New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

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 Dayna Madden (Rutgers), recipient of the 2014 Westphal Scholarship. Click here to read the winning essay on Promoting the Profession.

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 Vicky Fedor, CDA, RDH (Central), the 2014 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !

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
856-985-0702 fax



Gail Woller
2015 NJDHA President
It is a sincere pleasure and an honor to represent
and lead NJDHA in the coming  year. Dental
Hygiene  is a profession, and WE ARE THE
REAL DEAL!! We are not imposters!
We are educated preventive oral health professionals and are quite capable of collaborating with other healthcare professionals. We must become integrated into the healthcare delivery system as primary care providers. This will help to ensure the total health of the public. Access to care is at our doorstep!!!
I have been an active member of this association for over 30 years. It has taken almost that long to get many of the privileges we have today. It may take many years for us to have Advanced Care Dental Hygiene Therapists in New Jersey. But we CAN make it happen!! Those of you who are potential members join ADHA. Students, please transition your student membership to a professional membership. You are the future of this dental hygiene profession and the future is NOW!!
I want to thank the many who volunteer their time and efforts to this organization. Also, a huge thank you to Paul Bent our Lobbyist and Becky Pugh our Executive Director.

2015 Garden State Conference
See You There!
October 16-17, 2015 at the Princeton Westin

Click here for all the info!

Click here for the Official Program as of 8.21.15

Click here for Online Registration

Corporate Friends

Interested in exhibits or sponsorships?
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Congratulations Vicky Fedor (Central)
Winner of 2014 Fran Fluhr Award Announced

Vicky Fedor (Central), winner of NJDHA’s 2014 Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award, was nominated by Tina Modi (C) and Kathy Sinatra (N). The nominating letter noted, “She has grown to possess the necessary skills which have guided our association and profession over the years into something we all can be proud of.” Vicky will be presented her award during Opening Session at the Garden State Conference on October 18, 2014 at the Princeton Westin – be sure to attend and celebrate Vicky’s achievement!

Congratulations to Jodie Heimbach (Central)
Winner of 2014 Carol King Award Announced

Jodie Heimbach (Central), winner of NJDHA’s 2014 Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene, was nominated by Tina Modi (C). Jodie’s essay noted, “Dental Hygiene has been very good to me and I am a better person because of it… I plan to work with NJDHA to promote access to care.” Jodie will be presented her award during Opening Session at the Garden State Conference on October 18, 2014 at the Princeton Westin – join the celebration of Jodie’s achievement!

One Year Later, Symposium Outcomes Continue to Drive Change in Dental Hygiene Profession

Chicago (Oct. 2, 2014) — The "Transforming Dental Hygiene Education: Proud Past, Unlimited Future" symposium — a collaborative event convened by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the Sante Fe Group and the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health (IOH) — took place a year ago, but continues to affect positive change for the dental hygiene profession. The three-day forum in Chicago brought together more than 100 key stakeholders with diverse perspectives to discuss the need to transform the educational requirements and practice for the dental hygiene profession.  Read More

Attention NJ RDHs!

Join the New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Oral Health 2020 Initiative -
A Pediatric and Adult Oral Health Wellness Campaign

NJDHA has aligned with the NJ Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to work toward the establishment of a dental home by age one. NJ-AAP, working with a variety of stakeholders including NJDHA, NJDA, & NJAPD, presents events to bring together pediatricians, pediatric dentists and RDHs.

Click here to read more about the program

ADHA Shares Information to Raise Awareness, Reduce Concern About Ebola Virus Disease

Chicago (10.17.14) — ADHA understands the concerns raised about the recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), and continues to review materials and information shared by CDC as well as the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). ADHA is committed to ensuring the most current news and information regarding Ebola is available to the dental hygiene and health care
communities, as well as the public the profession serves.
Click here to read more & find links

Watch for Part 3 of the NJDHA Series on Access-to-Care

Garden State Conference
Princeton Westin

Sponsored by Philips
Speaker: Doreen Naughton
 is a clinician, educator,
consultant, author,
presenter, and the sole
proprietor of Dental
Hygiene Health Services
. She has provided dental hygiene services for twenty-five years in Washington State caring for over 4500 patients in alternate living facilities. She has served as president of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association and as District XII Trustee for ADHA and has received recognition and awards including the ADHA Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award in 2000.


What’s Coming Up?

9.16.15 Geriatrics Study Club

9.20.15 - OCF Walk

10.1.15 ADHA Applications Open

10.16-17.15 - BOT, HOD, GSC

11.1.15 - ADHA applications open
Rosie Wall Community Spirit grants
Research grants

12.13.15 - LCCE

1.10.16 - BOT Conference Call

3.13.16 - BOT Networking

4.2.16 - Sealant Saturday

5.6-7.16 - NJDA Meeting for the whole team!

5.15.16 - BOT Conference Call

6.8-14.16 - ADHA in Pittsburgh

11.4.15 - BOT, HOD

11.5.16 - GSC

NERB Changes Name to CDCA

The NorthEast Regional Board has announced a new name, The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA). CDCA indicates the name, logo, web address and email addresses have changed, but the commitment to testing excellence and quality remains.  Read More

Oral Cancer Foundation Event - 9.20.15 at Perona Farms

The 8th annual Oral Cancer Walk/Run for Awareness in Memory of David Nasto will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Perona Farms! Check out the OCF website for more info.

License Renewal Year!  Will you have enough?


Looking for those last few CEUs needed to renew your license?
Plan to attend: Last Chance CE
12.13.15 - JFK Medical Center, Edison NJ

Rutgers Dental Hygiene Program Transition Official

The Rutgers School of Health Related Professions will transition to a Rutgers Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the existing Associate of Applied Science degree with partner institutions. The 126-credit curriculum includes a broader range of general education, discipline-specific, and interdisciplinary education to meet the requirements for a B.S. degree. The new degree program is designed to accept transfer credits from other New Jersey institutions. For first-time first-year Rutgers students, the program will be offered jointly with the Newark College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Director Dr. Carolyn Breen reports this was the first new program approval for the School of Health Related Professions since the merger with Rutgers University nearly two (2) years ago. The program is admitting the last class for the AAS degree to start January, 2016.  The program will continue to offer the online degree completion Allied Dental Education Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) Program for those dental hygienists who wish to matriculate into a baccalaureate degree completion program to obtain the BSDH.

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!
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