President's Message Summer 2016

Happy summer,

It seems like just a short time ago that we were celebrating the new year but now July is already upon us. My term as president is winding down and we've arrived at my final president's message for this newsletter. The world around us appears to be in a state of chaos politically and socially as well as in the dental and healthcare arenas. Your Board of Trustees and I want to assure you that while change often leads to a state of chaos, as we move forward and leave the past behind, we promise to always lead with our members at the forefront. Your views, ideas and feedback are valued by the board. It is you who will guide us and add value to everything we do.

Your BOT will continue to focus our leadership efforts on sharing practical ways to better utilize our resources and platforms to make a difference – professionally and personally. I was able to supply testimony on our members' behalf during the Health Services Committee Hearing in April. That testimony in turn has resulted in the Board of Dental Examiners' revisiting the expanded restorative functions to allow for the placement of a class II restoration, along with the previously allowed class I and V. Ultimately this testimony brings us closer to the possibility of becoming certified in expanded restorative functions. I would encourage you to watch for administrative rule changes on the NDBODE website and voice your opinions and concerns during the public comment period.

Together we have achieved so much over this past year. We have formed creative partnerships with supportive organizations such as the North Dakota Community Action Partnership. We successfully opened and shared our spring continuing education with other healthcare providers. Because of that connection and collaboration, Angie Stone was able to share her presentation with key nursing home individuals across a four state region; thus promoting the message that dental hygienists are, and should be, an essential component of the healthcare team. NDDHA will continue to support the transformation of our profession.

Judy Bernat
NDDHA President
District VII Trustee Corner...
Meet Matthew Crespin

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you all as the new ADHA District VII Trustee, especially those of you who I don’t know or haven't had the pleasure of meeting. I am very excited to serve in this new role during this exciting time for our profession. My name is Matt Crespin and I've been a registered dental hygienist in Wisconsin since 2002. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Marquette University in 2002 and received my Master in Public Health from A.T. Still University in 2010.

To improve the public's total health, the mission of the North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by increasing the awareness of and ensuring access to quality oral health care, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
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