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July 2019

President's Message

Hello Fellow ODHA Members,

I’d like to wish everyone a very happy and safe 4th of July! I hope you have been enjoying the warmer weather and staying cool on those especially hot days! Here at ODHA we have been busy! Please be on the lookout for information on our Advocacy Luncheon happening later this month! This will be a wonderful event that you will not want to miss!

In next month’s newsletter we will give you an update on annual session in Louisville Kentucky! We had several members who represented Oregon and it is so exciting to hear all about what they learned while at the national conference. Thank you AJ, Rachel, Lisa, Heather and Laura for representing our state!!

Finally, please think about how you could serve your association!! If you have any interest in volunteering or serving in a leadership role in your local component or on the board of directors, please contact me! We are accepting nominations for those interested in taking an active role. I encourage you to “lean in” to your profession, and share your talents, and ideas.

Sincerely,
Lesley Harbison, ODHA President
#creatingourfuturetogether

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Dental Hygienist Elected Vice President for Oregon Board of Dentistry

Yadira Martinez, RDH, EPDH has been elected Vice President for the Oregon Board of Dentistry to serve from May 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020. Yadira is beginning her 6th year as a member of the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Her current term expires April 1, 2022.

Yadira lives in Hillsboro and works as an expanded practice dental hygienist with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides integrated medical, dental and behavioral health services for underserved patients in Washington and Yamhill Counties. Yadira provides dental hygiene services for children and young adults up to age 21, as well as for pregnant women and patients with diabetes, at Virginia Garcia’s dental clinics and school-based health centers. Yadira has a passion for public health and has been working with Virginia Garcia since 2000.

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Advocacy Update

PROMOTING DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH ADVOCACY
2019 ODHA Advocacy Workshop

ODHA will hold its 2019 Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, July 27th from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. This event will be hosted by the Oregon Tech Dental Hygiene Program on the Chemeketa Campus in Salem. This 6-hour 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. At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain how dental hygiene practice is regulated in Oregon.
  • Review formats for proposed amendments to law & rules.
  • Assess support for and opposition to a proposed regulatory change.
  • Create a policy one-pager for a proposed legislative bill.
  • Write testimony to present at legislative & rules public hearings.
  • Communicate with a legislator about a proposed legislative bill.

The registration fee for this workshop is $25 which will include 6 CE credits, continental breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials. Participants should bring a laptop computer. Please register online here by Friday, July 19th. Attendance is limited so please register as soon as possible.

EXPANDED PRACTICE DENTAL HYGIENISTS

Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists. . .

  • Do you provide dental hygiene treatment for teenagers age 15-17?
  • Do some of these teenagers receive no dental hygiene treatment because they cannot get consent from a parent or guardian?

According to Oregon law, minors age 15 and over can give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from a physician, dentist or nurse practitioner. However, minors age 15 and over cannot give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from an expanded practice dental hygienist.

If you have had to deny dental hygiene treatment to a minor age 15 and over because you could not obtain consent, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! ODHA can pursue legislation to change this, but only if we hear from you. Please share your experiences with ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley.

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Oregon Board of Dentistry News 

OREGON BOARD OF DENTISTRY MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) is scheduled to meet on Friday, August 23 at the OBD Office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR 97201. The Open Session of this OBD meeting will be held 7:30-9:30 AM. Anyone may attend this portion of the OBD meeting.

The Agenda and Public Packet for this meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the OBD website. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings.

Review the Board Meeting Agenda to see if there are any items that are of particular interest to you. The Board Meeting Public Packet is usually more than 500 pages in length, so we recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. Review the Public Packet for meeting minutes, committee and liaison reports, the executive director’s report, attachments related to the agenda items, correspondence with the board, and articles & newsletters.

If you would like to attend the Open Session of this or any future OBD meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley for more information. Future OBD meeting dates are October 25, and December 13. 

OREGON BOARD OF DENTISTRY MAILING LIST

Would you like to receive notifications about all Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) meetings? The OBD does not automatically send notifications about their meetings to their licensees. You must go to the OBD website and subscribe to receive this information.

