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We post employment information, news, and continuing professional education opportunities here. We also provide contact information and the opportunity for you to change your contact information.

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District 12 Newsletter- July 2014

Hello DXII!  Hopefully we have all rested up after another successful ADHA Annual Session. It was really great to have the largest national dental hygiene meeting in my own home state of Nevada. A big thank you to the ADHA staff, volunteers  and corporate sponsors that helped make the event a huge success! Save the Date for the 2015 ADHA Annual session to be held in Nashville, TN  from June  17-23.  ADHA will be working over the next few months to secure our 2016 location and you will be the first to know when the details become available!

In this issue………..ADHA news (CODA,IOH,Access, ADHA press release, officer update), District news (Idaho, ADHA Trustee State visits, student update), Important Deadlines (UYP and Community Service Grants)  and Recognitions.  Enjoy your summer and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime!

Before I begin, I would like to thank you  for re-electing me to serve as your ADHA  DXII trustee for 2014-2016. Your confidence in me and your support/friendship means the world to me. I love working with you all across our 6 states and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to continue on in my leadership role. Again, thank you for all the nice cards and gifts I received in Las Vegas-they are very much appreciated!


CODA: the CODA hearing in Las Vegas was a great success. Thank you to all those who provided testimony, especially those from Washington State and Nevada. Your voice on this issue is critical and will serve to help move YOUR profession forward for the next 100 years.  There is still time to have your voice heard in regards to the proposed Dental Therapy Education Standards. If you would still like to opportunity to provide written comments, please contact me as soon as possible.

ADHA Press Release: July 1, 2014  “ADHA Supports Increased Access to Care, Use of Dental Hygienists and Mid-Level Providers to Help Deliver Dental Services”.  Please read this press release that was drafted after the PEW Charitable Trust released a report on June 30 regarding the use of dental hygienists and mid level providers.


Institute for Oral Health: http://www.adha.org/institue-for-oral-health Scholarships, Research Grants and Communuity Service Grants

Selfless Selfie – Fundraiser for IOH

The Dental Geek (oral health-geared blog) is donating $1 for every “selfie” (photo) dental professionals take of themselves and upload to The Dental Geek blog-up to $5,000 donated! This fundraiser launched at CLL at the 91st Annual Session and will continue until September 16, 2014! Dental professionals can submit as many selfies as they like to help IOH reach the $5,000 goal! Help promote this great fundraiser, snap a picture of yourself and submit it to The Dental Geek!

Hu-Friedy After Dark – Fundraiser for IOH

As part of their activities for the Under One Roof show, Hu-Friedy will be hosting an after-hours event to a group of 300 dental professionals at their Chicago offices. The ticketed event will be providing $20 per ticket as a donation to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health!

2014-2014 ADHA Leadership:

President- Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH,MA (Oregon)

President-Elect-Jill Rethman, RDH,BA (Hawaii)

Vice President-Betty Kabel, RDH,BS (Florida)

Treasurer-Louann Goodnough, RDH, BSDH (Minnesota)

Speaker of the House-Carol Roberton, RDH BSDH (Washington State)

Immediate Past President-Denise Bowers, RDH,PhD (Ohio)

All ADHA officer/BOT  info can be found at: adha.org

Access Magazine Update:

By now, you have most likely seen the newly revamped Access Magazine. We have had great feedback on the new design and format . If you are interested in submitting an article for publication, we would love to hear from you! Contact the new ADHA Director of Communications John Iwanski at JohnI@adha.net or the Managing Editor of Access, Jean Majeski at JeanM@adha.net.

Please note that you will find a complete list of the 2014 ADHA award winners in the July issue of Access. A special congrats to the winners from DXII: Award for Excellence-Jill Rethman (HI), Educator of the Year-Gail Aamodt (OR) and Future Leader of the Year-Jennifer Frame (WA)

District News

Annual Session: Thanks to sponsorship from  the Wrigley Company Foundation and support from our Corporate Partners, ADHA volunteers were able to demonstrate our commitment to giving back to the community by providing oral health education and home care supplies to improve the oral health of the homeless youth in Las Vegas. This outreach event was the kick off to the annual meeting and was organized by the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association President -Elect, Annette Lincicome, and the ADHA Committee on Annual Session.

