requested for the 2015
Texas Oral Health Champion

Last year, the Texas Oral Health Coalition was pleased to honor Dr. Sarah Dirks, DDS with the first annual Oral Health Champion award during the Texas Oral Health Summit. Dr. Dirks work and dedication in providing oral health care for older adults and advocating for systems change at the state and national level is unparalleled.

The Texas Oral Health Coalition's Board of Directors
are now accepting nominations for outstanding individuals and/or organizations who are dedicated to improving oral health in Texas. This is an excellent opportunity to show someone how much their work is appreciated. Award winners will be honored during the annual meeting at the Oral Health Summit, Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio.


All nominations must be submitted by: Monday, September 21st at 5:00 p.m. CDT.


General Information/Instructions
  1. Please nominate only one individual or organization. Awards are designed to recognize contributions that far exceed that of the normal course of duty. 
  2. No endorsement letters may be attached to nomination .
  3. Please complete the online Oral Health Champion nomination form here.
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Please consider becoming a guest contributor on   our new blog. 
5 Stroke-Prevention
Life Changes to Make Right Now

Please read this month's blog post "5 Stroke-Prevention Life Changes to Make Right Now" by guest contributor Patricia Sarmiento and let us know your thoughts and tips on stroke-prevention. 

Le4Career Center

The TxOHC website has a new page under <Resources> called <Career Center >.   Employers may submit job opportunities and TxOHC wil l advertis e the se  p ositions on our social media network for a small fee of $10/week.  


The National Dental Association Announces Official Support for Emerging Workforce Models

July 23, 2015

The National Dental Association (NDA) recently released an official statement supporting emerging workforce models to address access to care problems. Their policy statement, "Position on Access to Care and Emerging Workforce Models" addresses dental access disparities and provides a number of recommendations on the subject, including support for an expanded workforce. The statement says, "the goal is to craft and adopt a multi-faceted approach to a decades old problem that has not and will not be remediated by traditional methods."

In a press release Carrie Brown, DMD, the president of NDA  states, "The current dental delivery system is outdated and no longer works for a third of the nation. That means that many people are constantly living in significant pain. "It is time to create a system that embraces team-based care, and where a range of providers can work together efficiently to provide cost-effective, high-quality dental care to call. NDA is proud to lead this effort in our communities."
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper Recommends Community Water Fluoridation for all Colorado Communities  

DENVER - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - Gov. John Hickenlooper and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, today issued the following statement in support of water fluoridation in the state:


"The Governor's Office and Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recommend all Colorado communities fluoridate their public water supplies. More than 70 years of research has proven that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving the oral health of all Coloradans. Increasing the number of communities that voluntarily fluoridate their residents' water can make a significant contribution to Colorado's commitment to becoming the healthiest state in the nation.


Dental disease places a significant burden on our state. Students miss school, workers are less productive and many Coloradans suffer needlessly from preventable dental disease. Colorado communities that fluoridate their water supplies can reduce their resident's cavities by as much as 40 percent and save them each an average of $61 per year in dental costs for an investment of just $1 to $2 per person per year.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls community water fluoridation one of the top 10 public health interventions of the 20th Century. CDPHE recommends communities fluoridate their public water supplies to 0.7 milligrams per liter."   

R3Two Water Fluoridation Reports
Released in June

The Health Research Board (HRB) of Ireland published "Health Effects of Water Fluoridation," an in-depth review of existing research, finding no definitive evidence that community water fluoridation has negative health effects.

The second review, "Water Fluoridation for the Prevention of Dental Caries," published by the Cochrane Collaboration was designed to study the effects of water fluoridation on the prevention of tooth decay and dental fluorosis.  

Read more about the Cochrane report below:


for   the 2015 
Texas Oral Health Summit

November 5-7, 2015

2015 Texas Oral Health Summit
"Strengthening the Network"

The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) is excited to bring nationally acclaimed speakers from across the nation to present during the 2015 Texas Oral Health Summit at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio, TX.

Join us November 5-7, 2015 and learn how to incorporate oral health education and prevention into primary care and integrate oral health curricula in primary care health education programs.  Attendees will also l earn how to utilize teledentistry  to increase access to care, achieve sustainable behavior change through motivational interviewing, plus lots, lots more.
Make plans today to attend this premier public health education event that promises a variety of educational sessions, expert speakers and plenty of networking opportunities. 

To view summit details that include; topics, speakers, objectives, summit schedule, registration and hotel information, please visit our website program page.

Online registration will open September 1st., so please save the date Nov. 5-7, 2015 until then.

Poster Presentations:
In our efforts to increase participation for our Poster Presentations 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:
Relax and unwind with colleagues during this fun-filled opening reception scheduled for  Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  A new twist for this year is that attendees may be registered for any one of the three summit day(s) and attend the opening reception Thursday evening.  

Avoid rush hour traffic and enjoy light hors d' oeuvres while visiting with friends and exhibitors.  Pick up an extra 1.0 CEU and learn about presenters' scientific research, community-based programs or projects in Texas.  And don't forget to bid on those "must have" items in our silent auction.  Money raised during this event go to support the infrastructure of our valuable coalition.  
Silent Auction Donations:
Please consider donating an item and join the fun 
to help raise money for TxOHC.
Donate something you would enjoy or reach out to a local company for a donation to help promote their brand.  Donating products or services are a nice way to share the brands you like with other health providers, while supporting the Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc., our favorite 501c3 nonprofit.
Please complete the donation form and submit to Beth Stewart  by October 5, 2015.