Monthly Archives: July 2014

HDA Supports Landmark Health Equity Legislation: HEAA of 2014

HDA Celebrates Introduction of Landmark Health Equity Legislation

The Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2014 advances a broadly supported and comprehensive agenda to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities

WASHINGTON – Today, the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), a leading organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community with a vision to eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community, is proud to celebrate the introduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA) of 2014 by the Congressional Tri-Caucus – comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Health Task Force Chair who will receive HDA’s 2014 National Leader Award, is the lead sponsor of HEAA of 2012.  She will receive the honor at HDA’s 24th Conference & Expo, August 23, 2014, Las Vegas, Nev. “We sincerely thank Congresswoman Roybal-Allard for being the lead sponsor of this important legislation, which HDA supports,” HDA President, Dr. Tyrone Rodriguez said. “Her lead on the fight to end health disparities over her years of public service is exactly the reason why she is deserving of the HDA National Leader Award.  We look forward to presenting it to her at our annual conference next month.”

“I am honored to introduce the 113th Congress Health Equity and Accountability Act on behalf of my colleagues in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus.  HEAA provides a consensus blueprint of the most principled, comprehensive, and strategic plan to eliminate health disparities and improve the health of all communities.  We believe that no one’s life expectancy should be determined by the color of their skin, or the zip code in which they are born.  By adopting HEAA’s wide spectrum strategy of racial, ethnic, ability, language, and gender health disparity elimination initiatives, we hope to dramatically reduce the disproportionately high rates of premature death and preventable illness in our minority communities,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), lead sponsor of HEAA of 2014.

HEAA of 2014 focuses on providing federal resources and policies for ethnic minorities in an effort to eliminate health disparities. It is a comprehensive and broadly-supportive piece of legislation designed to reduce racial imbalances in regards to health care access and outcomes.

HEAA 2014 builds off of HEAA 2011, which already addresses an expansive variety of health equity issues, but in HEAA 2014 has expanded to include provisions such as ones like ACA and HHS’s historic health equity measures that also focus on eliminating health disparities.

Almost 350 organizations have endorsed HEAA of 2014, from the local to the state to the national level, including HDA.  They are united in their mission to achieve health equity, and believe it should be a basic human right, not a privilege. Health equity is something that belongs at the baseline of our nation’s most basic values along with justice, fairness, and equal opportunity. HEAA 2014 delivers the federal resources and policies to make these views a reality, stepping closer to achieving true health equity for all.

North Texas Hispanic Dental Association Annual Gala and Kickoff Party

The North Texas Hispanic Dental Association’s Annual Gala and signature fundraiser will take place at The Meadows museum on Friday, October 3rd 2014. Over 100 people are expected to attend the event this year, which will include 1 hour of CE with three outstanding speakers about the treatment of complex multidisciplinary cases followed by a delicious dinner.

NTHDA will announce the new President, Vice President, Committee Chairs and other Board Members, so there will be the opportunity to meet with new and potential leaders for the association, which provides a strong way to establish or continue connections with NTHDA.

There will also be a Kickoff Party for members and sponsors to interact in a relaxing environment, enjoying some wine and tapas, with the chance to learn about NTHDA’s mission and exciting news about their community outreach events and different sponsorship levels.

The Kickoff party will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 14th at 8117 Preston Road, Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75225.

The Save the Date for the 2014 Annual Gala is below.

Please visit NTHDA’s completely renovated webpage at to learn more about NTHDA, and please RSVP responding to this email or sending an email to:

We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the NTHDA Kickoff Party!

Final Save the Date Gala Oct 3 Dallas NTHDA Gala

The North Texas Hispanic Dental Association (NTHDA) is a professional chapter belonging to the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA). They are an association of Hispanic oral health professionals and students that strive to increase oral health awareness among the Hispanic Community in North Texas, and their mission is to become the leaders for Hispanic Oral Health awareness; providing service, education, advocacy and leadership within North Texas.

Launch of Washington, DC Area Chapter of HDA

Launch of Washington, DC Area Chapter of HDA

WASHINGTON, DC. July 23, 2014— The DC Area Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association will be launched Thursday, July 24th. HDA and Dr. Oswald I. Cameron-Morales, DDS, Chapter President 2014-2015 organized the Launch. Around 30 prominent local dental hygientists, practitioners, and students are to attend the event featuring networking, food, and fun to celebrate the new chapter. Membership is not required to attend this event, but members who do gather together know they do so with a common vision: to eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.

