Letter from MDHA President Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS

Dear Colleagues,

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,

Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS

We reached our fundraising goal for 2020 to the IOH!

We’re happy to announce that District I (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island) raised $3510 for the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH).

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.


 Thank you for your generous contributions!


LIMITED TIME ONLY! MDHA Webinar Self Study Course: Record-Keeping in the Time of COVID-19: An Examination of Documentation, Quality Assurance and Risk Management.


CLICK HERE to watch ON DEMAND before September 21, 2020 and earn 2.0 CEUs

Cost: $10 ADHA Members, $20 Non-Members


Thank you to Chewsi for sponsoring this exciting webinar!


PLEASE NOTE: The below announcement is now an ON-DEMAND SELF-STUDY CE COURSE via CE ZOOM, available to you for a limited time. Availability of this course ends on September 21, 2020.

You will be required to take a multiple choice test at the end about the content of the webinar in order to receive your CEUs.

Watch our recent Q&A WEBINAR: Addressing COVID-19 Concerns for Massachusetts Dental Hygienists

CLICK HERE to watch on demand with CE Zoom self study and earn 2.0 CEUs


Overview:

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. 


Panelists:

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


Course Description:

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.


Course Objectives:

  • 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.


CLICK HERE to register and watch on demand with CE Zoom


Sponsored by Hu-Friedy

MDHA Answers to COVID-19 Questions

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.


MDHA Answers to COVID-19 Questions Document


For questions that concern employment issues, contact Michael Heiner from Law Office of Stark and Heiner, using this form here or by phone at 978-685-8777.

Please understand as more information is researched, some answers will change. We will update you on current standards as often as possible. 

THANK YOU ALL for the submitted questions!


CLICK HERE to register and watch on demand with CE Zoom and earn 2.0 CEUs

DONATE TODAY! Help Empower Dental Hygienists to Improve Public Health

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.


DONATE AND SHARE THE LINK – CLICK HERE


Please share the link on your social media pages as well as with others to raise money for IOH! Thank you in advance for your gift. We have until June 30th to donate. Donate now!

2020 Yankee Dental Congress Presidential Award for Hygienist of the Year – Denise Tétreault RDH, MA

Denise Tétreault is an Associate Professor at Regis College, the Program Director of the Dental Hygiene Department and a Registered Dental Hygienist. She holds a Local Anesthesia Permit L, and CPR certification and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists Association, Southeastern Massachusetts Dental Hygienists Association, the American Dental Education Association. She is also a Consultant Member for the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments.

Career highlights include being named Dental Hygienist of the Year (2006- Southeastern Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association) and speaking to a group of former students in continuing education classes on the topic of dental local anesthesia. She also regularly facilitates the state-mandated Local Anesthesia continuing education course for practicing dental hygienists who are seeking to acquire the Local Anesthesia permit.

More importantly, a career highlight is that she has been instrumental in transitioning students from the sudden and unexpected closing of the Mount Ida College Dental Hygiene Program in May 2018 to Regis College, as well as facilitating the successful transfer of CODA accreditation in collaboration with Dr. Karen Hallisey-Pesa.

Congratulations Denise!

LIFE SAVING HELP NEEDED

One of our own is in need of a kidney transplant. Gail Weisberg has contributed and volunteered for countless dental projects throughout her varied career. In 2014 she was awarded the Sunstar Distinguished Hygiene Award. She joined 106 nationally recognized winners, as well as being the Esther Wilkins Alumni Award recipient in 2013. These awards brought attention to her full time dental clinic in Honduras, dentures for veterans, and work with the elderly. She always thinks of others first, but now needs our help.

To lessen dialysis time and a better long term survival rate, she is searching for a live kidney donor. She is on the transplant list, but it would be a wait of 2-4 years and 80,000 people are waiting.

The first step is easy. Go on the website www.MGHLivingDonors.org to fill out a health questionnaire. Gail needs 20 people to fill out this survey. It is confidential and the Mass General donor team will pick the best 2 for Gail’s match. It takes 20 minutes and put Gail Weisberg as the recipient with 2-10-54 as a birth date. Potential donors ages 20-75 are welcome. 

Gail has met other hygienists and dentists that have been living donors to strangers. She is very encouraged by their sacrifice and acts of kindness.

Help Gail keep going forward with all her caring work and her giving back to those in need. Are you willing to be the ANGEL she needs?

If you would like to reach out to Gail, email her at [email protected], or call 401 368-2428. She is doing well and would love to hear from you!

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Gail as well. If you aren’t able to give a kidney you might want to show your support and show Gail you care.

MDHA’s “News Bites” MDHA President Pamela LaCerte visits Southeastern Component

President Pamela LaCerte and Dr. Grayzell

President LaCerte visited Southeastern Component for their 10th Annual Fall Meeting at McGovern’s On The Water in Fall River.

Speakers included Dr. David Cabeceira’s “Ortho and Direct Patient Aligners,” Tara L. Menard, RDH “What’s Next After Hygiene,” Dr. April LaVoie “Vaping: Defogging The Myths,” and Dr. Eva Grayzell “Beating the Odds: A Story NOT SILENCED by Stage IV Oral Cancer”.

Dr. Grayzell inspired the attendees with her personal story about her Stage IV Oral cancer.

Pictured left to right: President LaCerte, Dr. Grayzell