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?
5.13.20 NJDHA Study Club
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:
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.
2020 NJDHA Annual Conference
“Aim High with Passion and Enthusiasm”
SAVE THE DATE!
Held at an ALL NEW LOCATION:
Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel
Florham Park, NJ
Welcoming ALL Registered and Student Dental Hygienists!
October 23-24, 2020
NJDHA at ADHA's 2019 Annual Conference:
Thursday, 6.4.20 at 7-8pm
Working for YOU During the Covid19 Crisis! So many RDHs have lost potential CEUs during this crisis - NJDHA is stepping in to help YOU! This webinar is free for members, and a small fee for nonmembers. The webinar earns 1 CEU.
"Take It On The Run, Baby!" : Street Drugs and Their Dental Considerations with Tom Viola
Before the course, you'll receive an email with the link for
the GoToWebinar form so you can attend. This confirmation will include a link for completing the evaluation survey and retrieving your CEU.
And remember, since you will be able to interact with the speaker, this will count as "live" continuing education.
Stay safe & well!
Click on "Register Now"
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:
Award Season is Open:
Carol King Awad--
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.
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.
Cheryl Westphal Theile Scholarship-
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.
Call for Nominations-- OPEN
Nominate NJDHA Administative Council
Dental Hygiene Research Conference
September 24-26, 2020
The National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice, Inc., is pleased to announce the 5th Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference to be held for 2.5 days, September 24 through September 26, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, at the Bethesdan Hotel (formerly the DoubleTree).
The conference is being held in partnership with the American and Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Associations.
The theme for this conference is "Overcoming Challenges in Conducting Research and Measuring Patient Outcomes.” Dental hygienists from around the world will share their original research, and workshops will focus on skill development in the areas of clinical research, community research and program development, overcoming the fear of statistics, using data to improve access to care, disseminating results, faculty development & mentoring, and finding evidence in a fake news world.
Training programs will be available for all levels, from the newcomer to the expert as well as for those who wish to use best practices to enhance patient care. A total of 15 CEUs can be earned for the entire conference.
Dental hygiene professionals representing all settings are welcome to attend. Abstracts are now being accepted for both poster and oral presentations showcasing original research, new programs and systematic reviews.
The Registration form (which also has Hotel Information) and Call for Abstracts (due March 20th) and a Sample Abstract for the 2020 Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference can be found on the DHNET, http://dhnet.org/Education/Global
Please share the information with your colleagues and let me know if you have any questions.
Look forward to seeing you in Bethesda this September!
Dr. Jane L Forrest
Director, Nat'l Center for DH Research & Practice, Inc.
Professor Emerita of Clinical Dentistry of USCCD4
ADHA's Annual Conference NOW ONLINE, Offered @ 1/2 price!!!
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
FRIDAY MAY 22, 2020
INFORMATION SESSION: Getting it Straight- NJ Labor Laws and COVID-19 Back to Work Directives for the Dental Hygienist
The New Jersey Dental Hygienists’ Association invites you to an informational hour with Esquires Bruce L Atkins and Debra M McGarvy of Deutsch Atkins, PC to learn about labor laws in our state. Deutsch Atkins, PC law firm specializes in employment law and advocate for employee’s rights in the workplace. Bruce and Debra will discuss the May 19th directives set forth by the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs and State Board of Health, how they relate to you, the dental hygienist, and what your legal rights are regarding employment.
The meeting will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 3:00pm EST
The format will be a Zoom Conference call. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to 3 as the meeting will start promptly on time.
Register in advance for this meeting:https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcumtpjIsGtQQbIF_BfdQO-Cx5g0BtlPg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have specific questions please email them prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will address as many of them as time will allow.
This is an information session only, there will be no CEs awarded. It is being offered, without charge, by both the NJDHA and Deutsch Atkins, PC (https://www.njemployeerights.com) About the speakers:
Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premiere practitioners of employment and civil litigation. Mr. Atkins has also been included in the Thomson Reuters list of New Jersey Super Lawyers* in Employment Litigation since 2005.
Mr. Atkins believes employees have rights that should be aggressively pursued when an employer has wrongfully dealt with an employee. He brings this philosophy to his practice when considering each case and its potential outcomes. “The practice of plaintiffs’ employment law has allowed me to pursue the ideals that I graduated law school with because I’m helping ordinary people win against the big corporations,” Mr. Atkins says.
A member of the New Jersey, New York, and Florida bars, Mr. Atkins has had several major reported cases in the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey and in the Appellate Division. He has been admitted to practice in the State Court of New Jersey, the Federal Court of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as well as the State of New York, the State of Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, he has tried numerous cases in the State and Federal Courts in New Jersey as well as in Federal Court in New York. He obtained one of New Jersey’s largest verdicts in a single plaintiff discrimination case in the amount of $6.5 million, $1.5 million in Compensatory Damages and $5 million in Punitive Damages. The Court also awarded $638,000 in counsel fees and costs. That verdict was upheld on appeal. He also has extensive experience in commercial litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes and dissolutions as well as restrictive covenant, non-compete matters.
Having commenced practice in 1977, Mr. Atkins has been AV rated (the highest rating) with Martindale-Hubbell since 1997, and in 2007, he was invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a prestigious, peer-evaluated organization. He has published many articles in well-known law journals, including Oral employment contracts under New Jersey Law; Are Employees Still Second Class Citizens; in the Labor and Employment Law Quarterly, 1994; and Complete Anti-Discrimination Policies the Key, in Business Insurance, a Crain’s publication, in October 1997. He also frequently speaks at continuing education legal seminars.
A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Atkins is also a graduate of the University of Connecticut. In 2006, Mr. Atkins merged his practice with Neil H. Deutsch to form Deutsch Atkins, P.C. the present firm, which is one of the largest plaintiff employment law firms in the tri-state area.
Mr. Atkins is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the NJ American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the New Jersey Bar Association, the Florida Bar, and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and NELA NJ, New Jersey’s chapter. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at both NELA’s national convention and at AAJNJ on trial techniques, and at Lorman Seminars on employment issues. He has been selected a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, and is a member of the Diversity Law Institute, and the Trial Law Institute. He has appeared as a frequent commentator on Court TV.
Attorney Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the New Jersey Family Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act, the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and various tort, contract, and constitutional claims arising out of employment.
Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, P.C., Debra clerked for the Honorable Edward T. O’Connor, Jr. in Hudson County Superior Court and then became a Deputy Attorney General with the State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, Debra acted as lead attorney on numerous state and federal employment litigation matters, defending the State of New Jersey, its agencies, and employees from liability. Following her tenure at the Office of the Attorney General, Debra worked in the private sector where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigation matters.Debra is a zealous advocate of her clients and thrives in obtaining favorable results for her clients through aggressive case handling and detail. Debra obtained a jury verdict against an employer for violating the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act and assisted in obtaining a $650,000 settlement in a gender discrimination and retaliation case.