Click here then scroll down the left column on the home page and click on Address, Name & Subscription Changes. Scroll down the page and click on Manage Your Subscriptions. Enter your name and license number. Scroll down to I’d Like to Receive the Following: and check the boxes for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Agendas for all Board and Committee Meetings. Then indicate if you would like to receive this information by mail or email.

DENTAL HYGIENISTS CAN ADMINISTER SILVER NITRATE

Dental hygienists licensed in the state of Oregon can administer silver nitrate because it is considered to be an antimicrobial agent. According to the Oregon Administrative Rule 818-035-0030(1)(e) a dental hygienist can “Administer and dispense antimicrobial solutions or other antimicrobial agents in the performance of dental hygiene functions.”

In the past, the Oregon Board of Dentistry had ruled that dental hygienists could not apply silver nitrate. However, the Board now determines that silver nitrate is an antimicrobial agent and therefore dental hygienists can apply silver nitrate.

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Component 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!

Metro East Component 

There was standing room only at the annual Metro East SDH grad celebration. A panel of representatives from various work force settings gave an hour long information base to the grads with quite a bit of time for questions. Participants were able to hear from representatives of a public health perspective, Kaiser group, Willamette Dental group and a private dental office. During the meal and desert participants were able to network with the professional RDH's and EPDH's also attending. Congratulations grads!  

South West Component

The SW component encompasses a large geographical area and this can be challenging when planning events.  We have a great group working on planning CEs and community service events and we always welcome anyone interested in helping out. We meet via zoom so anyone in our component can easily be part of our planning. The more hands, the more fun, and less work.  We will kick start our year with a 2 hour CE on Thursday September 26th from 6-8 PM; ODHAs president, Lesley Harbison will inspire us with her presentation "How ODHA Helped Me Achieve My Goals: A Journey from Clinic Back to the Classroom."  We will also be meeting on Thursday October 24, the topic and speaker to be determined later.  Eugene CEs take place at 4750 Village Plaza Loop, suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401. Our committee is planning an awesome CE in the Medford/Grants Pass area sometime in September or October. More information to come soon. We always welcome your suggestions for CEs, community service, and of course help.  

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June 2019

President's Message

Hello Everyone!

First let me say a very happy belated Mother’s Day to all of the dedicated and hardworking moms out there! You put so much energy into caring for both your patients and your families. In so many ways you are the backbone of both your dental practice as well as your family. Give yourselves a major pat on the back for showing up to life in these meaningful and extraordinary ways!

Spring is in full swing and so are the plans for our annual conference in November! We are excited about the emerging line up of speakers and will be able to provide a sneak peak in the coming months.

Annual session in Louisville Kentucky is just around the corner, June 21-23rd, 2019. I encourage any member or nonmember to go and reap the many benefits of this amazing conference! In addition, I’d love to encourage you to please donate to IOH if you are able! Our district has a goal of raising 5k. The IOH is the philanthropic foundation to advance professional excellence in dental hygiene education and research. They work to empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through community service grants, support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through research grants, and develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through scholarships.

Thank you as always for your dedication and membership support!!

Sincerely,
Lesley Harbison, ODHA President
#creatingourfuturetogether

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Dental Hygienist Members of the OBD

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) consists of 10 members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate. All members of the board must be residents of Oregon. Of the 10 board members, 6 must be active licensed dentists, 2 must be active licensed dental hygienists and 2 must be members of the public.

Dental hygienist members of the board are selected by the Governor from a list of three to five nominees submitted by the Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA). Board members serve for a 4-year term and may be re-appointed for a 2nd term.

The current dental hygienist members of the Oregon Board of Dentistry are Yadira Martinez and Alicia Riedman.

