Dental Hygienists' Association
From the NJDHA Annual Conference 2019
Congratulations to Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS, FAADH (Central)
, the 2019 winner of the NJDHA Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene! Click here
to read Shirley's essay.
Congratulations to Hope Holbeck, RDH, MS (Central) the 2019 winner of the NJDHA Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Mentorship Award. Click here to read the MCC student chapter's nominating essay.
Congratulations to Tina Modi, RDH, BS (Central)
, the 2019 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award ! Click Here
to read the nominating letter.
Congratulations to Cassidy Dutka Labita, RDH (Central)
winner of the 2019 Westphal Scholarship, presented to a member for degree completion. Click here
to read the prize winning essay.
From the ADHA 2019 Louisville meeting
Jaclyn Klepaldo, RDH (SouthShore) Colgate/ADHA Community Outreach Award
Winnie Furnari, MS, RDH, FAADH, FAAFS 2019 Liz Chaney Liasion of the Year 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:
Alyssa Flowers, Eastern International College on 5.10.19
Michael Carson, Rowan College at Burlington County on 4.27.19
Nicole Re, Bergen County College on 5.8.19
Sarai McCullough-Garcia, Middlesex County College on 5.13.19
Deanna Winkler, Camden County College on 5.14.19
Congratulations to Julianne Juzefyk and Krystine Garcia, recipients of Central-NJDHA's 2019 Mara Sculler Award.
Congratulations to Skylar Sabol (RCBC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2019 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Jordan Dunn (CCC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2019 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Carly Scarano, RDH (Central) winner of the 2018 Westphal Scholarship, presented to a member for degree completion. Click here to read the prize winning essay.
Congratulations to Latanya Williams, RDH, BS (Bergen), the 2018 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !
Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Glickman, the 2018 winner of the award given to a non-RDH for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession.
Congratulations to Jean Rath, RDH (Southern), recipient of a 2017 Wrigley Company Foundation Grant through ADHA.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD (Southern) named by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the research category.
Congratulations to Melissa Obratka, RDH, BBAOM (Northern) named by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene magazine's 10th annual event as one of "6 Dental Hygienists to Know" in the clinical practice category.
Congratulations to Susanna Scherer, RDH (Bergen) winner of the 2017 Westphal Scholarship, presented to a member for degree completion. Click here to read the prize winning essay.
Congratulations to Jane Forrest, RDH, EdD (Southern), the 2017 winner of the NJDHA Carol King Award for Advancing the Profession of Dental Hygiene! Click here to read Jane's essay.
Congratulations to Faith Zimnes, RDH, MA, (Southern) the 2017 winner of the NJDHA Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Mentorship Award. Click here to read the RCBC student chapter's nominating essay.
Congratulations to Denisse Benitez (Rutgers), Winner of 2017 Northern Allers/Rummel Award
Congratulations to Sandra Berger, RDH, BS(Central), the 2016 winner of the NJDHA Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award !
Congratulations to Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS (Central) the 2016 winner of the Board of Trustee's Special Award for Service.
Congratulations to Sam Zwetchkenbaum, DMD, the 2016 winner of the award given to a non-RDH for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession.
Congratulations to Adriana Hakobyan (EIC), recipient of the Bergen-NJDHA Award.
NJDHA History Corner
Reports from time to time Historian Rhoda Gladstone (Northern)
What were the early years of NJDHA like?
Just Added! Read NJDHA's First Issue of its Journal, November 1955Click here
to see an article from December 1958 that reports the beginning of licensing and forming the association.
During this uncertain time of trying to navigate dentistry through a pandemic, we have seen many New Jersey dental hygienists that have become leaders and advocates for our profession!
We love and embrace this enthusiasm, and would love for you to apply your passions in moving our profession forward by joining the NJDHA team!
If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit the ADHA
membership page and you will automatically be enrolled in the NJDHA.
If you are already a member and interested in playing an active role in either our state or component activity, please email our central office
for more information!
NJDHA at ADHA's 2019 Annual Conference:
Congratulations Hope Holbeck, RDH, MS
2019 Mary Jane Kellogg Dutton Faculty Award winner
Congratulations Shirley Birenz, RDH, MS, FAADH
2019 Carol King Award Award Winner
This award was established in 1986 in memory of Carol King, RDH who was successful in breaking down barriers for Dental Hygienists who wish to practice as independent contractors in New Jersey.
Congratulations Tina Modi, RDH, BS
2019 Fran Flur Outstanding Service Award
Congratulations Cassidy Dutka Labita, RDH
2019 Winner of the Cheryl Westphal-Theile scholarship
The scholarship competition is a member-benefit that presents a scholarship to a degree-completion candidate. This year, the scholarship is again valued at $1,000. Click Here to read her essay.
