July 2014 President's Message
Making the Most of Summer

Dear Colleagues,

Where does the summer go?  As a kid I remember long endless summers. Now July 4th comes and goes and it feels like we are already on the downhill.

Maybe it’s just my upstate (Western) NY upbringing with a premonition of the winter to come that makes me feel this way:

Now back to reality! We still have a lot of summer ahead of us with summer activities in our personal (yard work, parties, vacations) and professional lives. Our new initiative with the Washington, DC-based  non-profit Children’s Dental Health Project is now in full swing.  DHASNY is happy to be part of the collaboration to raise public awareness of tobacco’s impact on teeth and oral health. As preventive oral health specialists and educators this is certainly something we have always known. The new national campaign, “TIPS from Former Smokers” has hit the TV airways this  month, Twitter, Facebook,  and web.  Check out the chairside reference “2 A’s & R (Ask, Advise, Refer)” among other valuable resources available for oral health professionals.

Another summer success, the Chairside Dental Fluoridation Training Program, is our collaboration with the NYS Dental Health Foundation and the Children’s Dental Health Project. The maiden voyage for the “5 free” CEUs in Rochester scheduled for Saturday, August 9 was closed out in one day! This program was in response to the presentation of the Community-Based Dental Fluoridation Training in the spring as a request to address chairside fluoridation concerns.  Look for this opportunity to come to your area.

CONGRATS to all our new grads receiving licenses.  Be sure to transition to full membership as soon as you receive your license number.  We are only strong if we stand together as “one.” Besides, I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on all this “good stuff” in our profession!

Work on the 2014 Empire Conference and AS is in its final stages of organization and registration is now open - see article at right.  All is coming together for awesome current CEUs, Marketplace, and fun activities. On-line PayPal registration is available, as well as by regular mail.  Please check out the DHASNY Awards guidelines at and nominate deserving colleagues. Award recipients will be honored at the President’s Dinner at the Empire Conference.  See you the November 7-9th in ROC! Now go out and enjoy the summer!

Yours in oral heath,

In the Community: At Camp Starfish

Cailin Brigman of the MidHudson component educated children attending Camp Starfish of the Kingston and Ulster County YMCA on oral healthcare earlier this month.  “It was such a fun experience,” Cailin told us. “I read the kids a book about going to the dentist, did OHI, talked about nutrition, and answered all of their questions,” she added. The program was part of the camp’s activities to promote healthy living. DHASNY received the opportunity  as a result of our conversations at  the Healthy Kids Advocacy Day held at state legislative offices in Albany.

DHASNY Teams With CDHP on Tobacco Awareness

DHASNY is partnering with the Washington DC-based nonprofit Children's Dental Health Project in working with the Centers for Disease Control to raise awareness of tobacco's impact on oral health. A new web portal of resources for dental professionals is "live" on CDC's site. We will share additional resources through this collaboration.


Survey Opportunity

I am a Health Education Doctoral of Education candidate, at Teachers College, Columbia University and a research coordinator at the College Dental Medicine, Columbia University. My dissertation research focuses on the oral health needs of adolescent patients living with HIV (ALWH).
I would like to invite you to take a brief survey containing items about your views on providing cultural competent care, HIV knowledge and the best-trained provider to care for this group of adolescents.
Your participation is completely voluntary and no personal identifying information will be asked or recorded. All responses will be reported in aggregate utilizing Qualtrics online survey support service. As a token of my appreciation for your participation, I am prepared to send each participant a $5.00 coffee gift card.
Although your participation in this study is voluntary, your thoughts would facilitate a well-rounded assessment of oral health providers.  Information gathered from dental providers at multiple stages of professional development, as well as scopes of practices, could support the development of a better-informed education module for dental professionals.
By selecting the link provided, you will be giving your consent to participate in this voluntary survey:
I thank you for your thoughts and time. Please send a note to letting me know the best address to send the gift card.
Noreen Myers-Wright MA, RDH, CHES


Register Now:
Empire Conference

Nov. 7-9, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Rochester. Gain multiple CE hours, networking, product and service exhibits, and more. Register and plan hotel reservations now.

CE programs will include:

1 - Beyond the Traditional: RDH Roles and Settings in an Evolving Healthcare Environment
2 - Balanced Oral Health Environment: Assessing, Restoring and Maintaining Dental Health
3 - Tobacco Dependence Treatment: What's New for RDHs?
4 - Stealth Safety: Infection Prevention
5 - Engaging Dental Hygienists in Practice-Based Research
6 - Current Issues in Oral Health and Dental Hygiene Practice
7 - Innovative Approaches to Improve Children's Oral Health Outcomes
8 - Dental Treatment and Management of the Medically Complex Patient, Including Oral Lesions

Watch for updates at Meet you in Rochester.

Award Nominations Due Sept. 1
September 1 is the deadline for nominations for DHASNY’s Excellence in Dental Hygiene awards.  Tell us about a colleague who has made a difference in mentoring, community service and more.  Check out guidelines and nomination forms.
Quote It 
The U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s report, announced on July 24  with its fiscal year 2015 funding bill, states:

"The Committee recognizes that dental caries remain[s] the most prevalent chronic disease in both children and adults, resulting in a significant economic and health burden to the American people. Although caries has significantly decreased for most Americans over the past 4 decades, disparities remain among some population groups and this downward trend has recently reversed for young children." 
Education Network
Karen Palleschi, Vice President of Professional Education, represented DHASNY as liaison at the first annual State Education Network (SEN) Meeting at the ADHA Annual Session in June.  The purpose of the Network is to enhance communication between ADHA, constituent organizations and the dental hygiene education community on issues related to dental hygiene education.

The Network is planning a semi-annual newsletter for the educator community on various educationally relevant items, such as updates on CODA;  ADHA educational advocacy; national trends in dental hygiene education; education methods; new dental hygiene workforce models; curriculum changes; and program sharing of ideas.

Reports, Resources
Children’s Dental Health
– The Ann E. Casey Foundation includes in its data on child and family well-being, a state-by-state picture of children’s dental health in its new Kids Count report. See data on New York’s children regarding preventive dental care, condition of teeth, and fluoride access.

Evolution of Bacteria - A new study, Oligotyping Analysis of the Human Oral Microbiome, increases understanding of the diversity of the bacteria in the mouth. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

More Evolution - A study of Streptococcus mutans DNA extracted from human teeth dating back to the Bronze Age finds that the bacteria has been mutating randomly over the years, becoming more diverse as the human population grows.

Diabetes Resource - The National Diabetes Education Program provides an updated resource to aid in coordinating health care across professions for those at risk for diabetes: Working Together to Manage Diabetes, A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD).


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