New Jersey
Dental
Hygienists' Association


KUDOS

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.

























Advertise and Support NJDHA

Corporate Friends who wish to reach NJDHA members may download these documents

Advertising Order Form

Mail List Order Form

Looking for a Dental Hygienist? Check this advertising opportunity:

Employment Advertising Order Form













Contact NJDHA


NJDHA Central Office
2 Danbury Court
Marlton NJ 08053
856-574-4324 fax
centraloffice@njdha.org



Welcome!


What’s Coming Up?

3.1.21 CWT Scholarship Apps. Open, Due 9.1

3.1.21 BP Grant Application due

3.7.21  Central Meeting

3.14.21 Northern Meeting

3.21.21 SouthShore Meeting

4.6.21 Bergen Meeting

CORRECTED DATE
4.11.21 Central meeting

4.11.21 NJ Student Conf.

4.18.21 NJDHA Networking & BOT

4.21.21 Southern  Meeting










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 1955

Click here to see an article from December 1958 that reports the beginning of licensing and forming the association.








​CONGRATULATIONS:
PAST EVENTS:

THANK YOU!

​​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:

ADHA 19 - KA JK AC SV
ADHA 19 - D2
ADHA 6.23.19 WF AADH greetings
ADHA 6.24.19 - D2 dinner
ADHA 6.25.19 - NJ delegates HOD
ADHA 6.24.19 - MB JK D2 dinner
ADHA 19 - D2  (2)
ADHA 6.23.19 - WF SV KA FO reception
ADHA 6.23.19 - WF SV AC KA FO reception
ADHA 6.23.19 - WF IOH LIaison  (2)
ADHA 6.23.19 - FO D2 discussion
ADHA 6.23.19 - WF IOH LIaison
ADHA 6.23.19 - Jaci award
ADHA 6.23.19 - SV KA reception
ADHA 6.23.19 - WF D2 discussion
ADHA 6.23.19 - JK D2 discussion
ADHA 6.22.19 - LZ PRES dinner
ADHA 6.22.19 - SV JK PRES dinner
ADHA 6.22.19 - MB CE
ADHA 6.22.19 - JK KA PRES dinner
ADHA 6.22.19 - LZ MB PRES dinner
ADHA 6.22.19 - JK reception
ADHA 6.22.19 - KA reception
ADHA 6.22.19 - LA FZ LH Reception
ADHA 6.22.19 - BP GM CE
ADHA 6.22.19 - D2 Pres dinner
ADHA 6.22.19 - EM leaving exhibits
ADHA 6.22.19 - FZ CE
ADHA 6.22.19 - AC SV reception
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:

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VSD 2019 (5)
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​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 ​​​​
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Governor Murphy's Executive Order #109 - This order suspends all elective surgeries or invasive procedures indefinitely. 

NJDHA'S RETURN TO WORK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS

NJ Earned Sick Leave FAQ​ & NJ Earned Sick Leave Notice of Employee Rights
​​​
NJ Office of Attorney General
Click Here

​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
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NJDHA's Letter to Governor Murphy

​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


Module III: Pain Management Strategies and Referral to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)






















Institute for Oral Health
FUNDRAISERS

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.

LYNCHCREEK FARMS - order seasonal wreaths, centerpieces etc at www.lynchcreekfundraising.com/c/244728. A percentage is donated to IOH.

Direct Donations to NJDHA goal!
Click here











COVID-19 Vaccinations

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/
 
To see the Department of Health listing of pharmacies & county departments accepting 1A health providers, organized by county and updated as new info received, go to https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/healthcare-worker-covid-19-vaccine-locations

Two New Jersey State Resources

https://covid19.nj.gov/
Link to NJ State Government Covid page, provides current info on Covid, testing, Vaccines, etc

https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_vaccination.shtml
Link to NJ State Department of Health, provides lots of vaccianiton info


Visit our organization's FaceBook page for more reference information on New Jersey's efforts in fighting the COVID-19 virus. 
https://www.facebook.com/NewJerseyDentalHygienistsAssociation


















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!








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.). 
Great job NJDHA and to all of the hygienists that emailed in their support! Your voices were heard and have made the difference!!

Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration​​

CDC Immunization Education and Training​
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!​​

Click Here for more information from NJDA!​​

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​Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Community Service Grant--OPEN 


​The ADHA Institute for Oral Health Institute will be opening a second round of applications for the Mars Wrigley Foundation’s Healthier Smiles Community Service Grant in order to maximize the generous funds offered by the foundation.​This community service grant opportunity is designed to support licensed dental hygienists and current ADHA members who are implementing a community health program or project within the communities where they live and work.

​​The application will open on March 5th and will close on March 31st.
​ Please direct potential applicants to visit https://www.adha.org/ioh-community-service-grants-main or have them contact institute@adha.net for more information.
​ An applicant should be prepared to:
​•Provide basic contact information
​•Identify the problem by clearly describing and documenting the need for the project.
​ Identify why the project is creative and contemporary.
​Identify the interprofessional collaborative partnerships employed in this project.
​•Clearly and logically describe the planning, implantation, and evaluation process.
​•Present a clear and sound budget identifying how the grant funds will be utilized in the Project Budget task. In this section, discuss the sustainability of the project after the grant period ends. II

​​Please Note:
​•Current ADHA Institute Board of Directors, ADHA Board of Trustees, and members of the Community Service Grant Review Committee may not apply for this grant.
​•Grant recipients are not eligible to apply for this funding cycle two years in a row; this promotes self-sustainability.
​•A full list of 2021 round one recipients are listed on the website under the Mars Wrigley Foundation’s Healthier Smiles Community Service Grant section


NJDHA's
Online Ethics Course

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