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 noted state provisions for dental hygiene practice and calling for DHASNY to "encourage policymakers, health and human service professionals, stakeholders, oral health educators – both dental and dental hygiene - 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, among initiatives, would develop educational resources and programs 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
2015 Empire Conference
Save the date for the 2015 Empire Conference: November 6-8 in Saratoga Springs.
Infection Control Resources and One and Only Campaign
DHASNY is working with the New York State 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.
What's New: Research, Reports
In Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of Young Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics cites the importance of pediatricians encouraging parents to ensure that their children have a dental home by age one. (November online issue of Pediatrics)
The national Children's Dental Health Project has issued Policy Options for Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Lessons from a New York State Simulation Model, showing the positive effects of risk-based and complementary strategies. (Fall)
Public Policy & the Profession
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 law, with regulations, effective January 1, 2015, will enable a dental hygienist working in Article 28 facilities under NYS Public Health Law to have collaborative arrangements with a dentist who has a formal relationship with that facility. On December 15, 2014, the New York State Board of Regents adopted the regulations relating to this new law. 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. A web portal of resources for dental professionals is "live" on CDC's site. We will share additional resources through this collaboration. See the site and read more.
Putting Mission in Action
As DHASNY gets ready to embark another year; this is a good time to reflect on our mission, our accomplishment and future projects.
Our Mission Statement:
The Dental Hygienists’ Association of the State of New York supports the advancement of the art and science of dental hygiene in order to ensure access to and delivery of quality preventive and therapeutic oral health care services to all New Yorkers in a cost effective manner. Through education and outreach to the public, DHASNY strives to increase awareness of the benefits of preventive dental hygiene services. DHASNY promotes the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research and seeks to integrate dental hygiene as a component of interdisciplinary health care to improve the public's total health.
By following this mission and building strong collaborative partnerships, we have had many accomplishments that have improved access to care and advanced the hygiene profession.
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
DHASNY 2015 officers - Serving as 2015 officers are, above from left, Terry Duvall, President; Donna Hickey, President-Elect; Karen Palleschi, Vice President-Professional Development; Donna DiGioia, Vice President-Membership; Robin Grasso, Vice President-Governmental Affairs and Public Policy; below from left, Linda Runge, Secretary; Noreen Myers-Wrights, Director at Large; Michele Rase, immediate past President; and Tiffany Kerns, Treasurer. Welcome to our Board and Delegates.