President's Message
Giving Thanks

Dear Dental Hygiene Colleague:

November is the month we reflect on our blessings throughout the year.  I know we are all thankful for our health, health of our families, and for good friends.  This year, I am also thankful for DHASNY’s successful achievements.

Thanks to our many sponsors, vendors, speakers, volunteers and registrants we were able to break the “all-time” attendance record for the Empire Conference in Rochester!  In panel discussions, we reviewed our recent successes and celebrated the achievements of many deserving members and friends of our profession at the President’s Reception.  All in all a good time was had by all with lots of laughs and dancing as we celebrated what the future of dental hygiene may bring!

Most of all, I am thankful to all the dental hygienists who support our mission with professional membership and realize the benefit of networking as “one” to move our profession forward. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


2014 House in Action

The 2014 House of Delegates meeting, held earlier this month, was highlighted by resolutions on professional practice, association resources, and elections. Among measures:

- Resolution on "Right to Practice and Interact as a Profession” which notes dental hygiene practice provisions and calls for policymakers and healthcare providers to establish a plan with the goal of improved oral health status by way of prevention and basic dental hygiene therapeutic services.
- Resolution to establish a task force to explore the creation of a DHASNY Public Health Section, which, among initiatives, would develop educational resources and programs and advance public policy for oral healthcare.

- Elections of 2015 officers and our delegates to the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Policy Options for Reducing Early Childhood Tooth Decay: Lessons from a New York State Simulation Model, from the national Children’s Dental Health Project, shows the positive impact of a risk-based approach and complementary and cost-efficient strategies.



DHASNY Launches Child Dental Home
has initiated a public education campaign, “Does Your Child Have a Dental Home?” encouraging parents/caregivers to establish a dental care “home” for their children by age 1. The project, created by the DHASNY Early Childhood Task Force’s Lorraine Carhart and Wendy Nupp, includes distribution of posters and availability of resource information of oral-healthy procedures for young children.
2015 Conference
Set for Saratoga

Save the date and plan to be seen in Saratoga at DHASNY's 2015 Empire Conference November 6-8.
Call for Oral Health
 on White House Conference Agenda

DHASNY joined in Oral Health America’s call for oral health to be included in the healthy aging proceedings of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging agenda. The conference is held once each decade. READ MORE

Student Table Clinics

Congratulations to dental hygiene students for the terrific table clinic presentations at the Empire Conference. READ MORE

DHASNY was active at the annual meeting of the New York State Oral Health Coalition in Troy on “Oral Health Programs and Practices Making a Difference, in terms of both presenters and attendees.

Presentations included Coalition Co-Chair Mary Ellen Yankosky, our Director of Policy and Advocacy, on the new collaborative practice law; Noreen Myers-Wright, our Director at Large, on Project Stay’s oral health education and care in New York City (above at left talking with an attendee); and member Julie Ruggerio of Rochester on teledentistry expanding student experiences.
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