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Central Office Report for the
March 12, 2019 Board Meeting

by Susan McKee, Executive Director

Scheduled Meetings/Programs through May:
04/12 - OSHA Update 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
04/17 - Recruitment & Retention Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
04/24 - TDA Alternate Delegate Meeting 6:30 p.m.
04/29 - Strategic Planning Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m.

05/02-04 - TDA Annual Session, San Antonio
05/14 -     GHDS Joint Outreach Event 6:00 p.m.
05/30 -     GHDS Installation of Officers 6:00 p.m.

UTSD ASDA Vendor Fair

The UTSD Annual Vendor Fair was held at the Cooley Center on Wednesday, January 9, `2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Vendors are able to network with dental students and faculty to speak about products, services, and the opportunities they can offer students. Food and beverages was provided to all attendees.

Jayne Fuller and Jennifer Smith attended the event to promote membership in Organized Dentistry and the importance of being involved in the political arena. Students were informed that Organized Dentistry is dentistry’s voice in the political arena and that we need their support and membership. Their questions were answered about becoming a member and they were encouraged to visit the ADA’s website for dental students. There were four door prizes of $25.00 Visa Cards given by the GHDS. Students were given tote bags, candy, metallic patriotic USA Mardi Gras beads, membership information and GHDS and Star events coming up for them to attend.

2019 Give Kids A Smile Event
The Give Kids A Smile Day was a great success held on February 22nd as a collaborative effort of UTHealth School of Dentistry- Houston & Greater Houston Dental Society with support from the Greater Houston Dental Alliance and underwritten by the Delta Dental Community Cares Foundation. Give Kids A Smile-Houston is part of the ADA annual initiative, National Children’s Dental Health Month and held as a special outreach event focused on the epidemic of untreated oral disease among disadvantaged children. Through this partnership, 317 children & teens were served with dental procedures, free-of-charge, valuing $163,661. Our thanks to the community partners for coordinating the participating families and children: San Jose Dental Clinic, Houston Asian American Dental Society, Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services, Communities In Schools/Houston ISD, Avance, Nehemiah Center and the Yellowstone Academy.

2019 Star of the South

The 2019 Star of the South featured a two-day conference on Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8. Attendees and exhibitors alike were once again pleased with the format which maintained the opportunity for attendees to fulfill all their annual required CE hours at once. Table clinic presentations were held on Thursday afternoon with dentists, specialists, dental, dental hygiene and dental assistant students participating. The meeting’s social events were held in the outer concourse area of the convention center.

TDA Legislative Day
Every other year, the Texas Legislature meets in Austin, and dentists converge on Austin for TDA Legislative Day. More than 350 dentists and 25 dental and pre-dental students from across Texas attended this most important day on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. After a morning training and de-briefing session, several hundred dentists from around the state travelled to the capitol building to attend their appointments to discuss TDA’s Legislative agenda with their elected officials. The alliance to the TDA paved the way to a good reception by delivering to each legislative office small gift bags of dental products and TDA literature. We are the pre-eminent lobbyists to our personal senators and representatives; therefore, we need to be on the alert at all times during the 86th Texas Legislative Session to stand up for our profession and relay TDA’s legislative message.

TDA’s six legislative issues include:

• Dental Insurance: Patient Benefit Disclosures and insurance payment choice
• Access to oral health care: funding and administration for Texas programs
• Water fluoridation: benefits, disclosure and notification
• Texas dental schools: funding and clinic operations
• Dental Practice Models: preserving independent professional judgement
• Scope