ODHA is committed to providing advocacy, professional development and networking opportunities for dental hygienists and the dental hygiene profession.


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ODHA Appreciates our Sponsors!

 

 




June 2022

President's Message

Ever feel like you are behind?  That is my current situation.  I have so much to do and feel like time is limited to get it all done.  But I keep pushing forward and checking boxes as I complete each item.  When in this situation, make sure you take time for yourself…step back and relax!

June tends to get quiet at ODHA; however, the committees are still hard at work getting things organized and planning for future events.

The Professional Development Committee is working on our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference, including a hands-on course (Make sure you watch the website for details and sign up early as it will have limited attendance). 

 The Leadership Development Committee is putting together two leadership workshops, one for our regular members and another for our students.  If you have ever thought about serving your association this would be a great opportunity to get more information.  Registration will soon be on the ODHA website. 

The Nominating Committee is accepting bio-data forms for open leadership positions for the 2022-2023 year.  My “DREAM” is to have a full slate of volunteers before the October deadline!  Help me achieve this dream by going to our website and fill out the biodata form!  You can find the open positions in this newsletter and on the website!

And finally, last month I offered our members the opportunity to win a free registration to a required CE through ODHA.  Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, no one sent me an email with the answer to the ODHA history question.  I will continue asking these history questions in celebration of ODHA’s 70th birthday.  You can still be entered into the monthly drawing to win a free required CE registration.  Email your answer to me no later than June 20th at:  [email protected]

Last month’s question:  Who was the first ODHA President?    Answer:   Louise Burke 

June’s question of the month:  Who was the first ODHA President to become ADHA President?  

Laura Vanderwerf, BSDH, RDH
President
#DREAM
Oregon Dental Hygienists Association

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The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship Committee is Proud to Announce our 2022 Recipient 

The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship committee is proud to announce our 2022 recipient. Breanne Mat from Pacific University captured the spirit of Lois Whitford in her winning essay. Breanne writes about seeing a need for oral health care that is lacking in behavioral health facilities for children. It is her goal to provide that care. Thank you for keeping Lois' spirit alive, Breanne. Congratulations!

Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship Committee:
Karen Hartley
Laura Underwood
Laine Aus Neal
Lori Killen Aus, Chair
Lori Killen Aus, Chair

ODHA Call for Nominations!

ODHA is seeking a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team. The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

  • President Elect - 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President
  • Vice President - 1 position available; 1-year term
  • Secretary - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • Metro East Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • High Desert Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term
  • At-Large Director - 2 positions available; 2-year term
  • Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA. Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)
ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates.

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Committee News

Membership Committee

Happy June from the Membership Committee! I would love to have you attend our June meeting on June 8, 2022, at 6:30 pm. Membership is an awesome committee to swing into a Zoom meeting and learn more about what being a part of ODHA is all about. Come listen, share ideas, and help us brainstorm! There is no future commitment, but I do hope you think we are enough fun to return! Email Allison at [email protected] for the June meeting link! 

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

June Board Meeting

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, June 17, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Dental Hygienist Completes Term as OBD President

Congratulations to Alicia Riedman, RDH, EPDH who recently completed her term as the 2021-2022 President of Oregon Board of Dentistry. Alicia will continue to serve on the OBD until her current term expires on April 1, 2025.

Alicia lives in Eugene and works as an expanded practice dental hygienist for the Community Health Centers of Lane County, a federally qualified health center. For over twelve years she has been a member of a team of expanded practice hygienists who provide on-site dental prevention services to Head Start, Early Head Start, WIC, Relief Nursery, Summer Migrant Program, as well as elementary, middle, and high school students. Alicia uses portable dental equipment to provide oral health assessments, teeth cleaning, fluoride varnish, sealants, and oral health instruction. As a third-generation dental professional, it is Alicia’s passion to provide dental care to these underserved children.

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Dental Hygiene License Renewal
Continuing Education Requirement

If you received your Oregon dental hygiene license during an even year, you will need to renew your license by September 30, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not have access to your regular sources of continuing education so start planning now.

To renew a dental hygiene license in Oregon you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education during every 2-year renewal cycle, or 36 hours of continuing education if you have an Expanded Practice Permit. Continuing education must be related to clinical patient care or the practice of dental public health. Of your total hours of continuing education during each 2-year renewal cycle, 3 hours must be related to medical emergencies, 2 hours must be related to infection control and 2 hours must be related to cultural competency. No more than 2 hours of practice management or patient relations may be counted toward your continuing education requirement during a 2-year renewal cycle. Self-study continuing education such as correspondence courses & online courses may be counted if the course includes an examination & you pass the examination. There is no limit on how many hours self-study continuing education courses you can count toward your requirement.

You must maintain at all times current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent. The initial CPR course must include a hands-on element. After the initial CPR certification, the Board will accept a BLS for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent online renewal course for recertification.

To renew a Nitrous Oxide Permit you must also complete 4 hours of continuing education in one or more of the following areas during every 2-year renewal cycle: sedation, nitrous oxide, physical evaluation, medical emergencies, monitoring & use of monitoring equipment, or pharmacology of drugs & agents used in sedation. This 4-hour continuing education requirement may be counted toward your total hours of required continuing education. Your BLS training hours may not be counted toward this 4-hour requirement.

For more information, click on www.oregon.gov/dentistry. 

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Standing Committees

ODHA representatives to the Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for May 2022 to April 2023 are:

Lesley Harbison – Communications
Lisa Rowley – Dental Hygiene
Amy Coplen – Dental Therapy Rules Oversight
Jill Mason – Enforcement & Discipline
Susan Kramer – Licensing, Standards & Competency
Laura Vanderwerf – Rules Oversight.

Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations to the Board. Standing Committees may or may not meet throughout the year.

ODHA representatives to these Standing Committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. These are volunteer positions with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. If you are interested in representing ODHA on a Standing Committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, please submit the Volunteer Interest Form on the ODHA website.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events!  


High Desert Component News

A Meet & Greet was held on Thursday, April 21st at Denture Artistry.  There was a discussion on Dental Therapy as requested.  Kim Perot led the discussion about Dental Therapy for about twenty minutes via Zoom.  She did an excellent review of what is happening in our state regarding Dental Therapy. 

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Everyone is welcome to attend via Zoom.  For more information contact [email protected].

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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Walk or run to beat oral cancer!!
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Willamette Park
1350 SE Goodnight Ave.
Corvallis, OR  97330

Click Here for More Details! or Click Here to Register!

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2022 Annual Conference - Call for Proposals 
Oregon Public Health Association
 

The Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) invites proposals for the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting to be held Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. This premier public health event for Oregon brings together public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students, & stakeholders for the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities. The OPHA is planning to hold an in-person conference, but they are prepared to move to a virtual conference if needed.

 Abstract submissions will be accepted May 2 through June 17, 2022. Abstracts addressing all public health topics are welcome & presenters should seek to make connections between research, policy and practice. The breakout sessions and poster presentations in the conference will represent the themes and content areas from the abstract submissions. The abstract submission form will be available on the OPHA website when the abstract submission opens on May 2, 2022.  

 Abstract submission formats include: 

  • Oral presentations are 10-12 minutes in length. Three presentations, grouped by themes, will be presented in each session. Additional time will be allotted by a session moderator for Q&A and discussion.
  • Posters are visual presentations displayed on 8’ x 4’ bulletin boards. The poster session is scheduled for Monday, October 17. Student posters will be entered in the Student Poster Contest* and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 18 as part of the Awards Presentations. The Student Poster Contest is open to current students and students who submitted abstracts prior to graduation, but are now new professionals (graduated within 6 months of conference). 
  • Panel Discussions (75-minute program session) include a moderator and/or discussant and up to three panelists/presentations (maximum four presenters). Due to time constraints, only a limited number of panel discussions will be accepted. Submit an overview abstract describing the overall purpose/theme of the panel and a minimum of three separate abstracts, one for each panelist. NOTE: Panel submissions will only be considered if an overview abstract AND separate abstracts for each presentation are submitted. 

The ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the OPHA to present at or participate in the OPHA Annual Conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider presenting at or participating in the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. For more information about the OPHA and this conference click on www.oregonpublichealth.org or contact OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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2022 Oregon Rural Health Conference

The 39th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 12-14, 2022 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

This conference will be held in person with limited numbers, preregistration for sessions and socially distant seating arrangements to maximize the safety and comfort of all and meet all safety requirements.

ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Rural Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the ORHA to attend or present at this conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider attending or presenting at the 2022 Oregon Rural Health Conference. For more information about this conference click on Oregon Rural Health Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA Professional Development Meeting
June 7, 7:00 pm

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

ODHA Professional Development Meeting
June 28, 7:00 pm

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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Membership Information 

ODHA Membership Includes

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 

 


May 2022

President's Message

First, I want to welcome our new dental hygiene members as graduations have begun. I hope you find your dream office, supportive co-workers and that your new career is everything you dreamed it would be!

Last month I had the opportunity to visit with many of you that attended the Oregon Dental Conference. Thank you to those that attended the “All RDH” event. It was so nice to enjoy another in-person conference, to sit and chat with each other, and reminisce about ODHA’s history.

