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Family Caregivers Recognized in November

Providing care for a family member who is older or who has a disability can be a stressful and time-intensive responsibility. Because of the stress of their role, family caregivers develop chronic health problems at nearly twice the rate of non-caregivers, and up to 70 percent experience depression and anxiety.
Caregivers need a break, often called respite. This short-term, temporary care lets them rest, recharge and come back refreshed.
In light of the valuable contribution family caregivers make, Gov. Rick Perry has declared November as Family Caregivers Month in Texas. The Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and Texas Respite Coalition (TRC) echo this important and timely proclamation honoring caregivers throughout the state for their commitment and dedication to vulnerable Texans.
To read the proclamation, and to learn more about the important role family caregivers play, click here.
The Lifespan Respite Care Program (LRCP), which was created in 2009 by the 81st Texas Legislature, enhances and expands the coordination and availability of respite services for family caregivers.The TRC works in coordination with DADS to support the Lifespan Respite Care Program and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs in Texas.
For more information please visit www.dads.state.tx.us/taketimetexas

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2014 Texas Oral Health Summit

Interprofessional Collaboration
Collective Impact

Online Evaluation Instruction
Evaluations must be completed by November 30, 2014.
PDF's of the available course slides may be found on the History Page.

2014 Oral Health Champion Award

Sarah Dirks, DDS

2014-2015 Board of Directors
Chair: Erik Harrington, DDS, PhD
Vice-Chair: Sharon Dickinson, CDA, RDA Secretary: Pam Myers, RDH
Treasurer: McHenry Lee, DDS
Immediate Past Chair: Beth Stewart, RDH

Cathy Blunck, RDH
David Cappelli, DMD, MPH, PhD
Nancy Cline, RDH, MPH
Michelle Landrum, RDH, MEd
Christina Murphey, RN, PhD
Sherdeana Owens, DDS, MPA
Poster Presentation Winners
First Place: Helena Tapias-Perdignon, DDS, MS
Second Place: Magda de la Torre, RDH, MPH
Third Place: Christina Horton, RDH

2014 Strategic Plan

The TxOHC Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Coalition's 2014 strategic plan.

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2014 Goals

  1. Increase Oral Health Awareness
  2. Increase Interprofessional Collaboration
  3. Improve Public Oral Health
  4. Increase Access to Care
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Who We are...

TxOHC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c) (3) state oral health coalition. This partnership is comprised of various stakeholders that include: medical and dental related professionals, community agencies, faith-based organizations, policy developers, insurance companies, professional educators, public members, and state and government entities Members that are collaborating and working together in finding solutions to strengthen the health safety net and expand the oral health care network in Texas.

Many thanks to our 2014 Texas Oral Health Coalition Sponsors !!!
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