Yadira Martinez, RDH, EPDH is beginning her 6th year as a member of the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Her current term expires April 1, 2022. Yadira lives in Hillsboro and works as an expanded practice dental hygienist with the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a federally qualified health center that provides integrated medical, dental and behavioral health services for underserved patients in Washington and Yamhill Counties. Yadira provides dental hygiene services for children and young adults up to age 21, as well as for pregnant women and patients with diabetes, at Virginia Garcia’s dental clinics and school-based health centers. Yadira has a passion for public health and has been working with Virginia Garcia since 2000.

Alicia Riedman, RDH, EPDH is beginning her 5th year as a member of the Oregon Board of Dentistry. Her current term expires April 1, 2021. 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 that 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 her passion to provide dental care to these underserved children.

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Advocacy Update


OREGON BOARD OF DENTISTRY MEETING

The Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD) is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 21 at the OBD Office located at 1500 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 770, Portland, OR 97201. The Open Session of this OBD meeting will be held 7:30-9:30 AM. Anyone may attend this portion of the OBD meeting.

The Agenda and Public Packet for this meeting will be posted approximately one week before the meeting on the OBD website at www.oregon.gov/dentistry. Scroll down to About Us and click on Meetings.

Review the Board Meeting Agenda to see if there are any items that are of particular interest to you. The Board Meeting Public Packet is usually more than 500 pages in length, so we recommend that you review this document online, and only print pages if you need them. Review the Public Packet for meeting minutes, committee and liaison reports, the executive director’s report, attachments related to the agenda items, correspondence with the board, and articles & newsletters.

If you would like to attend the Open Session of this or any future OBD meeting, please contact ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley for more information. Future OBD meeting dates are August 23, October 25, and December 13.

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Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship

The 2019 LWMS dinner was very special. The dinner was held Saturday, April 27th. Guests included the former Oregon Dental Hygiene Scholarship and Loan Committee. This committee has been an active part of ODHA since the late 70's. Dedicated RDH's have met quarterly to raise money and grant loans to deserving student RDH's. This committee made the decision last year to discontinue operating and give the funds to the Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship. All committee members knew Lois! Audrey Dickson taught alongside Lois, and was a guest of honor, as well as Krysten Clist, who chaired the ODHSL. A former ODHA president, Meredith Stiger, attended the dinner as a former ODHSL member as well as her sister Joyce Rankin. Having these distinguished guests around the table was an honor and pleasure to be able to thank them for their many years of work supporting the DH profession. Regular supporters of the LWMS Sandy Nelson, Carol Lincer and Vickie Woodward were present. LWMS Committee members Lorie Underwood, Karen Hartley and Laine Aus Neal were present - Laine knew Lois (and Audrey) as a child and acted as server and sous chef. This year we were incredibly fortunate to have our 2019 LWMS recipient join us. Yana Khriptiyevskiy had as wonderful of a time meeting seasoned dental hygienists as we did get to know her.

Pictures (L-R)
  1. Audrey, Lori
  2. Carol, Sandy, Karen
  3. Laura, Vickie, Yana, Audrey
  4. Marilyn, Joyce, Krysten
  5. Yana, Audrey, Laine

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Component 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!

Metro East Component 

The Metro East component held the fifth CE in our series on Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Collaborations on Wednesday May 8th, "Integrating Mental Health Education into the Oral Health Profession." Dr Susan Rustvold gave a great presentation on practical use in dental offices working with those who experience mental health issues. Ana Maria Milburn, is the Mental Health Dept. Manager at NW Family Services. She defined the various mental health disorders and gave great instruction on how to best manage each emotional and mental health need within the oral health setting.

Our next event will be celebrating with the 2019 graduating dental hygiene students from PCC and Mt Hood. There will be a panel from various work force models to talk to the grads about possible job opportunities.
Location: The Recreation Building at 4000 Carman Dr. Lake Oswego 97035.
Sponsorship provided from Dean at Oral B.

South West Component

New SW Component Chair
Hello, my name is Jamie Christianson and I am from Eugene, Oregon. I am very excited to be your new Chair of the SW component! Not only do I bring enthusiasm about our ever-growing profession, but I am an ACTIVE member of our association and I encourage others to do the same. While being “Active” can mean just making sure to pay your dues on time, I feel that it’s much more than that. Like giving some of your time to your professional association that has given us so much so that we can do what we do for our patients every day. I have chosen to give back to my association by being on our association’s various boards.

