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Check out our update on mid-level providers, a Q&A with Minnesota dental therapists, and the 100th anniversary past president's guest editorial from ADHA Executive Director Ann Battrell, MSDH!
OSAP Resources for Dental Hygienists Impacted by Recent Flooding
In light of storms and flooding affecting living and working conditions for thousands of people along the East Coast, ADHA encourages dental hygienists to utilize resources provided by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Preservation for proper infection control. Read more.
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CLL Raffle: Win a Base Registration to Boston in 2013!
Need to Get in Those Last CE Courses to Renew Your License?
Don’t forget to visit our new partner site, CDEWorld, where we provide quality, peer-reviewed continuing education courses at your fingertips! Please visit the site at adha.cdeworld.com. Click here to learn more about the collaboration.
Free Travel and Lodging to CLL Boston Available
Want free travel and lodging for the 100th anniversary celebration of dental hygiene in Boston? Apply for an ADHA Award! Many of the available awards offer complimentary travel and lodging to CLL as you’re recognized in the company of your colleagues. Apply today!
Need Some Cash to Spend at the 100th Celebration?
Tell your colleagues why you’re excited to celebrate the “Proud Past and Unlimited Future of Dental Hygiene” in Boston next June 19-25 during the 100th anniversary of the dental hygiene profession. Submit a YouTube video that completes the tagline “I’m Going…” and describe why you can’t wait to attend CLL at the 90th Annual Session - you could win a $500 Visa Gift Card! Read more.
Sunstar Student YouTube Contest Winners
The winners of the ADHA/Sunstar YouTube contest for returning students were recently announced. Students were asked to use a variety of Sunstar products to create a video for patients with severe periodontitis. All entries can be viewed on ADHA’s YouTube channel. The winners are below.
CODA Accepts Recommendation to Require Needs Assessment to Determine the Feasibility of Proposed Dental Hygiene Programs
ADHA has just issued a press release heralding CODA's new requirement for a needs assessment as part of the accreditation process for new DH programs accreditation. "Evidenced-based documentation of current and local/regional data which verifies an adequate patient population, qualified faculty and administration, and present employment opportunities for graduates" is now required. A link to the attached press release can be found on the ADHA home page, www.adha.org.
As ADHA President, I have the distinct honor to work with each and every one of you as a collective voice for the dental hygiene profession. Your leadership plays a vital role in furthering the goals and professional interests of hygienists nationwide, and without your dedication, ADHA would not be where it is today.
I recognize that these are challenging economic times for the country, and our community is not insulated from these hardships, either. As leaders of this profession, our membership looks to us for guidance and support in times of uncertainty. We need your help in preparing our fellow hygienists to anticipate these changes and arm themselves with the knowledge and resources to take their careers to the next level in a variety of emerging professional roles.
One way ADHA is supporting all of you is through a one-day workshop held in Chicago on Saturday, February 25 from 8:00am-5:00pm. This workshop - Dental Hygiene in a Changing World: Leading and Developing Your Career - has been developed to empower dental hygienists to understand the changing landscape of the profession and the different career paths available. The low-cost fee of $99 provides hygienists with 8 CE hours as well as breakfast and lunch.
Some of the highlights of the workshop include:
- Staying Relevant in a Changing Profession; looking at ADHA's Environmental Scan
- Creating Value in your practice
- How to become the hygienist you want to be
- A look at new skill sets for an RDH
- Roles of the Dental Hygiene Professional: Career Pathways and Opportunities
- Designing Your Career Path Roadmap
Please help me get the word out to your members about this important event hosted on the last day of the Chicago Mid-Winter meeting at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile. Our meetings team at ADHA is able to provide you with additional information in regards to this event as well as provide you with flyers, talking points, and PowerPoint slides for you to utilize during any of your upcoming local meetings. You can reach the meetings team at:
Manager, Event Marketing & Exhibit Sales
Manager, Meetings & Conventions
Director, Corporate Development
Thank you again for your continued dedication to ADHA and hygienists everywhere!
