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May 2014 President's Message
DH Actions in Bloom

Dear Dental Hygiene Colleagues,

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s day!  The flowers are blooming and so are initiatives at DHASNY.

On May 7th DHASNY participated in our first Healthy Kids Day in Albany.  Kudos to Upper Hudson President, Johanna Root who single-handedly made the day a wonderful success.   On a personal note, I am so thrilled to be asked to address the graduating students at Monroe Community College at their pinning ceremony along with the President of the Monroe County Dental Society.

Behind the scenes, we are preparing for the District 2 planning workshop in Allentown, PA, ADHA Annual Session in Las Vegas, our Collaborative Practice Toolkit, and our plans for our Empire Conference and Annual Session.  I’m also pleased to announce we are now able to offer on-line credit card payment with Pay Pal for registration for the Empire Conference!  See you in Rochester!

With the hazy, lazy days of summer soon to be upon us, June will be a crazy busy month!  I can’t wait to report on the first NYS Mission of Mercy in Troy and the ADHA Conference.  “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” will not apply here!   For those in the Westchester area, don't forget about the 5-CEU collaboration with Phillips/Sonicare on June 6th.

So “Like Us” on Facebook and follow the happenings.  You can find us from our website.  As always, comments and concerns are welcomed.  You are our professional organization and your support is greatly appreciated.   Thank you.
 
Yours in dental health,

 Michele

 

Member Spotlight
Motivating model moms
 
Moms in the Cortland area have gained information on oral health care for their children as a result of a project developed toward a bachelor’s degree. With graduation achieved, Tiffany Kerns of the Central New York component looked for a volunteer opportunity to use that program. 

"I hated to waste all the work by not implementing the class, so I contacted the YWCA and asked if they were interested,” she said.  The Y’s Model Moms was a great fit and had never had a speaker on oral health.
 
 Model Moms is a free parenting program that provides education and support to mothers of all ages on exercise, nutrition, food preparation, family budgeting, and good parenting techniques. Program attendees included mothers of children ranging from infants to teenagers. She began the course by conducting a survey so she could tailor the program to their needs and also created an Oral Health Care Matters brochure for their reference.
 
The three-session oral health series included how-to demonstrations and discussion of healthy oral hygiene habits for that age group, as well systemic connections, and considerations in pregnancy, and smoking. ”We discussed how they were doing at home implementing oral health care and how their children were responding to their new routines,” she said. 

The program also was an opportunity to correct misinformation and misimpressions. Some thought dentures were inevitable. The key message conveyed: that prevention would lead to positive experiences in the future.

 



 
Advocating
for Healthy Kids!


A stream of kids from elementary to high school-age, parents and caregivers, representatives of other organizations, and lawmakers visited us at the DHASNY booth at Healthy Kids Advocacy Day in Albany

Held at the legislative Office Building on May 7, the event was initiated by the Alliance of New York State YMCAs as an opportunity to educate about healthy practices for young people and promote public policies that promote child well-being.

Our ambassador for the day, Upper Hudson component President Johanna Root (pictured below), explained the work of DHASNY and the critical roles of dental hygienists in providing health care and as preventative specialists and educators. In addition to sharing tips with members of the public, connections made at the event have already resulted in follow-up calls.


The DHASNY exhibit was replete with colorful information, photo displays, samples, and, thanks to Hudson Valley Community College’s dental hygiene program, puppets with full sets of teeth. Thanks, Johanna.
 

New Reports
A report from the Children's Dental Health Project, Dental Sealants: Proven to Prevent Tooth Decay: A Look at Issues Impacting the Delivery of State and Local SchoolBased Sealant Programs, cites factors that influence and sustain sealant programs, focusing on 5 states, including NY.
 

 



Meet You in Rochester

Empire Conference
November 7-9, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Rochester

Watch for updates at DHASNY's web site.

 
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