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March 2019

President's Message

Hello Fellow Members,

Even though we are through February I want to say I hope that the holidays were joyous and restful for you. I often feel the holidays are some of the most hectic days of the year, but the most exciting as well. The feeling of renewal, family, and tradition is strong at this time of year. Hopefully, among the rush of shopping, traveling, and holiday parties, we all got a chance to slow down and spend time with the ones we love.

Many of us utilize the New Year as a time to set new goals and form resolutions, and hopefully we are still going strong with those resolutions. With this spirit of renewal and new beginnings I encourage you to be sure to renew your membership and encourage your co-workers and friends who have yet to join our association to do so. We have so many wonderful activities planned, and the camaraderie and support for our profession is unparalleled.

Plans for the November conference are already in the works, our advocacy team is hard at work making sure our profession is poised for a successful future, and our component leaders are planning top notch CE courses to keep us all on the cutting edge of our profession.

I want to thank you for your support and your membership. Our profession is pulsing with the steady rhythm of growth and positive change. Every new year brings something new and exciting and our association and its members are right there making that change happen. Together we continue to create our future and the future of dental hygiene!

Lesley Harbison, ODHA President

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Save the Date!

Calling all hygienists…. come and mingle with your fellow hygienists at the Oregon Dental Conference!
What: 3rd Annual “All RDH” Event
Where: Oregon Dental Conference
When: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 11:00-12:30

ODHA Executive Officers at the
2018 Oregon Dental Conference

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Scholarship Update

In 1972, seed money from the ODHA’s Oregon Foundation for Dental Research and Development provided start up financing to begin the Oregon Dental Hygiene Scholarship and Loan Fund, Inc. ODHA formed a committee that was established in 1978 to raise money for granting scholarships and loans to dental hygiene students. Wine tasting parties and silent auctions were held at ODHA events to raise money that would enable financial help to our future professionals. This committee has remained active through the years, communicating with the DH programs in Oregon, processing and granting loans to those who submit requests, and the difficult task of maintaining loan re-payment, as many default. Meetings were held at the office of Ray Ramsey, the former attorney for ODHA who graciously volunteered his time and valuable advice. Ray passed away November, 2018. He was a great friend to ODHA for over three decades and will be missed. The ODHSLF dissolved at the end of 2018 giving the remaining assets to the Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship.

We would like to formally thank the ODHSLF committee:

  • Krysten Clist, President
  • Karen Matson, Secretary
  • Audrey Dickson, Treasurer
  • Sandie Curren
  • Joyce Rankin
  • Meredith Stiger

Yvette Ly - 2018 Scholarship Recipient

On Saturday, April 27th the LWMS will hold its annual fundraising dinner. This will be the 21st annual fundraising dinner event. The event is a 9 course gourmet meal, well worth the $100 given to the scholarship. This year the 2018 recipient, Yvette Ly, will be honored as well as the former committee members of the ODHSLF. This will be a night to remember as past ODHA leaders share an evening meal around the table with future leaders.

For further information please contact Lori Killen Aus: [email protected]

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Advocacy Update


At their January 2019 meeting, the ODHA Board of Directors voted to support the 2019 Oregon Dental Association (ODA) Legislative Agenda.

The ODHA supports 2019 ODA proposed legislation that would:

  • Allow dentists to administer immunizations.
  • Allow OBD licensees (dentists & dental hygienists) to explain an error to a patient without the threat of that conversation being used against them in court.
  • Improve and clarify current statute that requires oral health screenings for students entering public school for the first time.
  • Move away from live patient clinical testing as a requirement for dental and dental hygiene licensure in Oregon.
  • Allow the Oregon Board of Dentistry to review patient charts in a dental pilot project and share their concerns with the Oregon Health Authority.


The 2019 Oregon Legislative Assembly will be in session for the purpose of lawmaking January 22, 2019 through June 30, 2019. Click on the following links to see How an Idea Becomes Law and A Guide to Reading a Legislative Measure. The ODHA is in support of House Bill 2220 that would allow dentists to give vaccinations. Oregon has established state policy on improving vaccination rates, and dentists can help additional Oregonians access life-saving vaccines. HB 2220 would require dentists to use existing reporting mechanisms, protocols, and storage requirements already established by the Oregon Health Authority for providers currently vaccinating Oregonians. Dentists would also be required to take vaccine-specific training, approved by the Board of Dentistry, prior to administering any vaccines. Click on the following link to learn more about HB 2220. ODHA will monitor and comment on bills related to dentistry throughout the 2109 Oregon Legislative Session.

Please share this flier with your friends, colleagues and legislators.


The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) adopted 19 administrative rule changes in 2018 that became effective January 1, 2019. The following changes may be of particular interest to dental hygienists. To view all administrative rule changes, go to

  • OAR 818-035-0072 and OAR 818-042-0095 have been amended to allow restorative functions dental hygienists and restorative functions dental assistants to place and finish direct restorations except gold foil. The words “alloy” and “composite” were removed from this rule to allow for the use of other restorative materials with the exception of gold foil.
  • OAR 818-042-0040 has been amended to allow dental assistants to use high-speed handpieces for the purpose of adjusting occlusion, contouring and polishing restorations on teeth that are being restored.

Please contact Lisa J. Rowley at 503-568-5825 or [email protected] for questions, more information, or comments about ODHA Advocacy issues, and if you would like to become involved in ODHA Advocacy activities!!!

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Component Events

Want to know what CE courses or events are coming up in your area? Visit: for information or to register for component and state events!

Metro East Component

CE Course: Systemic Link Between Periodontal Disease and Heart Disease: History and Current Events
Speaker: Dr. James "Jamie" G. Beckerman, MD, FACC
When: Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Timber Dental - 1200 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA members (free)
Non-members ($50)
Space is limited so please use the link above to register, or visit
Please feel free to share this information with your dentist and hygienist friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!
Dinner is provided.

South West Component

The Southwest component has found its feet again, meeting regularly for CEs in Eugene. Our first community service day took place on Saturday February 23rd where we partnered with the food pantry at Saint Matthews Episcopal Church. We are looking for members who want to be part of a committee to help organize CEs in Eugene and also in the Medford/Grants Pass area. We can meet via Skype or FB messenger, so no need to live close to each other. All ideas are welcome for future CEs and community service days. The more hands, the less work, and more fun!

CE Course: Diabetes and Periodontal Disease, By the Numbers and Beyond the Numbers
Speaker: Gail Johnson, RDH
When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm
Where: 4750 Village Plaza Loop, Eugene, OR
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)

North West Component

The NW component has CE Opportunities every 3rd Thursday of the month:

CE Course: Cultural Competency CE
Speaker: Karen Hall, RDH, EPDH
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Southern Auditorium
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)

CE Course: Medical Emergency Part 1
Speaker: Dr. Steve Beadnell
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Southern Auditorium
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)

High Desert Component

The High Desert Component met recently to discuss our Strategic Plan and upcoming lectures. We also talked about hosting a 5k run to raise funds and awareness and asking local dental reps to sponsor our future courses.

CE Course: The Root Cause: How to explain the safety and efficacy of root canal therapy to your patients
Speaker: Ryan Duval, DMD, MSD
When: Thursday, March 21 2019 from 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Deschutes Brewery - Mountain Room, 901 Simpson Ave. Bend, OR 97702
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)

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