This month our Professional Development Committee continues to work hard bringing quality CE opportunities to our members. We are looking forward to the Spring Scientific Symposium that will be held on May 14th, I hope everyone attends this exciting opportunity to earn 6 CE’s. The Professional Development team’s next goal is putting together our Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) in November. It will be held on November 11th and 12th, 2022 at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville. Keep an eye on our website for registration!

Our Leadership Development Committee is preparing for two leadership workshops. For our members, the workshop will be held on September 10th and for our dental hygiene students it will be on October 8th. If you have ever wondered how, you can become more involved, this is your chance to learn about ODHA leadership opportunities.

Speaking of leadership, the official “Call for Nominations” has begun. We have several openings for the 2022-2023 year. Here is your chance to not only provide your unique leadership skills, but also help continue ODHA’s goals of advocating for the dental hygiene profession, promoting professional development and leadership, providing support, and networking opportunities, and enhancing our organizational effectiveness. You can fill out our leadership interest form here.

ODHA is looking for mentors! My “DREAM” is to have this program fully participated in with many of ODHA’s members being available to our dental hygiene students as they navigate their dental hygiene programs and emerge as our peers. You can sign up here!

Do you want the chance to win registration to one of ODHA’s CE’s zoom courses? This is ODHA’s 70th anniversary year and in honor of that I plan to include a historical reference in each newsletter leading up to our annual conference in November. To be entered into the drawing, all you need to do is email me your answer to the question no later than the 20th of the month the question is asked. The winner will be revealed in the next month’s newsletter. This month’s question is: Who was the first ODHA President? Please put "May History Question" in the subject line.

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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ODHA Call for Nominations!

ODHA is looking for a few members wanting to make a difference! If you are looking for a way to share your unique skill set and support not only your professional organization but your peers, consider joining our leadership team! The following positions are open:

2022-2023 Open ODHA Board Positions:

President Elect - 1 position available: 1-year term; succeeds to office of President

Vice President - 1 position available; 1-year term

Secretary - 1 position available; 2-year term

Metro East Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term

High Desert Component Director - 1 position available; 2-year term

At-Large Director - 2 positions available; 2-year term

Student Relations Director – 1 position available; 2-year term

You can also get involved at the National level with ADHA.

Oregon holds a total of six positions in the ADHA Delegation.

ADHA Delegate - 2 positions available; 2-year term - Voting position (must have been a delegate or alternate delegate to qualify for this position)

ADHA Alternate Delegate - 3 positions available, 1-year term - Voting position when a Delegate is not available.

Learn more about ADHA House of Delegates.

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee

Calling all members! Do you want to check out behind the scenes of ODHA's event planning? 

Join us May 10 and May 24 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom. We are in the midst of planning our 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC).  We would love to have more members join us!  Email our Chair, at [email protected] to make sure you get the link to join us for these important ongoing meetings

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

June Board Meeting

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, June 17, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting.

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them.

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Dental Hygiene License Renewal
Continuing Education Requirement

If you received your Oregon dental hygiene license during an even year, you will need to renew your license by September 30, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might not have access to your regular sources of continuing education so start planning now.

To renew a dental hygiene license in Oregon you need to complete 24 hours of continuing education during every 2-year renewal cycle, or 36 hours of continuing education if you have an Expanded Practice Permit. Continuing education must be related to clinical patient care or the practice of dental public health. Of your total hours of continuing education during each 2-year renewal cycle, 3 hours must be related to medical emergencies, 2 hours must be related to infection control and 2 hours must be related to cultural competency. No more than 2 hours of practice management or patient relations may be counted toward your continuing education requirement during a 2-year renewal cycle. Self-study continuing education such as correspondence courses & online courses may be counted if the course includes an examination & you pass the examination. There is no limit on how many hours self-study continuing education courses you can count toward your requirement.

You must maintain at all times current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent. The initial CPR course must include a hands-on element. After the initial CPR certification, the Board will accept a BLS for Healthcare Providers or its equivalent online renewal course for recertification.

To renew a Nitrous Oxide Permit you must also complete 4 hours of continuing education in one or more of the following areas during every 2-year renewal cycle: sedation, nitrous oxide, physical evaluation, medical emergencies, monitoring & use of monitoring equipment, or pharmacology of drugs & agents used in sedation. This 4-hour continuing education requirement may be counted toward your total hours of required continuing education. Your BLS training hours may not be counted toward this 4-hour requirement.

For more information, click on www.oregon.gov/dentistry. 

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Standing Committees

ODHA representatives to the Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry for May 2022 to April 2023 are:

Lesley Harbison – Communications
Lisa Rowley – Dental Hygiene
Amy Coplen – Dental Therapy Rules Oversight
Jill Mason – Enforcement & Discipline
Susan Kramer – Licensing, Standards & Competency
Laura Vanderwerf – Rules Oversight.

Standing Committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations to the Board. Standing Committees may or may not meet throughout the year.

ODHA representatives to these Standing Committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. These are volunteer positions with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. If you are interested in representing ODHA on a Standing Committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry, please submit the Volunteer Interest Form on the ODHA website.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

The last Meet and Greet was so successful that those who attended wanted a follow-up one with a discussion on Dental Therapy.  The next Meet & Greet is scheduled for Thursday, April 21st at Denture Artistry.  There will be a discussion on Dental Therapy at this meeting as requested.  Kim Perot will be joining in the discussion about Dental Therapy for about twenty minutes via Zoom.

The second quarter High Desert Officer meeting was held on April 14th. The following was discussed:  Meet & Greet location, and also volunteering to help with the Heaven Can Wait 5k to be held on Sunday, June 5th. The Heaven Can Wait 5k is to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise money for breast cancer treatment and prevention.  We are exploring the possibility of making T-shirts for volunteering at the Heaven Can Wait 5k, so that people know that we represent the ODHA High Desert Dental Hygienists.  The High Desert Symposium is on hold for right now due to the need for speakers to confirm and a location is needed.

The next quarterly High Desert Component Officer meeting is to be held on July 7th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

For more information contact [email protected].

Southwest Component News

Calling all Southwest Component dental hygienists. I am really hoping to make a connection with local members out there before summer. It's been sort of quiet out there with a few attempts I have made.  I encourage you to email me so that I know I am not alone and we can start planning more local in person and hybrid events. However, I can't really plan anything as a one-person team.  I encouraged you to check out our new webpage on ODHA 's website for more information on current component events.

We have a new component email:  [email protected]  I am on stand by and awaiting a response from any of our members.   

Sincerely, Your Southwest Director, Jamie Christianson.

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Membership Spotlight

Do you know an outstanding ODHA member, perhaps it’s you?  We would love to spotlight an ODHA member each month in the newsletter, email us the contact information and we will do the rest! Please email

Please email Laura Vanderwerf at [email protected] and put "Member Spotlight" in the subject line.

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 2022 Annual Conference & Meeting
Oregon Public Health Association

The 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting, the premier public health event in Oregon, will be held Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. The OPHA is planning to hold an in-person conference, but they are prepared to move to a virtual conference if needed.

This conference brings together public health leaders, professionals, educators, advocates, students, & stakeholders for the latest in public health research and trends, thought-provoking speakers, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The ODHA is an organizational member of the Oregon Public Health Association. You do not need to be an individual member of the OPHA to present at or participate in the OPHA Annual Conference. We encourage all dental hygienists to consider presenting at or participating in the 2022 OPHA Annual Conference & Meeting. For more information about the OPHA and this conference click on www.oregonpublichealth.org or contact OPHA Executive Director Jessica Nischik-Long.

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Student News

Dental Therapy
What’s New in Oregon?
Lauryn Anspach, Caitlin Fujiwara, Avalon Spangler
Pacific University

House Bill 2528 passed in July 2021 making Oregon the 12th state to add a new mid-level dental provider positioned between a dental hygienist and a dentist. The law requires dental therapists in Oregon to have completed a CODA accredited dental therapy education program or one of Oregon’s two dental therapy pilot projects.

What is a Dental Therapist? 
Dental therapists are licensed dental professionals who can provide routine restorative dental care such as drilling & filling teeth, placing temporary crowns, & extracting loose teeth.

  • Procedures that may be performed under general supervision of a dentist include: identification of conditions requiring evaluation, diagnosis or treatment by a dentist, a physician, a nurse practitioner or other licensed health care provider, oral examination, evaluation and diagnosis of conditions within the supervising dentist's authorization. preparation and placement of direct restoration in primary and permanent teeth, minor adjustments and repairs of removable prosthetic devices, atraumatic restorative therapy and interim restorative therapy, emergency palliative treatment of dental pain, fabrication and placement of single-tooth temporary crowns, preparation and placement of preformed crowns on primary teeth, simple extractions of primary anterior teeth and coronal remnants of any primary teeth, indirect pulp capping on primary and permanent teeth, removal of space maintainers, dispensation and oral or topical administration of nonnarcotic analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and other services as specified by the Oregon Board of Dentistry by rule.
  • Procedures that may be performed under indirect supervision of a dentist include: placement of temporary restorations, fabrication of soft occlusal guards, tissue reconditioning and soft reline, tooth reimplantation and stabilization, recementing permanent crowns, pulpotomies on primary teeth, simple extractions, brush biopsies and direct pulp capping on permanent teeth.

