North Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association
President's Message Spring 2015

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one most responsive to change.”

What a great quote to think about as we look toward the future of the dental hygiene profession. This is an exciting time for hygienists in ND and throughout the nation. Our profession of dental hygiene is on the move and in a state of transformation working towards new goals.

In my last message I left you with these questions … Where do we go from here? What are the goals and ambitions for the hygienists in ND? Let me assure you, the North Dakota Dental Hygienists’ Association will continue to protect the integrity of our profession, our scope of practice, and work to address the need to increase access to dental care in North Dakota.

This past January, the NDDHA was invited to work collaboratively with a dedicated group of stakeholders to draft a legislative bill that would create an Advanced Practice Dental Hygienist in ND. This is a group of concerned citizens worked together to promote and increase access to oral health care in ND. We have worked to insure that the high standards of dental hygiene education remain; allowing the dental hygiene professional to continue to work at the top of their scope of practice. More information on SB2354 follows in the legislative update found on page 8 and 9.

In order to achieve these goals and future endeavors we must remember to support, empower and mentor one another and most importantly, stay active within your professional organization, the NDDHA.

Yes change is in the air…your voice, your membership, YOU MATTER! Let’s Lean In, Take Risk, and MOVE Forward! TOGETHER we can transform the profession of dental hygiene in North Dakota!

Rachelle Gustafson, NDDHA President

Rachelle Gustafson
NDDHA President

District VII Trustee Corner...

Tammy Filipiak RDH, MS installed as ADHA District VII Trustee

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.

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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