I have enjoyed my time spent being on these boards such as SADHA secretary for Lane Community College from 2004-2006, Lane County Dental Hygienist Association (an ODHA component before it became a part of today’s SW component) Secretary and its Newsletter editor of Tooth-Be-Told for 10 years, and lastly, past ODHA Secretary (2008-2009). With each board experience, I made new connections and long-life friends that I know I can (and have) call up and chat when needed for advice or just a pick me up. Thank you.

I then continued my love of preventative oral health care by applying for my EPDH permit in 2010 and utilized this permit by being on-site preventative oral health care specialist in health care and nursing communities under my own business for about 5 years. I have also been a program administrator & co-clinic coordinator for the Oregon MaxiCourse (A Comprehensive Implant Education course for General Dentists) for the last 3 years. I am currently back to working for a wonderful general practice in Springfield, Oregon where I have the opportunity to build a strong preventative oral health program for patients.

On a more personal/family side of things, I do have a wonderful husband with whom I have two lovely daughters ages 5 and 10 who keep me very busy when I am not at work or at a dental conference. I also can’t forget our super sweet black lab named Arthur and our cat named Eric. My daughter also has a snake named Gingersnap that I am still trying to get used to (let’s just say I prefer horses over snakes). I love to camp, hike, and go for swims in the cascade lakes of Oregon during the summer.

As if you couldn’t tell already, I really do feel compassionate about my career choice as a dental hygienist and excited for the opportunities that are being opened in the medical field and within our scope of practice. I love to chat about dentistry. I am sort of a nerd that way. I look forward to getting to know more of my colleagues in the SW component and throughout the rest of the state. What a wonderful time to be a dental hygienist!

How will you be a more “Active” member? I would love to chat with you on ways you can help out. Psst...you don’t have to be a board member to start. Please email me to get our conversation started! I look forward to meeting you soon.

Sincerely, Jamie Christianson, RDH

North West Component 

June: no meetings due to ADHA annual conference
July/August: no meetings
September
CE CourseCultural Competency
SpeakerKaren Hall, RDH, EPDH
WhenThursday, September 19 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
LocationProvidence St. Vincent Medical Center, Souther Auditorium

Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: $50 

NW Component Secretary

Jennifer Lusk, RDH, EPDH, BSDH

Graduated from Pacific University in Aug 2018.
Just celebrated 24 years of marriage. We have 4 children.
I enjoy gardening, reading, scrapbooking, and golfing.
I work in a private practice and have been a Clinical Instructor at Pacific University.

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May 2019

President's Message

Hello Fellow Members!

Can you feel it? Spring is here and it feels as though everything is just popping and starting to bud and bloom! I love each change of season. It reminds me that nothing stays the same and we have to go with the flow of life.

We started April off with a bang and the not-to-be-missed ODC RDH Event! We knew it was going to be fun, and we were not disappointed. RDHs were welcomed at the door with goody bags, a great spread of snacks, and an amazing selfie photo booth! Q-Optics and Crest sponsored the event, and we had several excellent raffle prizes. We absolutely love having the opportunity to celebrate all RDHs and your contribution to the dental field.

Thank you to all our members for your continued support. Each and every member helps to support our profession. You are adding your voice to the future of our profession with your membership.

Sincerely,
Lesley Harbison, ODHA President
#creatingourfuturetogether

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News for Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists

  • Do you provide dental hygiene treatment for teenagers age 15-17?
  • Do some of these teenagers receive no dental hygiene treatment because they cannot get consent from a parent or guardian?

According to Oregon law, minors age 15 and older can give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from a physician, dentist or nurse practitioner. However, minors age 15 and older cannot give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from an expanded practice dental hygienist.

If you have had to deny dental hygiene treatment to a minor age 15 and older because you could not obtain consent, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! ODHA can pursue legislation to change this, but only if we hear from you.

