Dental Hygienists' Association
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.
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 Athena Chen (RCBC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2018 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Kelsey Meehan (CCC), recipient of the Southern-NJDHA 2018 Award for Excellence in Communication
Congratulations to Heather Alexander (MCC 2018 graduate), recipient of Central-NJDHA's 2018 Mara Sculler Award.
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.
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
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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Looking to increase your brand awareness? Be a part of NJDHA Annual Cofnerence (formerly known as Garden sTate Cofnernece) on November 2, 2019 at the Priceton Westin.
What’s Coming Up?
3.1.19 Cheryl Westphal Theile Scholarship Application
Open due 9.1
7.1.19 IOH Applications Open: Wrigley Community Service Grants
7.23.19 NJDHA BOT Conf. Call
8.1.19 Becky Pugh Community Service Grant Application DUE
9.1.19 Cheryl Westphal Theile Scholarship Application DUE
11.1.19 NJDHA BOT Meeting
11.2.19 NJDHA Annual Conference (formerly known as GSC)
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.
NJDHA Oral Cancer Screenings
This outreach to senior centers & health fairs reaches seniors and refers them to dental offices for complete care. Events in the last year have included:
10.11.18 at Salem Health Fair
Organized by Lee Ann Simmons (Southern), with Dr. Ethan Glickman onsite
Thanks to Delaware Technical Community College for donating supplies!
5.7.18 at the Elizabeth Senior Center
Organized by Luz Munera (Northern)
with Dr. Ethan Glickman
onsiteLinda Knudsen, RDH (Northern)
, Erica Garcia, RDH (Northern)
and Lea D'Angelo (Southern)
provided care at this event. NJDHA thanks Crosstex, Hu-Friedy, Colgate,Microflex, GSK, and Sunstar for supporting this event!
10.19.17 at the Salem Health Fair
Organized by Lee Ann Simmons (Southern)
, with Dr. Ethan Glickman
Thanks to Delaware Technical Community College for donating supplies!
9.23.17 at the Rahway Senior Health Center
Organized by Dana Farrell (Northern)
, with Dr. Ethan Glickman
onsiteLinda Knudsen, RDH (Northern) & Pat Fernandez, RDH (Bergen)
provided care, and Erica Garcia, RDH (Northern)
Dental Hygiene BS Degree Program Opening at EIC
EIC is pleased to announce the opening of its online degree-completion program for RDHs seeking a BSDH degree. The program is accredited in all states except California. Call 201 630 2080 for more info.
Congratulations to Latanya Williams (Bergen),
winner of the 2018 Frances D. Fluhr Outstanding Service Award. Latanya will be there so be sure to shake her hand! Latanya was nominated by Linda Knudsen so be sure to read the attached nominating letter.
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 9.25.18In Partnership with NJDHA
The 3rd annual Geriatric Day at Eastern International College on Tuesday September 25, 2018 was held, despite the bad weather, flooding and storm. Students were able to see 26 geriatric patients ages 60 and above! It was a great day during which our senior dental hygiene students provided quality care to the patients including head and neck exam, oral cancer screening, full mouth examination, debridement, radiographs, fluoride treatment, and denture/prosthesis care. Students also educated the patients about optimal quality of life through good oral care and to help them understand the importance of regular dental visits. Pictured at right is Senior Student Basma Sarsam, treating her patient.
RCBC Students Start New Externship
Rowan College at Burlington County’s dental hygiene student, faculty and nursing faculty were treated to a 1 hour discussion with Angie Stone, RDH, BS the author of Dying from Dirty Teeth: Why the Lack of Proper Oral Care Is Killing Nursing Home Residents and How to Prevent It. Ms. Stone talked about her experiences with the elder community and their unique oral health care conditions. She identified the disconnection of oral care services between the dental and medical fields. This breakdown in collaboration of services occurs from the time when your geriatric patient leaves your dental office practice environment and goes into assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
As our senior population makes their way into these programs, their discontinuation of optimal oral care causes rapid oral health deterioration. This occurrence is linked to the rapid decline in overall health. Angie Stone has experience, evidence-based outcomes and viable protocols in place for elder oral health care and improved quality of life. The only missing ingredient is a large dental hygiene grassroots movement.
RCBC Dental Hygiene Program Director Linda Hecker was so inspired by Angie Stone’s book that she is implementing Dying from Dirty Teeth into the senior Public Health curriculum. Senior externships, including brushing and flossing residents’ teeth at a local Assisted Living Community, are in the planning stages. These externships will hopefully begin in the Spring 2019 semester.
Congratulations to Carly Scarano, RDH (Central)
Carly is the 2018 recipient of the Westphal 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.
EIC 3rd Grade Day 10.16.18
In Partnership with NJDHA
37 dental hygiene senior students from EIC welcomed 57 children from the local charter school for a day of preventive care. 39 students received dental screenings, prophylaxis, sealants, fluoride applications, and xrays. The remainder of children received face painting, stickers, patient education, watched movies, and colored. Vice President Tina Modi (Central) was on-hand for the event. Pictured at right is one 3rd grader receiving treatment.
EIC Special Needs Day 10.23.18
In Partnership with NJDHA
37 EIC Students visited A. Harry Moore Special Needs School,and saw 56 special needs children, ages ranging from 4 to 20 years old. The children received tooth brushing, fluoride varnish, and for some, oral hygiene instructions. Pictured at right is one of the children receiving treatment.
ADA's Veterans Smile Day
Free Veteran Dental Care
Pictured L to R: NJDA Executive Director Art Meisel, NJDHA President Jaci Klepadlo, ADA President Dr. Jeffrey Cole, ADA Past President Maxine Feinberg
Member Benefit-Need Scholarship for Degree Completion or Graduate Degree?
