Save the date: 2015 Conference
Mark your calendar for DHASNY's 2015 Empire Conference
House Approves Resolutions
Actions of the 2014 House of Delegates included:
Practice as a Profession: Adoption of a resolution, "Right to Practice and Interact as a Profession," which calls for DHASNY to "encourage policymakers, health and human service professionals, stakeholders, oral health educators ... and the public to work to establish a plan with the goal of improved oral health status by way of prevention and basic dental hygiene therapeutic services." Read more
- Public Health: Adoption of a resolution directing the Board of Directors to establish a task force to explore the creation of a DHASNY Public Health Section which would develop educational resources and advance public policy for oral healthcare. Read more
- Elections: Elected officers and delegates to the ADHA who will take office January 1, 2015. Read more
Infection Control Resources and One and Only Campaign
DHASNY is working with the NYS program of the One and Only professional and public information campaign to increase information about safe injection practices, including dental procedures. Resources are available from the CDC and NYS programs. New: Infographic
What's New: Research, Reports
New Fluoride Levels - The the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the final Public Health Service recommendation, adjusting the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. (April)
NYS Oral Health Plan - The New York State Health Department has issued an updated state Oral Health Plan.
Public Policy & the Profession
DHASNY Supports CHIP Funding Renewal
The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program has been extended two years. Read more
New Laws and Regulations
School Readiness Certificates: With DHASNY support, the NYS Education Law now includes dental hygienists as professionals permitted to assess and complete school readiness certificates. Read more
Collaborative Practice - Article 28 Facilities: A New York State law, together with regulations, effective January 1, 2015, enables a dental hygienist working in a Article 28 facility under NYS Public Health Law to have a collaborative practice arrangement with a dentist who has a formal relationship with that facility. Read more including Q&A.
Children's Dental Health & DHASNY Team Up on Tobacco Education
DHASNY has teamed up with The Washington DC-based nonprofit Children's Dental Health Project, in working with the Centers for Disease Control to raise awareness of tobacco's impact on oral health. See the site and read more.
On behalf of DHASNY, I send the graduating class of 2015 heartfelt congratulations to you on the completion of your dental hygiene degree.
I know how hard you have worked to achieve this milestone in your lives and the time and dedication that it took to complete this journey. I am impressed with your commitment, perseverance and not giving up when times got tough over the last few years.
That drive has brought you to where you are now in your lives and will keep you moving into the future. Remember, no matter where your degree may take you, never stop learning and growing. This is a very exciting time to be a part of the dental hygiene profession. You control your future—go out and make a difference in your community, whatever that maybe.
I’m proud to call you colleagues and wish you all best in your future endeavors. Again, many congratulations to you all on completing your dental hygiene degree.
Terry L. Duvall, RDH
For Public Education: Factsheets Help You Maintain Good Oral Health
DHASNY produces a series of consumer-oriented factsheets that help people focus on maintaining good oral health. You can download these helpful factsheets here.
Does Your Child Have a Dental Home?
DHASNY recommends that children have a "dental home" by age one. Check out our educational campaign and resources for keeping young children oral healthy.
Charting Career Paths
Catch DHASNY members on Youtube videos talking
Nominations for Excellence in Dental Hygiene Awards Due September 1
DHASNY invites nominations for its Excellence in Dental Hygiene Awards. Help us shine the light on colleagues in the profession who go above and beyond in mentoring, community services, volunteerism, and more. Nominations are due September 1.
Click here for the criteria and nomination forms.
Graduates Receive President's Award
DHASNY is pleased to collaborate with dental hygiene schools across the state in honoring graduating students for excellence in leadership and student association participation. DHASNY representatives have been presenting the awards at the schools’ ceremonies. Join us in applauding this year’s honorees:
- Broome Community College – Heather Underwood Scott
- Erie Community College – Linda Heitman
- Farmingdale State College – Carmen Garcia
- Hostos Community College – Maria Vassallo
- Hudson Valley Community College – David Quinn
- Monroe Community College – Sarah Anderson
- NYC College of Technology – Angela Poulter
- New York University – Christina Certo
- Orange County Community College– Mariyanka Milusheva