NJDHA'S 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Veterans Smile Day Foundation
Free Veteran Dental Care
Look out for October 2020 information!!
Pictures from Veterans Day 2019:
Working for You During the COVID-19 Crisis
If your office has opened for elective treatment or without the proper PPE, please contact the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry as well as the Governor's Violation Hotline
The US Department of Labor reminds employers that they cannot retaliate against workers reporting unsafe conditions during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Governor Murphy's Executive Order #109
- This order suspends all elective surgeries or invasive procedures indefinitely.
Federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends:
Limit all non-essential planned surgeries and procedures, including dental, until further notice Click Here
for CMS ruling
Click Here for resources and FAQs
COVID-19 Updated Notice
On July 8, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 163, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.
3 CE Modules of Interest to RDHs!
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), in partnership with the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), and through a HRSA Dental Workforce Grant awarded to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), is now offering, for free, three one-hour courses for dental professionals (dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants), providing standardized, evidence-based opioid addiction prevention education.
The modules are developed to train and inform dentists, dental specialists, and dental professionals on best practices in opioid prescribing in accordance with New Jersey laws and CDC guidelines; common pain medications; and common pain management strategies and instruction on how to refer dental patients to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
The courses will be available in enduring online videos beginning Friday, May 29, 2020.
Please click on the below links for more information, and to register now (it is open):
Module I: Best Practices for Prescribing Opioids Using New Jersey and CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Module II: Overview of Pain Medications for Dentistry
2020 NJDHA Virtual Annual Conference,October 23-24, 2020
Aim High with Enthusiasm & Passion!
Another successful year! NJDHA thanks the sponsors of this 1st Virtual Annual Conference
observes and researches to create dental instruments with a focus on innovation, ergonomics, and high-quality metallurgy to improve patient comfort and protect clinician health. For More Info Click Here
Sponsor of Annual Conference Webinar Speaker Tracey Delaney
Procter and Gamble
Sponsor of Online Registration
NJ Coalition on Oral Health for the Aging (NJCOHA)
Providing education & advocacy on geriatric & special needs populations' access to care. Contact NJCOHA
for more info.Sponsor of Opening Session
Dental Studies Institute / Dental Search
Sponsor of 2020 Annual Conference
Institute for Oral Health
NEW THIS YEAR - TAROT CARD READINGS
Tarot card reading is the practice of using tarot cards to gain insight into the past, present or future by drawing and interpreting cards. Text for online appointment for Tarot Card Reading and mention "DENTAL HYGIENISTS" at 914-819-7929. Just $25 for 10 minute reading. A percentage is donated to IOH.
Direct Donations to NJDHA goal!
The State of New Jersey is working hard to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all front line healthcare workers. The NJ State Department of Heath has identified dental hygienists as 1A health providers and, as essential employees, are eligible to receive the vaccine as it is offered. The New Jersey Dental Hygienists' Association is searching for information on when and where each county is providing vaccinations and how you can register for yours.
To date we are aware of only 3 counties setting up appointments to be vaccinated. Those are Bergen, Essex and Ocean Counties. Links are provided below for registration. As other counties arrange for vaccinations we will share the information.
Bergen County: BergenCovidVaccine.org
Essex County: EssexCOVID.org
Ocean County: https://ohinj.org/vaccine-consent-landing/
NJ Governor Murphy reports: Six acute care hospitals across the state— AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Cooper University Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Hospital— are receiving doses this week of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. By the end of the week, vaccines should be available at an additional 47 acute care hospitals that can manage the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which requires ultra-cold chain storage. While acute care hospitals will be the only points of dispensing during the first week of vaccine availability, the network will expand to additional sites like Federally Qualified Health Centers, local health departments, county sites, urgent care clinics, and pharmacies in December, pending vaccine availability.
Two New Jersey State Resources
Visit our organization's FaceBook page for more reference information on New Jersey's efforts in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
Closing America's Oral Health Care Gap
Comprehensive Oral health care remains out of reach for millions of people in the United States. This is particularly true for those with low incomes, those in rural communities and those in communities of color. Some progress has been made in improving oral health for younger children, but adults who lack economic opportunity, affordable housing, healthful food options, access to sufficient health insurance or enough financial resources, struggle with significant barriers to receiving timely and quality dental care. The lack of access to routine care can lead to serious dental disease and is tied to several chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. What will it take to improve access and quality of oral care for Americans, especially for the most vulnerable? Click Here
to watch the video!