New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

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:

Caitlin LaFonte
Rutgers University on 12.17.15

Samantha Sadley
Rowan College at Burlington County on 4.23.16

Bethany Kazimir
Bergen County College on 5.6.16

Christina Guise
Middlesex County College on 5.13.16

Alexandra Doyle

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

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.

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.

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Contact NJDHA

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



What’s Coming Up?

ADHA Annual meeting

7.1.16 IOH Applications Open
Wrigley Community Service Grants

8.1.16 Applications due
Unleashing Your Potential

9.18.16 Oral Cancer Walk
Oral Cancer Foundation

10.1.16 IOH Applications open

11.1.16 IOH Applications Open
Research grants

11.1.16 IOH Applications Open
Rosie Wall Community Spirit grants



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:

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 Foundation is the 'Dental Home' for many uninsured and underserved children in NJ (Bloomfield, Montclair, Irvington, Orange, East Orange and Newark). They accept Medicaid and Managed Care insurances, as well as uninsured children. Children from Preschools, Daycare Centers, Head Start programs and Early Childhood Centers are transported to KSCOHC for dental services. The center provides oral health education & prevention, as well as wellness programs for uninsured pregnant women & new mothers. In community service, KinderSmile invites local high school students to shadow dental professionals & assist with conducting oral educational workshops for children. Partnership with the Community Food Bank of Newark & other community organizations will increase oral disease awareness and access for many. KSCOHC will be open 6 days a week, including evening hours for working parents. Please join us as we build healthier communities. For more info or to volunteer, contact:
Dr. Sara Kalambur, Program Director

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.

KUDOS to Winnie Furnari, RDH, MS, FAADH
Winner of the 2016 ADHA Educator of the Year Award

Congratulations to Winnie Furnari (Bergen) who has been named the ADHA Educator of the Year! Winnie was nominated by Kim Attanasi (Northern) and will receive her award at the ADHA Pittsburgh meeting. This will occur during the Saturday 6.11.16 Awards presentation. Be sure to attend and cheer for Winnie!
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 to Shirley Birenz, RDH, BS, 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.  Be sure to send your congratulations to Shirley!

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