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2016 VDHA Fall House of Delegates
and Professional Development Workshop
September 15-18, 2016
The 2016 VDHA Fall House of Delegates and Professional Development Workshop Registration site is now open.  This link  http://www.cvent.com/d/0vqmvg  will take you to the Registration Summary Page.  Please review the Summary Page for important deadlines regarding Registration and Hotel Sleeping Room reservations.  This event is being held earlier than usual, and some components may not be meeting until very close to the deadline dates.

**Curet correction:  Thurs eve dinner and Sunday morning breakfast are not included with Board meetings. This is an additional cost. Information is correct on the registration website.

Update of Senate Bill 712 and Dental Hygienists Working Under Remote Supervision

As you know, the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and the Virginia Dental Association (VDA), worked together during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session to pass consensus legislation expanding the settings where dental hygienists may practice under remote supervision. This bill was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe and technically goes into effect on July 1.

However, the bill is currently working its way through the Board of Dentistry regulatory process. It will not practically be in effect until the fall after the Board of Dentistry has promulgated appropriate regulations. The VDHA is actively engaged in the regulatory process on behalf of dental hygienists and will keep you posted on these new regulations. Should you have questions please contact VDHA President Susan Reid-Carr, RDH, at president@vdha.net.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Signs SB712 into Law

March 26, 2016 (Richmond, VA) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed SB into law today expanding remote supervision for dental hygienists.

Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and Virginia Dental Association (VDA) worked together for several months to expand remote supervision of Registered Dental Hygienists to new settings (health clinics, schools, nursing homes, etc.) to serve more patients.

A three-year pilot study of remote supervision of dental hygienists employed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) began in 2009 and proved to be a highly successful model in prevention and improving access to care. SB 712 expands the Remote Supervision Public Health Model for the dental hygienist employed outside of VDH. Expanding the model allows more patients access to care by the oral health team, including opportunity for important referrals to the supervising dentist.

There is an exciting opportunity to connect your community to a pilot program, Total Tooth Truth, that is being introduced by ADHA. This pilot program provides the opportunity for dental professionals to pass along their oral health care knowledge to 3rd-5th grade classrooms in and around their communities.

The program kicks off in five cities this year, including Chicago, Richmond, Detroit, Philadelphia and San Antonio. Thousands of 3rd-5th grade teachers in each of these cities will be invited via email and social media promotion to sign up for a free classroom visit by a local dental professional such as yourself.  Classroom visits will be scheduled from early February through early June.

Please pass this along to anyone you feel appropriate.

Here are a few links to get you familiar with the program:

http://totaltoothtruth.com
http://www.totaltoothtruth.com/volunteer/

Script Link:
http://www.totaltoothtruth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Dental-Professional-Classroom-Visit-Script-0120.pdf

 

 

Winners of the Outstanding Member Award and Patricia A. Golliday Award of Dedication for the past 6 years are listed below.

Outstanding Member                                   Award of Dedication

2010-11   Pam Kitner                                        Sarah Hill

2011-12   Margaret Martin                               Julie Simms

2012-13   Patricia McDougall                           Bonnie Perry

2013-14   Meg Lemaster                                   Patricia McDougall

2014-15 Denise Claiborne                                Maureen “Moe” Thompson

For a complete list, please see the following word document:

VDHA Recipients

Update of Senate Bill 712 and Dental Hygienists Working Under Remote Supervision

As you know, the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA) and the Virginia Dental Association (VDA), worked together during the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session
to pass consensus legislation expanding the settings where dental hygienists may practice under remote supervision. This bill was signed into law by Governor McAuliffe and technically goes into effect on July 1.

However, the bill is currently working its way through the Board of Dentistry regulatory process. It will not practically be in effect until the fall after the Board of Dentistry has
appropriate regulations. The VDHA is actively engaged in the regulatory process on behalf of dental hygienists and will keep you posted on these new regulations. Should you have questions please contact VDHA President Susan Reid-Carr, RDH, at president@vdha.net. >>