Idaho:  The DXII delegation had the privilege hearing from the ADHA Director of Governmental Affairs, Ann Lynch at the DXII District meeting in Las Vegas. She made a call to action to the hygienists in the state of Idaho: “Reject the Unjustified Block on Funding for Section  340G-1 of the Public Health Service Act.”  An Idaho legislator is behind this funding block.  If  the block was rejected,  then funding would be provided for  the Dental Workforce Demonstration Project   and would allow HRSA to award up to 15 grants to pilot test innovations in delivering oral health care (would need to be in compliance with state law, in rural and underserved communities and evaluated by the Institute of Medicine). It is imperative the Idaho delegation and the Idaho state dental hygiene leaders respond, distribute this message and ask hygienists in Idaho to help. Please contact Ann Lynch AnnL@adha.net  if you would like additional details.

ADHA State Trustee Visits: Now is the time that I start planning out my next two years as YOUR trustee. I hope to visit each of the 6 states once per year. I am able to assist with many activities such as strategic planning, budget development, mega issues discussions, leadership training and providing ADHA updates to the membership. I plan to meet with students as much as possible as well during my state visits. To date, I have only received requests from Idaho and Hawaii for scheduled visits. I will be reaching out to state leaders to help plan these visits. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions-please reach out to me and/or your state leaders. I look forward with seeing you all again soon!

Student Update:

Congratulations to the following dental hygiene programs for receiving the 2014 Graduate Transition Award. 90% or more of the students that graduated (2013) transitioned their student membership to active membership: University of Alaska, Fairbanks-University of Hawaii, Manoa- University of Hawaii, Maui-Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls and  OIT/ODS School of Dentistry, Carrington College, Portland. Honorable mention with a transition rate of 80% goes to University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Thank you again to our 2014 DXII student delegate, Kory, and alternate delegate, Danielle, for doing a fantastic job representing our 6 states! We loved having you involved and look forward to working with you again in the future. They both have reached out to me to thank our district for being so welcoming and inspiring.


Wrigley Company Foundation Community Service Grants-application now available!

deadline: 0ctober 1, 2014. $2,500-$5,000 awarded to applicants who are involved in a specific community health project that improves the public’s oral health and provide oral health education.


Unleashing Your Potential Leadership Workshop

deadline: August 1, 2014

Each year, 40 attendees are chosen to attend this amazing leadership workshop held in Chicago in November. This workshop is provided by ADHA and Colgate. Those chosen mingle with fellow ADHA leaders and attendees and absorb a great deal of information regarding leadership skills, collaborative leadership and fiduciary responsibility. All members may apply!!



Thank you to the ADHA Committee on Annual Session for the countless hours of work in planning the ADHA annual meeting in Las Vegas: Peggy Chesser, Heather Rogers, Annette Lincicome, and Jaqueline Markin.

Thank you to the DXII volunteers that assisted me with our district responsibilities:

Tina Clarke and Heidi Jo Grubbs (OR), Barbi Lynch and Carol Roberton(WA) Lotes Barkley (AK), Shari Peterson and Stephanie Redwine (NV), Noelani Greene (HI). I could not have done it without you!!

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH
ADHA District 12 Trustee
Sparks, NV

Cell: 775-224-4323



ASDHA Fall CE presents -Shirley Gutkowski: Perky Perio, The Missing Pieces Link, & Paper Persona

Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, BSDH is an international speaker, writer, and practiced general dental hygienist. She is a graduate of Marquette University. Co‐author of The Purple Guide: Developing Your Clinical Dental Hygiene Career and publisher of The Purple Guide series of books for dental hygienists. She is the 2006‐07 President of the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association and CAREER fusion technology coach. She is also the 2008 Alumna of the Year award winner from Marquette University School of Health Science.

Perky Perio
Course Description
For the dental health care professional who’s still slightly interested in
learning more about periodontal disease and looking for exciting new
material and sure ways to present, treat and manage it.
It’s hard to believe that periodontal infections can create so much
trouble in the body. Come find out the hows and the whys. The
physiology of infections isn’t that complex. The hygienist with an eye
towards health is invited to this exciting scientific program.
Learning Objectives
• New and better disease detection
• Manage the infection using blood markers
• Find ways to communicate with your patients
• Treatment options you’ve just read about

Missing Pieces
The practice of dental hygiene has evolved over the last 100 years. Some of
the evolution was more like a devolution, and has hindered forward
movement in our profession. Some of the evolution has opened doors for
dental hygienists and has given many patients a pathway to health they
couldn’t have realized as they entered into the dental hygiene treatment
room of the 2010’s.
This course highlights what dental hygienists can be in their current treatment
room, if that’s where they’d like to stay or take their passion and education out
to other avenues.
1. Basic treatment protocols for:
o Sjögren’s syndrome
o Oncology patients
o Vector diseases like Lyme Disease
o Patients and Families with autism
o Sleep apnea
o Thyroid disease
o Periodontal disease as a confounding factor to
• Gout
• Arthritis
• Respiratory diseases
2. Alternatives to fluoride
3. Alternatives to radiographs
Course outcomes:
Assess protocols that will work for them in their practice
Find information to help build their own protocols
Illustrate how systemic conditions interfere with good oral health

