Dental Hygienists' Association
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
Camden County College 5.13.14
Bergen County College 5.14.14
Middlesex County College 5.14.14
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 Kristen Conlan (Rutgers), recipient of the 2013 Westphal Scholarship. Click here to read the winning essay on Promoting the Profession.
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 participate as exhibitor or sponsor at the 2014 Garden State Conference on 10.17-18.14 at the Princeton Westin may download these documents
Corporate Friends who wish to reach NJDHA members may download these documents
Looking for a Dental Hygienist? Check this advertising opportunity:
President Jodie Heimbach
My theme as NJDHA President is "TEAM", together everyone achieves more. Dental Hygienists in New Jersey have seen some awesome changes in the last few years! New regulations now allow us to deliver local anesthesia and practice under general supervision! These changes were made possible due to the joint efforts of the members and leaders of New Jersey Dental Hygienists' Association and with the help of our Lobbyist Paul Bent. We need you to join in and help make our professional association accomplish our goals. We will continue to improve access to care and make even greater strides together to improve oral and systemic health. I am proud to represent you as President of NJDHA. Please join the TEAM.
UMDNJ Now Rutgers
As of July 1, the dental hygiene program in Scotch Plains is in the Department of Allied Dental Education of Rutgers University, School of Health Related Professions (formerly UMDNJ). With Rutgers, some changes will be seen with the program – including the planned BSDH entry-level program to begin in 2015. Program Director Carolyn Breen (Central) reports that the preliminary steps for this change are in process now; and that Rutgers will continue the degree-completion program that’s been in place for over 17 years.
Click here for Registration Brochure
Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by Networking with Your community of dental hygienists!
Registration brochure will be posted in August – be sure to watch for it and be a part of this event!
Sunstar Americas, sponsor of Student Networking
Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., sponsor of the Presidents Reception
Delta Dental Of New Jersey, Inc., sponsor of the GSC Registration Brochure
OralDNA, sponsor of the Day-of-the-Meeting flyer
NJ Society of Periodontists, sponsor of Continental breakfast
Northern-NJDHA component, sponsor of Access to Care Workshop
Exan Group, sponsor of Educators Networking
Delta Gloves, sponsor of attendee bags
Visit the Exhibits and learn about new Products & Services to Help YOU!
- Glove’n Care
- Johnson & Johnson
- Sunstar Americas
- Delta Dental
- American Diabetes Association
- Philips Sonicare & Zoom
- P&G Professional Oral Care Crest/OralB
- Exan Group
- Dental Solutions
- Knotty Floss
- Quest for Health
- Natural Dentist
- American Eagle & Cetylite
- Dental Fillings
- And more!
Watch for product samples from Microflex, as well as Excelsior College information, in your attendee bag!
Every registrant will receive a free door-prize coupon.
Be a winner! You might take home:
- Kerr Perfect Pearl Prophy Paste
- Philips Sonicare Flexcare Platinum Brush
- P&G OralB PC 7000 Black Toothbrush
- Quest for Health Bag of Healthy Goodies
- from Coltene: $50 Gift Card
- Basket of Natural Dentist product with Power Toothbrush
- Basket from Sunstar Americas
- from Donna Mills RDH: framed photo of RDHs back-in-the-day
- Dental Filllings Gift Card
- And more!
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.
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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:
Watch for more info on this meeting, and in the meantime – see the photos below for delegates in action!
- Bylaws amendment changing “active member” to “professional member”
- Updates to glossary terms to reflect current terminology
- Updates to current polices to reflect current environment
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.
Symposium Proceedings Now Available
The symposium, Transforming Dental Hygiene Education: Proud Past, Unlimited Future; organized by ADHA in collaboration with the Santa Fe Group, was held last September. On 9.18.13, over 100 oral health stakeholders convened in downtown Chicago for an unprecedented collaboration to envision the role of the dental hygiene profession in the future health care system. The symposium proceedings were published by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) . proceedings are now available for viewing on the HRSA website - click here to review the document.
7th Annual Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness
Sunday, 9.21.14 - Perona Farms, Andover, NJ - Rain or Shine!
The many great things planned include free oral cancer screenings, free blood pressure screenings, raffles, speakers (Dr. Mike Boylan, an oral cancer survivor; also an oral surgeon from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine), live band, Zumba warm up, free breakfast/barbecue lunch, shirts/goody bags, free photo booth and so much more. Please join the event and represent the profession - RDH's are on the frontline of finding oral cancer at its most curable stages!
CONTEST: the dental office team raising the most donations will receive a Velscope courtesy of LED Dental!
For info contact Susan Lauria firstname.lastname@example.org
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!