October 2017 Print

This Month's Spotlight

ODHA has transitioned to Update Management, Inc. for administrative services effective September 1, 2017. Dana Baisden has been assigned as ODHA’s new Association Manager. Dana’s association experience comes from 17 years at Update Management as well as 12 years of nonprofit experience at Northwest Food Processors Association and Western Energy Institute prior to joining Update. She has a thorough understanding and the skills to effectively manage nonprofit associations. She is proficient in all aspects of association management, from governance, finance, meeting and event coordination, to membership programs and benefits, education, marketing and communication. On a more personal note, Dana enjoys camping, spending time with family and friends, her dog Boomer, two cats Timmy and Aly Kat, and driving her Mustang for fun.


Dana is excited to be joining the ODHA team and looks forward to meeting many of you at the Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference in November.

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President's Report

Change is in the air!  Not only is the Season changing, but also ODHA is gearing up for a change in officers.  The call for nominations is still open and the deadline is approaching!  We are accepting applicants for the following positions: 

Vice President, Treasurer, Director At Large, South West Component Director, and North West Component Director.  Please fill out the Candidate interest form attached.

As a member of ODHA, you will have the opportunity to vote for your new leaders at the annual conference November 10 & 11.  Registration is open. Please check out the ODHA website for details and register today! We hope to see dental hygienists from all sides and corners of the state there.  We are very excited to see new faces as well as our loyal friends. Please come join us!

On September 23 the Board of Directors tested the WebEx capabilities on a live CE Metro East hosted.  We have some bugs to work out, but the option to attend distant meetings will to be a reality soon.   

If you receive the RDH Magazine, you will notice Kyle Isaacs is on the cover as one of the four 2017 Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction recipients!  Congratulations Kyle! We are very proud of Kyle and grateful she serves as a board member for ODHA.   

September also welcomed a new management company called Update Management.  Dana (pronounced Dan’na) is our contact manager.  She has a lot of experience working with allied health professionals.  We are excited to have her and Update management on our team.  


Deb Johnson

ODHA President



Call for ODHA Officer Nominations

The Oregon Dental Hygienists’ Association (ODHA) is pleased to announce nominations for Executive Team and Board of Director positions are now open. The opened positions are: Vice President, Treasurer, North West Component Director, South West Component Director, and One Director At Large. All positions are a two year term. The applicant must be an ODHA member to be eligible. The ODHA Board of Directors will review all nominations and determine which nominations will be selected to run. Applicants will be notified of the Board of Directors decisions approximately mid October. Please visit our website at ODHA.org to learn more about officer qualifications. If you have any questions, please direct them to info@odha.org

Please fill out the Candidate Interest form attached and send to info@odha.org


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Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC)

Serve and Support at the 2017 Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference

ODHA’s Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference is the largest annual event that provides professional development opportunities designed specifically for dental hygienists as well as dental hygiene students and faculty members in Oregon. This is YOUR conference!

The state conference offers an exciting agenda filled with new education courses, speakers, leadership building, networking, industry development, professional and entertaining excursions, and lots of fun! See attached flyer for the schedule and registration detials. Also, you can register online at www.odha.org 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Nuevas Son Risas is seeking dental hygienists to join their team for a one week trip to Guatemala in Guatemala February 2018!


Join longtime ADHA member Sue Sansi Schaedel, a board member of the nonprofit Nuevas Sonrisas, to provide oral health services in sunny Guatemala. The trip will be in February 3-11, 2018. The cost is your airfare and $400 for supplies, equipment, etc. Take a look at their website, nuevassonrisas.org for more information. If you are interested please contact Sue at schaedel4@comcast.net. There are only a couple of spots available!

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Fall is a great time to renew membership and join ADHA today!  

Click here to renew today.  

Do you know a dental hygienist that is not a current member?  Forward this link and invite them to join the fun today!

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ADHA District XII Trustee Update

October is National Dental Hygiene Month!

ADHA and Wrigley Kick off National Dental Hygiene Month with Enhanced “Daily 4” Campaign 

ADHA and the Wrigley Oral Health Care Program (WOHP) are partnering for the eighth straight year to celebrate the contributions that dental hygiene professionals make to the oral health of American families as part of National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM2017). A cornerstone of NDHM2017 is the “Daily 4” campaign, which provides dental hygienists with tools and resources to help them start a conversation with their patients about the Daily 4. This year, the campaign will extend beyond October into the Spring and will feature spotlights on community grant winners and their service projects, and will provide dental hygienists a comprehensive tool kit with posters, decals and videos, offering them more interactive ways to engage with their patients. Anyone planning community service projects for October may request Orbit sugarfree gum samples at http://www.adha.org/daily4.  Hygienists can also connect with ADHA on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, by including the hashtag #NDHM2017 with submissions. 

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