Welcome

Hello, and welcome to the Alaska State Dental Hygienists’ Association! This website is our online presence to encourage the collaboration of dental hygienists in the state of Alaska.

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.

Looking for information from our National Association or want to join/renew your membership? Go to adha.org. Here is our membership application form.

Looking for information on requirements to obtain an Alaska dental hygiene license? Go to
www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pden.htm.

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ASDHA News

 

ASDHA Spring 2014 CE Flyer

NEED CE? The ASDHA presents their Spring CE session on

APRIL 26th

Please put the date on your calendar and plan to get your CE credits while supporting your professional association

ASDHA April 2014 ONLINE INFO

ASDHA Spring 2014 CE registration

 

http://www.alaskadha.org/1377/

Just a friendly reminder,Registration ends on 12 April  for the Spring ASDHA CE on April 26th! The Spring CE will  feature  Angie Stone, RDH, BS on the topics of Oral Health of the Aged Population & “HyDuctions” as well as our District XII Trustee, Lancette VanGuilder!  All registrations received after the 12th have an additional $25 fee!

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

CIDHA Student Mentoring & Continuing Education Meeting

Cook Inlet Dental Hygienists’ Association

Student Mentoring & Continuing Education Meeting

March 27th 2014 6:30-8:30 pm

UAA Allied Health Room 106

Speaker: Royann Royer, RDH, MPH

 

Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation Review

 

Join us at UAA’s Dental Hygiene Department for a 1 hour CE and Mentoring opportunity.  Get to know the students, offer advice, and network with fellow hygienists! 

**********Registration Form**********

(please print)

 

Name: ________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip code: ____________________________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________Phone Number: ________________

ASDHA/ADHA Member #: __________________________ (attach copy of card)

ASDHA/CIDHA Member……….. (1 CE)                                      Free

Non-member………………………(1 CE)                                      $15.00

Please Mail Registration to: CIDHA PO BOX 140433 Anchorage, AK  99514

Or Scan and Email to cidha.ak@gmail.com

Dinner is provided.

Mission of Mercy dental event

Please consider volunteering to assist with the Alaska MOM on April 11-12…they still need help! please follow the link to access the event website

ASDHA May Business Meeting

21 May 2014, 6:15P.M.

Southcentral Foundation’s Fireweed Building

Conference Room A
4341 Tudor Centre Drive, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99508

MSDHA Scholarship application

More scholarship opportunities… Here’s how the Midnight Sun Dental Hygiene Association can help 1st year dental hygiene students achieve their academic goals…deadline 3 March 2014..

MSDHA2014ScholarshipApplicationpacket-1

2014 Cook Inlet Dental Hygienist Association Scholarship Application Packet

 

Do you need money for hygiene school? The CIDHA can help! DEADLINE is March 3rd!

CIDHA-2014-Scholarship-application

January 2014 Newsletter-Happy New Year!

Happy New Year DXII!   January 2014
In this BIG issue….DXII NEWS (state highlights, volunteer recruitment request, student Delegate info), ADHA NEWS (Annual Session, National Governors Association and CODA/FTC) and ADHA DEADLINES.   I hope that you take the time to read the entire newsletter this time-there is a lot of information to go through and I hope that you find it helpful.

DXII NEWS……

DXII STATE HIGHLIGHTS-congratulations to all the states in DXII. You are a very progressive, motivated and energetic group of states. Two states have recently announced their legislative goals for 2014. Congratulations to Hawaii and Washington State for your legislative efforts! Washington State will be maintaining their participation with the Washington Dental Access Campaign to bring forth the new midlevel dental providers.  They will also be actively pursuing self -regulation, which would create a dental hygiene board that would have rule making and disciplinary authority. WSDHA lobby Day will be held in Olympia on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. All are welcome to attend! Hawaii just held their lobby day and are working on school based sealant programs and adding another dental hygienist to the Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners.  Currently, the board consists of 8 DDS, 2 RDH and 2 public members.  Any type of support that you may be able to contribute to these state efforts is greatly appreciated by the state associations.  Go to the state websites for more information.

REQUEST FOR DXII VOLUNTEERS: We need you! There are many volunteer opportunities for members of DXII as we prepare for Annual Session. Please send me a message (to: lancettev@adha.net) if you are interested in helping out. Here are some of the volunteers that will be needed. 1) DXII ADHA Student liaison-this position assists the DXII student/alternate delegates in the planning and  attending of  ADHA annual session 2) DXII meetings-we will need 3 reference committee chairs for our pre annual session DXII meetings that will be held via WebEx again 3) I would love 2 people to assist with DXII annual session meetings onsite in Vegas.  One can assist with Av,Tech type stuff and one to assist with meals, social events, etc. 4) A person to collect/organize tickets for the ADHA Presidential Luncheon/Awards for Excellence  5) volunteers are still needed by the AHDA Annual Session Planning Committee to help onsite at the event. There are numerous options depending on your time and interest.