Please share your experiences with ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley.

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2019 Alternate Delegate Profile 

Hi, my name is Heather Mobus, and I am excited to serve my first year as an Oregon Alternate Delegate at the ADHA National Convention. I am currently the Treasurer for ODHA and am part of the Advocacy Committee.

I graduated from Indiana University in 2010. I have worked in private practice, holistic care, periodontal practice, faculty in dental hygiene educational institutions, and as a consultant for TePe oral health products.

This year I am participating in the ADHA National Conference TED Talk: Spark Your Passion CE course on Sunday, June 23rd from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM. I look forward to continually supporting our profession through ODHA membership and giving the best possible care to our patients.

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Advocacy Update


DENTAL HYGIENISTS CAN DO IN-OFFICE A1C DIABETES SCREENING TESTS

At its December 2018 meeting, the Oregon Board of Dentistry passed the following motion: ”The Oregon Board of Dentistry recognizes that it is within the scope of practice for Oregon licensed dentists and dental hygienists to perform in-office A1C diabetes screening tests for at-risk patients.” The board noted that: a) such testing is not presumed to be the standard of care; and b) for A1C screenings beyond the normal range, dentists should refer patients to a physician for a formal evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

D0411 & D0412 - ADA Quick Guide to In-Office Monitoring & Documenting Patient Blood Glucose & HbA1C Level provides an overview of in-office diabetes screening procedures that includes CDT coding. Please note the following from this document: “Laboratories and providers performing in-office testing are regulated under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). The dental office may require a “CLIA Certificate of Waiver” in order to perform blood glucose testing using CLIA waived test kits. Waived tests typically include systems cleared by the FDA for home use. Providers providing patient testing with a CLIA certificate of waiver must follow manufacturer’s instructions and perform testing only with test kits that have been assigned a “CLIA waived” status by the FDA.”

Contact Lisa J. Rowley at 503-568-5825 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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Oregon Dental Conference - RDH event wrap-up!

Our 3rd annual RDH Event was great! This year we had 120+ attendees, and we have officially outgrown our space! We had some great prizes to give away from Crest/Oral-B, Dental Hygiene Nation, BURST Oral Care, Waterpik, as well as SmileCase, Cocofloss, and Young Dental samples! Thank you to ODHA and our amazing sponsors, Crest and Q-Optics, for making this event possible. We hope to see all of you again next year!

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New Program Director at Mt. Hood Community College

As of January 2, 2019, Mt. Hood Dental Hygiene Program has a new program director. Jennifer Aubry, a previous part-time instructor accepted Raye Ann Yapp’s position. Raye Ann retired in December 2018 and will continue working part-time for the program.

In 2003, Jennifer graduated from MHCC’s dental hygiene program. She worked in private practice in Gresham and Portland through 2011. In 2007, she began teaching at Mt. Hood part-time in the clinic. Her position and courseload grew over the years. Jennifer will continue teaching Community Dental Health, Public Health and Dental Research, Local Anesthesia and Clinical courses, in addition to the administration responsibilities of program director.

Jennifer was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s in Health Promotion and Education, Community Health prior to attending dental hygiene school. In 2012, she graduated from Portland State University with a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She looks forward to learning and growing in dental public health administration and the higher education arena.

Jennifer, and her husband, Jean-Christophe, have been married for 17 years. They reside in Gresham, Oregon with their four children, ages 6 to 14. At home, she stays busy doing the fun stuff of being a mom, such as chauffeuring children to and from their multiple extra-curricular activities, helping with their homeschool curriculum projects and schoolwork, and organizing parties and family vacations. When life gives her a few extra minutes, she enjoys reading, sewing, knitting, and doing other crafty things. She strongly dislikes laundry and grocery shopping, but does it anyway, because it’s necessary!

The Mt. Hood student paper, The Advocate, recently wrote an article featuring the new program director. You can view it here.