Paper Persona:
Stand Out!
You have questions and we have answers!  Shirley Gutkowski, RDH, author of the bestselling book The Purple Guide: Paper Persona are here to help you ind ways to set yourself apart! In a world where dental hygienists outnumber employers nearly 3 to one, it makes economic sense to find your best foot and put it forward.
Organized by experience level, this course is for you whether you have just graduated or have been in the profession for decades.. Don’t sabotage your 20+ years of career experience by including 3rd semester student processes on your resume. Whatever your reason for finding—or creating—a job, this course will show how to make
your resume stand out, how to organize your materials to make them easy to find, and how
important a curriculum vitae is for every stage of your career. You will also learn how
optimize the use of a professional portfolio.
• Explain the difference between a CV and a resume,
• List 3 purposes for a portfolio,
• Be able to respond to different types of interview questions,
• Properly format a resume or CV,
• Prepare job search materials for a variety of employment settings,
• Utilize social networking for professional gain,
• Format electronic resumes

Crown Seating has donated a saddle chair for a drawing during Shirley Gutkowski’s course. Tickets will be $10 each and 3 tickets for $25. Tickets will be on sale during Ms. Gutkowski’s Stand Out course, as well as Missing Pieces and Perky Perio. 25% of the collected funds will go to International Health Outreach, Ms. Gutkowski’s mission project the rest will go to the Alaska Dental Hygienists’ Association. To learn more about ergonomic seating listen in to Shirley Gutkowski’s interview with seating expert Cindy Purdy on Cross Link Radio.

ASDHA & MSDHA Scholarship Award Winner!

The first recipient of the ASDHA & MSDHA Scholarship Award was presented to Billie Jo Burk, who just finished her first year with UAF/CTC’s Dental Hygiene Program.  She will graduate in May of 2015. The MSDHA committee unanimously voted for Billie Jo because of her real life answers to the essay questions, her ability to write and her desire to be part of the dental hygiene community and ADHA. Both the ASDHA and the MSDHA is looking forward to her participation while a student and after she obtains her dental hygiene license. Please read her winning essay below.

Throughout my years of employment, I have had the opportunity to gain significant experience with teamwork. As I gained experience and knowledge, I developed a level of leadership to new employees facing the same challenges I once had. In any aspect of life there remains a constant need to achieve goals. Leadership includes setting goals, encouraging and overseeing commitment to them, and positive reinforcement and criticism to everyone involved. As a team leader, I was actively engaged in setting specific goals over time. An example of a smaller goal set was the daily maintenance of the workflow. I would encourage my team to be conscious of time and strive for accuracy. I would provide positive reinforcement after satisfactory outcomes to build confidence. I would also provide positive criticism in areas of concern. An example of a larger goal I had set was to reduce the overhead cost of the office as a whole. By overseeing and guiding my team to develop skills in material use, we could reduce the amount of supplies used overtime, therefore reducing overhead cost per month. Another leadership skill I developed was problem solving. Not only would I develop a solution, but encourage my team to also engage in critical thinking so that they could apply their knowledge in the future.

I think the most significant challenge I have faced in my life is my upbringing. Although I was always taken care of; as a child I was exposed to a lot of things that would otherwise be detrimental to some. I have seen a lot of alcoholism, violence, death, and sadness. I think the thing that saved me the most was the words of wisdom I received from my mother and father as well as school teachers. My teachers at school would always tell me that I was intelligent and that I would go far. My father taught me to stay humble and always persevere. My mother showed me loyalty and diligence and always pushed me to think big. My mother and father both taught me to work hard and instilled morality. I turned to myself and understood that I was able to extract the negative out of life and turn it into something positive. Every challenge throughout my life, I have found a way to put together all the encouraging words and apply them wherever I could. I learned that I can use negative circumstances as learning experiences and be a role model for those will face the same challenges.

One of the areas of discrimination I have witnessed was in the public assistance office. It wasn’t every time, but I remember one specific instance I had gone in there and felt like I was automatically treated like I was worthless. I felt like they thought that just because I was there, that I was unintelligent and lazy. I quietly left, but could not forget the way I was treated and it bothered me for a number of days. I finally decided to contact a supervisor and voice my concern of the service I had experienced. Upon contact, the supervisor at the time began with the same sharp and condescending tone. After she listened to me speak, she realized my situation and sincerely apologized. She then did everything in her ability to get my case worked and addressed my concerns about the management of it. I was grateful for the treatment I received from her. I wondered how others experiencing my initial treatment, and didn’t do anything about it, must feel. No one deserves the stigma that comes with seeking assistance. Everyone has a story, a background, and a different circumstance. No one deserves the assumptions and judgments they will face in this world. In the end, diversity is important. It is what makes us individuals and I like keeping an open mind to everyone. Everyone has something to bring to the table and I feel like I can learn something useful from just about anyone.

