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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, 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 10, 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!

Thanks to everyone who took the time and made the effort to comment to the Iowa Dental Board in response to the Iowa Dental Association's petition. The link below contains all input thus far.

Input in response to the petition

Read IDHA's comments to the Iowa Dental Board here.

Member Spotlight

Michelle DoughtyName:  Carol Hooper
Residence:  I have lived in Indianola for 17 years.  I have worked for the same dentists for 22 years in Urbandale and recently started working here in town.  This is only the 2nd time in my working life that I have worked and lived in the same town. Quite a change!
Family: I have 3 married children, Jeremy, Amanda, and Megan, who have provided me with the greatest joys in my life. Grandkids!! (Not that I don't love my kids, but anyone will tell you, grandkids are a whole different kind of child.) Paige is almost 16, Katelynn 13, Jacob 7, and Lydia is 1. Between them and doing things with my church family and IDHA I manage to stay darn busy!
How I got interested in dental hygiene:  I was a dental assistant right out of high school. The second class to graduate from Area 11, better known as DMACC. I just went through the school catalogue and decided that dental assisting sounded interesting.  Little did I know, I would return to school at age 40 to become a hygienist and find the perfect profession for myself. I can honestly say I have never dreaded doing my job (maybe going to work, but not doing what I do).
My favorite dental hygiene instrument:  My favorite instrument would have to be my Piezo scaler. Love how I can use it for gross debridement and fine scaling without drowning my patient.
Changes to dental hygiene practice:  I think the ability for hygienist to give injections and the endless possibilities hygienists will have to practice in alternative settings. Exciting stuff for this "mature" hygienist.
Memorable dental hygiene moment.  This didn't happen to a patient but to myself.  I had a mild heart attack while at work.  Pretty embarrassing to be working on someone one minute and walking out of the room the next, know SOMETHING isn't right. It's the only time the office has had to call 911.  Better me than a patient, I guess.  BTW, the receptionist that made the 911 call is Michelle Doughty's sister, Kristin. We have worked and eaten lunch together for 22 years..

Upcoming Events

February 7, 2015
OSPC Implant Update
To be held by OSPC
See the Central Component section of our website for more info.

February 9, 2015
Perio Potpourri
presented by Michael Franzman, DDS, MS
6:45pm, 2 CEUs
See the Quad Cities Component section of our website for more info.

February 10, 2015
A Practical Guide to Improving Patients' Health Literacy in the Dental Office AND Culturally Responsive Dental Care
Speaker:Ā Michelle McQuistan DDS
2 CEUs
See the Iowa City Component section of our website for more info.

Feb 21, 2015
Oral Manifestations of STD's
presented by Ann Chambers, RDH, MS
3 CEs
8-9am Registration, 9am-12pm Class
See the Northwest Component section of our website for more info.

February 25, 2015
Lobby Day
contact Carol VanAernam for more info:


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