Jennifer and fellow colleague, Ilya Babiy, at a human cadaver dissection CE education course

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Student Happenings

Mount Hood Community College, Dental Hygiene

An Opportunity to Make a Difference! Dental Hygiene students of Mt. Hood Community College are on a mission! This year, 11 students and 2 faculty are on their way to St. Lucia in July to serve the community with healthier smiles. For every 1 dentist, there are 100,000 persons! An opportunity like this provides a copious amount of experience that allows each student to be in an environment where his or her future careers CAN reach and change the lives of several individuals! Each student will be able to work with faculty supervision to provide necessary care to patients. 

Students heard about the trip that took place last year and how blessed those that went felt about assisting the citizens of St. Lucia, that they had to follow in their footsteps and join the mission. The experience was so grand, that two students are returning to volunteer again! 

Beginning last fall, students have been working hard to secure donations and find new ways to raise money to support the trip. Over the next couple of months, supplies will be gathered and packaged up, students will make their final preparations, and then they will be off to join other Great Shape!, Inc. volunteers to treat communities in St. Lucia. All are looking forward to the rewarding experience and the growth they’ll gain in their dental hygiene careers.

Student Heidi Nguyen writes about the anticipated St. Lucia mission trip: I am going on my first volunteer mission trip this summer to sunny St. Lucia with my classmates and staff from MHCC. I heard about the trip that my school went on last year and how blessed they all felt about being able to help out and assist the citizens of St. Lucia. I am looking forward to this rewarding experience and being able to help the community that is in dire need. 

Our trip is supported by our school and specifically our dental hygiene staff, who will be also sharing the experience with us students. We are all working hard to secure donations and find new ways to raise money to support our trip. This is a group effort that all students have been able to assist with. Our program director, who will be assisting us, has supported our efforts and is helping out at every turn in our progress.

All of us at MHCC’s dental hygiene program are eagerly awaiting our departure knowing that this opportunity will allow us to grow as clinicians, while serving a community that is truly in need. 

Pacific University

Senior President Kaylynn Walls, Junior Vice President Alexandria Sauer, Junior President Alexandria Pena, Senior Vice President Sunisa Thongkam, Senior Secretary Ashlyn Chee, Junior Secretary Norma Santiago-Hernandez

An update from: Kaylyn Walls, President
I’ve had the opportunity to serve as the SADHA president during both my junior and senior year at Pacific University. My responsibilities in this role have allowed me to gain valuable communication skills as an advocate for my classmates as well as many networking opportunities. I’ve been active in promoting ADHA for students and stressed the importance of continuing their membership after graduation. 

As a SADHA member, I was able to help raise funds so that a group of classmates and I could attend the national ADHA conference in Louisville, Kentucky this year. We have organized fun events to help students relieve stress outside of school such as hikes on Saddle Mountain and yoga classes in the clinic. With help from faculty, we were also able to gather a panel of EP hygienists to talk to us about their experience in this field.

Overall, as future dental hygienists, SADHA has helped us learn the importance of community and support from our professional organization.

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Component 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!

Metro East Component 

CE Course:  Inter-professional series - Mental Health
Panelists:  Karen Green MSW, LSSW, Faculty, Mental Health/Social, Mt Hood Community College and Ana Maria, social worker, NW Family Services
When:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm 
Where:  2574 Troy Ct., West Linn, OR
Fee & Registration Information: 
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)
CE Credits:  2 CEUs 

South West Component

CE Course: Current Infection Prevention Protocols and Recommendations: Are you in Compliance?
Speaker
Monica Monsantofils, BSDH, EPDH, PGDip
When:
Thursday, May 9, 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)
CE Credits: 2 CEUs

North West Component 

CE Course: Medical Emergency Part 2
Speaker:
Dr. Steve Beadnell
When:
Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 6:30-8:30pm
Location:
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Souther Auditorium
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)
CE Credits:
2 CEUs 

High Desert Component

CE Course: Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease for the Hygienist and General Dentist
Speaker:
Dr. Kathleen Rueter
When:
Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 5:30-9:00pm
Location:
Deschutes Brewery Downtown - Tap Room
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($75) 
CE Credits: 3 CEUs 

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April 2019

President's Message

Hello Fellow Members and Happy Spring!!