ADHA DXII Student Delegate and Alternate applications are now being accepted!  Last year, I received a record breaking number of applications-the students are excited to take advantage of this amazing leadership opportunity.  I have received one application already and the deadline to apply is 2/14/14.  All student applications should be mailed to me at:  lancettev@adha.net. Program directors have been getting the information out to students, but you can also access the information on the ADHA website under resources, student resources. PLEASE pass this information on to any students that you know and encourage them to do the online application.
Student table clinics and Poster applications are also available and will be accepted until 3/29/13, you can also access the applications under the same tab on the ADHA website.

Now that the states have all had their elections, please make sure that ADHA and I have your most updated officer roster. Have any ideas, comments or suggestions to improve our DXII communications or meetings? Please feel free to contact me any time and we can brainstorm together! Watch for more information to be coming regarding DXII and annual session details.

ADHA NEWS……

ADHA Annual Session-IT”S TIME… to register and secure your lodging! Vegas Baby! Remind your colleagues that the largest national dental hygiene meeting is in our own backyard this year. This makes travel time and expense significantly less than traveling across the US.  Registration and housing for ADHA’s 2014 CLL at the 91st Annual Session is officially open!

Join us as we continue to celebrate our 100th anniversary and our unlimited future in the dental hygiene profession this June at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

Registration Information:   Online Only Meeting Bonus Registration Special: Now through February 14-Main Base Registration of $175 when registering online only
*Delegates-please note that ADHA is working on collecting all delegate information so it may not come up if you register before April. You may choose to register and pay for the luncheon and get reimbursed in April or you may choose to add it a later time when the delegate information has been entered.

Look for additional discounts on ADHA website, ACCESS and the JDH
•         CE Courses range in price from $25 – $60 per course, register for 3 or more courses online and save 5%, 10% or 15% off the cost of your CE.

•         Mailing of Registration Badges/Course Tickets in advance of the meeting.

IMPORTANT: Please confirm your mailing address is correct when completing your registration to   ensure you receive your registration materials.

Housing Information:

•         Caesars Palace Las Vegas is the headquarters hotel

•         Room rates start at $179 per night plus tax

•         Group block is in the Forum and Palace Towers

Event Highlights:

Institute for Oral Health Benefit/President’s Reception

This years’ IOH Benefit/President’s Reception is open to all attendees and exhibitors. Enjoy a night of light appetizers, dancing and a silent auction to benefit ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health.

•         Friday, June 20: 7:30pm-11:00pm

•         Attire: Cocktail

•         Fee: $25 per ticket (Members, Non-Members, Guests); $15 for Students

Awards for Excellence/President’s Luncheon

•         Sunday, June 22: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

•         Table requests for tables of 10 can be submitted by April 25 http://www.adha.org/resources-docs/AS2014-Award-for-Excellence-Dinner-Table-Request-Form.pdf

ADHA/Henry Schein Dream Center

•         Located on the exhibit floor and open during EXHIBITS 2014

•         Separate Registration Required (Free)

Event Mobile App

•         Download the 2014 event mobile app

•         Create your own personal schedule

•         Map out the exhibitors you would like to see

Invite a Friend or Colleague Contest

Are you looking for a chance to win $300 or $500? Inspire a friend or colleague who has not attended an ADHA annual meeting (or within the last 7 years) to come to the 2014 CLL at the 91st Annual Session in Las Vegas and you will be entered to win either a $300 or $500 gift card!

Recruit one new colleague and/or friend to register and attended ADHA’s annual meeting and be entered to win a $300 gift card.

Recruit three or more new colleagues and/or friends to register and attend ADHA’s annual meeting and be entered to win a $500 gift card.

After they have registered, email ADHA at cll@adha.net indicating the number of colleagues and friends you have recruited to attend ADHA’s annual meeting for the first time. Include your name and your colleagues/friends name(s).

Your name will be entered to win either the $300 gift card or the $500 gift card depending on the quantity of colleagues and friends you have recruited.

Contest ends on March 28, winners will be notified in early April and will be mailed the gift card at that time.   Questions? Contact the Meetings & Conventions Team at cll@adha.net

ADHA Updates…….

