New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

Congratulations to Dayna Madden (Rutgers), recipient of the 2014 Westphal Scholarship. Click here to read the winning essay on Promoting the Profession.

Congratulations to Jodie Heimbach RDH BS (Central), the 2014 winner of the NJDHA Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene !

Congratulations to Vicky Fedor, CDA, RDH (Central), the 2014 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !

Gurenlian Leadership Award
NJDHA presented the Gurenlian Leadership Award to a graduate at each of the four Spring-graduating schools. NJDHA welcome these future leaders to the profession:

Burlington County College 4.12.14
Stephanie Roberson

Camden County College 5.13.14
Corinne Soupik

Bergen County College 5.14.14
Roshni Patel

Middlesex County College 5.14.14
Nicole Abati

Congratulations to Natalie Ficetola, Rutgers Senior Student, recipient of Northern Component's Loretta Rummel Award.

Congratulations to Kristen Shepherd who was presented with NJDHA's Gurenlian Leadership Award  at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions on 12.19.13.

Congratulations to Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH (Bergen) who was awarded the American Academy of Dental Hygiene’s Commitment to Excellence Award at the recent annual session. Winnie was recognized for her dedication to the profession and to AADH.

Congratulations to Gail Vasilenko, RDH, the 2013 winner of the NJDHA Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Mentorship Award. Click here to read the Rutgers student chapter's nominating essay.

Congratulations to Stefanie Geronimo (MCC 2014 graduate), recipient of the 2013 Mara Sculler Award.

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Gail Woller
2015 NJDHA President
It is a sincere pleasure and an honor to represent
and lead NJDHA in the coming  year. Dental
Hygiene  is a profession, and WE ARE THE
REAL DEAL!! We are not imposters!
We are educated preventive oral health professionals and are quite capable of collaborating with other healthcare professionals. We must become integrated into the healthcare delivery system as primary care providers. This will help to ensure the total health of the public. Access to care is at our doorstep!!!
I have been an active member of this association for over 30 years. It has taken almost that long to get many of the privileges we have today. It may take many years for us to have Advanced Care Dental Hygiene Therapists in New Jersey. But we CAN make it happen!! Those of you who are potential members join ADHA. Students, please transition your student membership to a professional membership. You are the future of this dental hygiene profession and the future is NOW!!
I want to thank the many who volunteer their time and efforts to this organization. Also, a huge thank you to Paul Bent our Lobbyist and Becky Pugh our Executive Director.

2015 Garden State Conference
See You There!
October 16-17, 2015 at the Princeton Westin

ADHA Supports Creation of Dental Hygiene Therapists in Maine

ADHA applauds the creation of a dental hygiene therapist (DHT) in Maine. Maine Governor Paul LePage signed the bill into law on 4.28.14.This new member of the oral health team will be an RDH who has additional education and experience.
Click here to read the rest of the article
 Read more info in the Fact Sheet

NJDHA at ADHA Vegas Meeting

The 2014 ADHA Annual Session was in Las Vegas NV, 6/18-24/14. Delegation members included Head Delegate Winnie Furnari (Bergen); Delegates Jodie Heimbach (Central) and Gail Woller (Central); and Alternates Lauren Jaccodine (Central), Mary Buttery (Southern), and Pat Bocage (Southern). Additionally, the delegation attended the ADHA District II meeting 5/31-6/1/14 to prepare for this meeting. Actions from the ADHA House of Delegates included:
  • Bylaws amendment changing “active member” to “professional member”
  • Updates to glossary terms to reflect current terminology
  • Updates to current polices to reflect current environment
Watch for more info on this meeting, and in the meantime – see the photos below for delegates in action!

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PEW Report on Expanding the Dental team

On June 30, 2014, The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report that included examples of mid-level dental providers in Minnesota and Alaska performing routine preventive and restorative care to underserved populations, and the benefits those services could have nationwide to those requiring oral health care. The state of Maine also recently passed legislation allowing a dental hygienist or an independent practice dental hygienist to become a dental hygiene therapist. Maine and Minnesota, as well as tribal lands in Alaska, have moved forward to address their access to care challenges and now recognize these oral health workforce models.