“After many years practicing dentistry in the Washington DC Metro area and involvement in the HDA and numerous dental missions to Central and South America, I encouraged my colleagues to bring the mission of the HDA to the local needs of the Washington DC area.” Many immigrants and underserved families find it difficult to access oral care due to lack of oral health literacy, high cost (access to affordable care and insurance) and language barriers. “We are here to address those needs with the help of area dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and students who will join our chapter.” – Oswald Cameron-Morales, DDS

The Hispanic Dental Association has over forty affiliate chapters nationwide, including over 30 student chapters, with several additional groups in the application process. Each of these groups is unique in character, but all share the same dedication to serving the Hispanic community. Some chapters are located at dental schools, some are composed entirely of dental professionals, but all are dedictated to living the mission of S.E.A.L. – Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership.  Since 1990, HDA has brought together hundreds of oral health professionals committed to eliminating oral health disparities among Hispanics and has helped provide oral health care to over 9000 underserved people in the last year alone.

The newly formed Washington, DC Area chapter will be joining the list of established chapters in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego/Baja, CA, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Dallas, TX, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Yakima, WA.



About the Hispanic Dental Association  @HDAssoc                                           

The Hispanic Dental Association is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to eliminating oral health disparities in the Hispanic community by providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership. We are the leaders for Hispanic oral health providing Service, Education, Advocacy, and Leadership.


Second Annual Dance for a Kid’s Smile Zumbathon 9/6/14


The “Second Annual Dance for a Kid’s Smile” Zumbathon will be held on Saturday September 6th, 2014 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at The Legacy Shops Plaza in Bishop Park, 7100 Bishop, Plano, TX 75024.

The event is sponsored by the North Texas Hispanic Dental Association (NTHDA), a professional chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association, with the proceeds funding “the Happy Tooh/El Diente Feliz,” an organization that provides free Dental Care to children in need and without dental insurance in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

9 million children in the US don’t have medical insurance, while 23 million don’t have dental insurance. According to the National Institute of Health, 80% of tooth decay is found in 25% of children, and according to the Center for Disease Control, almost 1/4 of children ages 2-11 have untreated cavities. Most of the untreated children come from low income families.

Proper oral health is instrumental to the maintenance of a healthy life, and for children the lack of it can get in the way of eating, sleeping, and even attending school. Because of dental health-related issues, upwards of 51 million school hours have been lost each year according to Oral Health in America, the May 2000 Surgeon general’s report, with poorer children suffering 10 times as much compared to children from higher-income families.

Join the fight to give everyone a chance to have a healthy smile – come out to the second annual Zumbathon on September 6th and dance for a child.

If you would like to donate to the cause, please mail donations to:

Dr. Nurko and HDA

7500 Stonebrook Pwky

Suite #104

Frisco, TX 75034



HDA Supports S.2461 – The CHIP Extension Bill

Hispanic children and adolescents still have the highest levels of untreated tooth decay in the country, according to a CDC NCHS Data Brief (No. 104, Aug. 2012). This shows how essential it is to extend the funding of CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program – legislation that would continue to guarantee healthcare coverage to low-income children and pregnant women across the country, providing dental benefits that would otherwise be unavailable to millions of people.

The CHIP extension bill includes improvements upon the existing CHIP program such as performance incentives to offer supplemental dental coverage to kids who are dentally uninsured or underinsured, and additional performance incentives to ensure that any coverage of pregnant women through CHIP includes dental coverage.

The legislation also explicitly requires that dental costs be tracked (in addition to medical costs) in order to ensure that a family does not exceed the 5% income cost-sharing limit.

HDA’s vision is to eliminate oral health disparities in the Hispanic community, and supports programs like CHIP that work toward the fulfillment of this vision. Our goal is to ensure the CHIP extension bill S.2461 achieves the support it needs and deserves to pass Congress, like it has had in the past, in order to continue the fight against the oral health disparities in the Hispanic community, and to one day see healthy smiles everywhere.