New Jersey
Hygienists' Association

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.

Advertise and Support NJDHA
Corporate Friends who wish to reach NJDHA members may download these documents

Looking for a Dental Hygienist? Check this advertising opportunity:
Interested in an exhibit Last Chance CE?
12.13.15 - JFK in Edicon NJ
Click here for letter & registration

Contact NJDHA

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


What’s Coming Up?

10.1.15 ADHA Applications Open

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

12.13.15 - LCCE

1.10.16 - BOT Conference Call

2.5.16 - Give Kids A Smile

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

License Renewal Year!  Will you have enough?


Sunday, 12.13.15 - 4 CEUs
Looking for those last few CEUs needed to renew your license? Remember, you'll need 20!
Plan to attend: Last Chance CE

Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP on
“Just Breathe” Dental Considerations in the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease"

This course will take place at:
JFK Conference Center
70 James Street
Edison NJ

The JFK Conference Center is a free standing building across from JFK Medical Center in Edison NJ Click here to see directions

Online Registration is Open!

Exhibitor Welcome Letter

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!
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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