I know it doesn’t always feel like it, but spring is coming and with it all sorts of exciting events. For instance, the Oregon Dental Conference will be taking place April 4-6, 2019. During this conference, ODHA hosts RDH Event Mix and Mingle, this year sponsored by Crest and Q-Optics. This event is for ALL dental hygienists! We want to celebrate you and all that you do!! The RDH event is Saturday April 6th from 11:00 am -12:30 pm. We will have light refreshments, giveaways and awesome raffle prizes!! Last year it was a huge success and we plan to build on that momentum! Please stop by and say hi! We are also there to answer your questions about all the many benefits of ODHA membership. This is the perfect time to network and mingle with your RDH friends!

As always, thank you for your support! Together we are stronger, creating the future for our profession. It is not possible without you and your membership!!

Sincerely,
Lesley Harbison, ODHA President
#creatingourfuturetogether

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Upcoming Events

Oregon Dental Conference

The Oregon Dental Conference is just around the corner! This year, you will find ODHA with the “ODA Partners” in the exhibit hall - please come by and say ‘hello’! We will also be doing easy online sign-ups this year for anyone who may want to join the association.

ODHA will again be hosting the RDH Event at ODC on Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 am, with our amazing co-sponsors, Crest and Q-Optics. All RDH are welcome! Come to mingle and catch up with your colleagues, enter for amazing raffle prizes and hear the latest Oregon updates. We hope to see you there!

 

In Motion 5K

Fundraising is underway for the 2019 “In Motion 5K”, which happens each year at the ADHA Annual Conference.  The 5K walk/run/fun event is the primary fundraising event for The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH).  The IOH provides yearly scholarships and grants for dental hygienists, community service projects and research.  If you are attending the ADHA Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, you can sign up as a participant to help fund raise.  If you are unable to attend the ADHA Annual Conference, but would still like to support IOH through the “In Motion 5K”, you can make a one-time donation to the team of your choice or simply sign up as a virtual participant!  Click on the logo below to learn more!

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Scholarship Update


Yvette Ly - 2018 Scholarship Recipient

The Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship will hold its 21st annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, April 27th. 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 Oregon Dental Hygiene Scholarship and Loan Fund, Inc. (ODHSLF):

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

The ODHSLF dissolved at the end of 2018, giving the remaining assets to the Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship. 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.

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 2019 Oregon Delegates

Hello, my name is Rachel Broderick and I am excited to serve my second year as Oregon Delegate to National Convention. I am currently the Northwest Component director.

I graduated from Pacific University in 2016 and work as a Public Health Hygienist at Neighborhood Health Center where I serve a diverse population.

I am looking forward to my 4th Annual Convention and hope to see some other Oregon Hygienists in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Hi everyone, my name is Laura Vanderwerf. I graduated in 2014 from Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield, Virginia and moved back to Oregon shortly afterward. I currently work for a mobile corporation at Intel Ronler Acres.

Last year, as an alternate delegate, I was honored to be asked to step in when a delegate couldn’t attend, and what an experience it was. Because of this, I sought to be elected as an Oregon Delegate. I am looking forward to representing Oregon Dental Hygienists at the 2019 ADHA National Convention!

 

Hi everyone!  I’m AJ Lewis, a 2016 graduate of Pacific University, currently working in private practice. 

In addition to everyday patient care, I am very passionate about dental product knowledge and research and am interested in dental photography.  Nationally, I have served on the New Professionals Advisory Board and am a graduate of Unleashing Your Potential with ADHA.

I am currently serving my second term as your ODHA Membership Director and I’m excited to attend my fourth ADHA annual session this June - but this year as a Delegate!