Click for current list of dental therapist scope of practice

Collaborative Agreement
Oregon law requires that dental therapists hold a collaborative agreement with a dentist that details what procedures the dental therapist may perform that is specific to the needs and preferences of the supervising dentist within the scope of practice of Oregon

A collaborative agreement form can be found HERE

Populations Served
Dental therapists must dedicate 51% of their practice to patients who represent underserved populations as defined by the Oregon Health Authority by rule (OHA) OR patients located in dental care health professional shortage areas as determined by OHA.

Where are dental therapists?
Dental therapy is currently legal in 13 U.S. states and territories including Vermont, Minnesota, Alaska, Maine, Connecticut, Nevada, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, and Arizona. Currently, there are 16 states that are campaigning to have a dental therapy bill passed and implemented in their legislation.

Please take some time to complete this 6-question survey to let us know if this information was helpful to you.

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 Oregon Joins Other States Currently With or Investigating Dental Therapy

Click on the photo to be redirected to Oral Health Workforce Research’s website for more information.

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Remember to Vote!

Your Vote Counts Button ImageThe 2022 Oregon Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Primary elections are used by political parties to determine which of their candidates will go on the ballot for the General Election in November. This primary election will determine the Democratic & Republican candidates for Oregon Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representatives for some districts, and State Senators & State Representatives for some districts. The winning candidates from each party’s primary will face each other in the General Election in November. This primary election will also include voting for nonpartisan offices & local ballot measures.

The Democratic & Republican parties in Oregon hold closed primaries which means that your ballot may look different depending on your party registration. If you are registered as a Democrat, you will only see & be able to vote for Democratic candidates. If you are registered as a Republican, you will only see & be able to vote for Republican candidates. Whatever your political affiliation, your ballot will include the candidates for nonpartisan offices & local ballot measures.

The last day to register to vote or to update your voter registration in order to vote in this election was Tuesday, April 26th. You can check your voter registration status using the Oregon Secretary of State’s oregonvotes.gov online system.

All elections in Oregon are conducted by mail. Ballots for this Primary Election were mailed to registered voters beginning April 27th. You should have already received your Voters’ Pamphlet & you should receive your ballot in the mail by the first week in May.

Ballots must be submitted at a drop box by 8:00 PM on Election Day OR mailed & postmarked by 8:00 PM on Election Day to be counted. You can track the status of your ballot at oregonvotes.gov.

In past years, mail-in ballots needed to be received on or before Election Day in order to be counted. However, in 2021 Oregon passed a law that allows mail-in ballots to be counted even if they are received up to 7 days after Election Day but they must have been postmarked by 8:00 PM on Election Day. Keep in mind that mail does not get postmarked until it has been picked up from the mailbox & processed at the post office.

If you have any questions or need more information about voting in Oregon, click on oregonvotes.gov.

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

ODHA Membership Leadership Workshop
September 10, 2022

ODHA Student Leadership Workshop
October 8, 2022

ODHA Dental Hygienists’ Annual Conference
November 11 – 12, 2022
Holiday Inn
Wilsonville

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April 2022

President's Message

After a sunny day yesterday and a windy, rainy day today…it must be spring! And with spring comes the beginning of our dental hygiene program graduations. Congratulations to Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls and Salem campuses on their recent graduations! We look forward to working with you and want to welcome you to our profession. 

ODHA’s committees have been furiously at work setting up and organizing several programs we hope you will like. 

The Membership Committee, led by Allison Wood, has been organizing our annual “All RDH” event for Oregon’s Dental Conference (which was in hiatus during the Covid19 shutdowns). If you are attending the ODC, please stop by on April 9th and say hello, you just may win a prize. 

The Professional Development Committee, led by Jamie Christianson, arranged a stellar Medical Emergencies CE presented by Dr. Steven W. Beadnell, DMD & Dr. Phillip Kupfer, DMD, MD. We continue to work on providing required licensing continuing education. This month, Mónica Sarmiento will be presenting “Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children.”  

Our Leadership Development Committee, led by Leilani Allison, will be putting on two leadership workshops this year. The first will be for our general membership in September and the second will be for our first-year students which will be held in October. If you have ever considered doing something to help your professional organization, this is a great way to get started.  

Check out all the upcoming events on our website

Finally, an organization is only as strong as its membership involvement; please consider volunteering with ODHA. This can be on one of the many committees, leadership within your local component or by volunteering for a state board position. There will be several openings on the ODHA board when this term is up in November. Last year I “Dared” everyone to consider adding your talents to our organization’s team. Continuing with this year’s theme, I “Dream” of you, our members, filling out our bio-data form and working with other ODHA leaders to continue supporting our profession. You can check out our “how to get involved” page to see what positions will be open and find the link to our bio-data form.

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#BELIEVE
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Volunteering with Compassion Connect Health Clinics: A Meaningful Way to Give Back to Our Communities
Written by Leilani Allison, RDH, ODHA Vice President

CompassionClinic 2.jpg - 94.48 KbOne of the reasons I chose to become a dental hygienist was because I knew I would gain skills that I could use to help our communities through volunteer work. Every time I have the opportunity to volunteer, my heart soars and it reminds me of why I chose to become a dental hygienist -- to help those around me and give back in any way that I can! Since 2017 I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Compassion Connect. Compassion Connect is a wonderful organization that brings churches and volunteers together to serve their communities in so many amazing ways. One way that they help our communities is through their health clinics where they bring together different healthcare providers and services at local churches to provide these life changing services to our community members who face barriers to accessing care. From chiropractic services to medical exams and eye exams, social services, haircuts, a mobile shower and hygiene unit, and resource connection, Compassion Connect Health Clinics has a special opportunity to change an individual’s life. Something very special about Compassion Connect is that as a registered dental hygienist we can volunteer our skills and knowledge to provide dental care to our community, too! 

On Saturday, March 19th, I had the opportunity to volunteer as an RDH, mentoring 12 Mt Hood Community College dental hygiene students volunteering their time to serve our community. In addition to our wonderful students, we were also joined by three amazing pre-dental hygiene students, and many amazing volunteers who assisted with set up, medical histories, translations, coordination, and even food! Utilizing five units, we were able to help 13 individuals access dental care through providing dental prophylaxis, patient education, fluoride treatments, resources, and referrals! I am so proud of our students, staff, and volunteers for taking the time to give back and help our neighbors. 

This is an amazing opportunity to give back to our communities, increase oral health, and help those who face these difficult barriers to accessing oral healthcare. If you would like to join Compassion Connect and volunteer in any capacity, or just have questions, please reach out to Compassion Connect’s Oregon Clinic Director Corina Ferguson at [email protected].

Every event I am reminded why I love our work so much, and why I became a dental hygienist. We have the unique opportunity to truly help people, and I am so thankful that I was united with Compassion Connect five years ago.

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Local Continuing Education through Volunteering in Your Community
Written by Jamie Christianson, ODHA South West Director and Professional Development Chair

As mask mandates are lifted, the ease of getting together once again comes to mind. Component leaders are encouraged to plan local gatherings and events that can reconnect members. These gatherings can be as simple as setting a meeting place for conversation over coffee. For those planners out there, one option could be to come together to plan and host an oral health community service event. Another option could be to brainstorm with your fellow hygienists on connecting with local organizations to join forces, such as an existing food pantry or women’s shelter in your community. 

Meanwhile, ODHA’s Professional Development Committee’s decision to continue to hold the majority of continuing education classes online has more to do with keeping our courses consistent and within reach of ALL our members throughout the entire state. Since we do value our members getting together at the state level as well, the “All RDH Event” hosted by our Membership Committee will be at the Oregon Dental Conference on April 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. We will also have our 2-day in person event at the Annual Oregon Dental Hygienists Conference this November. 

We understand this has been a major shift in CE focus for ODHA and our components. However, the goal behind this is that it will allow all volunteers throughout our Association to know more about what their role entails. Thus, the main responsibility of CE is on the ODHA Board of Directors, while Component leaders, such as Director, Chairs and Secretaries can focus on connecting with their membership on a social level. Local groups will no longer have to feel the pressure of planning a full schedule of courses for their members which used to take up a lot of member's time. Now, association resources can be spread out more evenly and provide a greater benefit to all our members. 

Besides, a creative way to earn continuing education credits is through volunteering in organized events in oral health. What a great opportunity for the Association to give our creative and intelligent members a way to give back! This is a special way for individual components to mix socializing and earning credits at the local level. If this interests you, I would encourage you to email or call your component director today and get planning!

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All RDH Celebration Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference

Join us for the All RDH Celebration on Saturday, April 9th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Room C125 at the Oregon Dental Conference located at the Oregon Convention Center for networking and giveaways. Grab your lunch and then join ODHA for a fun, meet and greet RDH gathering. Win prizes, reconnect with your peers, relax, and have some fun!

