President's Message Current LDHA President, Terri Linzay wrote an article for the LDA Journal. Click here to read it! You'll be glad you did!
LDHA Representatives Staying Busy by Staying Abreast of All Dental Groups
And the journey continues with so many meetings and emails (SO many emails)! It has been a very busy year, but very educational, and I am working hard to achieve goals to make our association stronger. As I mentioned in the previous LDAJournal, our board is staffed with intelligent, helpful and wonderful hygienists who have made this journey a smooth experience for me. Our Executive Secretary Debbi Mitchell has become my right arm and dear friend. We correspond daily regarding LDHA needs and future plans. Since I am so new to all of the responsibilities, she keeps me on track.
Diane O'Connor, one of our past presidents who is still very involved, has also been a great support reinforcing the duties necessary for our association to continue to become stronger. She is responsible for encouraging me as president to attend meetings representing LDHA. I attended the June LDA Board of Directors meeting, and plan on attending again in September. I’ve also joined the state’s Oral Health Coalition, which has given me the opportunity to meet many new contacts in the dental world. As president, I will be attending meetings at each of our five components, as well as with the students at each dental hygiene school in our state.
This year, Suzanne Farrar will be the constituent State Education Network representative for LDHA. Her main responsibility will be to serve as the communication link between ADHA and the dental hygiene community and the constituent dental hygiene associations. Suzanne is another past president who has provided much advice and guidance.
Let me address the "SO many emails" as being from our lobbyist, Jane Burgin! I'm not sure how she does all she does, but she works hard and accomplishes so much for our association.
Diane O'Connor, Suzanne Farrar and Jane Burgin have truly worked HARD not only for LDHA but for all registered dental hygienists in Louisiana. Only after reading through the many past emails in our president's binder did I realize just how hard these ladies worked for us. I know they have been told “Thank You” in the past, but I can assure you that they deserve our deepest appreciation. So, I would like to say “Thank You” again for your dedication to our association and our profession.
LDHA had four representatives at our Annual Session in Las Vegas in June 2014. They were Tammie Nelson (senior delegate), Kim Bourgeois (junior delegate), Joanna Peters (alternate delegate) and Shandi Romero (president elect). Tammie reported on the resolutions and bylaws that were voted on at the ADHA House of Delegates. Also, in her report was ADHA's 2015 Strategic Plan. Patty Cassidy, our state board representative, reported on her visit to ULM for the seven year accreditation site visit which is a two-day, intense look into the program. She also attended a Council of Interstate Testing Agency meeting, an American Association of Dental Boards meeting and the American Dental Association meeting all in New Orleans. Patty will also be attending a meeting in Chicago about CITA administering the ADEX test, which will help with being accepted by more states.
ADHA is working on a membership drive this year for all of the states. There is a total of 2,279 active dental hygienists in Louisiana, but only 289 LDHA members. We have just recently had an increase of 33 members (most being this year’s graduates). Thank you to Daisy Poole who has worked closely with our hygiene students as vice president/membership chair. We will be addressing this issue at our next meeting. As I had asked the dentists in the previous article to encourage their dental hygienists to join, I am asking again. Our components offer continuing education locally, as well as participation in oral health organizations like The Oral Cancer Foundation and Institute of Oral Health and others. We also have a Facebook page created by Christy Wilson, our newsletter, editor, historian and photographer. Our Facebook page is Louisiana Dental Hygienists’ Association. Please encourage your hygienists to join as we post important dates and activities and C.E. LDA members are free to contact us to help in your search for a dental hygienist.
In closing, I would like to thank all who have helped LDHA to become stronger. The following is a quote from Max DePree. "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." Terri Linzay, R.D.H. President, LDHA
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LDHA Updates Please keep your current email addresses updated with the LDHA.
To be added to our list for updates and Newsletters you must be a Registered Dental Hygienists or a Dental Hygiene student. Email the LDHA Executive Secretary, Debbi Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org
LDHA Annual Session March 6-7, 2015 Shreveport, LA
Other CE Opportunities Both LSU School of Dentistry & the University of Louisiana at Monroe offer CE Courses. Check out their websites for course dates and information. LSUSD: https://www.lsucde.org ULM: http://www.ce.ulm.edu
Institute for Oral Health The mission of the Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is to advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarships, research and service in collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. The goal of this organization is to support the highest quality research and education programs in order to fulfill the mission statement of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health. To find out more about the ADHA IOH please visit http://www.adha.org/ioh/.
HYPAC The American Dental Hygienists’ Association Political Action Committee is a group of politically active ADHA members who voluntarily pool their resources to support candidates for congressional office who support the professional interests of dental hygienists and the patients they serve. The LDHA officers wanted to inform you of this group! This committee needs people like you to help support them! Please visit the website below to find out how! Hypac.adha.org To login use the email you use for your ADHA account and the password is : hypac