Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygiene Seminar – MAY 2021


**This course meets the four hour requirement to become a Public Health Dental Hygienist in the State of Massachusetts.**


Details:

COURSE TITLE: Massachusetts Public Health Hygiene Seminar

COURSE DATE: Sunday May 23, 2021 8am-12pm

COST: $100 ADHA members | $185 non-members

CEU: 4.0 Credit Hours

REGISTRATION OPENS: 04/01/2021: Click Here to Register with CEZOOM!


Speaker:

Melissa Leite CDA, RDH, BS
Melissa Leite graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Bristol Community College with an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vermont Technical College. She serves as a member on the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association public health council and is a Mentor Liaison for Bristol Community College.

In 2013, Melissa started as an adjunct clinical faculty at Cape Cod Community College where she teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene I and II, and Dental Materials laboratory. She also has over 12 years of clinical experience. In addition, she has 10 years of public health experience, including co-owning her own public health dental hygiene business. She is dedicated, passionate and excited to present the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygiene course to you!


Objectives:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that can occur in a public health setting.
  • Discuss how to manage medical emergencies.
  • Discuss the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygienist.
  • Understand risk management including liability insurance, data security, written informed consent, record keeping and HIPAA.
  • Discuss CDC and OSHA guidelines including PPE, exposure prevention, post-exposure management, and sterilization.
  • Discuss the interim infection prevention and control guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.


CLICK HERE to Register for this Live-Streamed Webinar. Registration opens 04/01/2021

Infection Control for the Dental Professional


LIVE Webinar on mandatory requirements and compliance in hand hygiene, waterline asepsis, sterilization & disinfection, PPE and standard precautions.


Details:

COURSE TITLE: Infection Control for the Dental Professional 

COST: ADHA members: $20 | Non-members: $35

CEU: 2.0 Credit Hours

REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register Today with CEZOOM!


Course Description:

This Course is a Live Webinar and will be live-streamed.

Dental healthcare providers (DHCP) have a professional responsibility to implement proper infection control practices. Federal and state standards and guidance protect clinicians and patients against the transmission of potentially infectious agents. This course will provide a comprehensive review of clinical compliance as it relates to the regulations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and governed by state professional licensing boards. The speaker will detail the mandatory requirements dental offices must perform in order to be fully compliant, including hand hygiene, waterline asepsis, sterilization and disinfection, and standard precautions.

While risk has also been an inherent component in the practice of dentistry, the prevalence of COVID-19 infection throughout the world has heightened our awareness of specific infection control measures, such as respiratory hygiene, environmental infection control, and personal protective equipment. This course will acknowledge and discuss the additional challenges associated with treating patients during a public health pandemic.


Objectives:

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List and define important terms in infection control. 
  • Understand the CDC’s Guidelines for Infection Control in the Dental Setting and its implementation in clinical practice.  
  • List standard precaution measures mandated by state and federal guidelines.
  • Explain the responsibility of dental healthcare professionals to adhere to scientifically accepted principles and practices of infection control. 
  • Define the chain of infection and present strategies for prevention and control of pathogens.  
  • Demonstrate the proper use of infection control principles and practices for cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization in dental healthcare settings. 
  • Identify the principles and practices designed to identify, manage, and prevent infectious and communicable diseases, including bloodborne pathogens, in dental healthcare workers.  
  • List and describe appropriate PPE for DHCP. 
  • Describe correct hand hygiene procedures. 
  • Assess options for optimal environmental asepsis. 
  • Determine strategies to treat and maintain dental unit waterlines. 
  • Identify the correct sterilization techniques for non-, semi- and critical instruments, devices, and surfaces. 
  • Understand additional considerations for treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speakers:

Erin A. Kierce, RDH, BA, MS, MPH 

Erin Kierce is the Chief Compliance Officer for New England Family Dentistry in Marlborough, Massachusetts and Adjunct Faculty of Graduate Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts. After twelve years of practicing dental hygiene, Erin has devoted her career to clinical compliance, safety, and risk management. She has developed, implemented, and maintained compliance and safety systems for multiple dental offices of varying specialties throughout New England, including establishing standards and policies pertaining to regulatory requirements. Erin has presented continuing education courses in the areas of pediatric oral health, chronic disease management, maternal oral and obstetrical health, clinical compliance, documentation and record-keeping, infection control and OSHA, and quality assurance. She is a member of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and Alpha Eta and Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Societies.

