New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

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 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.

Congratulations to Joanna Campbell, RDH, MA (Bergen), the 2012 winner of the NJDHA Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene! Click here to read the essay and Joanna's heart-felt comments on the profession.

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

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NJDHA Central Office
2 Danbury Court
Marlton NJ 08053
856-236-6968 voice mail
856-985-0702 fax
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                         Message from
                         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.

NJDHA Participates in  Transforming Dental Hygiene Education

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. “Transforming Dental Hygiene Education” has paved the way for a fundamental shift in how dental hygienists will be prepared for an ever-changing health care system. One of the featured speakers was NJDHA member, JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD. Additionally, NJDHA then President Vicky Fedor was in attendance and has returned with much info for NJDHA.

To read more, click here.
Photos below feature NJDHA and ADHA leaders in attendance.

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Click here - Gateway to all things GSC!
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!

NJDHA Thanks:

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

, 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
  • Pulpdent
  • 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
  • Coltene
  • Natural Dentist
  • OralCDx
  • Colgate
  • 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
  • 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.
Click here to read the rest of the article
 Read more info in the Fact Sheet

Fall Event South Jersey: Sunday 9.14.14
Linking Preventive Oral Health &Primary Care

Plan for this event! Learn how to promote pediatric oral health and build collaboration with Pediatricians for integrating oral health into routine well care for children age 0-3, while earning CEUs approved for NJSBOD and AADH.

Attend this "EPIC (Educating Physicians in their Communities) Oral Health" training to get up-to-date on this critical age for children and the major concepts on caries & oral health at this age. Assist families in establishing a dental home. Help educate physicians, families and community based organizations. RDHs know that oral health is an integral part of total health - collaborate with others to spread this important message.

Remember, NJDHA advocates an oral assessment and establishment of a dental home for all children soon after eruption of the 1st primary tooth or by 12 months of age - you can be a part of putting policy into action!

Click here for flyer
Click here for registration form

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.

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.
NJDHA’s Garden State Conference
"TEAM" together everyone achieves more!
October 17-18, 2014 – Princeton Westin

New for You! Online Registration

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
Event Flyer
Contest Flyer

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.