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.
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What’s Coming Up?
7.29.20 NJDHA BOT Conference Call
10.8-13.20 Smiles at Seas CANCELLED due to COVID-19
10.23-24.20 NJDHA Annual Conference
11.10.20 Study Club
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.
Congratulations to Dr. Ethan Glickman,
identified as the 2018 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Profession of Dental Hygiene. This award is presented to non-RDHs who have made significant contributions.
EIC Geriatric Day 10.1.19In Partnership with NJDHA
Sixty-three EIC were available to provide patient treatment to Geriatricpatients. The patients received prophylaxis, fluoride varnish; and oral hygiene instructions and denture care.
The students were privileged and honored to participate in such an amazing event. The experience was great for all those who participated. Thank you to NJDHA for supporting communities in need.
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!
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY NJDHA:
2020 NJDHA Annual Conference
“Aim High with Passion and Enthusiasm”
October 23-24, 2020
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:
Call for Nominations-- OPEN
Nominate NJDHA Administative Council
Dental Hygiene Research Conference DEFERRED UNTIL 2021
The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice, Inc., originally scheduled the 5th Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference for September 24 through September 26, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, at the Bethesdan Hotel (formerly the DoubleTree). The difficult decision has been made to postpone the conference until next September, 23-25, 2021.
A preliminary schedule and registration is planned for release in Fall 2020.
COVID-19 Updated Notice to Dental Professionals 4.15.20
On March 21, 2020, the Board of Dentistry issued an Advisory stating that dentists should cancel or postpone any elective, non-essential, or “routine” service until at least April 20, 2020, to limit exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 and preserve personal protective equipment.
On March 23, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 109, which suspended all “elective” surgeries performed on adults, whether medical or dental, and all “elective” invasive procedures performed on adults, whether medical or dental, effective March 27, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. An “elective” surgery or invasive procedure, for purposes of this Order, is defined as any surgery or invasive procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient as determined by the patient’s treating physician or dentist.
Executive Order No. 109 remains in effect until further notice. Therefore, dentists are not permitted to resume “elective” surgeries and invasive procedures for adult patients until further notice, notwithstanding the reference to April 20 in the Board’s Advisory.
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
Action Center - ADHA Governors Advocacy Campaign
Click Here for resources and FAQs
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