Ask The Docs About Prenatal Health

Texas Oral Health Coalition
TxOHC has collaborated with Cook Children’s to provide CDE on their Ask The Docs About Prenatal Health Webinar Series.

Bridging the gap between medical and dental providers to improve oral health, overall health and well-being of pregnant teens and women.

Upcoming Webinars

Who Do You Call:  Making the Referral Connection

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September 28, 2022 l 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. CT

Presenters: Monica Anderson, DDS, DBA; Patricia Braun, MD, Rhonda Stokley, DDS, Shanna M. Combs, MD, FACOG, Christa Walker, DDS

Credit hours: 1.0 CDE
Teaching Method: Live webinar lecture
Cost: Free
AGD Subject Code: 130 Electives

Course Description

Did you know teens and women are not getting the dental care they need during pregnancy?

Be a part of the conversation to explore why making the referral connection between dental and medical providers is crucial for improving the health of mom and baby before, during and after pregnancy.

The Texas Department of State Health Services – Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP) and the Children’s Oral Health Coalition have partnered to host a series of Ask the Docs.  Through education, networking and building of relationships, Ask the Docs brings medical and dental experts together to have meaningful conversations, provide accurate information, address common barriers to care, and identify opportunities for care coordination.

Learning Objectives 

In our upcoming topic, we will discuss how medical and dental providers can:

  • Identify when to refer pregnant people to a medical or dental provider
  • Establish referral workflow (who, what, when, how)
  • Create a referral list, formal collaborations and networks
  • Recognize ways to improve the referral process (designated person, info to include, follow-up, track and support patients)


Monica Anderson, DDS, DBA

M.AndersonDental Consultant, SunLife DentaQuest

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Patricia Braun MD, MPH, FAAP

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P.BraunI am an oral health disparity researcher and have implemented multiple medical-dental integration projects across Colorado, Montana, Arizona and Wyoming. I have multiple publications in this area. I am a speaker.


Dr. Rhonda Stokley, DDS

Financial Disclosure
Rhonda StokleyDr. Rhonda Stokley is State Public Health Dental Director at the Texas Department of State Health Services. She has held the position since 2016. Dr. Stokley plans and directs statewide dental public health programs and activities that focus on maternal and child, oral health surveillance, and HPV vaccination, to name a few. She also serves as an oral health subject matter expert for the agency and other state programs. She is a member of several oral health-related committees, boards and organizations, including the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Dr. Stokley was Dental Director of the Austin State Supported Living Center for seven years and has also owned a private dental practice. She is a 2005 graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry. 

Shanna M. Combs, MD, FACOG

S. CombsCook Children’s Physician Network,
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

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Christa Walker, DDS

Christa WalkerDental Director at a FQHC in Kansas 2003-2009. Staff Dentist 2011-current Dental Health Arlington, a non profit clinic for the uninsured. Clinical faculty (non-compensated) UMKC of School Dentistry 2007 – 2009. Proctor Clinical faculty (non-compensated) Texas A&M College of Dentistry (formally Baylor). 2011-2022.

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Self-Instructional Webinars

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Maternal Depression: Signs, Facts & Resources

Presenters: Kia Carter, M.D.; Lisa M. Elliott, PhD.; Helen Thomas, LCSW, PMH-C


Credit hours: 1.0 CDE
Teaching Method: Self-Instructional webinar lecture
Cost: Free
AGD Subject Code: 130 Electives

Date of Original Presentation: My 24, 2022
Date Reviewed: 
Date Released: 
Date of Expiration: May 24, 2022

Course Description

Be a part of the conversation to explore why bridging the gap between dental and medical providers is crucial for improving ALL areas of health – including mental health — for mom and baby before, during and after pregnancy.   The mental health of the mother is a key indication of the baby’s future health.

The Texas Department of State Health Services – Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP) and the Children’s Oral Health Coalition have partnered to host a series of “Ask the Docs”.  The series is for dentists, ob-gyns, other prenatal medical providers, dental hygienists, nurses, and social workers interested in improving access to care for pregnant teens and women.

Learning Objectives 

  • Describe the connection between mental health, oral health and overall health
  • Recognize depression and the role dental and medical providers play
  • Assess maternal mental health
  • Identify where to go for resources


Kia Carter, M.D.
Psychiatrist Cook Children’s

Curriculum Vitae
Financial Disclosure

Lisa ElliottLisa M. Elliott, PhD.
Psychologist Cook Children’s

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Helen ThomasHelen Thomas, LCSW, PMH-C
Clinical Therapist Cook Children’s

Financial Disclosure

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of the (Texas Oral Health Coalition) and the (Cook Children’s Children’s Oral Health Coalition (COHC). The (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.) is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit. (Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc. AGD ID # 34614).

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.
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Self-Instructional Technical Specifications

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