Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation & Outcomes (ROHDEO)

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The Repository of Oral Health Data Evaluation and Outcomes, a group with the fortunate acronym of ROHDEO, held a series of webinars in the last year that caught our attention. Although ROHDEO promotes collaboration among oral health stakeholders “across the state of Texas”, the webinars topics are of widespread interest. But first, borrowing from the About page of their website, a little bit about them.

The Texas Repository of Oral Health Data for Evaluation and Outcomes (ROHDEO) is a statewide database of oral health indicators contributed by community dental programs in Texas. ROHDEO is a collaboration between University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Health Program. Data includes demographics, access to oral health care, and clinical oral health indicators aggregated by age group and county. Basic Screening Survey (BSS) data is collected by community programs and annually contributed to ROHDEO. The data in ROHDEO is not necessarily a representative sample of the population.

Here are links to the archive and descriptions of the four most recent webinar presentations.

The Burden of Tobacco, Tobacco Control, and Advocacy: Policy Strategies for Oral Health

Tobacco is the leading cause of death in the United States, and both combustible and smokeless tobacco impact oral health. This webinar will briefly summarize the acute and chronic conditions caused by tobacco and nicotine use, as well as the population health and economic burden tobacco places on the U.S. To address this burden, the impact of tobacco control strategies, including tobacco price increases, smoke-free policies, cessation access, tobacco21, and media campaigns will be discussed. The webinar will conclude with strategies for implementing these interventions.

Using Data to Impact Oral Health Policy: What Policymakers Want to Know

This webinar will provide an overview of how to use data to promote oral health legislation and policy, when engaging federal legislators, administration officials and policymakers.  The webinar will highlight the kinds of actions that these groups can take (e.g., regulation, legislation, administrative action) and how they use data to inform decision-making and program evaluation. The webinar will highlight how oral health champions can prepare to interact with these individuals.

Collaboration for Health IT: Designed to Support Research

This webinar featured presentations by Dr. Heiko Spallek, Dr. Lynn Johnson, and Dr. Mark Genuis and set the stage by explaining the founding principles of the Collaboration for Health IT and how these three dental schools in collaboration with Internet2 and ICE Health System created a vision to develop an electronic dental record that supports their missions as research-intense institutions.

Help Your Community Smile: Start or Enhance a Community Oral Health Program for Older Adults

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) have launched their first website focused on helping communities to promote the oral health of older adults. On May 25th, 2017 ACL and OWH released the Help Your Community Smile Oral Health website which includes tools for communities to start or enhance an oral health program for older adults. This webinar will provide an overview of resources to assist in starting or enhancing an Oral Health program for older adults in your community.