The two main goals I have set for myself are to stay educated academically and socially. I have been taking college courses since the year 2003. I have developed a very diverse base of knowledge and believe it has made me a well rounded individual. I continue to seek higher education and set education goals based on interest and opportunity. My goal to continue climbing the social ladder in pursuit of maturity coincides with my education level. Ultimately, I hope to succeed wherever an opportunity is given to me. My first application to the Dental Hygiene Program was denied, however I continued seeking education by taking courses toward a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences. I take education seriously and it has proven to keep me motivated and successful.

I see my future role in the professional association as an active supporting member. As a newcomer, I can learn so much from those who have been in the profession for any given number of years. I admire their dedication to support the professional goals and honor their commitment as role models to new members. In the future, I see myself providing guidance and support to newcomers in the profession as a way of giving back to those who will show me support in the time to come. This profession is one that will undergo many types of modifications as new research and laws develop. Staying active and communicating with the professional association will ensure that we are giving our best care to our patients while fulfilling our ethical duties.

ASDHA Spring 2014 Newsletter

ASDHA Spring 2014 Newsletter

Tobacco Cessation Resources

Two new Links added – one from Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS -  Tobacco Cessation Resources for Patients and Professionals new for 2014 and another to the Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line which also has resources for healthcare professionals in Alaska & Alaska specific tobacco cessation efforts

Alaska’s SHARP Program — Providing Support-for-Service to Healthcare Clinicians

FYI – Just trying to help get the word out on the state’s loan repayment and direct incentives program for practice in underserved areas/settings. The program includes both dentists and dental hygienists in the provider types eligible for the program.

Alaska’s SHARP Program — Providing Support-for-Service to Healthcare Clinicians 

SHARP Announces Availability of Applications

SHARP-II:  New Opportunities for Healthcare Practitioner Loan Repayment & Direct Incentive

This is notification of a new Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) loan repayment & direct incentive opportunity for selected healthcare practitioners in state fiscal year 2013 and onward. This notice regards Alaska’s SHARP program, now in its third year of operation by the State of Alaska, the purpose of which is to recruit and retain healthcare professionals to serve in DHSS-designated healthcare service shortage areas in exchange for the repayment of qualifying education loans &/or payment of direct incentive, pursuant to a signed SHARP memorandum of agreement with the State of Alaska.

Entitled SHARP-II, this new opportunity was established by Alaska’s 27th Legislature (via HB-78) to help ensure that residents throughout the state, including recipients of medical assistance and Medicare, have access to healthcare and that residents of rural areas of the state, in particular, experience improved access to healthcare services.  SHARP-II is intended to help address the worsening shortage of certain healthcare professionals in the state by increasing the number and improving the distribution of healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care.

SHARP-II depends on several factors, including funding availability and DHSS assessment of prioritized community, facility and population needs.  This opportunity also depends on the type of facility (public, non-profit, or for-profit), and whether the individual position is categorized as regular-fill or a very hard-to-fill.

Selected healthcare practitioners sign a three-year memorandum of agreement (contract) stating their commitment to serve in identified high-need areas and facilities, beginning in spring 2013.  DHSS expects that approximately 90 licensed practitioners will be selected for this new cohort. Both full-time and half-time options are available.

Eligible practitioner categories include:


¨    Doctor of Allopathic Medicine  (M.D.)

¨    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine  (D.O.)

¨    Dentist (D.D.S. or D.M.D.)

¨    Pharmacist


¨    Nurse Practitioner

¨    Physician Assistant

¨    Registered Clinical Dental Hygienist

¨    Clinical or Counseling Psychologist (Ph.D. or equivalent)

¨    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (master’s or doctorate in social work)

¨    Registered Nurse (R.N.)

¨    Physical Therapist

Loan repayment and/or direct incentive support will be paid in the amount of up to a maximum annual benefit for the practitioner.  This amount is dependent upon whether the occupation is categorized as Tier-1 or Tier-2, and whether the position is full-time or half-time, and whether it’s categorized as regular-fill or very hard-to-fill.  The Maximum Annual Benefit amounts are:  Tier-1: $35,000 – $47,000 and Tier-2: $20,000 – $27,000.  The program can pay a mix of loan repayment & direct incentive, but this yearly payment will not exceed the stipulated Maximum Annual Cap. This loan repayment per se is exempt from federal personal income tax according to federal regulation governing state loan repayment programs, however direct incentive is treated as taxable personal income.  This support-for-service award is strictly in addition to, and is not a supplanting of, the clinician’s regular employer-provided wage and benefit.