CLICK HERE to Register for this Live-Streamed Webinar.

MDHA Advocacy During COVID-19


MDHA’s Advocacy Day is going virtual!  


Details:

COURSE TITLE: MDHA Advocacy During COVID-19

COST: ADHA members: Free (except for small CEZoom fee) | Non-members: $10

CEU: 1.0 Credit Hours

REGISTRATION: Click Here to Register Today with CEZOOM!


Course Description:

This Course is a Live Webinar and will be live-streamed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all MDHA activities, including MDHA’s Advocacy Day at the State House.  Each year dental hygienists, dental hygiene students and oral health advocates convene at the State House for a briefing on MDHA’s pending legislative initiatives and remarks by key legislative sponsors of those initiatives followed by constituent office visits.  In lieu of an in-person advocacy day, MDHA is presenting a virtual legislative update and lobbying primer.Please join Charles Glick, MDHA’s Government Affairs Consultant and Katherine Pelullo, RDH, MEd, MDHA’s Legislative chair for a legislative update and “how to” lobby during a pandemic.  


Objectives:

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the Massachusetts legislative session
  • Describe MDHA bills that have been introduced for 2021-2022
  • Discuss lobbying activities during COVID-19.

Speakers:

Katherine Pelullo, RDH, MEd, MDHA’s Legislative Chair

Katherine Pelullo graduated from the Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in Boston, MA.  Following graduation, she commenced employment as a clinical hygienist in private practice where she continues to practice one day per week. At the same time, she continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a Master in Education degree from Fitchburg State College.

MDHA membership has always been a vital component of Katherine’s professional life. She has served as MDHA President, as a Delegate to ADHA’s Annual Session for many years, and on ADHA committees and councils. Currently, Katherine is MDHA’s Speaker of the House of Delegates, Council on Regulation and Practice chair and a Worcester Component Trustee.  She also represents MDHA on Health Care For All’s Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce, and its Steering Committee; and the Better Oral Health for Massachusetts Coalition, and its Access and Workforce Committee. Finally, she represents MDHA on the Mount Wachusett Community College Dental Education Programs Advisory Board.

Charles Glick, MDHA’s Government Affairs Consultant

Charles Glick brings twenty years of experience in lobbying, policy analysis, political and media campaigns, and coalition and relationship building. He has successfully negotiated and lobbied on some of the most complex and controversial issues facing Massachusetts. During his time at CGC, Charles has secured millions in state funding for various clients while also spearheading a number of successful legislative campaigns.

He has advocated for the Massachusetts Association of Dental Hygienists since 2006 and has secured the passage of legislation creating a public health dental hygienist and legislation increasing dental hygienist representation on the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID). During the pandemic, he has worked closely with MDHA to ensure that the Department of Public Health had adequate safety standards in place for hygienists when elective dental procedures resumed and that hygienists were not forced to report to unsafe work environments.Prior to forming CGC in 2001, Charles served as the founding Director of Government Affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) in Boston.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and an MA in Communal Service from Brandeis University www.charlesgroupconsulting.com.

CLICK HERE to Register for this Live-Streamed Webinar.

1/23/2021 – Governor Baker opens COVID-19 vaccination to dental professionals

Dear Colleagues,

The State House News Service reports that the Baker Administration is opening COVID-19 vaccination to ALL remaining Phase 1 groups in the state’s vaccine distribution plan, including dental professionals providing patient-facing care. Below is the listing of vaccination locations. All vaccination sites require appointments.  

Online map of locations providing vaccines to eligible individuals CLICK HERE!  

Schedule an appointment today. 

Best,

Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS

ADHA-MA President

1/19/2021 Letter to Constituents: Please Read & Submit MDS Form

Dear Colleagues,

We are here for you. We hear your questions and your concerns. Thank you for reaching out to us. I have heard from some of you throughout the state that you have been given an opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have an opportunity to get vaccinated, please avail yourself of it! There may be a restriction on location, etc. If a facility has extra doses of the vaccine and they are reaching out to dental professionals, take advantage!

Currently, MDS has sent out a form to dental offices to collect information for the DPH to get dental professionals and all team members vaccinated. If you did not know about this form, please click the link below to view the form, fill it out and submit. This form is not a registration for the vaccine. Each individual team member needs to submit this form by tomorrow, Jan. 20th before 5:00 pm.

