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Central Office Report for the
​April 9, 2019 Board Meeting

by Susan McKee, Executive Director

Scheduled Meetings/Programs through ​June:
05/02-04 -     TDA Annual Session, San Antonio
05/14 -         GHDS Joint Outreach Event 6:00 p.m.
05/17-5/18 -  TMOM Houston Event
05/27 -         GHDS Closed for Memorial Day
05/30 -         GHDS Installation of Officers 6:00 p.m.
06/21 -         TDA Perks Program at GHDS: "Creating Your Successful New Office" (AM only)

2019 TMOM Houston

Planning continues for the TMOM Houston on May 17 & 18, 2019. The Triage Lead is Dr. Gary Williams and Triage Co-Lead is Dr. Rachel Speck. Dr. Victor Rodriguez is the Prosthodontics lead, Dr. Ingrid Duebbert is the Sterilization lead and Dr. Katie To is the Xray lead. Diane Bogan is lead for Patient Registration and Amber Lovatos is the Hygiene lead. The Community Chairs have their leads appointed and have been working on patient sourcing in the third ward community.

The planning team​ hosted two prescreening events for Friday, April 26 at PIMA Medical Institute and Saturday, April 27 at San Jose Dental Clinic. PIMA, a full day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and San Jose Clinic, a half day morning from 7:30 a.m. to Noon. A realistic patient target for the prescreening events could be 150. The TDA Smiles Foundation requests prescreening locations to be digital with printing capabilities, which is the case for PIMA. Houston Community College System Coleman Campus for Health Sciences has also offered their facility for prescreening if needed.  Separate links for volunteer registration for the prescreening events have been created through Sign Up Genius by GHDS staff.

Dr. Bogan attended the GHDS March 26th General Meeting to promote the TMOM Houston 2019 and seek more volunteers. The sign up for volunteers has been active at Plenty of restorative dentists will be needed, as well as auxiliary and support staff throughout the areas. The team will set a final walkthrough/meeting for all leads in May. The next TMOM meeting is scheduled for Monday, ​May 13th 6:00 p.m. at Trinity East United Methodist Church.

Diversity Committee Social
The 3nd Annual Diversity Committee Social Event took place on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at FADI’s Mediterranean Grill. Sixty-one persons registered for this event, including 10 sponsors.

Dr. Rodriguez welcomed attendees and spoke about the new GHDS Diversity Committee goals, emphasizing that we are the first component in the nation that has formed a Diversity Committee.  He stated that the dental profession has been changing dramatically regarding diversity the last few decades.  More minority students are selecting dentistry as a profession and the impact can be seen in the professional level as well as more diverse dentists practice in the country.

Dr. Buckley stated that the Society is there for them to provide CE, leadership positions and advocacy support for the dental profession.  Dr. Michelle Thompson took photos and did a live video during the event that was put on our social media outlets for review.

Sponsors for the event were J.A. Greene Construction, Cloud Dentistry, Custom Practices General Contractors, POGI Realty and Marketing and Phelps Commercial Realty.   

U of H ASDA Pre-dental meeting
On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Greater Houston Dental Society met with the University of Houston ASDA pre-dental students. The goal of the meeting was to give pre-dental students some understanding of what the practice of dentistry really means.  

Dr. Michelle Thompson introduced herself, Dr. Kathy O’Keefe; GHDS 1st Vice President, Dr. Laura Nelson, R&R Co-chair and Dr. Victoria Vo - Dental Health Co-chair. Each presenter shared the opportunity to speak on her experiences in becoming a dentist.  Ms. Fuller also welcomed the group and thanked them for participating in organized dentistry’s events for community outreach and legislative action.

The program included a question and answer session. The pre-dental students asked questions related to why the presenters chose the practice of dentistry, detailed steps of what they did when applying for dental school and tips for the dental school interview process.