Colgate & Triclosan

Recent reports indicate a concern regarding Triclosan in Colgate toothpaste. Colgate has issued a statement regarding this matter. NJDHA joins with NJDA in posting this report from Colgate.
Congratulations Vicky Fedor (Central)
Winner of 2014 Fran Fluhr Award Announced

Vicky Fedor (Central), winner of NJDHA’s 2014 Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award, was nominated by Tina Modi (C) and Kathy Sinatra (N). The nominating letter noted, “She has grown to possess the necessary skills which have guided our association and profession over the years into something we all can be proud of.” Vicky will be presented her award during Opening Session at the Garden State Conference on October 18, 2014 at the Princeton Westin – be sure to attend and celebrate Vicky’s achievement!

ADHA & ASTDD Issue Flyer on Collaboration Opportunities

This flyer, prepared by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and ADHA reviews the opportunities for collaboration between State Oral Health Programs and State Dental Hygienists' Associations to improve oral health. “We look to the state dental hygienists’ associations to partner on increasing access to preventive care. Dental hygienists are instrumental in delivering services in school-based sealant programs and promoting prevention strategies in communities." said Merry Jo Thoele MPH RDH, the Dental Director for the Minnesota Oral Health Program.  Click here to read more about the opportunities

Congratulations to Jodie Heimbach (Central)
Winner of 2014 Carol King Award Announced

Jodie Heimbach (Central), winner of NJDHA’s 2014 Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene, was nominated by Tina Modi (C). Jodie’s essay noted, “Dental Hygiene has been very good to me and I am a better person because of it… I plan to work with NJDHA to promote access to care.” Jodie will be presented her award during Opening Session at the Garden State Conference on October 18, 2014 at the Princeton Westin – join the celebration of Jodie’s achievement!

Give Kids a Smile on 2.6.15

The Give Kids A Smile Program, sponsored by NJDA/ADA, is an annual program providing one day of free treatment to kids under age 12. Many RDHs volunteer for this project. Click here to see the September 2014 Newsletter that provides info on the project and how you can volunteer. Access-to-Care is a top priority for NJDHA - last year, this program provided care for 2,861 kids - please be sure to volunteer your time for one day so NJ kids can access important dental & dental hygiene care!

One Year Later, Symposium Outcomes Continue to Drive Change in Dental Hygiene Profession

Chicago (Oct. 2, 2014) — The "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education: Proud Past, Unlimited Future" symposium — a collaborative event convened by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the Sante Fe Group and the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health (IOH) — took place a year ago, but continues to affect positive change for the dental hygiene profession. The three-day forum in Chicago brought together more than 100 key stakeholders with diverse perspectives to discuss the need to transform the educational requirements and practice for the dental hygiene profession.  Read More

Attention NJ RDHs!

Join the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health 2020 Initiative -
A Pediatric and Adult Oral Health Wellness Campaign

NJDHA has aligned with the NJ Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to work toward the establishment of a dental home by age one. NJ-AAP, working with a variety of stakeholders including NJDHA, NJDA, & NJAPD, presents events to bring together pediatricians, pediatric dentists and RDHs.

Click here to read more about the program

ADHA Shares Information to Raise Awareness, Reduce Concern About Ebola Virus Disease

Chicago (10.17.14) — ADHA understands the concerns raised about the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), and continues to review materials and information shared by CDC as well as the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). ADHA is committed to ensuring the most current news and information regarding Ebola is available to the dental hygiene and health care
communities, as well as the public the profession serves.
Click here to read more & find links

NJDHA Sponsored Courses at NJDA Annual Meeting
Save the Date: 5.1-2.15, Princeton

Click here to read more

Watch for Part 3 of the NJDHA Series on Access-to-Care

Garden State Conference
10.17.15 - Save the Date
Princeton Westin

Sponsored by Philips

Speaker: Doreen Naughton is a clinician, educator, consultant, author, presenter, and the sole proprietor of Dental Hygiene Health Services. She has provided dental hygiene services for twenty-five years in Washington State caring for over 4500 patients in alternate living facilities. She has served as president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association and as District XII Trustee for ADHA and has received recognition and awards including the ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award in 2000.


What’s Coming Up?

2.6.15 - Give Kids a Smile

2.8.15 - Administrative Council Meeting

2.23.15 - Geriatrics Study Club

3.15.15 - BOT & Networking meetings

3.28.15 - Sealant Saturday

4.18.15 - NJDAA Meeting

5.1-3.15 - NJDHA CE at NJDA

5.30-31.15 - ADHA District II meeting

6.17-23.15 - ADHA in Nashville

10.16-17.15 - BOT, HOD, GSC

12.13.15 - LCCE