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

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January 2021

President's Message

Happy New Year!

With the beginning of each year, I think of New Year’s resolutions. Do I try and take off a few pounds (I did gain some during the holidays) by exercising more, or do I give up the soda I vow to quit drinking each year? I always have a resolution as I begin each year, so in keeping with the theme for my presidency, I am going to dare myself and make a resolution to reach out to you the membership each month, this may be by email, text or phone. When I do, I will be asking you what you would like ODHA to do for you. Would you like more CE, more community events or maybe you would be interested in virtual zoom meetings where we just chat?

When you are making your New Year’s resolution, I would like to dare you to challenge yourself and find a way to help make ODHA your own. This could mean that you answer the email, text, phone call or share ideas you have that we can improve. Or you could want to be more involved, even in a small way, by offering your time and talent to your local component or to a committee. Or you could even go big, and decide you want to be on the ODHA board as President-Elect, North West Component Director or Alternate Delegate (all of which are currently open positions).

In this newsletter, you will find information on some of ODHA’s committees. Please check them out and if you are interested in joining one, do not hesitate to reach out! Now that 2020 is behind us, let’s look forward to making 2021 a remarkable year.

Laura Vanderwerf, RDH BSDH
Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association

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Thank You to all the ODHA members who have already renewed their ADHA membership for 2021.  We appreciate your support of the ODHA and ADHA!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up the Bylaws

Hello ODHA members, the Bylaws committee is looking for members to join us in working on a part of our bylaws. We need help making sure that everything is consistent and seeing if anything needs updating. If you would like to be a part of a committee that gives you an opportunity to have a voice for the future of ODHA, please contact me by January 31, so we can set up an initial zoom meeting by the end of February.

Kimberly Dayton
ODHA Vice President

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Committee Spotlights

Membership Committee

The membership committee’s purpose is to promote membership with the Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association through innovation and creativity. Our monthly meetings encourage all members to let their voice be heard while striving towards our common goal- increasing awareness surrounding the benefits of ODHA membership. Currently, our membership committee is working on survey tools to capture information on what Oregon Dental Hygienists value most about ODHA membership. We are excited with the growth we have seen within ODHA, and welcome ODHA members to join this committee. Together, we can build a stronger, more unified association!

Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee will mentor and develop individuals interested in future leadership roles, build strategies to foster leadership and service opportunities, and review and recommend necessary leader skillsets to the Board of Directors. Any member of the ODHA can be a member of the Leadership Development Committee.

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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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2021 Oregon Legislative Session

The 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly will be in session for the purpose of lawmaking January 19, 2021 through June 27, 2021. 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 2021 Oregon Legislative Session will be a long session so it will meet for a maximum of 160 days.

In 2020 Senate Bill 1549 would have created a licensed dental therapist for Oregon. This bill was not voted out of the Senate Health Care Committee, so this bill did not pass. A work group met after the session to draft a new dental therapy bill that will be introduced in the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Please note that the bill number will be different this year.

In 2020 Senate Bill 1550 would have allowed expanded practice dental hygienists perform interim therapeutic restorations (ITR) if they have an agreement with a dentist. This bill passed in the Senate but the session ended before it could be voted on in the House of Representatives, so this bill did not pass. A bill to allow EPDHs to perform ITR will be introduced again in the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Please note that the bill number will be different this year.

The ODHA will monitor and comment on bills related to dentistry throughout the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. Please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley  for questions, more information, or comments about ODHA advocacy issues, and if you would like to become involved in ODHA Advocacy activities!

Board Member Spotlight

Tina Clarke RDH M.Ed

Tina is a born and raised Oregonian. She has been in the dental hygiene field for nearly 20 years. During this time, she has served the profession in several different ways. Tina is deeply committed to the dental hygiene profession. She has been involved with the leadership of the Oregon Dental Hygienists' Association early in her career. Beginning as membership committee chair, serving as part of the delegation to ADHA and as president. Outside of association work, Tina is an educator. She has been teaching dental hygiene students for the last fourteen years and provides continuing education courses to licensed professionals on various topics. In 2019 she launched Teacher Tina RDH which is an online resource of education and development for oral healthcare professionals.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News


The Oregon Board of Dentistry will meet on Friday, February 19, 2021. This meeting will be held as a teleconference to comply with social distancing. Anyone may participate in the Open Session portion 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. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings. The public packet is usually more than 500 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 for more information. Upcoming Oregon Board of Dentistry meetings will be held on April 16, June 18, August 20, October 22 and December 17.


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. ODHA has a representative on each of the following standing committees of the Oregon Board of Dentistry: Communications; Dental Hygiene; 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. 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 download and complete this form and email it to ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley by January 15th.


The Oregon Board of Dentistry will have an opening for a dental hygienist member of the OBD in April 2021 when Alicia Riedman, RDH completes her second term on the OBD. Alicia was appointed to the OBD in 2015 to complete the remaining two years of a four-year term that became vacant because the dental hygienist in this position resigned before their term ended. Alicia completed these two years, and then in April 2017 she was appointed to her first four-year term on the OBD. When her current term ends in April 2021, Alicia will have served six years on the OBD. Alicia currently serves as Vice President of the OBD.

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. There will also be another opening for a dental hygienist member of the OBD in April 2022 when Yadira Martinez completes her second 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.

Please visit the OBD website for more information. At the bottom of the OBD home page under Board/Staff Openings, there are links that provide an overview of desired qualifications of an OBD member and other important information on how to apply. Please contact 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? Visit: http://www.odha.org/events for information or to register for component and state events!

High Desert Component

Juanita Simpson, EPDH, BS is the new Director for the High Desert Component. The High Desert Temp List is now updated and available.

The following are tentative upcoming CE Events:

  • Pediatrics for Dental Hygienists
  • Cultural Competency
  • Anesthesia Review,
  • and possibly - Myofunctional Therapy.

Last but not least, the High Desert Component is searching for a Chairman and Secretary.

Welcome our new members!

North West Component

  • Rae Bovee
  • Natalie Carpenter
  • Amanda Green
  • Lindsay Wilkerson

South West Component

  • Katie Burge

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