Click here for more information!

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Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children

Join us Thursday, April 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom for "Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children" presented by Mónica Sarmiento. This 2-hour continuing education course will provide dental professionals with a review on nitrous oxide and oxygen sedation in the dental office. 


Course Objectives
 

  • Recognize methods for assessing and measuring fear and anxiety.
  • Identify the indications and contraindications for the use of nitrous oxide sedation
  • Discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and complications of nitrous oxide sedation
  • Understand current nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation practice guidelines in the State of Oregon
  • Implement workplace monitoring, safety guidelines, and recommendations per OSHA/NIOH.
Click here for details and registration

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee 

Professional Development meeting dates for April: 

Tuesday, April 12
7:00 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, April 26
7:00 pm via Zoom

All are welcome. If interested in seeing what we are all about, please contact the Chair, Jamie Christianson at [email protected] for the meeting link.

SAVE THE DATE for our first Virtual Scientific Symposium for Dental Hygienists, Saturday, May 14. Join us as we journey into the "Sulcular Space", worth 6 CE. Our presenters include Marianne Dryer on Root Anatomy and Dr. Ann Fugolin on the latest in biofilm change agents. 

Leadership Development Committee 

Our next meeting will be our Quarterly Meeting on Monday, April 18th 7:00 pm via zoom. We will be discussing our upcoming events, the Leadership Workshop and the Student Leadership Workshop. If you are interested in becoming a future leader of the Oregon Dental Hygiene Association, or are just curious about our meetings please email Leilani at [email protected] to receive the next meeting agenda as well as the zoom link! We can’t wait to meet you and hear your great ideas!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

The ODHA sponsored Advocacy Workshop “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” has been postponed

Please stay tuned for updates to this workshop. Contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information. 

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

ODHA at the Oregon Dental Conference
April 7 - 9, 2022
Oregon Convention Center | Portland, OR

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Room C125
Oregon Convention Center | Portland, OR

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation in Adults and Children
Thursday, April 28, 2022
6:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

APRIL BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, April 22, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

A Meet and Greet was held on Thursday, March 10th and it was fun to get to know other dental hygienists in the area. There was a lot of socializing and connecting, along with some great ideas. The attendees requested that we set up another casual meeting and that someone speak to them about the Oregon Dental Therapist Program. I am looking into getting a speaker. 

Our next High Desert Component Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, April 7th at 7:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected].

NORTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Hello everyone in the NW component! We are back as a component. This is my first time as a board member and I am learning a lot in the role as your director. Please be patient as I work out bringing the NW component back to life along with Heidi Klobes, your component chair. If you have any suggestions on what you would like from your ODHA component or goals for us, please feel free to reach out. 

We are looking forward to more socials and meetings where we can get together and brainstorm ways to strengthen our component and profession. Be on the lookout for a mid April event! More details will be emailed out shortly.

-Ashli

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 


March 2022

President's Message

Celebrate Dental Assistants March 6-12, 2022! 

Before becoming a dental hygienist, I was a dental assistant for 10 years.  Anyone that has been a dental assistant, knows that the dental assistant is the glue that holds an office together. Their job not only revolves around helping the dentist, but also ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and helping the hygienist. A good dental assistant ensures that the flow of the office is smooth, and knows where everyone is in their schedules, always looking ahead to possible roadblocks and bottlenecks. Our jobs as dental hygienists can be made easier by a good dental assistant. 

So, during Dental Assistants week, make sure you thank your dental assistants. Give them a social media shoutout, let them know that you see the work they are doing and that you appreciate them. 

For me…thank you to all the dental assistants I have worked with in the past, and especially to our current dental assistants, Katy Broyles and Wendy Whittington for all your hard work! 

ODHA’s committees are hard at work to bring exciting programs to our members. The Professional Development team is finalizing details on our Medical Emergency CE via Zoom and the Spring Symposium lineup is almost complete. The Leadership Development Committee has started working on the first all-member Leadership Workshop which will be held in June (if you have ever thought you wanted to become involved, this is a must attend event). Our Membership Committee is preparing for the “All RDH” event at the Oregon Dental Conference on April 9. 

Our component leaders have also been hard at work planning to bring more social events to their members. The Component Directors, chairs and secretaries have been meeting and strategizing to bring more social events to their component members. Keep an eye out for their emails regarding these events. 

I “believe” this year our association will be better than ever, with more CE opportunities, more community service events and more member engagement! 

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#BELIEVE
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

Ashli Lockett, North West Component Chair

Ashli Lockett.png - 534.18 KbI'm Ashli Lockett. I am a born and raised Oregonian and love it here in the PNW. Becoming a hygienist was a dream I realized later in my life. I went back to school after having spent time in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and starting a family. Now I have been practicing for a few years. Some of my interests include spending time with family, quad riding, paddle boarding and camping. I also really love to dance and to collect trading cards with my daughters. My next goal is to continue my education for a MBA and to continue teaching dental hygiene at Pacific University.

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Member Spotlight

Sacha Lodge

Growing up on the California coast in the town of Cambria, Sacha was inspired to pursue dentistry from close family friends in the field. She graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2003 with her associate degree in Dental Hygiene, followed by her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Business Management in 2004 Cum Laude. She has been very active through the years in the dental profession on the local and state level and has always felt it is important to stay up to date on the latest information.

Dental Hygiene has been tremendously rewarding for Sacha and she discovered first-hand how our entire body is connected and how profoundly one part can cause an effect on another. When her daughter started having problems with her occlusion and allergies, she wanted to know why, and how she could get to the root cause in order to help her. 

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy has opened Sacha’s mind to the great therapeutic benefits it has on dysfunctions of our mouth and the entire body. It is a way to help her daughter and her patients. Her background in dentistry gives her a unique perspective for her Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy patients.

Sacha started her Orofacial Myofunctional training with the renowned educator and therapist, Sarah Hornsby, in her MyoMentor program. She then went on to pursue additional training with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT). She is constantly taking continuing education in the field, including courses with the Breathe Institute by Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD, (renowned sleep disordered breathing and tongue tie expert). 

When Sacha is not getting excited about Myofunctional Therapy, she is enjoying the outdoors and the beauty of Central Oregon. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, gardening, horse riding and spending time with her two children and husband. 

Members…know a dental hygienist that everyone should know? Let us know about them by sending their information to [email protected].

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Student News

My Early Experiences of Dental Hygiene School
by Hannah Keim, Student, RDH Lane Community College

I thought I was ready. I wasn’t. I thought I knew what to expect. I didn’t. I thought I knew what busy was. I definitely didn’t. Has it been worth it? Yes!

Dental Hygiene school is unlike any challenge I’ve ever faced academically, emotionally, and organizationally; and it is equally rewarding, fun, and exhilarating. Entering the classroom on the first day, I didn’t know that ‘oral fissure’ was dental hygiene for ‘mouth’. That is serious, ask Cris Houser. Eighty-three school days after that, I welcomed my first patient into the dental chair: vitals, EO/IO examination, caries risk assessment, periodontal charting, the three C’s, exploring for calculus deposit and furcation involvement, treatment planning, prophy, polishing, homecare, and fluoride varnish. All completed in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

It's hard to explain what it's like unless you have been a dental hygiene student. The moments of panic felt so intensely, matched only by the exuberance after learning a new skill, or hugging a classmate, who is now a friend, with tears in your eyes after you ‘actually did it’.

Even when we didn’t believe them, the instructors at LCC let us know we would make it, that we could do it, and that we were exactly where we were supposed to be. Sometimes I still am not sure. But 17 weeks of school later, they are still there, meeting me wherever I am emotionally, ready to take on the day. Yes, they will kick you in the butt when you need it, but they are there to let you cry, feel frustrated, and to hug you and jump for joy when you succeed. They have taught me to be kind to myself. I hear Michelle Cummin’s voice in my head saying, ‘don’t focus on the grade, complete the task and look at what you can do,” and Tina Clarke, always challenging me to find new ways to get involved. Even on the hardest days, when I think I am not smart enough to complete the task, I know they are rooting for me and that they believe I can do it.

The instructors, combined with the built-in support from classmates can see you through even the ‘Five Exam’ weeks that come at you in dental hygiene school. Jill Jones, one of our LCC teachers, says dental hygiene school is like drinking from a fire hose. She’s right. But I wouldn’t change it. I’ve learned I can meet the challenge, I can multitask, and I’m right where I should be. 

Students…have a story to tell? Want to be featured in a future newsletter? Send your submission to [email protected].

DENNIS MUIR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

First year dental hygiene students, the applications for the $3,000 Dennis Muir Scholarship will be arriving at your school the first week of April. Your program director and student advisor will have digital copies of the application. To be eligible, you must be an Oregon resident attending an Oregon school, have at least a 3.0 GPA following your first term, and never have applied before. The scholarship will be placed into the winner's student account and can be used for tuition and any school expenses such as books and instruments. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sue Sanzi-Schaedel, Chair
Dennis Muir Scholarship Committee

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Celebrate Dental Assistant Week March 6-12

DENTAL ASSISTANT SHOUTOUT!
by Leilani Allison

Baley one day dreams of going to school to become a dental hygienist. She recently started at our Hollywood office and has been learning incredibly fast! We all adore her, and we are so proud of her work ethic and commitment to our patients.  