FILL OUT THE MDS FORM HERE

In closing, I would like to thank those who have renewed their membership to our professional organization. We are a resource for you throughout your professional journey. There is still time to renew if you have not had the chance to do so, or if you are not a member yet. We welcome you. We are better together! 

As soon as more information is available about the vaccine, we will send it out to you. 

Stay well,
Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS
ADHA-MA President

Letter from MDHA President Virginia Heroux

Dear Colleagues,
I want you to know that we at MDHA are working closely with MDS and the DPH to get dental professionals vaccinated as soon as possible. Although the dental profession is listed as part of the governor’s plan for Phase I, we are slated to receive the vaccine after the first responders and the institutional settings. This means that we will all be receiving information very soon on where and how to get vaccinated.

I understand your frustration. Please be patient. We anticipate that MDHA and MDS, along with the DPH will send out information in the next week or two with a schedule for vaccination for early February. This vaccine roll out is a huge undertaking for the state and overall, we are thankful to have the vaccine readily available to us in less than a year since the pandemic began.

Please check our website in the next few weeks and we will send an email with details as soon as we receive any information. Thank you for your patience.

Stay well,
Virginia Heroux, RDH, MSADHA-MA President

JOIN US! Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygiene Seminar


**This course meets the four hour requirement to become a Public Health Dental Hygienist in the State of Massachusetts.**


Details:

COURSE TITLE: Massachusetts Public Health Hygiene Seminar

COST: $100 ADHA members | $185 non-members

CEU: 4.0 Credit Hours

REGISTRATION OPENS: 01/06/2021: Click Here to Register with CEZOOM!


Speaker:

Melissa Leite CDA, RDH, BS
Melissa Leite graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Bristol Community College with an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vermont Technical College. She serves as a member on the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association public health council and is a Mentor Liaison for Bristol Community College.

In 2013, Melissa started as an adjunct clinical faculty at Cape Cod Community College where she teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene I and II, and Dental Materials laboratory. She also has over 12 years of clinical experience. In addition, she has 10 years of public health experience, including co-owning her own public health dental hygiene business. She is dedicated, passionate and excited to present the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygiene course to you!


Objectives:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that can occur in a public health setting.
  • Discuss how to manage medical emergencies.
  • Discuss the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygienist.
  • Understand risk management including liability insurance, data security, written informed consent, record keeping and HIPAA.
  • Discuss CDC and OSHA guidelines including PPE, exposure prevention, post-exposure management, and sterilization.
  • Discuss the interim infection prevention and control guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLICK HERE to Register for this Live-Streamed Webinar. Registration opens 01/06/2021

See the LATEST COVID-19 Updates:

Below are the latest COVID-19 resources and links from MDHA, ADHA and more. We want to thank you all for your ongoing dedication to the dental hygiene profession and the delivery of safe and effective oral health care. We will get through this, because we are better together. If you have questions or concerns you can share them with MDHA at [email protected].

Stay healthy and be safe, everyone!

ADHA wants you to know that they are here to support you  – ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. Yet they are actively raising our collective professional concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of dental hygienists and their patients, while addressing critical oral health needs. 


Please use and share these resources:       

December 23, 2020

ADA Unveils COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet to Address Dentists’ Questions.

The ADA has created a new fact sheet for dentists with questions following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for the new COVID-19 vaccine. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.


August 13, 2020

ADHA Response to World Health Organization Recommendations.

In response to yesterday’s World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine non-essential oral health care” in certain situations due to COVID-19, we wish to highlight a couple of key points. The WHO indicates delay of non-essential procedures until there is “sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates…according to official recommendations at national, sub-national or local level.” This is consistent with current ADHA recommendations and aligned with CDC guidance, both which direct the dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) to stay informed and regularly consult with state or local health department for region-specific information and the monitoring of trends in local case counts to determine how and when to resume non-emergency dental care.

As outlined in the latest ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work, ADHA continues to support the recommendations from the CDC that “balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and DHCP. Consider if elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent outpatient visits should be postponed in certain circumstances.

Read on the ADHA website HERE.


August 4, 2020

UPDATED CDC GUIDANCE FOR DENTAL SETTINGS Read the latest CDC guidelines HERE.

These updates provide new recommendations for eye protection and aerosol-generating procedures. It replaces the CDC’s guidance issued June 17, 2020.

Key Points:

  • Recognize dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations.
  • Prioritize the most critical dental services and provide care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel and patients from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Proactively communicate to both personnel and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know the steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters your facility.

