September 2017 Print

President's Report

September is here, which means our busy, scheduled life begins again.  Many of you are getting your kids settled in school and the routine that goes along with the after school activities, etc.  Once all the newness of this routine is settled, you will most likely make a plan of action for professional events.  The Board of Directors and Executive Team are finalizing the last of the details for the Annual Conference for November 10 & 11 at the Portland Airport Sheraton.  Watch your email and check the site regularly for registration opening soon.  


ODHA has contracted with a new management team called Update Management.  Their expertise and knowledge will be of great value to our organization.  


We are also gearing up for a change in officer’s this year.  Jodi Murray will lead the team as the new president.  She will be attending the ADHA Unleashing Your Potential Leadership Training workshop in mid November.  She is already prepared and a competent leader.  Unleashing Your Potential will propel her in a new dimension.  


I hope you all and your families are making good decisions and staying safe with all the fires and the worries of loved ones on the East Coast.  


Thank you,

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 to learn more about officer qualifications. If you have any questions, please direct them to


Please fill out the Candidate Interest form attached and send to


Thank you,

Deb Johnson 

ODHA President 


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Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference (ODHC)

Save the Date – The Oregon Dental Hygiene Conference is almost here!


When: November 10-11 

Where: Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel 

Watch your email and check the ODHA website for registration coming soon! 


Don't miss out on...

CE Courses required for license renewal such as, Medical Emergencies and HIPPA & OSHA Training

Silent auction *items needed - contact if you have something to donate

Friday night dinner and fun activities

ODHA Annual Meeting General Session and Elections 

Veteran's Day Recognition 


And More! 

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Featured Event

September 23, 2017 - Medical Emergencies CE with Metro East Component

Date/Times: Saturday, September 23rd, 8:30am - 1pm

Event information: Light breakfast and beverages included. See attached registration flyer if interested.


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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, for more information. If you are interested please contact Sue at 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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Board of Dentistry News

Dental Hygiene License Renewal


If you received your initial Oregon dental hygiene license in an odd year, your dental hygiene license will expire on September 30, 2017. Dental hygienists whose Oregon license will expire on September 30, 2017 should have already received a yellow postcard directing them to the online renewal process.


All license renewals MUST be completed online; no exceptions. Licensees are personally responsible for renewing their own licenses. No one else should complete this process for you. It may take several days for the online renewal process to post your new information, so do not wait until the end of September to renew your license.


If your license expires, you CANNOT continue to practice. You may be subject to disciplinary action by the Oregon Board of Dentistry if you practice dental hygiene without a current license.


Please remind your colleagues to be prompt in renewing their dental hygiene license for Oregon. For more information, click on

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ADHA District XII Trustee Update


Hello District XII!


It is with great excitement and pride that I ask you all to join me in congratulating the six (yes! 6!!) hygienists from District XII that have been chosen to attend Unleashing Your Potential in Chicago this year. Our District XII attendees are:


Nicole Pikini, RDH, BS from Hawaii


Jodi Murray, RDH, BS from Oregon


Anna (AJ) Sinclair Lewis, RDH, BSDH from Oregon


Michelle Watkins, RDH from Idaho


Kyle Isaacs, RDHEP, BHS from Oregon


Katie Welling, RDH, BS  from Nevada


I can't help reminding you all that I believe District XII is truly the best, and filled with all the best ADHA has to offer. These women are proof of that! 


Please join me in congratulating them!


Annette Lincicome, BS, RDH

ADHA District XII Trustee

7914 Fall Harvest Drive

Las Vegas, NV 89147

Cell: 702-376-4029


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Oregon Rural Health Association

Oregon Rural Health Association Position


ODHA is looking for a representative to serve on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Rural Health Association (


The Oregon Rural Health Association (ORHA) is a nonprofit organization whose primary goal is to improve the health of rural Oregonians. ORHA was founded in 1992 to build a stronger voice in Salem for all rural practitioners. Today ORHA is composed of individuals and organizations dedicated to providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communication and education. 


The ORHA was instrumental in passing the original LAP (now EPP) legislation that created a pathway for dental hygienists to provide dental hygiene services to underserved patients without the supervision of a dentist.


ODHA is a founding member of ORHA, so ODHA is afforded a position on the ORHA Board of Directors.


The ODHA representative on the ORHA Board of Directors is expected to:

  •    Attend quarterly meetings of the ORHA Board of Directors (January, April, July, October)
  •    Attend the Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference
  •    Provide reports to the ODHA Board of Directors


Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  •    Membership in ODHA
  •    Hold an expanded practice permit
  •    Live and work in a rural area of Oregon
  •    Work as a dental hygienist with underserved patients
  •    Interest in advocating for improved health of rural Oregonians


The ODHA representative to the ORHA Board of Directors is appointed by the ODHA President with approval of the ODHA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position with no remuneration and no reimbursement for expenses.


If you are interested in this position, please complete the attached form and email it to Lisa J. Rowley at


Thank you for considering to leadership opportunity!

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