July 2016 Print

President's Report

Greetings fellow hygienists!

When I was a recent grad of my dental hygiene program, I remember seriously considering not paying my membership dues. I wasn't working regularly and it just seemed like a big chunk of money. And really, did it matter? What did ADHA do for me anyway? Five years later and I am president of ODHA; how did that happen?

It was when I went to the 2013 ADHA CLL Annual Session in Las Vegas that I truly "got it." I was able to sit back and hear about the overwhelming number of officers, volunteers, and staff working to move my profession forward. So many committed individuals working together to make more of an impact than I could ever make myself.  

I recently returned from representing Oregon at ADHA's Annual Session in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What a conference! As someone who is "plugged in" to our organization, I am in awe and so thankful for all the hard work that goes into these events behind the scenes. It is truly amazing to see how a passionate group of individuals can band together to make such a difference for our profession! The next time I hear, "What does ADHA do for me?" I will be able to refer them to the 142 (!!) pages of reports showing what the staff and officers of ADHA are busy working on for them! In Oregon, we have our own delegates manual with pages and pages of reports detailing the hours of meetings, conferences, emails, brain storms, planning sessions, webinars, surveys, etc that demonstrate how the association and its volunteers are working hard for you!

Conferences are a wonderful way to experience your association and see how it is working to be THE voice of the dental hygiene profession. If you haven't been to a conference, this is the year to come to the Oregon Dental Hyiene Conference! We have hygiene focused CEs, exhibitors who want to talk to YOU, a national keynote speaker, opportunity to shape YOUR profession, and lots of FUN!

Come join us as we are building our future together! Learn about how ODHA and ADHA are working for you! Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference - November 11-13, 2016 in Portland!

Cassie Button RDH, BSDH, EPP
ODHA President 2015 - 2016

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Congratulations Students!

Congratulations Class of 2016!

You are probably finishing up the last of your board exams. It is a nerve wracking time that all of your fellow dental hygienists remember fondly… in hindsight. The best advice I think many of us would like to give to you is, “You are ready for this. You are prepared. Your school has taught you everything you need to know. You have worked hard and practiced thoroughly. Take deep breaths and know that you will do well.”

You are no longer students; you are now professionals! Give your self a pat on the back. You survived the grueling hours of school, clinics, and board exams. However, remember to stay on the cutting edge of dental hygiene, fuel the passion that helped you persevere through school. Don’t forget about your professional association. ODHA is full of passionate dental hygienists that provide invaluable networking and help you become the best professional you can be. Take advantage of those opportunities!

Once you have your license in hand be sure to give your license number to ADHA. Transitioning your ADHA/ODHA membership from student to professional is free. For a step-by-step guide visit: http://odha.org/images/downloads/Membership_drive/student_transition_faqandguide.pdf

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight is a brief way to say congratulations, thank you or great job to a member that has really done something amazing for the association and/or Dental Hygiene community. 

This month we would like to recognize Tiffany Foy for her passion, commitment and dedication to dental hygiene and ODHA.

Tiffany graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology La Grande in 2011with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Since then she has been working with Advantage Dental as a Regional Community Expanded Practice Dental Hygienist. Her responsibilities include providing services to prenatal clients and their children at WIC sites in Deschutes County. Additionally, Tiffany provides on-site services at Head Start, relief nurseries, and school-based health clinics. She is very passionate about earl childhood caries prevention and public health.

When asked if she could discuss why she is a member of the ADHA/ODHA, she replied: “I’m a member because it’s the perfect way to support our profession on a national, state and local level. As a lifelong learner, I love the endless opportunities for continuing education classes and the networking that happens at these classes/conferences. Being a member has opened my eyes to the political and law making side of our profession. I have learned that the organization not only helps advance our profession but it also protects it. As an EPDH, I would not be able to do what I'm most passionate about without the support of the organization. One of my favorite parts of being a member is the opportunity to improve my leadership skills. I’m currently the treasurer for my local component and I love being able to do things that support my community. Such as, donating to the local dental van or bringing awareness of ways hygienists can volunteer in my community.

Tiffany is currently Central Oregon Dental Hygienists Treasurer. She has a huge passion for building the organization as a community and we are so happy to have her on the executive team of the Central Oregon Dental Hygienists’ component!

If you or know someone should be recognized in the Member Spotlight section for the next newsletter please contact Vice President Megan Coffelt at coffelt_megan@yahoo.com

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Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars! The Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference is coming up on November 11-13, 2016 in Portland.  The ODHC is the only dental conference specifically for Oregon dental hygienists, dental hygiene students and faculty members in Oregon. This is YOUR conference!

The schedule for the 2016 conference offers some exciting new events including:

  • Increased CE hours with topics and speakers focused on hygienists, including EPDHs. Did we mention this conference is the best value for your CE dollar?
  • A national key note speaker will inspire you to build your best self
  • Mystery dinner theater celebration!
  • Exhibitors with samples just for you and hands-on courses to help you at work on Monday
  • Silent auction
  • Meet hygienists from around the state in all lines of work - clinical, education, corporate and public health
  • Recognition, awards and Veterans Day celebrations


Did you know all dental hygienists are invited to attend this outstanding conference?  A full year membership is included with registration for new members!  Tell a friend and invite them to join the fun. 

Watch your email for more exciting updates and registration information.

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ODHA's Transformation Continues

ODHA is continuing it's transformation, lead by the national association.  The ODHA Board of Trustees reviewed all data received from members regarding the best governance structure for ODHA members and resources. In response to the member surveys, town hall meeting, component leadership webinars, individual component visits, and member feedback the Board of Trustees unanimously recommends ODHA transition back to a general assembly structure. The Board of Trustees thoughtfully discussed the best process to implement this change based on membership feedback, membership time, available resources and financial impact. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a special session of the House of Delegates.

The ODHA Board of Trustees (BOT) has scheduled the special meeting of the House of Delegates (HOD) for Saturday July 23, 2016 at 9:00am - 11:00am.

If you have any questions, please email info@odha.org. We are building our future together!

To review a full history of ODHA’s transition please visit the ODHA Transformation page. Keep checking back for more details as this page is updated regularly.

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Volunteer Opportunities

YOU can make a difference without a time commitment! Our most valuable resource is our members and we need you!  Please consider helping on one of our brief task forces. You will make a huge impact for our organization with minimal time investment. 

Please email President Cassie Button (cassiebuttonrdh@gmail.com) if you are interested on one of the following task forces.

  • Marketing
  • Silent Auction
  • CEs and education
  • Job board review for ODHA's website
  • CE circuit for components
  • Indentfying partners and exhibitors

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ADHA Today

Are you looking to develop your leadership skills to the next level?  Have you considered a leadership position at the state or national level?  Each year, 40 applicants are chosen to attend ADHA’s Unleashing Your Potential weekend held every November in Chicago, IL. ADHA receives applications from many deserving individuals across the country, including Oregon!  This is an outstanding opportunity to further develop leadership skills. Those chosen mingle with fellow ADHA leaders and absorb the great deal of information regarding leadership skills, collaborative leadership and fiduciary responsibility shared at this exciting weekend.

Click here for more information and to apply by August 1, 2016.

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