Skip to main content

CATCH Healthy Smiles for Oral Health Promotion in Schools for Elementary School-age Children

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Dr. Shreela Sharma, PHD, RDN, LD

Friday, June 10, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 PM CDT

We will present the development, implementation and evaluation of the CATCH Healthy Smiles oral health promotion program to reduce incidence of dental caries among elementary school age children in Texas. We will discuss the role of schools in oral health promotion and implementation of this coordinated school health program in elementary schools serving low income families in Texas. The program is currently being evaluated as part of a NIDCR funded cluster randomized controlled trial design and we will also present the evaluation design for the study.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To examine the role of schools in oral health promotion for prevention of dental caries in children.
  2. To demonstrate implementation of school-based oral health promotion programming in Texas.
  3. To demonstrate rigorous evaluation of school-based oral health promotion programming in Texas.

Dr. Shreela Sharma, PHD, RDN, LD

I am a Behavioral epidemiologist with a specific focus on understanding and addressing disparities in food insecurity, healthy eating and chronic disease prevention, including childhood dental caries and obesity. I am Principal Investigator of the NIDCR-funded CATCH Healthy Smiles randomized controlled trial.


Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture

Edification is complimentary to all attendees and continuing dental education is free to TxOHC members. All other attendees will be charged $10.00 to receive continuing dental education for this course.

Presenter Contact Information:
Shreela Sharma:

AGD Subject Code: 430 Pediatric Dentistry

Financial Disclosure

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement. 
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

Technical Specifications

  • Zoom supports the latest release of these browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. 
  • Supported operating systems and system requirements for PC, Mac, and Linux.
  • Webinar registration is required, you will need to complete registration and use the link to join the webinar. Registrants will receive their own link via email and from that link will be able to join the meeting by Zoom desktop client or browser,   or download the Zoom desktop client or mobile app.
  • TxOHC Technology Plan

Follow Us

Registration is open for the 2024 Texas Oral Health Conference being held in Austin, TX on August 2, 2024.