BREAKING NEWS: the National Governors Association is a bipartisan organization made up of the nation’s governors. They identify priority issues and deal collectively with matters of public policy and governance at the state and national levels. This week, they released a report regarding the role of dental hygienists.  I encourage you to take the time to read the national report released by the National Governor’s Association (NGA), “The Role of Dental Hygienists in Providing Access to Oral Health Care.”   You will enjoy in this supportive report!  Also, you may want to look at their website to see what committee your state Governor is on and thank them for this document.
http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2014/1401DentalHealthCare.pdf

CODA,FTD and ADHA:

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has a mission to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs. As you know, CODA has been accepting public comments on the proposed dental therapy education standards. The Commission noted that the draft standards are presented as a non-dental hygiene track but could be modified to support a dental hygiene program track. ADHA has worked diligently on this issue for months. ADHA is the only organization looking out for the best interest of dental hygienists and the public they serve. We are thrilled that so many members and states across the country took the time to submit comments to CODA! Together we are making a difference!

In March of 2013 Ann Battrell, Pam Steinbach, Ann Lynch, and Karen Sealander met with staff from the Office of Policy Planning; Bureau of Competition; and Bureau of Economics with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop and avoid them. The FTC is charged with enforcing Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. The FTC has a long history of focusing on competition in the health care markets. Over time, the FTC has examined dental services in the context of law enforcement actions and policy initiatives in South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, and Maine.

Following our conversations with the FTC in March we have been in continued communication, providing them a wealth of information and documents as requested. We were delighted to learn last week that the FTC has submitted fifteen pages of written comments to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) regarding the proposed standards for dental therapy education programs. Attached is the FTC letter to CODA.

The FTC notes that the proposed dental therapy standards effectiveness may be limited by unnecessary statements on supervision, evaluation and treatment planning. The FTC further recommended that CODA develop standards that do not effectively and unnecessarily constrain the discretion of states to determine dental therapy scope of practice and authority. The FTC raises concern that the draft standards do not fully address the accreditation needs in Minnesota and, as proposed, could hinder competition.

While in Washington, D.C., Battrell, Steinbach, Lynch and Sealander, met with the FTC Chairwoman Ramirez and her health care director and expressed thanks for the FTC comments to CODA. It was a very positive meeting and ADHA will continue to provide the FTC with ongoing information about CODA and other state level anti-competitive activities by organized dentistry.

The draft standards do not reflect the progress states are making and current practice. There are hygiene-based dental therapy models being proposed in a number of states. ADHA is well positioned to leverage the FTC document in our work with states that have workforce legislation pending. The ADHA Governmental Affairs team will be working closely with state leaders to maximize this recent development in the coming months. More specifically, we have outlined below what this means in your state and how we intend to build on this recent development.

The newly revised ADHA Strategic Plan is very clear in its intent to increase organized dental hygiene’s involvement in the development of new workforce models. As such, the ADHA Governmental Affairs team will be following up individually with the states of Washington, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Connecticut, Kansas, Vermont, and Massachusetts in the next few weeks to discuss how to best leverage the FTC letter of comment to complement the workforce efforts underway in those states. This will complement the work we will be doing as part of the ADHA legislative support program.

ADHA encourages you to share this exciting development with your members and interested stakeholders. This outcome is a tremendous victory for ADHA and dental hygiene and is a fantastic example of ADHA advocacy efforts in D.C. Collectively this will help all who are interested in further opening the doors to oral health access in this country.

ADHA DEADLINES……..

ADHA still has some awards available for application, but the deadlines are quickly approaching! Go to the ADHA website, under resources, member resources, awards to see a full list and deadline dates. www.adha.org/awards-program

Now is the time to consider preparing proposed bylaws or amendments for the ADHA 2014 House of Delegates meeting.  All documents must be received by ADHA Central Office by 5 pm CST on 3/28/14. If you are considering submitting any business, please contact me asap.

It is also the time to consider running for an elected national position.  The ADHA offices of VP, President Elect and treasurer are open for election. The deadline for nominations for ADHA elected positions is 3/28/14.  Please see the volunteer information page on the ADHA website (under about ADHA) or contact Keely at 312-440-8904 for more information.   The office of ADHA DXII Trustee will be open for election this year. It has been an amazing opportunity to serve in this position and I have decided that I will run for re-election. However, I want to encourage anyone else that is interested in running to do so. Our members deserve healthy competition and I fully support the leaders in DXII to step up to national leadership opportunities! Please see the volunteer information page on the ADHA website for details and contact me if you are considering this national leadership position now or in the future so we can work together.

