Our new website is live!! Thanks to the hard work of the website committee and the current webmaster, Sarah Borsdorf, we have a professional internet presence. Check out the rest of the "members only" section which lists employment opportunities. This is one of the benefits of your IDHA dues.
I hope you have all been enjoying the glorious fall weather and the spectacular foliage show. One of the activities I did this fall was to volunteer with Iowa Mission of Mercy. IMOM provides free dental care to people who lack access to care due to financial considerations. This year, the site was in Waterloo. The clinic saw 1,102 patients and provided $760,279 worth of care. The site next year will be in Council Bluffs, so mark your calendars for September 11 & 12.
We are continuing to collect signatures of Iowa residents who agree that Iowa dental hygienists should be able to be reimbursed directly by Medicaid for services rendered to nursing home, homebound and other patients who have difficulty accessing dental preventive services. We hope to collect at least a thousand signatures by the time the legislative session begins in January. We need to show our legislators that the public believes in the services we can provide. Please consider printing off a copy of the legislative signature sheet and taking it to a component meeting, bridge club, bunco, book club or places where you could present the background for our bill and collect signatures.
Stay informed! Go the Iowa Dental Board website and read the agendas and the minutes of the meetings. If there is a topic that you want to know more about, contact our legislative chair, Carol Van Aernam, firstname.lastname@example.org and she will either find the answers or put you in touch with someone who can help you. I would encourage you to discuss the issues in your office and with your colleagues.
We have an exciting Annual Session planned for May 1& 2, 2105, at Prairie Meadows in Altoona. Betsy Reynolds is back by popular demand. Mark your calendars! Further information about registration will be posted at a later date. Our next Board of Trustees meeting is January 19, 9AM at DMACC in Ankeny. All members of IDHA are welcome to attend and encouraged to attend. We hope to see you in Ankeny in January.
You Should Know!
I-Smile Silver Pilot Project
Excerpt from Access Update, Iowa Department of Public Health News
On behalf of the Lifelong Smiles Coalition, the Iowa Department of Public Health will be administering a pilot I-SmileTM program targeted at reaching Iowa’s age 60+ population. The new program, dubbed the I-SmileTM Silver Pilot Project, will take an approach much like the already established I-Smile™. Interested in reading more? Check out the article here: OHDS-IDPH
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