I want to thank each of you who attended our first virtual House of Delegates Meeting today, September 27th. Thank you, Barbara, Madame Speaker, Past Presidents, Officers, Council Chairs, Components, Delegates, Members, IT and Special Guests for your participation today.
I never could have imagined our House of Delegates would be meeting virtually and that we would not able to be physically together to hug and congratulate each other, or gather together for brunch as we assume our new positions for the upcoming 2020-21 year. I want to thank everyone for your continued dedication and support of the Mass Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Although we are in unprecedented times, we are better together, and stronger as one organization. We will continue to be a presence for our profession within our state and within our components serving clinical dental hygienists , public health dental hygienists, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, corporate and administrative specialists advocating for each role and adjusting our new paradigm shift and how we are working now.
Someone once said, “The difference between stumbling blocks and steppingstones is how you use them.” Throughout this year, we are emerging stronger, protecting ourselves and our patients, supporting each other and supporting our fellow dental team members throughout this pandemic. As your newly installed president, I will strive to lead and encourage a better tomorrow filled with hope and justice for dental hygienists, healthcare workers, and for the public we serve. I stand before you today affirming my pledge to bring MDHA forward, and perhaps in new directions that we had not imagined even as short as 6 or 7 months ago. Let us keep moving towards our goals, following our strategic plan and let us not be discouraged by uncharted waters or by rough seas. Let us look to the future and stay optimistic for our profession.
I am honored to be here today and consider myself blessed to be a part of a network of such dedicated, hardworking, community service-oriented individuals as yourselves. Thank you for placing your hope and trust in me. I look forward to meeting you in person again and working with you to continue moving the Massachusetts American Dental Hygienists Association forward. Until we meet again, respectfully yours,
Donations will be used to empower dental hygienists to improve public health through community service grants; support dental hygienists to reach their full potential through research grants and will provide dental hygienists access to educational programs through scholarships.
Massachusetts Dental Hygienists: We’ve heard your voices and we are here to address your COVID-19 questions and concerns. Massachusetts has been one of the hardest hit states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As dental hygienists, getting back to work safely to serve our patients is our priority. Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association will be hosting this webinar as a platform to address your COVID-19 related concerns and questions. Attendees will be able to submit questions. The featured panelists will answer as many questions as possible.
Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA Mary Govoni brings over 40 years of experience in dentistry to the team. She is a Certified Dental Assistant, a Registered Dental Hygienist, and a certified OSHA outreach trainer, with experience in general and specialty practices both clinically and as an administrator. Mary is a former dental assisting educator and was a partner in a successful dental staffing service. For the past 20 years, Mary has focused on speaking and consulting with dental teams on OSHA compliance, ergonomics, chairside efficiency and team communication and development.
Attorney Michael J. Heiner- Law Office of Stark & Heiner Michael Heiner is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the legal fields of employment law, including unemployment benefits, discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. After obtaining his BA from Hesser College with an undergrad degree in psychology, he attended the Massachusetts School of Law where he graduated in 2012. Since then he has been with Law Office of Stark & Heiner continuing the firm’s mission of personalized attention. He is dedicated to client education in all matters relating to unemployment law.
Pamela LaCerte, RDH – President of MDHA
Katherine Pelullo, RDH – Legislative Chairperson of MDHA
Mary Govoni’s presentation is designed to assist teams in preparation for treating patients again and implementing best practices for improved safety. Discussion topics will include current CDC guidelines for screening patients, changes in scheduling patients, selection of appropriate PPE, disinfection protocols, product selection, and complying with all OSHA requirements and CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control.
Atty Heiner, through previously submitted questions and a live Q&A will discuss the legal, ethical and risk management considerations in returning to work and treating patients safely. He will also address employment questions. He will be joined by legislative chair, Kathy Pelullo who will review governing rules and regulations of our profession and President Pamela LeCerte who will touch upon MDHA/ADHA’s advocacy campaign during this pandemic.
Develop a pre-appointment screening questionnaire for patients
Implement hand washing protocols for patients
Identify appropriate PPE for patient care procedures
Evaluate the current level of OSHA and CDC compliance for the practices’ infection prevention and control protocols
Discuss the legal and ethical ramifications of treating patients without the use of proper PPE and/or administrative controls.
Examine governing bodies’/associations’ guidelines, recommendations and mandates. Who should we follow? How does it affect our malpractice insurance?
Review Massachusetts BORID rules and regulations specific to dental hygiene practice.
PLEASE NOTE: to earn the CEUs, you will not need the CE code (as mentioned in the video). You will be required take a multiple choice test at the end about the content of the webinar in order to receive your CEUs.
To see the ANSWERS to the questions asked during the live webinar, please visit HERE for an organized, detailed document.
On May 15, 2020, MDHA hosted a webinar as a platform to address COVID-19 related concerns from Massachusetts dental hygienists, and attendees were able to submit questions. Below you will find an organized document with ANSWERS to all your questions, along with accompanying images and detailed references.
The Covid-19 virus has impacted us all. The future has never felt so unpredictable. Our Step for a Smile Student Fundraiser Event has been put on hold. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you are in good spirits and health!
This year’s Annual Session Walking Challenge is now a virtual event and we are asking your support to reach our District I Goal of raising $3,500.00. Right now we are at 12% of our goal. Although these are uncertain times it is the ADHA’s promise to serve as the only national foundation for the important work of dental hygienists! All dollars raised will directly support scholarship, research and community service grant programs. In 2019, the District I Freedom Fighters from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were awarded scholarship and community service grants.
If each hygienist can donate $5, $10, or more, together we can reach or exceed our goal for District I.
Your donation will be used to empower dental hygienists to improve public health through community service grants; support dental hygienists to reach their full potential through research grants and will provide dental hygienists access to educational programs through scholarships.
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:
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.”
These updates provide new recommendations for eye protection and aerosol-generating procedures. It replaces the CDC’s guidance issued June 17, 2020.
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.