Community Volunteer Opportunity!

Join other volunteers on December 5th for the quarterly Samaritan Health Ministries Dental Waitlist Wipeout! Yes, it’s back and we’re ready to knock out some much needed screenings, radiographs, and scalings. This community event is split into an AM shift and PM shift and is located in Liberty Hill.

Sign up here

**Photos were taken before Covid, y’all


Saliva Chronicles Session 2

Thank you to everyone from Austin and San Antonio and all over the world that attended Session 2 last Thursday night. We had a great time learning from the one and only Anne Guignon about so many fascinating aspects of saliva and saliva testing that we don’t think about in the day-to-day task of performing hygiene procedures…but we should!

CE Certificates have been sent off so if you have not received your CE Certificate for Session 2, please contact greateraustindha@gmail.com and I can help you out.

If you missed Thursday night’s Session 2 of the Saliva Chronicles, Testing, Testing…One, Two, Three! Anne has a special message just for you.

Session Two Follow-up: A Message From Anne

*This is session is closed. We are unable to admit any further registrants at this time. If you are interested in learning more about this content, contact outoftheboxlearningacademy@gmail.com.


October CE Wrap UP!

Thank you Dr Wolfe for a wonderful lecture dedicated to the 75th Anniversary of Community Water Fluoridation. We also want to thank Crest-Oral B for sponsoring our speaker and virtual platform. If you missed this event, Dr Wolfe will be moderating a panel on this topic, see below.

Crest-Oral B also had some exciting news! The new Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush is now available. Watch video HERE and click HERE for professional ordering Information.

A Toast to Community Water Fluoridation – Celebrating 75 Years!

Sunday October 25th 6:00 PM- 6:50 PM (CST) – 1 Hour Dental CEU

The Oral Health Section is happy to announce registration is now open for the 75th Anniversary of Community Water Fluoridation Celebration. The first 300 registrants will receive a commemorative glass.  Please send us a fun picture making a toast to community water fluoridation with your water glass (instructions will be included with your shipment).  We will include all the photos at the end of our celebration. We would love to “see” you! Registration information available here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rI2UUJ16ShKdAXW6Pp7lIg

The American Public Health Association (APHA) champions the health of all people and all communities. For the last 75 years, community water fluoridation has been a significant public health success that continues to benefit all segments of our communities. APHA is a proud supporter and advocate of community water fluoridation as an effective, cost-saving, and safe means of preventing dental decay. There have been many successes and achievements in the community water fluoridation movement over the last 75 years. This celebration will serve as an opportunity to highlight the inspiring perseverance of our public health partners across the country. We will continue to rally our communities across the nation to prioritize health equity and prevention efforts, such as community water fluoridation, for another 75 years and beyond.

Moderator: 

Dr. Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, Chair, APHA Oral Health Section

Featured Speakers:

  • Rear Admiral Assistant Surgeon General Timothy Ricks; Chief Dental Officer USPHS
  • Dr. Georges C. Benjamin; Executive Director APHA

Panelist: 

  • Dr. Myron Allukian Jr.; Past President APHA
  • Dr. Nicole Johnson; Associate Director, Division of Oral Health, CDC
  • Dr. Jayanth Kumar; California State Dental Director
  • Ms. Tooka Zokaie; Manager of Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities, ADA

This event is a partnership between the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section and the American Dental Association. We are grateful to the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement for their sponsorship of this event!


Call for 2021 Austin Delegates

Are you interested in becoming more involved with your local component? We are looking to fill 9 delegate positions, and 2 alternate delegate positions, to represent Austin at the next TDHA Annual Conference!

2019 Austin Delegates

As a delegate, you will work with a group of hygienists from your local component to represent Austin’s dental hygienists as a whole. We will have the ability to bring resolutions to TDHA, request bylaw changes, and work with other components to ensure all Texas hygienists are equally represented.

This is a great opportunity to work with other hygienists in your area and it comes with free registration to TDHA Annual Conference. In addition, this year all Texas delegates will receive an exclusive swag bag, sponsored by the Houston component.

Can’t wait to nominate yourself? Fill out this webform. As we approach our November CE (11/05/2020), we will send out a virtual ballot so we can install the 2021 TDHA delegates before the start of the meeting.


October CE Welcomes Back Dr. Josefine Wolfe!

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Community Water Fluoridation, Dr Josefine Ortiz Wolfe brings us a presentation regarding the most effective public health initiative of this century. 

Subject: Community Water Fluoridation 75th Anniversary 

Title: 75th Year Anniversary of Community Water Fluoridation – Lessons learned from the Texas Community Water Fluoridation Campaign
Speaker: Dr Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, PhD, RDH, CHES
Date: 10/7/20
Time: 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM CDT

Fee: Free for ADHA members & $29 for non-members

Sponsored by Crest

Dr Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, RDH, PhD, CHES

Josefine Ortiz Wolfe, Ph.D., RDH, CHES, is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Health program at A.T. Still University within the College of Graduate Health Studies.  Dr. Wolfe is a Registered Dental Hygienist, Certified Health Education Specialist, and a National Health Service Corps Scholar Alumni.  She earned an undergraduate degree in dental hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005, a Master of Science in public health from Walden University in 2008, and a doctoral degree from Walden University in 2017. Previously, Dr. Wolfe served as the director of the Oral Health Program at Texas Health Institute and the project coordinator of a school-based dental sealant program at the City of San Antonio’s Health Department. Dr. Wolfe serves as Chairperson for the American Public Health Association’s Oral Health Section and is also a member of the Speakers Bureau for the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. She has over a decade of oral health leadership experience, and she is a national dental health educator and speaker. Her research interests include oral health equity, social and structural determinants of health in Latino and immigrant populations, care coordination in community health centers, and health systems research.