Road to the 94th Annual Conference
Have you registered for ADHA’s 94th Annual Conference? Don’t miss out on everything the conference has to offer, including the exciting speaker lineup! JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, PhD, who has been active in dental hygiene for more than 35 years, will present “Oral Cancer Clinical Guidelines” on Thursday, June 15 from 1:00pm-2:00pm.
JoAnn is the former president of ADHA and immediate past-president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDA). This week, she took the time to meet with us to talk about the oral health profession and her CE session.
Q: What are your thoughts on the oral health profession and what advice would you give to dental hygienists?
A: Dental hygiene is rapidly changing and affording opportunities for growth and independence throughout the country. Dental hygienists have opportunities to work and be recognized as health care providers – with that, comes the responsibility to function at a higher level using all the standards of the profession (assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation) and leveraging the various roles of the profession. We should strive to be the driving force that improves the oral health of the public.
Q: Why should dental hygienists attend ADHA's 2017 Annual Conference?
A: I try never to miss an ADHA Annual Conference because there is so much to learn, and the opportunities to network are abundant. I am always energized and excited by my colleagues. They inspire me to continue growing as a person and as a professional. The time I spend among them is priceless!
Q: What experience do you have in the oral health field?
A: I work as an educator, researcher, administrator, author, clinician and change agent.
Q: What will you be covering at the 2017 Annual Conference?
A: I have had the joy of representing the ADHA as a member of the ADA Expert Panel conducting a systematic review on oral cancer screening devices. I will review the research on these tools in relation to the oral cancer examination, what we know and what we need to continue to learn. We see new screening devices on the market, but do they make a difference? Our goal is to put the evidence in a context to help us provide the best care for our patients. My role will be to translate the latest science and make it meaningful for our practice.
ADHA’s 94th Annual Conference will be held June 14-19 at the Prime Osborn Center, Jacksonville, FL. For a complete agenda or to register, click here. We hope to see you there!