"My name is Baley and I'm an 18-year-old transgender woman and pretty new to dental assisting! I chose to go into the field because of how much I loved going to the dentist growing up. In my free time I enjoy camping, listening to music, and reading.”  

Let’s celebrate our dental assistants March 6-12 on ODHA’s Facebook page. Send their pictures (with their permission) before March 5 to [email protected]

DENTAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION WEEK

“Passionate About Our Patients – Dedicated to Our Profession” is the theme for Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 6-12, 2022, a week-long tribute to the commitment and dedication that dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. 

Today’s dental assistants strengthen the entire dental practice and enhance the patient care experience. Dental assistants are committed to professional development and quality dental care. Dental assisting continues to diversify and expand as a healthcare profession. Whether working chairside with a dentist, taking x-rays or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dentistry. 

Remember, if you know a dental assistant you would like to celebrate, email [email protected] by March 5 with their picture (and permission please)!

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Committee News

Professional Development Committee 

Professional Development meeting dates for March: March 8 and 29 at 7 PM

SAVE THE DATE for our first Virtual Scientific Symposium for Dental Hygienists, Saturday, May 14. Join us as we journey into the "Sulcular Space", worth 6 CE. Our presenters include Marianne Dryer on Root Anatomy and Dr. Ann Fugolin on the latest in biofilm change agents. 

Membership Committee 

Happy MARCH from the Membership Committee! Thursday, March 24 we will be holding a Zoom meeting and we would love for you to attend. Our committee is a great starting place to get involved in ODHA. Please email me for the invite. I would also love to hear from you about how much you appreciate your Dental Assistants as we recognize our teammates this month and celebrate them. Email me a statement, short video and/or a photo of why you appreciate your awesome Dental Assistants. I want to share your answers with our members. 

Membership Committee contact email: [email protected] 

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

The ODHA sponsored Advocacy Workshop “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” has been postponed

Please stay tuned for updates to this workshop. Contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information. 

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Postponed! Reschedule information coming soon.

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

APRIL BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, April 22, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

The High Desert Component is having a Meet & Greet scheduled for Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Marcello's Cucina Italiana in Sunriver. Everyone is welcome to attend, both non-members and members of ODHA. The next High Desert Component meeting will be held on April 7 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. 

This month the High Desert Component is recognizing Sacha Lodge, RDH for her career achievements and involvement with ODHA. 

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

We are still trying to reach members via Zoom. Did you know we have had 3 virtual meetings this year and NO ONE has come yet? I know it's not as good as in-person, but I would enjoy to see your lovely faces and chat with you. If you have other ideas how to get our group talking again, please email me at [email protected]. I would love to hear from you! 

Our next monthly SW Member Chat is set for Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. I hope to "see" you there!

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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Partner Organizations

 

 


February 2022

President's Message

National Children’s Dental Health Month

According to ChildStats.gov, in 2019, 9 in 10 children between the ages of 5-17 visited a dentist during 2018. In 2017-2018, 14% of children ages 5-11, down from 27% in 1999-2004, and 9% of children ages 12-17 down from 19% in 1999-2004, had untreated dental caries. Children 5-11 who come from low-income families, were nearly three times more likely and children 12-17 were more than twice as likely to have untreated dental caries than those children from higher income families. 

This year, the ADA’s National Children’s Dental Health Month is focusing on sealants, with their 2022 theme being “Sealants Make Sense.” We know that sealants on permanent molars reduce caries risk and is often recommended by both hygienists and dentists. 

Therefore, this month I want to thank our pediatric and general/family practice dental hygienists. Thank you for educating your young patients and their parents on how to improve their oral health by teaching them proper brushing and flossing technique, providing nutritional counseling, and reducing risk factors by placing sealants. 

You can find resources (posters, flyers, activity and coloring sheets) here:  ADA National Children's Dental Health Month resources

My DREAM is that the statistics continue to improve. I DREAM of children, regardless of their family incomes, getting regular and frequent dental visits that help them and their parents reduce the incidence of dental caries, and more importantly, I DREAM of children of all ages growing up without cavities! 

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

Allison Wood, Membership Chair

Hello ODHA members! I am a finally a year into my career here in Central Oregon. I have big plans to one day utilize my expanded practice permit, am in the works of regularly using my restorative endorsement, and have been lucky enough to be a fly on the wall and watch a pilot program for dental therapy be utilized in an office. The scope of practice in Oregon and advocacy for advancement never ceases to amaze me and leaves me wanting to watch it grow even more!

To understand my enthusiasm about this role you must know what led me here, or rather, who led me here. When I decided upon the dental hygiene career, I truly had no idea what was in store. I thought it was going to be cleaning teeth in my perfectly organized op while the rest of the team and I effortlessly bounced around the office until the day came to an end. You’re all laughing right? Growing up, the dental professionals I knew always greeted me with a smile and made everything seem so perfect and simple. Little did I know the incredible possibilities I would come to have access to becoming a dental hygienist. Two of the most inspiring people I met while coming into my dental hygiene career were also board members: Tiffany Foy and Brenna Chavarin. Learning from, watching, and working beside these amazing hygienists as they utilize their expanded practice permits not only sparked big dreams for my career, but also gave me so much appreciation for our association and the groundbreaking ways the advocacy has expanded our profession. Through mentorship that quickly became friendship, I was invited to a membership committee meeting where my ideas were heard, expanded, and brought to a reality alongside the other ideas of the team. I loved the exciting energy of the membership committee because we get to throw so many ideas out, see one spark within everyone else, and run with it and watch it grow! This is what I hope to keep alive on the membership committee this year as our professional association grows!

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ODHA 2022 Student Dental Hygiene Conference

What a turn out!On Friday January 28th nearly 200 dental hygiene students attended the second annual ODHA Student Dental Hygiene Conference. This virtual event was jam packed full of fun and information just for the student dental hygienist.

This program was planned by students for students. Along with the assistance of Tina Clarke and facultyGood to see so many faces! advisors, the students helped create practically every aspect of this event. We all met virtually four or five times to get the creative juices flowing. Even after long school days, students and faculty advisors showed up to collaborate (see list below).

The three-hour conference had six different sessions to choose from. There was something for every level of student. Lisa Rowley provided a great review of the different licensing exam requirements for Oregon and surrounding states. Melissa Turner from OnDiem provided some great interviewing tips. Bernadette Schlaefer from Crest/Oral-B presented a Dental Hygiene Science Review, while Lori Aus, Tracy Brunkhorst and Ilya Babyi shared their expertise on the role of an Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist.

Plus, there was a career panel of experts sharing different ways they utilize their dental hygiene license. Winnie Furnari shared her experiences with Forensics. Dr. Kelly Tanner shared her journey of an entrepreneur. Juanita Simpson explained how she became a public health dental hygienist and how she was able to create an impactful career. Finally, Mollie Tate and Mark Kobylinsky shared how they utilize restorative in their dental hygiene practice and the pathway to becoming a dental therapist. Then to cap it off Monica Monsantofils, from Dentsply Sirona, shared practical tips on optimizing treatment outcomes.

Even though it was a virtual event the energy was on fire. Guest MC Alex Cuarteros from Mt Hood Community College kept the audience engaged sharing highlights and giving shoutouts to all the students. Of course, it helped that in between these sessions’ students had an opportunity to win prizes too! There were nearly 20 different prizes awarded to student attendees.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Oregon dental hygiene school program directors and faculty. Thank you for creating time in your academic calendar for this event.  Now to get ready for the 2023 event! 

Student Conference Planning Committee Members

CLARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Stephen Quimby
  • Arielle Rodriguez

LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Kate Manger
  • Hannah Keim
  • Brenna Feigles
  • Tesslyn Werner
  • Jill Jones-Faculty Advisor

MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Riley Powers
  • Cassandra Vazquez
  • Alex Cuarteros
  • Ilyia Babiy-Faculty Advisor

OREGON TECH

  • Jessica Reynolds
  • Shannon Bowdle

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

  • Brittany Gottsch
  • Leslie Harbison-Faculty Advisor

PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Beth Kreinheder
  • D Kremers
  • Sara Hill-Faculty Advisor
 

OREGON DENTAL HYGIENISTS ASSOCIATION

  • Tina Clarke
  • Juanita Simpson
  • Lisa Rowley
  • Tracey Brunkhorst

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OHSU School of Dentistry

In Memoriam

ODHA joins the dental profession in mourning the loss of two former leaders of the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). 