Pamela Quinones, RDH, BS, ADHA President
Meeting and Registration Information: www.adha.org/professionals
Date: July 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Millions of Americans Lack Access to Essential Oral Health Care
WASHINGTON -- Millions of Americans are not receiving needed dental care services because of "persistent and systemic" barriers that limit their access to oral health care, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. To remove these barriers -- which disproportionately affect children, seniors, minorities, and other vulnerable populations -- the report recommends changing funding and reimbursement for dental care; expanding the oral health work force by training doctors, nurses, and other nondental professionals to recognize risk for oral diseases; and revamping regulatory, educational, and administrative practices.
"The consequences of insufficient access to oral health care and resultant poor oral health -- at both the individual and population levels -- are far-reaching," said Frederick Rivara, Seattle Children's Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and chair of the committee that wrote the report. "As the nation struggles to address the larger systemic issues of access to health care, we need to ensure that oral health is recognized as a basic component of overall health."
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for Submitting the Winning Video in the YouTube Contest
Worlds most powerful man speaks out about importance of oral health and the relationship to total health!
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3590, the health care overhaul bill passed by the Senate in December, thus ushering in a new era of heath care delivery in the United States. The 219-212 vote closely followed party lines with only Democrats voting in favor of the measure. The bill now awaits President Obama's signature in order to become law. H.R. 3590 contains a number of oral health provisions that will have a significant impact on the oral health care delivery system and the dental hygiene profession. As the leading resource for information about your profession, ADHA offers this update on health reform as part of the series of health reform e-mails that have been sent since August.
The House vote brings closure to more than a year of national debate about whether or not to fundamentally overhaul the national health care system. The new law will extend health care coverage to tens of millions of Americans. While much media attention has been focused on the broad medical provisions contained in H.R. 3590, little has been reported about the significant oral health provisions included in the bill. The following offers an overview of some of the key oral health provisions:
How Dental Care Will Be Changed by Healthcare Reform
Health reform will offer major changes in the arena of dental care; the bill that has been offered by the United States Congress for healthcare reform will have a lasting effect on the field of dentistry and the type of dental care that people receive.
There promises to be a huge expansion of coverage for individuals in need of dental care once health reform is initiated. The healthcare reform bill looks very promising for people who have long awaited adequate coverage for their dental needs.
Children will get greater dental care because the health reform options are seeking to cover all children in the United States today. Funding will possibly be offered for professionals within the industry seeking to further their education in the field of dentistry too; this means more qualified dentists to treat more individuals who receive coverage via the healthcare reform bill.
In a recent study from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Buffalo (Shibly O; Effect of tobacco counseling by dental students on patient quitting rate J Dent Educ. 2010 Feb;74(2):140-8), it was discovered that once dental professionals received appropriate training in tobacco counseling cessation protocol for their patients they can be effective in motivating patients to quit smoking.
At 7am on December 24th, the Senate passed H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The passage of the legislation marks another hurdle in the effort to pass sweeping health reform legislation in Congress. The House passed its health reform bill in November and now Senate and House leadership will reconcile the differences between the two pieces of legislation, setting the stage for final passage of a health reform bill.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is committed to keeping the dental hygiene community informed on health reform matters that impact the profession. Both the House and Senate bills contain significant oral health provisions that are not often mentioned in media coverage of health reform.
ADHA respects that there are many opinions on health reform within the dental hygiene community. This update is not intended to sway recipients in one direction or the other on the issue, but is offered as a means to update dental hygiene professionals about the oral health provisions contained in the Senate bill (H.R. 3590) and the House bill (H.R. 3962).
ADA Launches Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program at Temple University
CHICAGO, Nov. 24, 2009-The American Dental Association (ADA) has signed an agreement with Temple University to train new dental team members as part of a pilot program to improve the oral health in underserved communities. The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is a member of the dental health team who works in communities where residents have limited access to dental care to improve their oral health.
The CDHC provides a limited range of preventive dental care services-including screenings and fluoride treatments. However, of greater importance to these communities, the CDHC will help patients navigate the health system and access care by a dentist or an appropriate clinic and engage in educational activities to improve community members' oral health habits.