A wide variety of healthcare delivery locations are anticipated to become eligible, including selected private non-profit, for-profit and public (government) healthcare sites.  Potential examples include, but are not limited to, community health centers, hospitals, community mental health clinics, private for-profit clinics, drug treatment facilities, long-term care facilities, and prisons, amongst others.  Among the factors considered for eligibility, the site must be identified as, or being within, a state-designated healthcare services shortage area. An employer matching-payment is required at the rate of:  10% at government sites, 25% at private non-profit sites, and 30% at for-profit sites.  A partial waiver of this match requirement is possible in some circumstances.

Application guidelines, forms and contract-example are found on the program’s website (http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/healthplanning/sharp/).   In brief, both individual healthcare practitioners and individual healthcare delivery sites must apply.  The solicitation of practitioner applicants is time-limited with clinician applications being accepted from Monday 02/04/13 to Monday 03/18/13 at 5:00 pm (AT).  In contrast, site applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis with no time-limit.  All application forms and any supporting documents must be submitted by email as PDF attachments.  No hardcopy paper or faxed materials or documents in other formats will be accepted.  SHARP will announce award decisions on or about 03/26/13, and selected practitioners may begin SHARP service as early as 04/01/13.  DHSS reserves the right to not accept any or all applications received, and further, it retains the option to solicit again for more candidates.

Six statewide teleconferences will be held for interested parties to learn more about SHARP-II.  The teleconference call-in number to use is (800) 944-8766, then pass-code: 18105.  Dates & times follow:

·                     For interested clinicians

o        02-08-13 – Friday (9:00-10:00) – Teleconference – for Clinician-Applicants

o        02-18-13 – Monday (4:00-5:00) – Teleconference – for Clinician-Applicants

o        03-05-13 – Tuesday (12:00-1:00) – Teleconference – for Clinician-Applicants

·                     For interested sites

o        02-15-13 – Friday (9:00-10:00) – Teleconference – for Site-Applicants

o        02-25-13 – Monday (4:00-5:00) – Teleconference – for Site-Applicants

o        03-07-13 – Thursday (12:00-1:00) – Teleconference – for Site Applicants

The public is also here-notified that the SHARP Advisory Council will meet in work-session on March 22nd, 2013 to review Site and Clinician applications, and to issue support-for-service award recommendations, if any.  Selection of up to 90 healthcare practitioners is expected. The public is welcome to attend, however no public testimony or input will be accepted.  Details of the work-session follow:

• Dates & Time:  Friday, March 22nd, 2013, from 10:00 to 3:00, with one-hour lunch-break from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

• Locations:  For the Advisory Council work-session, two locations will be used, and linked by videoconference & telephonically

Anchorage, AK: Frontier Building, 3601 C Street, Conference Room Number 880, Anchorage, Alaska
Juneau, AK: Alaska Office Building, 350 Main Street, Conference Room Number 115, Juneau, Alaska

Interested parties can listen by calling into the teleconference, but public input will not be taken.

The call-in number to use for listening is (800) 944-8766, then pass-code: 18105.

For information about HB-78 itself, see Alaska Basis at: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?bill=HB%20%2078&session=27

For information about corresponding adopted regulation, see:  http://ltgov.alaska.gov/treadwell/services/regulations/adopted-regulations.html

Robert Sewell, SHARP Program Manager, is available for questions via e-mail (preferred) at robert.sewell@alaska.gov or phone 907-465-4065.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation to participate in this process, please contact Robert Sewell no later than five days before the accommodation is needed, to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

For more information about Alaska’s SHARP support-for-service program, see the DHSS website at:  http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/healthplanning/sharp/


With regard,

Robert Sewell, MA, Ph.D., Health Program Manager

Health Planning and Systems Development, Alaska DHSS

(907) 465-4065 phone

E-mail: robert.sewell@alaska.gov
Providing Support-for-Service to Health Care Practitioners

New Bylaws

Download: ASDHA bylaws

Geriatric CE Resources

Download: Geriatric CE List

Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line

Interested in learning more about Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line for your patients? Alaska’s Tobacco Quit Line Providers page has been designed specifically for medical professionals like Dental Hygienists. Learn what the Quit Line is, how it works, and how you can refer your patients to it. http://www.alaskaquitline.com/providers