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:
Amanda Chirico, Eastern International College in February 2021
Allyson N. Prekop, Rowan College at Burlington County on 11.23.20
Christian Hidalgo, Bergen County College in Spring 2021
Jennifer Deutsch, Middlesex County College on 9.29.20
Nicole Canestri, Camden County College in January 2021
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.
What’s Coming Up?
3.1.21 CWT Scholarship Apps. Open, Due 8.1
3.1.21 CK Nominations Open, Due 8.1
3.1.21 FF Nominations Open, Due 8.1
4.11.21 NJ Student Conf.
4.18.21 NJDHA Networking & BOT
7.11.21 NJDHA BOT Conference Call
10.22-23.21 NJDHA Annual Conference
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 2021 information!!
Pictures from Veterans Day 2019:
Working for You During the COVID-19 Crisis
Under Executive Order #230 we have the following changes (3.12.21):
Indoor capacity limits are being increased from 35% to 50%;
General indoor gathering limits are being increased from 10 to 25 people;
General outdoor gathering limits are being increased from 25 to 50 people;
Face covering and physical distancing requirements remain in place.
New recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for those that are fully vaccinated that include:
Visiting other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart;
Visiting with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease;
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
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/
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 prm vncvomic 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!
We are proud to announce that NJ Dental Hygienists with Local Anesthesia Licenses are now allowed to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to help aid in the fight against this Pandemic!!
The Director of Consumer Affairs has signed into effect licensed dental hygienists, with local anesthesia certification, are able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine while NJ is in a State of Emergency or Public Health Emergency.
These vaccinations may be administered under the supervision of a doctor of medicine (M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), a registered professional nurse (R.N.), an advanced practice nurse (A.P.N.), a physician assistant (P.A.), or a pharmacist (R.Ph.).
Give Kids A Smile
Since Give Kids a Smile is a little different this year, we want to make sure we are still providing care to children in need within our communities. The information from this form will be used by our NJ Hygiene School Programs to match a patient to your office. They will help contact your office and set up an appointment for someone they determine to be in need. This appointment will be at your convenience. Thank you again for your interest in volunteering to help the children of our community. Click Here to Volunteer!
for more information from NJDA!
As reported, the NJDHA Ethics Course is now online! This course will fulfill dental hygiene licensee’s prospective NJSBOD requirement to complete one hour of continuing education concerning professional ethics.
Take this 1 CEU course from the convenience of home – one CEU in Ethics. Low cost - $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers.
To register and pay via credit card,Click Here
NJDHA AWARD NOMINATIONS- OPEN
NJDHA offers several awards for outstanding members. Is the person next to you and outstanding member of NJDHA? Take the time to review the qualification and nominate someone who deserves recognition. Leadership should be
Carol King Award
This award was established in 1986 in memory of Carol King, RDH who was successful in breaking barriers for Dental Hygienists who wish to practice as independent contractors in New Jersey.
To identify and recognize the dental hygienist that is a member of the NJDHA and has advanced the Profession of Dental Hygiene.
Click here for Criteria!
Fran Flur Award
The Outstanding Service Award was established in 1992 and renamed in honor of Frances D. Fluhr, RDH in 1993. It is in memory of her service to NJDHA for over 40 years. She contributed outstanding service on the Board of Trustees and in many officer positions.
The purpose of the award is to identify and recognize the dental hygienist that is a member of NJDHA and has made outstanding contributions through volunteerism to dental hygiene on a state level.
This scholarship is named in honor of Cheryl Westphal Theile, RDH, MS, EdD, Past President of NJDHA and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and the first dental hygienist to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.
The scholarship is presented at the NJDHA Annual Conference to a licensed dental hygienist who is pursuing a baccalaureate degree in dental hygiene or accredited, degree completion studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist.Click here for Criteria!
**ALL NOMINATIONS DUE BY AUGUST 1, 2021**