The NJDHA Westphal Theile scholarship is named in honor of Cheryl Westphal Thiele, RDH, EdD
, Past President of NJDHA and ADHA, and the first RDH to serve on the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry. The scholarship is presented at the NJDHA Annual Conference to a licensed RDH who is pursuing a post-associates degree from an accredited institution in dental hygiene or studies related to the professional roles of the dental hygienist. Applications
are due 9.1.19 and should be sent to Central Office email@example.com
. Click Here
to read more.
Sunshine Needed for Latanya
It’s with a heavy heart that we post this go fund me page
for one of our own. Latanya Williams
has been an integral part of NJDHA for many years and all of the hygienists in the State have benefited from her years of volunteering and tireless efforts of moving us forward. If you can spare even $1, we ask you to consider giving back to her and her family in their time of need 💔
NJDHA thanks these sponsors of Annual Conference (formerly known as Garden State Conference)
Dental Studies Institute / Dental Search, sponsor of Attendee Bags
Looking for an opportunity to Volunteer...
School Activities Supported by NJDHA
Nominations: Nominations for 2020 - offices are open! NJDHA is dependent on the volunteers who are willing to shepherd the association forward. No special skills are needed, only the dedication to your profession and colleagues. Without you, the association withers. READ MORE
EIC hosted Special Needs Day on 3.12.19
in Partnership with NJDHA
EIC Geriatric Day 04.16.19
in Partnership with NJDHA
The 4th annual Geriatric Day at Eastern International College, in participation with NJDHA on Tuesday April 16, 2019 was held, It was a great day during which our senior dental hygiene students provided quality care to the patients including head and neck exam, oral cancer screening, full mouth examination, debridement, radiographs, fluoride treatment, and denture/prosthesis care. Students also educated the patients about optimal quality of life through good oral care and to help them understand the importance of regular dental visits.
11.1-2.19 NJDHA Annual Conference (formerly known as GSC)
Topics will include:
• Oral Cancer courses with Susan Cotten, BSDH, RDH, OMT
"Head and Neck Oral Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening ~ It's More Than What Catches the Eye" AM Course
"Expanded Screening Techniques for the Intraoral and Extraoral Evaluation" PM CourseClick Here
for more information
sponsored by Q-Optics, Oral Cancer Foundation, and Crown Seating
• Local Anesthesia for License Renewal with Marion Manski, MS, RDH
sponsored by Septodont
• Access-to-Care: Geriatrics & the Alphabet Soup with Rebecca Welch Pugh, BSAST, RDH
sponsored by NJ Coalition on Oral Health for the Aging and Procter & Gamble
Networkings will include:
• Students: “Reach Beyond Your Comfort Zone-Create Your Dental Hygiene Opportunities” with Susan Callahan Barnard, DHSc, RDH and Lisa Duddy, DHSc, RDH,
sponsored by Sunstar Americas & Eclipse Loupes
• Educators: “Current Issues in Dental Hygiene, and Assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and practices of schoolchildren toward the importance of having healthy oral hygiene through practicing preventive dentistry”
sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Q-Optics
General Membership Meeting
sponsored by NJ Society of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry
Attendee Bags supplied by DSI/Dental Search.
Princeton Westin Reservations
NJDHA Annual Conference 11.1-2.19Book your group rate for NJ Dental Hygienists
You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.
NJ Dental Hygienists
Start Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
End Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Last Day to Book: Friday, October 11, 2019
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village for 149 USD per nightBook your group rate for NJ Dental Hygienists
Oral Cancer Foundation, sponsor of Oral Cancer courses
Crown Seating, Sponsor of Oral Cancer courses
Septodont, Sponsor of Local Anesthesia course
Welcome AC Exhibitors!
Arm & Hammer
DSI / Dental Search
Elevate Oral Care
Procter & Gamble
New New Jersey Society of Periodontology & Implant Dentistry (NJSPID), sponsor of Presidents Reception
Middlesex County College-Pinning Ceremony 5.13.19
NJDHA's Administrator & Publications Director (Allison, left) presenting NJDHA's Gurenlian Student Leadership Award to Middlesex County College's Jackie McCullough-Garcia (right)
Q-Optics, Sponsor of Oral Cancer courses
Procter & Gamble, sponsor of Educators Networking
Procter & Gamble, sponsor of Access to Care course
Q-Optics, sponsor of Educators Networking
NJ Coalition on Oral Health for the Aging, sponsor of Access to Care course
Sunstar Americas, sponsor of Student Networking
CCC "It's Hygienic" 4.13.19
Supported by NJDHA
CCC hosted “It’s Hygienic"-National Board Challenge Game on April 13th. Hygiene Programs that participated in the wonderful day were Camden County College, Community College of Philadelphia, Montgomery Community College and Delaware Tech. Congratulations to all of the participants!
NJDHA at ADHA's Annual Conference
Eclipse Loupes, sponsor of Student Networking
Congratulations to Julianne Juzefyk and Krystine Garcia 3.3.19
Winners of the 2019 Mara Scueller Scholarship from Middlesex County College
Mara Scueller Award Winners left to right Julianne Juzefyk, Mara Scueller, Krystine Garcia
Activities and News:
First Fall Study Club:
Monday September 9, 2019 @ 8:00 pm (Phone Call)
SDF in Communities
with Connie Simmons
Enjoy the Study Club Conference Call from the comfort of your own home all while earning CEs
Upcoming Dates: 10.21.19, 2.24.20, 4.27.20, 5.13.20