It is hard to believe that I am writing my final message to you all as President of NDDHA. What a great year full of enlightenment and opportunities. My most recent events for our association have involved continuing to follow the Health Services Committee with their legislative study regarding the access issues to dental care within our state, attending the ND Board of Dental Examiners meeting on June 18th, and most excitingly ADHA's Center for Life Long Learning (CLL) and House of Delegates (HOD) in Las Vegas, NV June 18th-24th. What great opportunities they all are to network with great people, expand my knowledge base and learn to view things from another perspective. Linda Alton, our Immediate Past President and lead ADHA Delegate, will update you all on the ins and outs of CLL and HOD and Rachelle Gustafson, our President Elect and Legislative Chair, will update on the legislative information. I thought I should take this opportunity to update you on some of the changes you will continue to see within ADHA and NDDHA in the coming months.
It has been an extremely busy year for the staff and executive committee at ADHA headquarters in Chicago. They have been taking the initiative to start reaching out to different entities and finding new ways to help us, as hygienists, become better utilized to our full potential in our scope of practice. As I am sure many of you have heard, in September 2013, the Transforming Dental Hygiene Education Symposium was held and hosted by ADHA, the Institute for Oral Health and the Santa Fe Group. (http://www.adha.org/resources-docs/Dental_Hygiene_Symposium_Engages_Key_Stakeholders_to_Redefine_Health_Education.pdf) Discussions were held with over 100 oral health stakeholders to discuss what the future of Dental Hygiene looks like and what paths should be taken to ensure that the educational institutes continue to advance our education needs as the profession of dental hygiene grows to include different practice settings. It was a fabulous meeting with amazing outcomes, including some great new collaborations within the medical profession. This meeting prompted the ADHA Board of Trustees (BOT) to review the current strategic plan and encouraged them to update it to match the new vision created at the Symposium. It is an exciting and achievable plan, and I look forward to watching ADHA continue to expand and push our great profession forward.
Tammy Filipiak was elected by the delegates of District VII (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota) in May at the District meeting to serve as the District VII ADHA Trustee. She was installed at the ADHA annual session in Boston in June and will serve a two year term as Trustee. Tammy has been a member of ADHA since she was a student (over 25 years) and has served many positions at the local, state and national level, including President of WDHA in 2001-02 and most recently as the Chair of the ADHA Council on Policy and Bylaws. Tammy's educational background includes an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Northcentral Technical College in WI, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Quality.