Jill Mason and Peg RyanMargaret (Peg) Ryan, RDH, MS passed on October 1, 2021. Peg was chair of the dental hygiene program at the OHSU School of Dentistry from 1977 to 1997. Before coming to OHSU Peg held leadership positions within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Council of the National Board of Dental Examiners and the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Education. Peg “created a legacy for our profession and had a vision for dental hygiene that many could only dream of. Now this generation is reaping the rewards of that vision” – Jill Mason, RDH, MS. Peg was named as an honorary alumna of the OHSU School of Dentistry and their Alumni Association continues to honor Peg each year in hosting the Cantwell Memorial Lecture and Margaret M. Ryan Dental Hygiene Update. Peg received the ODHA Lois Whitford Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award and the ADHA Institute of Oral Health offers a scholarship in her name. You can read about Peg Ryan’s life and work in the field of dental hygiene and dental hygiene education in an oral history interview that is available at: https://scholararchive.ohsu.edu/concern/etds/sf268533p?locale=en 

Dr. Jack ClintonDr. Jack Clinton passed on January 3, 2022. Dr. Clinton was dean of the OHSU School of Dentistry from 2004 to 2012 having served as interim dean for a short time in 2003. Prior to serving as dean, Dr. Clinton served as associate dean of clinical affairs. Dr. Clinton led the School of Dentistry in planning for the construction of its new facility that is now located on the Portland South Waterfront. He also led a strategic overhaul of the dental curriculum that moved the school to an integrated group practice system that created a more private practice type approach to providing comprehensive dental care for patients. Dr. Clinton served on the steering committee for the new dental hygiene program at Pacific University. You can read about Dr. Clinton’s life and work in the field of dentistry and dental education in an oral history interview that is available at: https://scholararchive.ohsu.edu/concern/etds/rn3011649?locale=en

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Children's Dental Health Month

2022 National Children's Dental Health Month focuses on sealants

National observance brings people together by promoting good oral health. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, with the 2022 theme being “Sealants Make Sense.”

The month is a national health observance that brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.

Irene Hilton, D.D.S., chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention’s advisory committee on dental sealants, said sealants are an equitable way to prevent caries.

"Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of caries by 80%,” Dr. Hilton said. "If your dentist recommends dental sealants, it is part of a comprehensive caries management approach. I am excited that this year" National Children" Dental Health Month theme is about dental sealants, so more families are aware of this cavity-preventing treatment." The NCDHM Program Planning Guide, available in mid-November at National Children's Dental Health Month, provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and more.

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Committee News

UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
 

Professional Development Committee 

February 8       7:00 – 8:00 pm
February 22     7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Contact Jamie Christianson if you want to join! 

Leadership Development Committee 

All are welcome to join!! We will be planning on the following: 

  • Filling the Slate for next year’s leaders
  • Leadership workshops (student and member) 
  • Mentorship Online Meeting

February 21     7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Contact Leilani Allison to get involved! 

Membership Committee

February 17     6:30 – 7:30 pm

Contact Allison Wood for this fun group!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

ODHA will sponsor “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” a 5-hour interactive workshop 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17, 2022

This workshop is intended for dental hygienists who want to become more involved in advocating for the dental hygiene profession in Oregon. Participants will learn and practice skills needed to effectively pursue regulatory changes to promote dental public health. This workshop will be presented in a virtual format using the Zoom software platform. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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ADHA News

Registration is now open for ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference to be held Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join dental hygienists from across the country to celebrate excellence with keynote speakers, continuing education, product presentations & networking events.  

The following continuing education courses will be presented by ODHA members this year: 

  • Working SMARTer … It’s Not Just for Kids: Going Deeper with the Many Uses of Silver Diamine Fluoride presented by Kyle Isaacs 
  • Facilitating Student Critical Thinking for Comprehensive Person-Centered Care presented by Darlene Swigart 

ADHA 2022 will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center. ADHA recommends that you stay at one of the hotels in their Official Hotel Block that are located conveniently close to the convention center. The have several hotel options for you to choose from including the headquarter hotel Louisville Marriott Downton and other more budget-friendly hotels.  

The ADHA 2022 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting will be held June 17-19, 2022. Registration for the House of Delegates will be separate from the Annual Conference and will open at a later date. 

Click on ADHA 2022 for more information about ADHA’s 2022 Annual Conference.

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: VIRTUAL

ADHA recognizes the incredible leadership of all dental hygienists. Beyond the continuing education required to stay on the top of our clinical knowledge, there is a vast range of business, management, communications, and personal learning that can enhance your achievement and enjoyment. 

That’s what the Dental Hygienists Leadership Summit is all about! In 2022, we are hosting two different sessions – one that’s entirely virtual, and another event in person in conjunction with ADHA22. In addition to different formats, each Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will focus on different facets of leadership. 

Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit: Virtual 

The work we do as dental hygiene professionals goes far beyond the operatory, classroom or corporate setting. We are also called to step into the leadership required to create the change needed to improve business practices, healthcare, policy and the world in which we live. These challenges can be both exciting and intimidating, and the virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership is designed to help you learn the skills, confidence and to get the  clarity to direct where your career can go next. Join us if you’d like to:

  • Build on your decision-making skills
  • Discover strategies for conflict resolution
  • Strengthen your communications experience
  • Learn tactics for delegation and people management 
  • Explore how to leverage your interests and strengths to improve oral care for all 

Register here:  ADHA Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit 

DENTAL HYGIENE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: LIVE (IN-PERSON)

The live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit is conveniently scheduled adjacent to ADHA22 in Louisville, KY 

This program is dedicated to dental hygiene professionals interested in growing their experience through association leadership. ADHA offers a range of diverse and rewarding opportunities to embrace roles that impact the entire profession. In these two days, you’ll hear from current and past ADHA leaders who will share their aspirations and accomplishments and guide you to elevate your talent to the next level. Presenters will challenge and inspire you through hands-on workshops, exercises, and action planning to help maximize your impact as an agent of change at the local, state and national level. Sessions are designed to elevate your training in:

  • Advocacy
  • Membership
  • Budgeting & Financial Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Speaking/Presentation Skills
  • Succession Planning 

Register here:  ADHA Conference

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Tuesday and Thursday, March 15 and 17, 2022
6:00 - 9:00 pm each night

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference - Registration Open!
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

"All Things Pediatric" presented by Dr. Justin Berman, DMD
February 24, 2022 
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Dr. Justin Berman, DMD, graduated in 2015 from NOVA Dental School and in 2017 graduated from the University of Southern California in Pediatric Dentistry. 

Dr. Berman is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist, and owns SVC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Santa Clarita, CA.  He has presented at the Hinman Dental Conference, and to the California Society of Pediatric Dentists. 

He will be presenting to ODHA, "All Things Pediatric" on February 24th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

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Other News & Events

NATIONAL MOBILE & TELEDENTISTRY CONFERENCE

The third annual National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference will be held March 3-5, 2022 at the Sahara Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Over three days, you'll have the chance to meet hundreds of entrepreneurs, industry experts, brand leaders and dental professionals from across the world — all while diving into the future of dentistry. With more than 35 course hours, you can explore innovative care delivery and business models, virtual technologies, artificial intelligence and so much more! 

ODHA members presenting at this conference include Karen Hall and Linda Mann.

The final day to register for in-person tickets is February 4, 2022. If you cannot attend this conference in person, you can purchase an OnDemand Virtual Ticket to access course recordings and watch them whenever it's convenientfor you. On-demand courses will be available 2 weeks after the live event. The cost of the virtual ticket will increase after the event begins. 

For more information click on www.nmdconference.com

DENTAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION WEEK

“Passionate About Our Patients – Dedicated to Our Profession” is the theme for Dental Assistants Recognition Week March 6-12, 2022, a week-long tribute to the commitment and dedication that dental assistants exhibit throughout the year. 

Today’s dental assistants strengthen the entire dental practice and enhance the patient care experience. Dental assistants are committed to professional development and quality dental care. Dental assisting continues to diversify and expand as a healthcare profession. Whether working chairside with a dentist, taking x-rays or managing the business office, teaching or working in insurance or sales, dental assistants are vital to the success of the dentistry. 

Start planning now for ways to celebrate & recognize the dental assistants who work with you during the 2022 Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, February 25, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on April 22, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16. 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

METRO EAST COMPONENT NEWS

Metro East just finished another Compassion Clinic Saturday, January 15th. This was another huge clinic with 7 hygiene chairs and 23 prophies! Phew! 

The next Compassion Clinic is February 26th in SE Portland. You can volunteer at a Compassion Clinic by signing up on their website.

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

This is a huge area to cover, and all dental hygienists are welcome to participate! 

Our current officers are: 

  • Director, Juanita Simpson
  • President, Sierra Shippler
  • Secretary, Virginia Olea 

Goals for this coming year: 

  • Re-establish the High Desert Component
  • Meet and Greet - March or April
  • Central Oregon Symposium - May instead of March due to COVID
  • Heaven Can Wait - 5K for raising funds for breast cancer
  • Possibly - Klamath Falls Symposium 

We will be meeting in January to decide the future quarterly dates for 2022. 

If you're new to the High Desert Component, I can add you to our local component mailing address listing; furthermore, if you have questions, the High Desert Component email address is [email protected]

Submitted by: 

Juanita Simpson, EPDH, BS
Director, High Desert Component 

NORTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Safe the Date!  February 19th at 10:00 am 

Come meet the North West leadership team and share your ideas of things the North West component can do to reconnect our members! An email will be going out soon.

