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ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Fall ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting, October 17-19, 2020 may have been held virtually — but we made some very real progress! Working together to make wise decisions for leading ADHA into the future requires an intense commitment to assess, affirm and carefully pivot when things change. And we’ve certainly experienced a lot of change in 2020. Following are some highlights from the three-day intensive.


Leadership Training

Mark Engle and the team from Association Management Center guided us through a full day of training on Saturday. Focused topics included competency based leadership and accountability as well as key issues related to the opportunities and threats presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We worked through scope of practice concerns, changes in the workforce, mental health, teledentistry and integration of health care delivery systems.

Strategic Planning + Governance

The trajectory of COVID-19 and its continued impact on dental hygiene require us to assess current realities and plan carefully with many unknowns that have yet to materialize. Using this filter to frame our planning, we examined ADHA’s key strategic initiatives and worked to define what should continue or be adjusted, and what should be added to our focused work on behalf of the profession.

  • Top priorities for ADHA include: support efforts for the dental hygiene community; a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion; advocacy, strengthening communications and improved website; development of CE Smart; the member engagement initiative; and maximizing opportunities for ADHA 2021 Annual Conference.
  • Task Force on Return to Work: JoAnn R. Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM, Chair of ADHA’s Task Force on Return to Work reviewed updated data and key elements of the Interim Guidance on Returning to work.
  • The resurgence of the virus, paired with COVID-19 fatigue by both the public and some practitioners may contribute to a devastating winter season ahead. The CDC continues to recommend Dental Healthcare Personnel should regularly consult their state or local health departments for current local information for requirements specific to their jurisdictions, including recognizing the degree of community transmission and impact, and their region-specific recommendations.

Business Matters

  • Research and Expansion: Plans are progressing with a pilot program to grow engagement with the dental hygiene community through a new CE-centered education subscription model. Consultants from Association Laboratory, Inc. presented results from ADHA’s Education and Pricing studies and a proposed test model that ADHA will bring to market in Spring 2021. We will be defining the parameters of the pilot and its marketing strategy over the next few months. Stay tuned for details.
  • ADHA’s first ever virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit will be held January 15-16, 2021 and sponsored by Sunstar Americas.
  • The November/December issue of Access magazine , an ADHA publication since 1986, will be its final issue. ADHA President Lisa Moravec awarded Jean Biazar with a presidential citation to honor her decades of service as managing editor of the magazine. ADHA has launched an initiative to develop an online digital content hub that will deliver timely articles, announcements and research to our community in a more convenient and flexible format.
  • House of Delegates 2021: Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates and the significant financial savings, ADHA will again host the 2021 House of Delegates meeting virtually. This meeting will be scheduled separately from the ADHA 2021 Annual Conference, and those dates will be announced in the near future.
  • JCNDE Appointments: In August ADHA was notified that the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations approved a change that increases the total number of ADHA appointees (Commissioners) to the JCNDE from one to two. One must be a dental hygiene educator and one must be a practicing dental hygienist. Former ADHA President Lynn Ramer, LDH, was appointed to serve as the new JCNDE Commissioner. Tami J. Grzesikowski, RDH, M.Ed was appointed to the ADHA Committee on National Boards. Wai-Sum Leung, RDH, BSDH, was reappointed to the ADHA Committee on National Boards, as the student representative.
  • Journal of Dental Hygiene Editor Emeritus: Rebecca Wilder, RDH, MS was given this recognition for her role as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Hygiene from 2006 until June 30, 2020. Under her leadership, JDH has truly become the premier, peer-reviewed scientific research publication for dental hygienists.
  • A new Volunteer Portal that houses comprehensive resources for state and local leaders is in the works! This redesigned and intuitive section of the member website will launch in early 2021.

"I am so proud of our collaborative work during our three-day virtual Fall Board of Trustees meeting. As an anticipatory organization we continue to evaluate the current environment and make wise, consequential decisions to keep the association and profession moving forward."
LISA MORAVEC RDH, MSDH, ADHA PRESIDENT