Make plans to attend DHASNY's 2013 Empire Conference November 1-3 on Long Island, celebrating 100 years of dental hygiene, providing multiple continuing education, the latest vendor exhibits and more.
The montage above, created by Tiffany King, captures the experiences of 2012 conference attendees.
DHASNY Board IDs 2013 Priorities
Priorities for 2013 were identified by the DHASNY Board of Directors at it January meeting. The priorities include continuing work to advance New York State legislation to provide for collaborative practice with hygienists; promoting oral health in the state’s Health Improvement Plan; and undertaking initiatives for the oral health education and care for older New Yorkers. These plans are part of the Association’s overarching goals of increasing education and access to care to all New Yorkers and maximizing the use of the education and experience of hygienists in oral health.
The Board also made plans to pursue opportunities for collaborations with other entities toward these goals, including grant development, and increase use of electronic communications with members. Watch for DHASNY e-news.
In other business, the Board continued developing plans for the 2013 Empire Conference, to take place November 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch in Hauppauge Long Island. Planning continued on celebrating the 100th anniversary of dental hygiene this year, recognizing the development of hygiene and critical role of hygienists as prevention specialists and educators in oral health. The Conference will be featured at the year-long centennial activities.
Welcome on Board
Joining the Board this year are Tiffany King of the Fifth District, Treasurer; Christine Rogers of the Third District, Vice President of Governmental Affairs; and Noreen Myers-Wright of the Second District, Director at Large.
Public Policy & the Profession
Collaborative Practice: Successful achievement of improved oral health for New York residents will require multiple solutions with a diverse array of engaged partners. Legislation to provide for dental hygienists to have collaborative practice agreements with dentists, part of DHASNY's agenda, has been introduced in the state Assembly and Senate.Read more in our backgrounder and position paper and why it works factsheet, as well as the legislation.
DH Research: A demographics study of dental hygienists in NYS from the Center for Workforce Studies at the University at Albany School of Public Health finds “New York’s dental hygienists are unevenly distributed across the state." Check out the data statewide and in your region. A new CDC report finds 47.2% of U.S. adults have some form of periodontal disease and concludes previous studies may have underestimated prevalence.
Healthcare Redesign: NYS is seeking a federal waiver to use funding to pursue recommendations of the Medicaid Redesign Team to continue revamping the health care system. DHASNY, which was represented on the team's workforce group, is working to prepare NY dental hygiene profession for the future and address the oral health implications. Read more about the waiver application and areas for funding, as well as the MRT's final recommendations.
Charting Career Paths:
Catch DHASNY members on Youtube videos talking about their different dental hygiene career choices.
2012-13 Installation: Robin Grasso, right, was re-elected President of DHASNY by the House of Delegates. The House elected Michele Rase, at left, to the newly established position of President Elect, effective January 1, 2013.
For Public Education: Factsheets Help You Maintain Good Oral Health
DHASNY produces a series of consumer-oriented facsheets that help people focus on maintaining good oral health. You can download these helpful facsheets here.
President's Perspective: Celebrating Century of Dental Hygiene
Congratulations. The Profession of Dental Hygiene is 100 years old!
DHASNY is so excited to be "Celebrating a Century of Dental Hygiene.” Many hygienists from NYS will be attending the monumental ADHA celebration in Boston, June 19-25, 2013. Please consider joining us. DHASNY will send four delegates to Boston. I am so pleased to have been elected one. We will proudly represent all New York State hygienists. It is truly fascinating to network with dental hygienists from all over the country. (Mark your calendar. The celebration of a century will continue at DHASNY’s Empire Conference November 1-13, 2013 in Hauppauge, Long Island.)
Each spring, dental volunteerism comes to the forefront. Recently, communities held Special Olympics events, and many athletes were dentally screened with a program called "Special Smiles."We all know that the birthplace of dental hygiene was Bridgeport, CT through the groundbreaking work of Dr. Alfred Civilion Fones and the first dental hygienist, Irene Newman, who work with Dr. Fones. Next month on June 7-8, 2013, the Connecticut State Dental Association through the CT Mission of Mercy will provide free dental services to thousands of needy patients at Webster Bank Area in Bridgeport. Dr. Fones and Ms Newman would be in awe of this paragon of community outreach.
Dental hygiene programs in the state are doing a tremendous job preparing students for this evolving profession. Graduates, please know YOU have chosen a profession that has VALUE and PURPOSE.
As you transition from student to practicing Dental Hygienist, take pride in all the accomplishments made over the last 100 years and continue to participate in OUR future. It is a momentous time to be a dental hygienist. Share your enthusiasm with everyone in your patient community, your colleagues and the general public. We will continue to improve access to care.