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Hygiene Tribune U.S. Edition

HYGIENE TRIBUNE The World’s Dental Hygiene Newspaper ·U.S. Edition T he American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) will serve as the host for North America’s largest meeting of dental hy- giene professionals at the 2016 ADHA Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the 93rd Annual Session (AS). Some 2,000-plus attendees are ex- pected during the course of the week- long event, which takes place June 8–14, at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s pro- gram again features a diverse offering of continuing education programs within six different C.E. tracks. Attendees can choose from 30 C.E. pro- grams and elect to follow a specific track, or diversify their selections based on interest and educational requirements. In addition, for the first time ever, the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health is host- ing the inaugural In Motion: 5K Run/ Walk/Fun. This event, which will take place on Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m. along Pittsburgh’s riverfront, will enable at- tendees to participate in a unique event that raises funds for the foundation com- mitment to empowering, supporting and developing education and research opportunities for dental hygiene profes- sionals. “ADHA’s CLL at the 93rd Annual Ses- sion is a one-of-a-kind, all- encompassing event for dental hygiene professionals and students,” said ADHA President Jill Rethman, RDH, BA. “Each year, this signa- ture event offers outstanding opportuni- ties that include excellent educational content, fun networking events and a rewarding community outreach project. With the introduction of the In Motion: 5K Run-Walk-Fun, we’re engaging dental hygienists to participate in an exciting event that supports overall health and wellness. In addition, this event pro- motes opportunities for dental hygiene research and education by benefiting the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health.” This year’s CLL again features a com- munity service day on June 8; a pair of inspiring plenary sessions slated for June 9 and 11; as well as a product exhibition hall showcasing more than 125 compa- nies involved in oral health and dental hygiene — affording dental hygienists from around the globe the opportunity to view, learn and discover the latest products and technologies over two full days from June 10–11. “CLL is an event that offers a unique oppor- tunity in the oral health and dental hygiene commu- nity,” added ADHA CEO Ann Battrell, MSDH. “All of our attendees benefit from not just the education, but the experience, the networking, the engagement. They have the opportunity to interact with their peers, corporate sponsors and mentors in the field to build their knowledge in oral health and create new career opportunities.” To learn more about the ADHA’s CLL at the 93rd Annual Session, you can visit The American Dental Hygienists’ As- sociation (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the profes- sional interests of more than 185,000 dental hygienists across the country. ADHA to host nation’s largest gathering of dental hygienists Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clini- cal and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health. For more information about the ADHA, dental hygiene or the link between oral health and general health, visit the ADHA at Founded in 1957, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health is the philanthropic foundation to advance professional ex- cellence in dental hygiene education and research. Working for the dental hygiene community, the institute provides op- portunities for academic achievement through scholarships and fellowships, resources to advance the professional field through research grants and sup- port for dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through community ser- vice grants. For more information, visit (Source: ADHA) March 2016 — Vol. 9, No. 2 Agenda to include education, engagement, events, exhibits, community service and an inaugural 5K race for the ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health Some 2,000-plus attendees are expected during the week-long Center for Lifelong Learning at the 93rd Annual Session, which is scheduled to run from June 8–14 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The program will feature a diverse offering of continuing education programs within six different C.E. tracks. Photo/Provided by VisitPittsburgh The American Dental Hygienists’ As- sociation and the Canadian Dental Hy- gienists Association sent separate letters to ABC Studios and “The Bachelor”in re- sponse to a social media posting by the show that depicted the dental hygiene profession in a questionable context. An illustration in the posting was meant to humorously depict some of the “silly, nonexistent” jobs that contestants on the show have listed in their bios, in- cluding jobs such as “professional snug- gler” and “hashtag enthusiast.” Oddly in- cluded among the obviously nonexistant jobs was “dental hygienist.” In response to the associations’ letters and hundreds of comments on the so- cial media site, ABC quickly removed the “dental hygienist” reference. ADHA President Jill Rethman, RDH, and ADHA CEO Ann Battrell, MSDH, co- signed a letter to ABC Entertainment President Ben Sherwood. CDHA Presi- dent Donna Scott, RDH, and CDHA CEO ABC Studios scolded over hygienist references Ondina Love, CAE, co-signed a separate letter. The leaders from each organiza- tion strongly defended the profession, noting the extensive education and test- ing requirements for licensing — as well as the value of the services that licensees provide. Excerpts from the ADHA letter: “On behalf of the over 185,000 registered dental hygienists across the country, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association is outraged that ABC and The Bachelor would take aim at the dental hygiene pro- fession on its social media platforms. Den- tal hygienists are formally educated and licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dental hygienists graduate from one of the nation’s 335 accredited dental hygiene education programs, and successfully complete both a national written examination and a state or region- al clinical examination. The average entry- level dental hygiene education program is 84 credits, or about three academic years, in duration. Presently, in 49 states and the District of Columbia, dental hygienists are required to undertake continuing educa- tion as a part of the licensure renewal pro- cess to maintain and demonstrate contin- ued professional competence.” Both organizations stressed how mem- bers of the profession play a critical role in overall health care. From the CDHA letter: “As members of the sixth largest regis- tered health profession in Canada, den- tal hygienists play a vital role in helping to ensure optimal oral and overall health for Canadians. Poor oral health can cause pain, diminish quality of life, and contrib- ute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease. Dental hygienists focus on a wellness approach, using health pro- motion and disease prevention strategies to improve the lives of people of all ages and circumstances.” (Sources: ADHA and CDHA)

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