Dental Hygienists' Association
From the ADHA 2016 Pittsburgh meeting
Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH (Bergen) who received the Educator of the Year Award
Melissa Obratka, RDH, BA (Northern) who received the Master Clincian Award
Gurenlian Leadership Award
NJDHA presents the Gurenlian Leadership Award to a graduate at each of the dental hygiene programs. NJDHA welcome these future leaders to the profession:
Rutgers University on 12.17.15
Rowan College at Burlington County on 4.23.16
Bergen County College on 5.6.16
Middlesex County College on 5.13.16
Camden County College on 5.15.16
Eastern International College on 8.19.16
Congratulations to Lauren Moscogiuri (RCBC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2016 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Gia Grillo (CCC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2016 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Jaclyn Donovan (MCC 2016 graduate), recipient of Central-NJDHA's 2016 Mara Sculler Award.
Congratulations to Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH (Bergen), the 2015 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !
Congratulations to Caitlin LaFonte (Rutgers), recipient of the 2015 Westphal Scholarship. Click here to read the winning essay on Promoting the Profession
Congratulations to Brittany Shaloo, Rutgers Senior Student, recipient of Northern Component's 2015 Loretta Rummel Award.
Congratulations to Adriana Hakobyan (EIC), recipient of the Bergen-NJDHA Award.
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 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 Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH (Bergen), 2015 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award
Winnie Furnari (Bergen), winner of NJDHA’s 2015 Fran Fluhr Award for Outstanding Service, was nominated by Kim Attanasi (Northern). The nominating essay noted, "she has mentored members into their responsibilities and has shown a willingness to help others and see them succeed while always keeping in mind the true mission and goals of NJDHA."
New ADHA White Paper Supplies Insight, Information on Changes Taking Place in Dental Hygiene Education
ADHA’s "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education and the Profession for the 21st Century” showcases the evolution of the dental hygiene profession, the need to enhance and refocus the dental hygiene curriculum to help address the public’s changing healthcare needs — and the critical role dental hygienists have in providing care with in an increasingly integrated healthcare system.
ADHA has shared a landmark white paper, “Transforming Dental Hygiene Education and the Profession for the 21st Century,” with the oral health and healthcare communities, allied stakeholders and others committed to improving the public’s oral and overall health. The white paper, which is being distributed with the support of Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc., makers of LISTERINE®, details how the outcomes from the September 2013 “Transforming Dental Hygiene Education, Proud Past, Unlimited Future” symposium helped shape the vision for the future of the dental hygiene profession — and how that vision is being brought to fruition through changes taking place both in the educational system, and in the larger framework of the overall healthcare system.
NJDHA Elects Officers for 2016
Congratulation to President Tina Modi (Central) who assumes the office of President. Her theme is Believe....
Gail Woller (Central) will now assume the office of NJDHA Past President.
Luz Munera (Northern) was re-elected to the office of NJDHA Vice President.
Speaker of the House Jean Rath (Southern) will continue into the 2nd year of her term.
Newly elected officers include President Elect Linda Knudsen (Northern) and Treasurer Louise McCarthy (Southern)
Congratulations to these leaders!
NJDHA President Tina Modi
Garden State Conference
November 4-5, 2016
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KUDOS to Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH
Winner of the 2016 ADHA Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to Winnie Furnari (Bergen) who was named the ADHA Educator of the Year at the 2016 ADHA meeting in Pittsburgh.! Winnie was nominated by Kim Attanasi (Northern).
Click here to read the nominating essay
NJDHA History Corner
Reports from time to time
Historian Rhoda Gladstone (Northern)
What were the early years of NJDHA like?
Click here to see an article from December 1958 that reports the beginning of licensing and forming the association.
KUDOS Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS, FAADH, Past President NJSBOD
Winner of the Esther Wilkins Distinguished Alumni Award
Congratulations to Shirley Birenz (Central) who has been awarded the Esther Wilkins Distinguished Alumni Award this past January at the Yankee Dental Conference. This distinguished member is truly recognized throughout the dental hygiene profession.
Nominations for 2017 Offices
The life of NJDHA is dependent on the volunteers who are willing to shepherd NJDHA forward. No special skills are needed, only dedication to your profession and colleagues. Without you, the association withers. Nominations needed for 2017 offices include: President Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Speaker of the House and ADHA delegate.
Contact Central Office for info on any office. Click here for nomination form.
EIC & NJDHA Sealant Day 4.18.16
NJDHA partnered with Eastern International College Dental Hygiene Program in Jersey City for the re-launch of Sealant Day! This 4.18.16 event saw 29 children from a local school’s 3rd grade class for full preventive care. Events will continue each Fall and Spring. By combining resources, it’s hoped the program can expand to reach more students.
Oral Cancer Walk 9.18.16 at Perona Farms in Andover NJ
NJDHA celebrated the fight against oral cancer in April – and Southern component is preparing a walk against oral cancer for the 2017 celebration! In the meantime, the Oral Cancer Foundation is sponsoring the “Walk/Run for Awareness in Memory of David Nasto”, a walk on 9.18.16 at Perona Farms in Andover NJ. Be sure to attend and join the fight!
To register for or donate to the walk click here
Awards Season is Here!
DUE 9.1.16 - Westphal Scholarship – Now an NJDHA Member Benefit
Are you returning to school to complete your degree? The Westphal Scholarship will now be awarded to an NJDHA-member who is a licensed dental hygienist and is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene or accredited degree completion studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist.
Click here to see the full criteria. Send nomination package to Central Office
EIC & NJDHA Special Needs Day 5.18.16
On Wednesday 5.18.16, EIC Senior Students visited A.Harry Moore Special Needs School. Fifty students, ranging from age 4-21, received toothbrush polishing and fluoride varnish, as well as collection of DMFS data. It was an overwhelming success! EIC will provide this service again in the fall along with follow up education for the parents. NJDHA was pleased to assist with product donations.
KUDOS to Melissa Obrotka, RDH, BA
Winner of the ADHA Master Clinicians Award
Congratulations to Melissa Obratka (Northern) who was recognized at the 2016 ADHA meeting in Pittsburgh for the Master Clinicians Award, sponsored by Hu-Friedy. Melissa is a faculty member at Bergen Community College.
AAPNJ "Oral Health in the African American & Latino Communities"
Wednesday, 9.21.16, 6-8:30pm at Mountainside Hospital
Dinner & Panel Discussion with 1 CEU
No fee but registration required - limited seating!
Click here for information & registration.