Hygiene Highlights
January 2016 Newsletter
Lobby Day Coming Up!

*The 2016 South Dakota Legislative Sessions begins January 12.  The SDDHA has hired Paul Bachand as their lobbyist.  The annual Lobby Day breakfast will be held February 8, 2016.  All members and students are welcome to join their Executive board at the capital that day.

*Attention should be given to the 2016 legislative bill shared between the SD Dental Association and SDDHA regarding collaborative supervision.  The proposed change would add an additional service between a dentist and a dental hygienist in a current agreement. The option would allow the hygienist to gather information using a limited clinical inspection and to use that information as an oral health review for the dentist to review.  This would be added as an additional way to provide a service in addition to the 13 month rules stating a patient must be seen by a dentist before any preventive services can be delivered. 

* 2016 offers many changes in the State for Dental Hygiene!  Please be active and support your professional organization which is your voice for your profession!
We would like to thank Audrey Ticknor for her dedication and continued support for the Dental Hygiene profession. She has served diligently on the SD Board of Dentistry and has now completed her term of service.

The next South Dakota Dental Bo
ard meeting is January 15, 2016 and is open to the public.  This will be an opportunity to meet and greet our next Dental Hygiene representative.  

SDDHA Annual Session
The SDDHA's Annual Session is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13, 2016 in Rapid City. Mr. Chuck Underwood will present the keynote address as well as two great classes on generation gaps and how they affect our profession on May 12. These classes are sponsored by the SD Board of Dentistry and will be presented to the SDDHA and the SDDA groups together. Dr. Joshua Nehring and Caren Barnes, RDH, MS will speak May 13 with classes ranging from aspiration pneumonia to periodontal protocols. In total, there will be 20 credit hours available at SDDHA's Annual Session. We hope to see you there!


Component Updates

Central Component 
Keri Thompson, our Central Component Trustee would like to provide this link with great resources for oral health care providers in South Dakota.

Mitchell Component
Jeanette O'Grady, our Mitchell Trustee  will be hosting a January CE Event.

"Wellness From Within-Building a Healthier mouth From the Inside Out"
Speaker: Lisa Peterson
January 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
Queen of Peace Room
Mitchell SD

Greetings from the President

This has been a great
year for dental hygiene!  We are working towards improving the Collaborative Agreement and increasing access to dental care through the changes in the SD Dental Practice Act.  If you have any input or ideas, please get involved! Lobby Day is coming up and we would appreciate your participation. The Annual Session is also in our sights as we are preparing a great program and chance for networking for you all.  Hope to see everyone there!

Cindy Dellman, RDH
SDDHA President

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