Dear Fellow Hygienists,
I know you haven’t heard from us in a while, but, we’re still here working for you. We had our House of Delegates in October and I want to personally thank the Northern Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association for doing such a fantastic job organizing our event. We hold our house in Reno every October and would welcome any members that would be interested in participating in this event. We are always on the lookout for delegates. It’s a great weekend and an opportunity to receive some continuing education and give back to your association, it’s members, and your colleagues.
We have an exciting year ahead as we look to advance the scope and awareness of dental hygiene here in Nevada and in the United States. Visit the ADHA website for all of the updates regarding practitioners in alternative practice and the new Minnesota programs for the Mid Level Dental Therapists at the University of Minnesota and the Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis.
Here at home I want to congratulate Future Smiles on their new clinic at the Clark High School Campus. Also, Huntridge Teen Clinic will be working on a new program to provide hygiene and dental services for homeless teens. Anytime you want to volunteer, you can get the latest information at our component meetings in northern and southern Nevada, look for updates on our website, or just contact me or our executive director. We’re always eager to help you help others! I have always been proud of how concerned dental hygienists are with increasing access to care for our under and unserved patients.
As we end another year I want to say thank you to all of the hygienists on our board at the state and component levels. I know how busy everyone is and I value the time you give to all of us. I also want to thank all of our members who make it possible for us to have an association. Without your contribution we simply could not afford to exist.
I know we are not out of the woods and people are still struggling financially, but the economy is starting to move and we will be back in the clear again soon. The greatest place to have someone listen and get support is at your association meetings and events. No one understands what it is like to be a hygienist except another hygienist. Please don’t practice dental hygiene in isolation.
Happy Holidays and Warm Wishes for a Joyous and Prosperous New Year!
Heather M. Rogers