Contact Ashli or Heidi if you have any questions.

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Calling all Members in the South West Region of Oregon!

Are you feeling isolated or disconnected? Then I would like to invite you to our Free Monthly SW Virtual Social Meeting on February 10th at 6:30 pm. It's a great time to meet and "see" other hygienists in your area. My plan for this is to be a mostly open discussion format about the challenges we are facing today and brainstorm on ways we can collaborate to solve them. If interested in getting involved with these monthly social meetings, please email me at [email protected] before February 9th, so that I can make sure to send you the Zoom link the morning of our meeting. 

Stay safe out there!

Jamie Christianson, RDH
ODHA SW Component Director

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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January 2022

President's Message

Happy New Year! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful and joyous holiday! 

Every January 1, people around the world make resolutions to improve themselves, develop new habits, or get healthier. ODHA is no different. Our plan is to improve how we serve you: the members. We accomplish this by creating and updating our strategic plan. We previously have done this planning in July, but in 2021 we began to work on our strategic plan in January. This allows the new board to have a part in developing where ODHA wants to go, what we plan to accomplish and how we will get there. I invite everyone to send me your “Dream” of where you would like to see ODHA go. What goals do you think are important for us to pursue? Send your thoughts to [email protected].

Your Professional Development team hasn’t rested since the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Conference in November. They are currently hard at work planning our monthly CE’s, as well as working toward our Spring Symposium. If you want to see a specific topic or speaker, be sure to contact us! 

My focus this year is to increase our membership involvement in our committees. With increased involvement, achieving the committee goals will be easier as more hands make for lighter work. We welcome everyone to join a committee and become as involved as your time allows. 

And finally, my resolution is to do my best in guiding ODHA forward. I “Dream” of an active membership with robust involvement in all aspects of our association, and I hope you will help me achieve it!

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH, BSDH
#DREAM
President
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Board Member Spotlight

President-Elect: Tracy Brunkhorst

TracyBrunkhorst.jpg - 7.73 KbTracy knew right from the start that Dental Hygiene was a perfect fit for her career. From a young age she was called to serve, and it has been a thread in her life that has weaved a wonderful tale of how love and caring for patients has led her to her passion, which is to bring mobile dentistry to those in need.  

Tracy is a 1996 graduate from North Dakota and her roots lie in the plains. Tracy’s Norwegian heritage and culture lives bright inside and she hopes to visit Norway someday. She would have never guessed she would reside in the forests of Mt. Hood. She loves living here in Boring, where you can find her chasing after goats, chickens and ducks. Tracy is married and has 2 kids. She loves their 3 horses and their beloved family pet dog, Harper. 

Volunteering is a platform that is fulfilling for Tracy. She loves serving at Compassion Clinics, which has enriched her life. She is a faculty instructor at Mount Hood Community College in the Dental Hygiene program. Serving her patients in a general private practice along with a non-profit clinic is where you will find her educating and working with her beloved patients. Currently, Tracy also serves in leadership with her local hygiene association as President-Elect of the ODHA. 

She is so anxious to share all the above traits with you! Open arms and smiles in abundance are Tracy’s payload!

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New Dean for OHSU School of Dentistry 

RonaldSakaguchi.jpg - 13.42 KbRonald Sakaguchi, DDS, PhD, MBA, has been named as the 10th dean of Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Dentistry. He assumes the role after serving as the school’s interim dean since October 2020.

Dr. Sakaguchi joined the OHSU School of Dentistry in 1994. He has served in a number of dental school leadership roles over the years, including associate dean for research and innovation, during which he was part of a faculty team that supported a panel of Oregon business executives to form the plan for the construction of the School of Dentistry’s new home, which opened on OHSU’s South Waterfront campus in 2014. After completing an MBA in entrepreneurship at Babson College in 2008, he joined the OHSU School of Medicine’s Division of Management, where he created and taught courses for health care administration graduate certificate, MS and MBA programs.

Dr. Sakaguchi is a widely published dental biomaterials and biomechanics researcher with an extensive history of grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and industry. He has served in leadership roles with the International Association for Dental Research and Academy of Dental Materials, where he is also a fellow. He was an associate editor of the scientific journal Dental Materials and was senior editor of Craig’s Restorative Dental Materials 14th edition textbook which is used globally. He was recently named a fellow of the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Sakaguchi received training as a prosthodontist at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he became a member of its Department of Oral Sciences faculty and joined its Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics. Sakaguchi earned a PhD in biomaterials and biomechanics from the University of Greenwich (formerly Thames Polytechnic, London), a doctoral degree in dental surgery from Northwestern University Dental School, a master’s degree in prosthodontics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in cybernetics from UCLA.

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Children's Dental Health Month

 

February is Children’s Dental Health Month 

February 2022 is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA). This month-long national event brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, health care providers and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. 

“Sealants Make Sense” is the 2022 theme for NCDHM. Irene Hilton, D.D.S., chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention’s advisory committee on dental sealants, said sealants are an equitable way to prevent caries. 

“Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of caries by 80%,” Dr. Hilton said. “If your dentist recommends dental sealants, it is part of a comprehensive caries management approach. I am excited that this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month theme is about dental sealants, so more families are aware of this cavity-preventing treatment.” 

The NCDHM Program Planning Guide provides program coordinators, dental societies, teachers and parents with resources to promote the benefits of good oral health to children. The guide includes easy-to-do activities, program planning timetable tips, a sample NCDHM proclamation and more.

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Committee News

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
 

Are you looking to inspire future ODHA leaders? Would you like to help plan leadership training? The Leadership Development Committee is looking forward to 2022.  We have the following events planned:

  • Spring - SAHDA Leadership Workshop
  • Spring - Nominations for next year’s new leaders
  • Fall - SADHA Mentorship Program Meeting

We can always use more help and welcome all to join in the fun, planning, and events!!

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

The membership committee is inviting YOU to our first meeting of 2022! We would love to set some big goals for increasing membership of our association this year. To achieve these goals, we need you, your ideas, and your passion for our professional association. It has been a crazy couple of years but there are BIG things happening in Oregon for the Dental Hygiene profession! We want to see growth in membership of Oregon Dental Hygienists in order to increase the voice and advancement of our profession. Please mark your calendar join us Thursday, January 27th, 2022 to meet the membership committee and become part of our team. We can’t wait to meet you! Send an email to [email protected] by January 20th to get involved.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 

Your 2021 Professional Development Committee's Accomplishments

  1. Six members participated in this committee, totaling 24 meetings all together for the year.
  2. Added revenue to the Association's budget through collaboration amongst the components and hosting a total of 11 credits via Online for all members to be able to access.
    1. 2 - Required CE classes: Infections Control and Medical Emergencies
    2. 3 - "360 Health Review" CE classes: Myofunctional Oral Therapy, Geriatric Oral Health, & Periodontal Classification
  3. Organized the first, in-person Oregon Dental Hygienists' Conference since the Pandemic began - 120 participants earned up to 10 credits over a two-day period. 

Goals for Your Professional Development Committee in 2022

  1. At least double the number of members participating on the committee.
  2. Increase the number of classes and continue to provide quality CE opportunities for members on a monthly basis, including Required Courses.
  3. (New) RDH Virtual Spring Scientific Symposium on a Saturday in May 2022. Earn up to 6 credits!
  4. Build stronger communities within ODHA's regional components. 

Would you like to be part of the planning process or have ideas of your own that you like to share with us? All members are welcome to attend P.D.C. meetings to learn more about what ODHA is up to. The next two online meetings will be January 4 at 7:00 pm and January 18 at 7:00 pm. Feel free to contact the committee chair, Jamie Christianson, by January 3rd to get an invitation link to the meeting(s).

We look forward to seeing some new faces!

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Advocacy News

ODHA Advocacy Workshop 

ODHA will sponsor “Promoting Dental Public Health through Advocacy” a 5-hour interactive workshop 6:30 - 9:00 pm, Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17, 2022. 

This workshop is intended for dental hygienists who want to become more involved in advocating for the dental hygiene profession in Oregon. Participants will learn and practice skills needed to effectively pursue regulatory changes to promote dental public health. This workshop will be presented in a virtual format using the Zoom software platform. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director,  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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Student News

Hello all students!

Can you believe we are already in a new year? With the new year comes new opportunities. To celebrate, ODHA is helping you start 2022 off on the right foot.

The second annual ODHA Student Symposium will be held on January 28, 2022. Not only is this event for you, but also has been planned by hard-working students just like you. You will have the opportunity to select what serves you best. Topics range from a scientific review sponsored by Crest Oral B, a career panel review, and ultrasonic instrumentation to name a few. Registration and conference schedule will be made available soon, but bookmark our conference page today!

Mark your calendars for this virtual event. You don’t want to miss this information packed session, which also happens to have some cool raffle prizes!

I can’t wait to see you all on January 28 at 1:00 pm. 

Cheers!

