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.

Advertise and Support NJDHA
Corporate Friends who wish to reach NJDHA members may download these documents

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Interested in exhibits or sponsorships at the Garden State Conference? click here

Contact NJDHA

NJDHA Central Office
2 Danbury Court
Marlton NJ 08053
856-985-0702 fax



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
Click here for all the info!

Corporate Friends

Interested in exhibits or sponsorships?
click here

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!

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

Click here to read more

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

Garden State Conference
Save the Date 10.16-17.15
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?

4.26.15 - Administrative Council Meeting

5.1-3.15 - NJDHA CE at NJDA

5.17.15 - BOT Conference Call

5.30-31.15 - ADHA District II meeting

6.17-23.15 - ADHA in Nashville

7.1.15 - ADHA applications open
Wrigley Company Foundation grants

8.1.15 - NJDHA Award nominations due

9.20.15 - OCF Walk

10.1.15 ADHA Applications Open

10.16-17.15 - BOT, HOD, GSC

11.1.15 - ADHA applications open
Rosie Wall Community Spirit grants
Research grants

12.13.15 - LCCE

NERB Changes Name to CDCA

The NorthEast Regional Board has announced a new name, The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA). CDCA indicates the name, logo, web address and email addresses have changed, but the commitment to testing excellence and quality remains.  Read More

Oral Cancer Foundation Event - 9.20.15 at Perona Farms

The 8th annual Oral Cancer Walk/Run for Awareness in Memory of David Nasto will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Perona Farms! Check out the OCF website for more info - watch for flyers!

ADHA District 2 Workshop 
May 30-31, 2015
CentraState Medical Center

Want to know more about what's happening with ADHA?
With the profession in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or New York?
With students preparing for the profession?
Are you going to ADHA-Nashville meeting and you want to be prepared?

Attend this meeting with the District 2 Trustee Jaclyn Gleber, the ADHA District 2 Student Delegate, and leaders in the profession from all four states.

Click here for more info & registration

Sponsored by Premier Dental                  Sponsored by Sunstar Americas         

Watch for a special door-prize from Water Pik 

License Renewal Year!  Will you have enough?


Looking for those last few CEUs needed to renew your license?
Plan to attend: Last Chance CE
12.13.15 - JFK Medical Center, Edison NJ

Rutgers Dental Hygiene Program Transition Official

The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions will transition to a Rutgers Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the existing Associate of Applied Science degree with partner institutions. The 126-credit curriculum includes a broader range of general education, discipline-specific, and interdisciplinary education to meet the requirements for a B.S. degree. The new degree program is designed to accept transfer credits from other New Jersey institutions. For first-time first-year Rutgers students, the program will be offered jointly with the Newark College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Director Dr. Carolyn Breen reports this was the first new program approval for the School of Health Related Professions since the merger with Rutgers University nearly two (2) years ago. The program is admitting the last class for the AAS degree to start January, 2016.  The program will continue to offer the online degree completion Allied Dental Education Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Program for those dental hygienists who wish to matriculate into a baccalaureate degree completion program to obtain the BSDH.

Rutgers Courses Available

5.6.15 Essential Infection Control & Sterilization Practices for Every Dental Professional
Includes lecture & lab sessions

National & State-Level Projections of Dentists & Dental Hygienists in the US 2012-2025

The US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), National Center for Health Workforce Analysis has released this report on projections for supply and demand for dental professionals. Baseline is 2012 workforce with projections for 2025.  All 50 states and Washington DC are projected to experience a shortage of DDSs.  For RDHs, the projection is mixed. Overall Supply of RDHs will outpace demand while a few states will experience shortages of RDHs. The report indicates the evolving role of RDHs  may ameliorate DDS shortages by maximizing productivity or the existing dental health workforce. To see the entire report, along with NJ projections, click here