Regional Oral Health Coalitions

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Mission: Leading efforts to achieve optimal oral health across the lifespan

Purpose: To improve the oral health of communities and promote partnerships for sustainable, equity-informed, community-driven advocacy.

With an industry-wide commitment to justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (J.E.D.I), we can and will attract the best people, the best ideas, and the best way forward so that all Texans have the opportunity to achieve oral health equity.

Dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities in society so that all individuals and communities can live a full and dignified life.

Allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. Equity recognizes that advantages and barriers —the ‘isms’—exist.

All the differences between us based on which we experience advantages or encounter barriers to opportunities. Diversity isn’t just about racial differences.

Fostering a sense of belonging by centering, valuing, and amplifying the voices, perspectives and styles of those who experience more barriers based on their identities.

J.E.D.I. Collaborative

Looking for ways to participate in your local community?

If you are interested in participating in a local coalition, please complete this online form and join us today to help advance collaborative action in Texas. 

Austin Oral Health Coalition

Coalition Coordinator:

Yashashri Urankar, DDS, MPH

Learn more about the Austin Regional Oral Health Coalition below.

Coastal Bend ROHC

Coalition Coordinator:

Lynn Southerland, RDH, BSDH, MPA, FAADH

Learn more about the Coastal Bend Regional Oral Health Coalition below.

Houston Oral Health Coalition

Coalition Coordinator:

Teresita Ladrillo, DMD, MPH

Learn more about the Houston Regional Oral Health Coalition below.

North Central Oral Health Coalition

Coalition Coordinator:

Sowmya Renuka, DDS, MPH

Learn more about the North Central Texas Regional Oral Health Coalition below.

San Antonio Oral Health Coalition

Coalition Coordinator: 
Rebecca Davenport, DDS

Learn more about the San Antonio Regional Oral Health Coalition below.

The Texas Oral Health Coalition’s (TxOHC) Regional Oral Health Coalitions develop work products that incorporate social determinants of health into program activities to help address adverse experiences across the lifespan. Community resource guides for five different target populations (perinatal – pregnant women and infants, children, working adults, older adults, and individuals with disabilities) have been completed for Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Tyler. TxOHC partnered with UnitedHealthcare Dental and the Harris County Area Agency on Aging and Harris County Meals on Wheels to disseminate Houston senior resource guides and other oral health materials and supplies to 8,200 homebound individuals in October 2020. TxOHC was also pleased to share 1,500 copies of the senior resource guides with the Harris County Public Health, Dental Health & Prevention Department for Community Outreach Activities.

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