Read the August 4, 2020 CDC guidelines HERE.


June 17, 2020 The CDC recently updated Guidance for Dental Settings. Read HERE.


June 7, 2020 A letter from MDHA President Pamela LaCerte. Read the June 7, 2020 letter HERE.


June 6, 2020 Governor Baker announced the opening of Phase 2 starting on Monday, June 8, 2020 with restrictions. See link HERE.


June 3, 2020 In this CDC webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters also will discuss strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE). Watch the CDC Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response webinar HERE.


May 29, 2020 ADHA’s Task Force for Return to Work provides updated guidance for dental hygienists. View the ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work report HERE.


May 19, 2020 Read the latest CDC Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.


May 19, 2020 Watch the recent MDHA Webinar: Addressing COVID-19 Concerns for Massachusetts Dental Hygienists


May 18, 2020 On May 18th, Governor Charlie Baker laid out the state’s four-phased reopening plan of Massachusetts. Understand the list of in-person services that SHOULD and SHOULD NOT start in Phase 1


May 18, 2020 Read MDHA President Pamela LaCerte’s May 18 letter HERE


May 14, 2020 Share Your Voice – Hazard Pay and Increased Worker Safety


May 1, 2020 ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work


May 1, 2020 Updates from OSHA


April 30, 2020. A MESSAGE FROM MDHA PRESIDENT PAMELA LACERTE


CDC Reopening Guidelines (last updated April 28, 2020)


April 24, 2020 MDS Board Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Office Closures


Contact Governor Baker regarding Re-opening of Dental Practices


March 27, 2020 ADHA UPDATES  COVID-19       


April 3, 2020 STUDENTS WE HEAR YOU! A message from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH:


March 24, 2020 ADHA’s Congressional Advocacy Campaign message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


March 23, 2020 Governor Baker Issues Stay-At-Home Advisory


March 23, 2020 Massachusetts Essential Services List


March 20, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


March 19, 2020 MDHA at work for YOU. Click HERE for Telegram & Gazette Article.


March 17, 2020 Message from MDHA Immediate Past President Kate Soal RDH, MEd:


March 16, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


Click HERE for Department of UNEMPLOYMENT INFORMATION


Click HERE for up-to-date real time developments in Massachusetts


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY at MaResponds.org


ACTION ALERT regarding Dental Hygienist and Patient Safety re: COVID-19. Please click HERE for details. We need your assistance.


Stay social and up-to-date with posts on our MDHA Facebook page


STAY SAFE EVERYONE!

Take the Lead at the All-Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit, January 15-16, 2021


The ADHA has created an all-virtual event to support dental hygienists facing significant challenges and changes in their professional roles during uncertain times.


Empower and promote your personal and professional development with two packed leadership education days. You’ll find something valuable for your journey, no matter where you are in your career.

View the Leadership Summit Schedule for this can’t-miss event! Get energized with ideas to take your leadership goals and career to the next level with the opportunity to earn up to 6 CE credits.

Members pay just $95 for this leadership- and career-focused two-day event.

Non members can also attend for $145–a great value for two days of quality content and CE. (Join or renew your ADHA membership today for Leadership Summit registration savings among many other exclusive members-only benefits!)

The ADHA looks forward to getting you inspired with next steps in your dental hygiene career!

The Time to RENEW is NOW!

We’re stronger together! As an ADHA member, you have exclusive access to quality CE courses, CE Smart Tracker, COVID-19 resources, advocacy and more. This is your ADHA.

Membership in ADHA delivers:

  • Advocacy at the local, state and national levels. ADHA represents the interests of dental hygienists across the country, so the health and safety of you, your colleagues and patients is prioritized and protected. During the COVID-19 pandemic, membership support is working harder, and is more critical, than ever.
  • High-quality CE though live and on-demand courses, a content-rich annual conference, and more to keep you on the leading edge and in compliance with state licensing requirements.
  • Access to great insurance options including professional liability, disability, life, dental, vision, even pet insurance. As a member, you have the flexibility to choose the plans that best fit your needs.

Plus collective buying power, industry connections and an incredible community of 14,000+ dental hygiene professionals nationwide. Join us!

Need one less thing on your to-do list? Set up your membership dues easily with autopay in your ADHA membership account!

Check out how to make the most of your membership, and gain access to exclusive members-only benefits and features by watching the ADHA website tutorial video below.