New Jersey
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:

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

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


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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
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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. 

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.

Awards Season is Here!

Be on hand at Garden State Conference
to cheer Award Winners:

Sandra Berger, RDH, BS (Central)
2016 Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award   

Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS (Central)
2016 Special Award for Service

Noora Bayoumi, RDH (Central)
2016 WEstphal Schoalrship

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.

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Do You Remember...

Debbie O'Byrne, past officer for NJDHA and Bergen Component

Debbie is making an appeal to all former colleagues.

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Deborah's Medical Fund

Southern-NJDHA & Oral Cancer Foundation
5K Walk/Run for Awareness

Please Join Us to Give Oral Cancer Awareness a Voice!
Saturday 4.22.17, beginning at 8:30am
Camden County College

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