txohc Speaker's bureau
The Texas Oral Health Coalition is pleased to announce the implementation of a member's Speaker’s Bureau that will be housed on TxOHC.org in order to provide expert presenters from various health related areas. We receive many requests for speakers throughout the year for various meetings, conferences, classroom presentations and events and would like to refer these requests to our Speaker's Bureau where they may choose one of our expert members for their event. Placement on the bureau is only available to members as a tangible benefit of membership. Our membership spans all health professions not just dentistry, so we hope to attract speakers from all health related fields to the Speaker’s Bureau.
To join the Speaker’s Bureau, please complete the online submission form
and attach the requested documents. Submission is not a guarantee of acceptance. The Credential Review Committee will contact you with their decision within 14 days after receiving your submission documents to review.
The Speaker’s Bureau will host your name, credentials, picture and a maximum 300 word bio sketch that details your education, experience, and areas of expertise.
Contact information required:
Bio sketch should include:
Area(s) of Expertise or Topic you would like to present on
CV is optional
The Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC) assumes no responsibility for speakers or consequences resulting from the use of information or content of such information presented, including (but not limited to) errors or omissions, the accuracy or reasonableness of factual or scientific assumptions, studies or conclusions, the defamatory nature of statements, ownership of copyright or other intellectual property rights, and the violation of property, privacy, or personal rights of others. TxOHC is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on such information. While the speaker makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information, TxOHC does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. All presentations represent the opinions of the presenter and do not represent the position or the opinion of the TxOHC or its members. Reference by the speaker to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer, and corporation or otherwise does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by TxOHC.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR MEMBER SPEAKERS
Annaliese Cothron, MS
Annaliese is a Biostatistician at UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Mississippi State University, specializing in Experimental Psychology with a theme in Applied Statistics. In her present position, she coordinates data collection and evaluation for Miles of Smiles-Laredo and also manages database development and administration for SmilesMaker©, a direct data entry program used in school-based oral health programs. She teaches as a core instructor in the Dental Public Residency Program and coordinates the Texas Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes (ROHDEO). Annaliese is currently serving as part of the founding executive leadership team for the American Institute for Dental Public Health. Ms. Cothron is an active member and leader within several national professional organizations, including serving as Secretary of the Dental Informatics Section of the American Dental Education Association and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics (COHRI). Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio, she helped create the Mississippi Tobacco Data Workgroup in the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University, focusing on health policy initiatives, tobacco susceptibility and cessation research, and administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for the state of Mississippi.
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Kila Johnson, DDS
Dr. Kila Johnson is the Director of Dental Services for Harris County Public Health in Houston, TX. She received her B. S. degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and her D. D. S. degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. In her present position, Dr. Johnson provides oversight for a multifaceted dental program that includes: dental clinical services for children, adolescents and expectant mothers; a population based oral health education and promotion program that reaches 15 school districts and over 300 schools each year and a school-based early prevention program which provides oral health education, oral assessments, fluoride varnish treatments, referrals and case management to thousands of children in underserved populations throughout Harris County. Her newest programming will involve the implementation of services utilizing a recently acquired Mobile Dental Unit to improve access to residents of Harris County.
Dr. Johnson has over 17 years of experience in dental public health and a passion for promoting early prevention as well as encouraging inter-professional collaboration to promote the best health outcomes for patients. She has given presentations on topics such as “A Healthy Mouth = A Healthy Life”, “Preventive Infant Oral Health “101” – Guidelines for Promoting Oral Health for WIC’s Youngest Clients” and “Pregnancy – The Teachable Moment.” Committed to training the next generation of professionals she has served as a preceptor for students pursing undergraduate Health Education and Promotion studies, graduate MPH students and as a clinical instructor for dental hygiene students in training. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC), a member of the Department of State Health Services Perinatal Oral Health Resources Panel, a member of the TxOHC Maternal Child Oral Health Work Group and serves as the Chair of the TxOHC Community Water Fluoridation Committee.
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Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA
Dr. Owens has a background in the military, health care, industry, and higher education. The Army was her first career; four years active duty and eight years in the reserves. While serving, she earned an M.P.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry. She practiced family dentistry for 13 years. During that time, she was also clinic director for a program providing care at eight dental clinics in Dallas, Texas. These clinics served the indigent, the elderly, AIDS patients, and low income families. Following that she taught at Blinn College in Texas for nine years training medical office managers, coders, transcriptionists, and allied health students. She also began a part-time career teaching online in healthcare administration and health sciences as an adjunct on the graduate faculty at University of Maryland University College and on the undergraduate faculty at Kaplan University. Next Dr. Owens branched out into curriculum development for online offerings, marketing, and training with the National Response and Rescue Training Center, Texas A&M University System, working with public health and higher education clients in the area of emergency preparedness. Currently she is Health Science Coordinator and Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research interests are oral care for infants and children, and hygiene concerns of the elderly and disabled. In addition, she was the Chairperson of the Texas Oral Health Coalition (2016-2018), and serves as co-chair of the TxOHC Maternal Child Oral Health Work Group and the Texas Health Institute Equity Work Group. Dr. Owens is active in many organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Texas Public Health Association, the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, the Garcia Center Advisory Board, and the Nueces County Community Action Agency Health Advisory Board.
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