As always, I continue to be inspired and motivated by you all and I sincerely thank you for all you do for our profession!

Lancette VanGuilder, RDH
ADHA District 12 Trustee
Sparks, NV
Cell: 775-224-4323
lancettev@adha.net
www.adha.org

Unleashing your Potential.

CLL at the 91st Annual Session
June 18-24, 2014
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

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District XII December 2013 Newsletter

Happy holidays DXII!
I wanted to start off by expressing my gratitude to you all for your countless volunteer hours, your commitment to the dental hygiene profession and for all your kind words and support this
last year. I wish you all a very merry christmas and happy new year!
So many things are happening across the US with dental hygiene education and practice. I encourage you all to keep checking the ADHA  website  (ADHA.org) to keep up to date on national news.
I will be in Minnesota over the next two weeks for vacation, but please feel free to reach out if you need anything and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please take some time over the next couple weeks to sit down and read this newsletter regarding a very important CODA update. Also, just a reminder:
1)ADHA AWARD DEADLINES  are approaching, http://www.adha.org/awards-program
2)ADHA ANNUAL SESSION early registration and lodging between January 8 – February 14
3)I am now accepting the applications for ADHA DXII STUDENT DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE positions (ADHA student resources). Email to: lancettev@adha.net
ADHA Positioned to Leverage FTC Comments to CODA on Proposed Dental Therapy Education Standards

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has a mission to serve the oral health care needs of the public through the development and administration of standards that foster continuous quality improvement of dental and dental related educational programs. As you know, CODA has been accepting public comments on the proposed dental therapy education standards. The Commission noted that the draft standards are presented as a non-dental hygiene track but could be modified to support a dental hygiene program track. ADHA has worked diligently on this issue for months. ADHA is the only organization looking out for the best interest of dental hygienists and the public they serve. We are thrilled that so many members and states across the country took the time to submit comments to CODA! Together we are making a difference!

In March of 2013 Ann Battrell, Pam Steinbach, Ann Lynch, and Karen Sealander met with staff from the Office of Policy Planning; Bureau of Competition; and Bureau of Economics with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop and avoid them. The FTC is charged with enforcing Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce. The FTC has a long history of focusing on competition in the health care markets. Over time, the FTC has examined dental services in the context of law enforcement actions and policy initiatives in South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, and Maine.

Following our conversations with the FTC in March we have been in continued communication, providing them a wealth of information and documents as requested. We were delighted to learn last week that the FTC has submitted fifteen pages of written comments to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) regarding the proposed standards for dental therapy education programs. Attached is the FTC letter to CODA.

The FTC notes that the proposed dental therapy standards effectiveness may be limited by unnecessary statements on supervision, evaluation and treatment planning. The FTC further recommended that CODA develop standards that do not effectively and unnecessarily constrain the discretion of states to determine dental therapy scope of practice and authority. The FTC raises concern that the draft standards do not fully address the accreditation needs in Minnesota and, as proposed, could hinder competition.

While in Washington, D.C. last week, Battrell, Steinbach, Lynch and Sealander, met with the FTC Chairwoman Ramirez and her health care director and expressed thanks for the FTC comments to CODA. It was a very positive meeting and ADHA will continue to provide the FTC with ongoing information about CODA and other state level anti-competitive activities by organized dentistry.

The draft standards do not reflect the progress states are making and current practice. There are hygiene-based dental therapy models being proposed in a number of states. ADHA is well positioned to leverage the FTC document in our work with states that have workforce legislation pending. The ADHA Governmental Affairs team will be working closely with state leaders to maximize this recent development in the coming months. More specifically, we have outlined below what this means in your state and how we intend to build on this recent development.

The newly revised ADHA Strategic Plan is very clear in its intent to increase organized dental hygiene’s involvement in the development of new workforce models. As such, the ADHA Governmental Affairs team will be following up individually with the states ofWashington, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Connecticut, Kansas, Vermont, and Massachusetts in the next few weeks to discuss how to best leverage the FTC letter of comment to complement the workforce efforts underway in those states. This will complement the work we will be doing as part of the ADHA legislative support program.

For all other states, we encourage you to share this exciting development with your members and interested stakeholders. This outcome is a tremendous victory for ADHA and dental hygiene and is a fantastic example of ADHA advocacy efforts in D.C. Collectively this will help all who are interested in further opening the doors to oral health access in this country.

Lancette VanGuilder,RDH

ADHA District XII Trustee
Sparks, NV