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Advocacy Update


2019 OREGON LEGISLATIVE SESSION

There are 13 bills related to dentistry that are being considered during the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. Here is a summary of some of these bills:

  • Senate Bill 824 would allow the Oregon Board of Dentistry to accept results from alternative examinations (such as OSCEs) to meet one of the requirements for dental licensure.
  • Senate Bill 834 would 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.
  • Senate Bill 835 would allow dentists to advertise that they practice in one or more specialty areas of dentistry if they meet the requirements stated in this bill.
  • Senate Bill 836 would authorize the Oregon Board of Dentistry to review patient charts associated with dental pilot projects approved by the Oregon Health Authority.
  • House Bill 2220 would authorize trained and certified dentists to prescribe and administer vaccines.
  • House Bill 3106 would require coordinated care organizations that manage their own dental programs to have a licensed dentist on-site at least one day each week.
  • House Bill 3107 would require coordinated care organizations that manage their own dental programs to have a dental clinical advisory group.
  • House Bill 3353 would allow a nonprofit corporation that provides reduced-cost dental services to underserved populations, including individuals 55 years of age or older or individuals who require accessible facilities, to own, operate, conduct or maintain dental practice.

You can read the full text of a bill and follow its progress through the Oregon Legislature at Bill Selection. You can also contact your legislators to let them know if you support or oppose these bills. Find your state legislators at Find My Legislator

Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists

  • Do you provide dental hygiene treatment for teenagers age 15-17?
  • Do some of these teenagers receive no dental hygiene treatment because they cannot get consent from a parent or guardian?

According to Oregon law, minors age 15 and older can give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from a physician, dentist or nurse practitioner. However, minors age 15 and older cannot give consent, without the consent of a parent or guardian, to receive treatment from an expanded practice dental hygienist.

If you have had to deny dental hygiene treatment to a minor age 15 and older because you could not obtain consent, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! ODHA can pursue legislation to change this, but only if we hear from you. Please share your experiences with ODHA Advocacy Director Lisa J. Rowley

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: http://www.odha.org/events for information or to register for component and state events!

Metro East Component 

Metro East Component is focusing the 2018-2019 CE on Inter-professional collaborations. Our March course was presented by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on "A Cardiology Fellowship for the Oral Health Profession."

On Saturday, March 9, 2019 members of Metro East joined with student dental hygienists to serve uninsured at a Compassion Clinic in Troutdale.

South West Component

The South West component is excited to announce that our new chair is Jamie Christensen and our secretary is Kelly Pollette. We welcome anyone else interested in helping to brainstorm future CEs, community service days and fun activities.

On February 23rd, the South West Component partnered with Saint Matthews Episcopal Church. On the last Saturday of each month the Church holds a food pantry providing food for those in need. This was our first time representing ODHA and providing free oral cancer screenings, taking blood pressures and offering resources for dental care. We received some donations from a local dental hygienist and a local dentist that helped us give out needed oral health supplies. Everyone was so appreciative.

We had a CE on February 28th, the same week that Eugene was hit with more than a foot of snow shutting down much of the town. Luckily, we were able to hold the CE as power came back on at the facility that day. Dr. Dow, a Eugene periodontist helped us get a better understanding of the new perio classifications. He was delightful and funny, using case studies to help us get a handle on how to classify our patients.

CE Course: Current Infection Prevention Protocols and Recommendations: Are you in Compliance?
SpeakerMonica Monsantofils, BSDH, EPDH, PGDip
When: Thursday, May 9, 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

North West Component attended the Dental Hygiene Capstone CE event at Pacific University, Hillsboro Campus on March 21st to support the Dental Hygiene students.

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, Souther Auditorium
Fees & Registration Information:
ADHA Members: (free)
Non-member Hygienists, Assistants and Dentists: ($50)

High Desert Component

High Desert component is hosting a class on May 2nd titled “Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal Disease for the Hygienist and General Dentist” at Deschutes Brewery’s Mountain Room from 5:30-9:00pm. 

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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!

Sincerely,
Lesley Harbison, ODHA President
#creatingourfuturetogether

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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


2019 ODA LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

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.


ODHA SUPPORTS HB 2220

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.


NEW RULES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019

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 www.oregon.gov/dentistry.

  • 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: http://www.odha.org/events 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 http://www.odha.org/events.
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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