Tina Clarke, RDH M.Ed
ODHA Student Relations Director

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World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally each year on March 20. WOHD was launched by the FDI World Dental Federation to raise global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases. The purpose of WOHD is to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health. 

The campaign theme for 2021 through 2023 is “Be Proud of your Mouth.” WOHD hopes to motivate people to value and take care of their mouths and understand that by doing so they can also help protect their general health and well-being. 

A variety of resources are available to promote World Oral Health Day including fact sheets, message cards, posters, and social media tools. All content is free to use by everyone as long as it's used in its original form (no modifications allowed) and doesn't promote a product or a business (i.e. dental practice). 

World Oral Health Day is a great opportunity to generate wide-spread media coverage and to raise people’s understanding of the link between oral health and oral health.

For more information click on World Oral Health Day.

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATES!

Details and information to come, but mark your calendars today for upcoming events!

ODHA Student Conference
Friday, January 28, 2022

ODHA Advocacy Workshop
Tuesday and Thursday, March 15 and 17, 2022
6:00 - 9:00 pm each night

RDH Event at 2022 Oregon Dental Conference
Saturday, April 9, 2022 

ODHA Virtual Symposium
Saturday, May 14, 2022 

ADHA Virtual House of Delegates
June 17 - 19, 2022 

ADHA Annual Conference
June 24 - 26, 2022
Louisville, Kentucky

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ODHA Mentorship Program

Make a difference and more connections in the industry through ODHA’s Virtual Mentorship Program. 

  • Apply anytime.
  • Connect on your schedule virtually.
  • Share experience and knowledge in a safe environment. 

Learn more about the ODHA mentorship program or sign up as a mentor or mentee.

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ODHA Committee Volunteer Opportunities

We need members from all around the state of Oregon to help support our committees. Each committee has the opportunity for diverse levels of time commitment and participation. There is something for everyone! 

Advocacy: Work with our advocacy director and learn what is involved when advocating for our profession and fellow hygienists.

Membership: Work with our membership director while finding ways to increase membership and fun ways to get members involved.

Finance: Work with our treasurer (finance committee chair) to prepare and present a balanced proposed budget to the Board of Directors.

Professional Development: Here is your opportunity to have input on CE events presented by ODHA by helping plan the 2022 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC) and the monthly CE events.

Leadership Development: No matter how long you have been a hygienist, you have leadership qualities to help further the goals of the leadership team.

Sign up by filling out the candidate interest form here.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, February 25, 2022. This meeting will likely be held as a Zoom conference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portions of the Board meeting. 

The agenda and public packet for this Board meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the Board website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 200 pages in length. We recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. 

If you would like to participate in the Open Session of this or any future board meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley at [email protected] for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on April 22, June 17, August 19, October 21 and December 16.

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE RULES EFFECTIVE IN 2022 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) interprets and enforces the Oregon dental laws and adopts administrative rules to further interpret Oregon dental laws. 

In October 2021 the OBD adopted 22 rule changes and 1 new rule. Seventeen (17) of the rule changes and the 1 new rule will become effective January 1, 2022. The remaining 5 rule changes will become effective July 1, 2022. In many cases, rule changes are intended to clarify or update the wording of the rule. 

Visit the OBD website to view all administrative rule changes that become effective in 2022. When reviewing rule changes, language that has been added appears as underlined and language that has been removed appears as strikethrough

The following rules changes may be of particular interest to dental hygienists and are effective January 1, 2022:

  • 818-035-0010 Definitions has been changed by adding definitions for temporary restoration, atraumatic/alternative restorative techniques, and interim therapeutic restoration.
  • 818-035-0020 Authorization to Practice has been changed by reordering the sequence to clarify the intent of the rule.
  • 818-035-0025 Prohibited Acts has been changed by adding an exception that will allow expanded practice dental hygienists with a collaborative agreement to perform interim therapeutic restorations.
  • 818-035-0065 Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Permit has been changed by adding that expanded practice dental hygienists with a collaborative agreement may perform interim therapeutic restorations after they have completed a Board-approved curriculum.
  • 818-035-0100 Recordkeeping has been changed by adding interim therapeutic restorations to the list of procedures that require an expanded practice dental hygienist to document the name of the collaborating dentist and date of the collaborative agreement in the patient’s chart. 

The rule changes to Definitions, Prohibited Acts, Expanded Practice Dental Hygiene Permit and Recordkeeping have been made to further interpret the new law created with the passage of House Bill 2627 that allows expanded practice dental hygienists to place interim therapeutic restorations. 

Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

 

OPENING FOR DENTAL HYGIENIST BOARD MEMBER 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the Board in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez, RDH completes her second four-year term on the OBD. Yadira was appointed to serve on the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2014, and she served as their 2020-2021 President. 

The Oregon Board of Dentistry consists of ten members. Six members must be Oregon licensed dentists, one of which must be a dental specialist, two members must be licensed dental hygienists, and two members must be from the public. Board members are appointed to serve a four-year term and may be reappointed to serve a second four-year term. 

The ODHA may nominate 3-5 dental hygienists to the Governor to fill this opening. Any Oregon licensed dental hygienist who resides in Oregon may apply for this position. The new Board member will be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The Governor’s office will review and consider the applicant’s geographic location, ethnic background, diversity, disciplinary history (if any) and other factors important to the Governor. 

For more information click on Board & Staff Openings. Please contact Oregon Board of Dentistry Executive Director Stephen Prisby or ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley if you have any questions about serving on the Oregon Board of Dentistry.

 

ODHA REPS TO STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD 

At the beginning of each year, the Oregon Board of Dentistry asks the ODHA to submit the names of dental hygienists who will represent the ODHA on standing committees of the Board. The ODHA has a representative on each of the following standing committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry: Communications; Dental Hygiene; Dental Therapy Rules Oversight, Enforcement & Discipline; Licensing, Standards & Competency; Rules Oversight. 

Standing committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry meet to discuss issues that are referred to them and then make recommendations back to the Board. Standing committees may or may not meet throughout the year. Representatives to these standing committees serve for one year, from April to March, and may be reappointed. The ODHA representatives to these standing committees are appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses. 

If you are interested in representing the ODHA on a standing committee of the Oregon Board of Dentistry this year, please complete this form and email it to ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J Rowley by January 13th

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Oregon State Legislature News

How long does the Oregon State Legislature meet?
The Oregon Legislature meets for a maximum of 160 days in odd-numbered years (long session) and for a maximum of 35 days in even-numbered years (short session). The 2022 Oregon Legislative Session will be a short session so it will meet for a maximum of 35 days February 1, 2022 through March 7, 2022

What is the composition of the Oregon State Legislature?
The Oregon State Legislature is comprised of two chambers, the Senate with 30 members elected to serve four-year terms and the House of Representatives with 60 members elected to two-year terms. Each Oregonian is represented by one State Representative and one State Senator. Click here to Find My Legislator. 

What is a bill?
A bill is a proposal to create a new law or to amend an existing law. In order to become law, a bill must be passed in both chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives, in identical form. 

How are bills numbered?
Each bill is designated by the chamber where it was introduced and a unique number. For example, Senate Bill 111 would have been introduced in the Senate, and House Bill 2222 would have been introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill retains this designation when it is considered in the other chamber. 

The ODHA will monitor and comment on bills related to dentistry throughout the 2022 Oregon Legislative Session and keep you informed of their progress. Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director  Lisa J Rowley for questions or more information.

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Component News and Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Check out our calendar for information or to register for component and state events! 

HIGH DESERT COMPONENT NEWS 

I am excited to announce that we have the following officers: 

  • Juanita Simpson, Director
  • Sierra Schipper, Chairman
  • Virginia Olea, Secretary 

We are tentatively planning the following:

  • Meet and Greet this winter
  • Spring Symposium in Bend
  • Possible CE in Klamath Falls 

We are actively looking for suggestions for CE with possible instructors.  If you would like to be leader, participate in planning, and or have suggestions please do contact us at [email protected].

SOUTH WEST COMPONENT NEWS

Dear Fellow Members of SW Region: 

What a year it's been! Now it's time to plan 2022! If you live or work in the SW region of Oregon, we want to hear from you. 

SW- OR Component will be hosting our first social meeting(s) of the year via online. Once on Thursday, January 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, then again on Friday, January 7th from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. You're welcome to pick one time or join Sarah Melten and I on both days. We are looking for inspiration from our local membership to plan future social events or look into community projects.   

We are still looking for a member that would also like to take on the leadership role of our Component Chair. I would be happy to share more about the position. All leadership positions are becoming more collaborative with efforts focused on committees vs. left to individuals.  

Please email me at [email protected]  if interested in the upcoming social events online. I will need to send you an invitation to join us.  All invites will be sent the morning of the events to make sure I get everyone. 

I look forward to meeting you and seeing your faces soon.

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Membership Information


ODHA Membership Includes:

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ADHA Institute for Oral Health

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and through the generous support of our donors, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarship, research and service!

They work to:

  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 36-3468143.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Institute for Oral Health

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Thank you to our Sponsor!

We've been fortunate to partner with Willamette Dental this year. Check out their website and job board!

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