BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
2017 SpeakersClick on the topic title link below for additional details on the course and speaker.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Translating Collaborations into ActionThe oral health landscape is continually changing in Texas. In the face of this change, we can either be reactive, or proactive. A rigorous, collaborative, and data-driven approach is required to guide and achieve systemic improvements that address similar yet multi-faceted factors. In 2016, Texas Health Institute (THI) collaborated with the Texas Oral Health Coalition (TxOHC), to develop and advance a data-driven, collaborative movement to improve oral health in Texas. The presentation will provide a summary of the initiative’s successes, lessons learned, and how do we plan to build it up from here.
Ankit A. Sanghavi, BDS MPHAnkit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH, serves as the Director for the Community and Oral Health Program at Texas Health Institute (THI). In his current role, Ankit leads a range of research, innovation, and evaluation projects aimed at achieving oral health improvements at the local, state, and national level. He was recently appointed as an advisory committee member of the Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation and Outcomes initiative. He currently represents Texas on the National Oral Health 2020 network in addition to serving on several other national and state-wide public health/ oral health workgroups and committees. He has presented at state and national venues including National Oral Health Conference and Mobile Health Clinics Forum. Ankit holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from M.U.H.S, India.
School-based Oral Health Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Gary Badger, DDS, MSPresenters will discuss successful school-based oral health program models in Texas and variables that will provide the attendees with the capacity to compare, contrast, and select appropriate components from these models to develop and implement into their own school-based oral health program.
Attendees will learn what data to collect, how to collect, measure or track outcomes, and how to share the data. An examination of diverse financing mechanisms will highlight successful strategies to increase collaborations and networking with community partners to develop or sustain a school-based health program. Also, best practices and helpful hints to address challenges will be shared to enhance the attendees’ programs.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the difference among several model Texas school-based oral health programs
- Identify what variables need to be addressed when developing or conducting a school-based oral health program
- Discuss specific strategies and approaches to integrate for linking their SBHP in the community
- Describe methods to assist in achieving sustainability for a SBHP
Teresita Ladrillo, DMD, MPH
Tonya Fuqua, DDS
Dr. Tonya K. Fuqua is a general dentist in private practice part-time in Southlake, Texas with her husband who is a prosthodontist. Dr. Fuqua received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1995. She then served 4 years in the United States Air Force as an active duty dental officer, Preventive Dentistry Officer and the Manpower Disaster Team Chief. After moving to Fort Worth, Texas in 1998 she quickly got involved in the local dental society serving her community. She also served as Director of the Child Study Center Dental Clinic, treating children with developmental/behavior disabilities for 8 years. She was Chair for Give Kids A Smile on behalf of the Fort Worth District Dental Society from 2003-05 and continues to volunteer to treat children and adults at health fairs and different dental treatment venues. Founded and currently serves as the Program Director of Save a Smile led by Cook Children’s serving indigent children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade in targeted schools in Tarrant County. She also works with numerous local collaborations and community groups on children’s oral health issues and serves on the legislative committee for the Children’s Oral Health Coalition. Dr. Fuqua has been instrumental in developing the first fully integrated medical/dental home for the Cook Children’s Health Care System. She was recently appointed as a Board of Trustee for Texas Health Institute and serves as the President for the Tarrant County Leadership Board of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Dr. Fuqua is a member of countless dental, civic and professional business organizations. In her spare time, she is a wife and mother of two wonderful young girls.
Magda De la Torre, RDH, MPH
Shailee Gupta, DDS
Nancy Blinn, RDH
Friday, November 10, 2017
Health Care Reform, Now What?This session will provide an overview of the most recent national health reform activity occurring in Washington, and how it would impact oral health in Texas.
Patrick W. Finnerty
Patrick Finnerty is a Senior Advisor with DentaQuest and assists the enterprise in achieving its mission of improving the oral health of all. Prior to his association with DentaQuest, Patrick worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 32 years, including eight years as Virginia’s Medicaid Director. Improving access to oral health services for Medicaid/CHIP children was a hallmark of Patrick’s tenure as Medicaid Director. His prior work within Virginia government included directing the Virginia State Employees Health Benefits program, and serving as the Executive Director of a legislative health policy commission within the Virginia General Assembly.
The Federal Oral Health UpdateThis session will provide an overview of the most recent actions and activities of the Federal government related to health funding, programs and appointments, and how they might impact oral health and Texas.
Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D.Marcia K. Brand, Ph.D. is currently the Executive Director of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health, a Senior Advisor to the DentaQuest Foundation and a consultant and advisor on matters related to access to oral and rural health care. From 2009 until 2015, Dr. Brand was the Deputy Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an Agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that works to fill in the gaps for people who live outside the economic and medical mainstream. The Agency uses its $10 billion annual budget to expand access to quality health care in partnership with health care providers and health professions training programs. From 2007-2009, Brand was associate administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions, where she provided national leadership in the development, distribution and retention of a diverse, culturally competent health workforce that provides high-quality care. From 2001-2007, Brand was director and associate administrator or HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. In that position, she was responsible for health policy, research and grant activities that promote better health care services in rural America. In previous federal appointments, she lead efforts to plan and implement the State Planning Grant Program, which helped states explore options for providing health care coverage for uninsured residents, and coordinated HRSA’s efforts to implement the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As senior advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for health, Brand worked on the Secretary’s Initiative on the Future of Academic Health Centers. Brand worked in the US Senate as a legislative assistant, and held academic appointments in the dental hygiene departments at Thomas Jefferson University and Old Dominion University. Brand earned a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master and bachelor of science degrees in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University.
Rhonda Stokley, DDSRhonda Stokley, DDS, serves as the State Public Health Dental Director and Manager of the Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Health Surveillance Program. She plans and directs statewide dental public health programs and activities including statewide surveillance activities and preventive dental services. She participates as a subject matter expert for other state programs and represents the agency and state with a wide variety of partners in matters related to oral health. Dr. Stokley previously served as Dental Director for the Department of Aging and Disability Services’ Austin State Supported Living Center from 2007-2014. She also owned a private dental practice from 2013-2016. She graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in 2005. Dr. Stokley is also an active member of many oral health organizations.
Update on the Texas Medicaid Dental ProgramAn overview of dental services in the Medicaid program will be provided. Trends seen in the dental program will be reviewed as well as current policies and procedures being initiated to further define the dental program.
Marguerite Laccabue, MPH, DDSPlease see Dr. Laccabue's Currriculum Vitae, here.
Approaching Oral Health as an Important Public Health OpportunityTexas Health Institute (THI), is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and policy organization working to improve the health of communities across Texas and the Unites States. Through engagement, collaboration, research, and education, THI works to empower communities, practitioners, and stakeholders with knowledge to drive action, solutions, and sound policy. The presentation will provide a brief overview of THI’s current and future efforts to improve oral health for all populations.
Ankit A. Sanghavi, BDS MPHAnkit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH, serves as the Director for the Community and Oral Health Program at Texas Health Institute (THI). In his current role, Ankit leads a range of research, innovation, and evaluation projects aimed at achieving oral health improvements at the local, state, and national level. He was recently appointed as an advisory committee member of the Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation and Outcomes initiative. He currently represents Texas on the National Oral Health 2020 network in addition to serving on several other national and state-wide public health/ oral health workgroups and committees. He has presented at state and national venues including National Oral Health Conference and Mobile Health Clinics Forum.
Ankit holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from M.U.H.S, India.