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.
Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, PhD, RDH, CHES
Teresita Ladrillo, DMD, MPH
TeAnna Culberson, MPH
Rebecca Davenport, DDS
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.