July 2017 Print

President's Report

Dear Members!

Summer is finally here!  This is usually a slow time for ODHA and the components.  However, the Executive Team and the Board of Directors are working diligently making careful considerations to the policies and procedures for the new organization format through ADHA.  We will be meeting again this month for two days to vote on some of these policies and procedures and work on other necessary agenda items to protect and promote the dental hygiene profession. In the mean time, we are in need of some volunteers to assist in planning some late Summer/Fall events. If you are interested and have some ideas, please email info@odha.org.  

Stay tuned for information on the ODHA Fall Conference held at the Portland Airport Sheridan Hotel, November 10 & 11.  Well know speakers will be presenting again.  Many vendors will be available and cater specifically to dental hygienists.  This is also a great opportunity to network and find out what is happening in the dental hygiene profession in Oregon.  You won’t want to miss this one.

Be safe and enjoy your summer!

Deb Johnson
ODHA President

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ODHA at ADHA Annual Session in Jacksonville, FL

“I loved having the chance to talk to other dental hygienist's about how they practice in their state. It is really interesting to compare scope of practice from one area to another. My experience at ADHA allowed me to network and meet new people I never would have before. The leadership workshop, mega issue discussion and ADHA advocacy update were all great. I feel in the loop of what is going on and I feel it makes me a better hygienist for it. I will definitely be going next year!!”

-Jodi Murray

“What I appreciate the most about ADHA is what a supportive environment it is. It is so wonderful to be surrounded by like minded people who just get you! This week in Jacksonville was a great reminder of why I love ADHA. Oregon is seen as a leader in the nation and we took the opportunity to share our challenges and success stories. We are coming back to Oregon with new ideas and new energy. Come join us next year!!”

-Cassie Button

“I had an amazing experience at ADHA! Every moment from start to finish was so fun! I highly recommend every RDH experience the conference at least once in their career. My favorite part of the conference was connecting with hygienists from all over the country. It’s inspiring to hear what these hygienists are doing in their states and communities. I’m so proud to be a public health dental hygienist practicing in the state of Oregon. I also enjoyed catching up with my fellow 2016 UYP leaders and the ADHA leaders. Everyone is so encouraging and has the common goal of making a positive impact.”

-Tiffany Foy

“ADHA’s annual conference was another enjoyable experience.  This year, it was fun to have some new folks with our Oregon delegation: Tiffany Foy, Jennifer Miglioretto, and Jodi Murray.  The fun started Wednesday evening when I already began to reconnect with long-time dental hygiene friends at the airport.  The party seemed to go on from there until I made it home the following Tuesday.  Once at the conference on Thursday, I enjoyed high quality CE on oral cancer and career development, plus an exhibitors’ floor like I’ve never seen at anything dental hygiene related, which have already made an impact on me professionally.  Each evening provided opportunities to reconnect with other friends that I haven’t seen in a year and to make many new friends and contacts throughout the country.  Celebrations got formal Friday night with the President’s Dinner and quickly morphed into a dance party with entertainment provided by the best live band I’ve ever heard, covering many modern day hits.  Saturday evening, our delegation got to work with the rest of District XII, helping to update our ADHA bylaws and policies.  It was enjoyable to see everyone’s hard work leading up to the conference culminate in many wonderful suggestions that made it to the floor on Sunday and Monday.  Coming together with all twelve districts over two days to really help provide direction and guidance for the entire association is such an empowering experience.  On top of that, being able to participate in electing the next group of leaders for ADHA feels like being a little part of history.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to go, serve, and learn.  I highly encourage anyone who’s interested to go and enjoy the entire week next year in Columbus, Ohio!”

 -Kyle Johnstone 



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Featured Event

July 25 – Volunteer Event with North West Component

Date/Times: Tuesday, July 25th at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Boys & Girls Club Knudson Branch 1395 Summer St NE Salem, OR 97301 

Event Information: The North West component would like volunteers to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Salem during Back to School Backpack Prep to help organize and fill over 1600 back to school backpacks to be handed out during upcoming Back to School Family Health Fair. Pizza and light snacks will be provided. 

RSVP: Jodi Loper at jloper@bgc.salem.org (503) 581-7383 ext 34


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Summer 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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Thank you

This year the Lois Whitford Memorial Scholarship annual fundraising dinner honored the accomplishments of Sandy Nelson BS, RDH, EPP as well as a special honor/remembrance of Esther Wilkins RDH, DDS who attended the first LWMS dinner in 1997.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Nuevas Son Risas is seeking hygienists to join their team for a one week trip to Guatemala. For more information, please to to http://www.nuevassonrisas.org/

This is a very interesting and engaged group from the Pacific Northwest.

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