New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

Congratulations to Caitlin LaFonte (Rutgers), recipient of the 2015 Gurenlian Leadership 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.

From the ADHA 2015 Nashville meeting
Congratulations to Rutgers on achieving ADHA Honorable Mention for student conversions to professional membership;
Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian who received the Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award;
Deborah Lyle who received the Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award; and
Christine Charles who received an Honorary Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award.

Gurenlian Leadership Award
NJDHA presented the Gurenlian Leadership Award to a graduate at each of the dental hygiene programs.. NJDHA welcome these future leaders to the profession:

Dayna Madden
Rutgers Univeristy 12.18.14

Catherine Elwell
Burlington County College 4.25.15

Armand Del Rosario
Bergen County College 5.8.15

Crystal Vreeland
Middlesex County College 5.14.15

Steven Losier
Camden County College 5.16.15

Congratualtions to Adriana Hakobyan (EIC), recipient of the Bergen-NJDHA Award.

Congratualtions to Kimberly Park (Burlinton), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA Award for Excellence in Communication

Congratualtions to Jenifer Kinee (Camden), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA Award for Excellence in Communication

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

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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Contact NJDHA

NJDHA Central Office
2 Danbury Court
Marlton NJ 08053
856-574-4324 fax



What’s Coming Up?

2.1.16 IOH deadline

2.5.16 GKAS

2.19.16 Comments due
Draft Regs. NJSBOD

2.25.16 AAP Free Webinar

2.28.16 IOH deadline
Rosie Wall Community Spirit grants

2.28.16 IOH deadline
Research Grants

BOT Networking

3.16.16 Geriatrics Study Club

Sealant Saturday, Rutgers

NJDHA CE at NJDA meeting
Garden State Dental Conf. & Expo

BOT Conference call

ADHA Annual meeting

Apps. open
Wrigley Community Service Grants



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

ADHA Annual Session - 6.8-14.16

David Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh PA

Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL):6.8-11.16
Exhibits: 6.10-11.16
Annual Session Business (HOD): 6.12-14.16

Registration Now Open!
Official Website:

KUDOS to Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH

Winnie Furnari has been serving on the ADA Standards Council subcommittee on Forensic Dental Data and contributed to an ANSI/NIST standard on Biometric Identification (Lip Prints). ADA is now a major stakeholder for writing international standards on dentistry. In light of this development, Winnie Furnari has been appointed a full voting member for the US in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and will serve on the Technical Advisory Group: Dental Terminology. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the US member to ISO and has designated ADA as sponsor and Secretariat of the committee on dentistry. Privileges will include voting on all ISO documents, eligibility to hold office, serving as a U.S. delegate to ISO/TC meetings, & serving as U.S. Expert on subject matters among others. Another feather for ADHA and Hygiene.

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!

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NJDHA President Tina Modi

Welcomes YOU!



Kindersmile welcomes members to volunteer for ongoing site visits to Early Head Start / Head Start Programs and to Public Elementary & Pre-Schools in Essex County. Kindersmile outreach office recently moved to Bloomfield. For more info, contact:
Dr. Sara Kalambur, Program Director
973 744 7003   -  -

NJ Dental Association's 2016
Garden State Dental Conference & Expo

NJDHA Co-sponsored Course
5.7.16 – Princeton Marriot

E-WARE: E-Cigs, Weed & Vape
Pens...Sorting out the Slang

Speakers: Sandra Berger
& Bridget Conway – 2 CEUs

Registration Open – pre-register by 4.25.16 for best deal - Members get Gift Card for use at Exhibits!

Pediatrics - Oral Health Wellness Website

NJDHA has been working with the American Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter “Pediatric Health Home Subcommittee”, thanks to the efforts of Yvonne Goldman (N). This subcommittee has developed a website through the funding of DentaQuest & Delta Dental grants. The website provides not only oral health info, but info on accessing pediatric providers & insurers. The resources page lists dental clinics in NJ, including the dental & dental hygiene educational programs. The sponsor scroll includes NJDHA along with Rutgers Dental, AAPNJ, NJDA and, NJAPD.