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From the President:

Dear Colleagues and Friends, 

I hope the New Year finds you well.  For many people the New Year prompts reflections of the past and hope for the future.  As your newly elected NHDHA President, I have many aspirations and dreams for our profession!  I feel together we can easily achieve many of the smaller goals in the year ahead.   I would love to see the profession of dental hygiene become more readily recognizable by the general public (which, of course, includes our legislators).  The simple act of displaying our license, ADHA membership, and diplomas proudly in our place of work can become a great conversation starter.  We need to build value for our profession.  The public does not yet appreciate what it took for us to get our license and our scope of practice. Distinguish yourself from other dental professionals, be proud of your training, your education (including continuing education), the rigorous exams, and boards certifications.

We continue to collaborate and forge stronger bonds with partnering organizations such as The NH Oral Health Coalition, NH Technical Institute, NH Dental Society, and many more!  Together, we will work towards a common goal of improving oral health and opening access to affordable dental care to the people of NH. 

Of course as President, I want to see membership grow.   I would like to see NHDHA grow through great training events and fun social outings.  I believe growth is a product of relationships.  If you're anything like me, you enjoy being in a room full of like-minded people, especially fellow hygienists.  With that in mind, check out the courses we are offering this year -- many of them are out of our normal realm and we know you're going to love them!  What could be more wonderful than yoga specifically designed for hygienists presented by hygienist Cathy Mook?!  Another evening CE that I want to recommend highly is Communicating Mindfully with Dan Huston.  I took his 12-week course at NHTI and it was life-changing! 

In the year ahead, it would be great to have more involvement with the public! Things as simple as bringing attention to national events like Children's Dental Health Month (February) or National Dental Hygiene Month (October) by sponoring or creating an event in your community and inviting the local media to attend.  As dental hygienists, many of us are health-minded and active, we can create teams to participate in a local Run/Walk.  Another idea is a toothbrush trade-in at the Boys & Girls Club.  These are just a few ideas, we would love to hear from you and how NHDHA can help facilitate!  

Dental hygiene is a vital profession in both the public and private sector.  We are an educated, talented, and passionate group.  Together we can make a difference!  I look forward to hearing from you!  Please share what you envision for the next year and how NHDHA can help you realize your goals.  

All the Best, 
Pam Delahanty, RDH, CPHDH
NHDHA President and Student Liason
Finally, a Gingivitis Code!
D4346 is now available for use!  Check out the On Demand Webinar:
for valuable information on how and when to use this new code!
Join Us for a Fun Run/Walk!

We have created a NH Dental Hygienists' Association Team for the 
2017 Rock 'n Race 5K to support the Payson Cancer Center! 
We hope you will join us for the amazing family event!  
The race is open to runners and walkers of all abilities.  
This event draws more than 6,000 participants, i t will be an excellent opportunity to show off NH's Dental Hygienists and get to know each other outside the classroom!  
All members and not-yet-members are welcome to join our team.  
The race is Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00pm in Downtown Concord, NH
Click the link below to register.  
Click "Join a Team" 
Choose Join as a New Participant or Log In as a Returning User
Search for NH Dental Hygienists' Association
Complete the Registration

We would like to create a team T-shirt for this event that will draw attention to our team.  We will be having a contest on our  NHDHA Facebook Page for a slogan for the front of the shirt, the back will have the NHDHA logo.  
T-shirts will be available for purchase for ALL members and not-yet-members even if you do not participate in the event.  
*Fundraising Goals are a personal choice for each participant.  All participants may determine if and how they will fundraise.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!  
Governmental Affairs Update: 
NHDHA continues to monitor Adult Medicaid expansion in the state budget and recently attended A NH Policy Summit: Exploring Pathways for Adult Oral Health with the NH Oral Health Coalition. Discussions centered around the importance of knowing and connecting with your state legislators by offering to be a resource as an oral health professional. We all can help by educating consumers about the oral-systemic link between periodontal disease and diabetes, heart disease and aspiration pneumonia. We are all advocates!
NHDHA is advocating for direct Medicaid reimbursement for hygienists and trying to get RX privileges for hygienists for fluoride and antimicrobial rinses. We are exploring ways to work with the Coalition on these types of items that need to be addressed by the legislature.
We are always looking for people to help out in our efforts to be at the table at the monthly Board of Dental Examiners meetings. If you are available on Monday afternoons and are interested in participating, please reach out to Susanne Kuehl at

Please be advised there have been some recent rule changes and updates from the Board of Dental Examiners.   Click Here to view them. 

With ongoing confusion about Independent Contractors vs. Employee Status, we hope to provide some clarification  Here.  Similarly, we want to provide clarification on payment for your time during a Working Interview  Here.

Continuing Education
They Shouldn't Die from Dirty Teeth & My Favorite Things... Dental Hygiene Style
Saturday, March 4, 2017 7:30am-4:30pm
Grappone Conference Center, Concord, NH

Health through Oral Wellness:
"A H.O.W. to"
Tues., 02/21/2017 5:30-8:00pm
Concord, NH

Medical Emergencies in the
Dental Office
Tues., 03/21/2017 5:30-8:00pm
Manchester, NH
Communicating Mindfully
Tues., 04/11/2017 5:30-8:00pm
Concord, NH
Yoga Tune-Up
Tues, 05/09/2017 5:30-8:00pm
Concord, NH
Upcoming Events
Our next NHDHA Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 8, 2017
NHTI in Concord - these meetings are open to all Members and Not-Yet-Members!  Please email for more information.
Online OSHA Training for the Entire Office
Compliance is Key - Keep Yourself and Your Office Current
The ADHA's core ideology is focused on leading the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health. The ADHA's vision is that dental hygienists are integrated into the health care delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care. The mission of ADHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. We work to:
  • Ensure access to quality oral health care
  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention
  • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research
  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists

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