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Future Phases

The inception of ROHDEO began at the 2014 Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit wherein the idea for a state oral health data repository was introduced and widely supported. Since that time, funding has been secured through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the design, development, and expansion of ROHDEO. The plan outlined below was presented at the 2016 Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit.

Phase One: Planning (completed)

  • Indentifying oral health indicators to be collected in ROHDEO via statewide survey
  • Securing a server at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry for website creation
  • Convening a statewide standardization session at the Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit to promote accurate data collection of BSS and ROHDEO indicators
  • Creating network of collaborating organizations for data contribution to ROHDEO
  • Designing website and database infrastructure

Phase Two: Implementation (completed)

  • Creation of an Executive Committee and Advisory Committee to support design of the website and oversee the data collection process
  • Releasing sample website for stakeholders to review data collection and submission process
  • Providing access to oral health resources to support dissemination of evidence-based dental public health practices
  • Initiate webinar series to promote oral health and public health program administration, evaluation, and meaningful data use
  • Continue standardization of BSS and ROHDEO indicators through the Texas Oral Health Metrics Summit while promoting effective data use through state and national presentations
  • Implementing the first contribution phase in Summer 2017

Phase Three: Expansion (current phase)

  • Expand website to include interactive mapping tools and enhanced data query functions that display oral health data in conjunction with demographic and oral health indicators
  • Build database indicators using data from the Centers for Disease Control, the Census Bureau American Community Survey, and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to include data on community water fluoridation, dental professional workforce distribution, and access to dental care to be evaluated with oral health outcomes by age group and county
  • Incorporate access to other health databases to create a “one stop shop” wherein health data in Texas can be considered together