Welcome to the official website of the Missouri Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA)!
MDHA is a constituent of ADHA, which is the largest professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists.
Throughout this site you will meet your executive council, upcoming events, information/photos of past events, career opportunites, student section, and many more! With the support of our members, we can successfully carry out our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the profession.
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Anyone in the dental field will testify to the strong connection between the mouth and the heart. Helping people with their smile is a very moving experience. It does something to the heart of the patient and the heart of the provider. This principle is vividly displayed on a large scale every year at MOMOM.
Come experience it and Show Your Heart by volunteering for a shift or two at MOMOM 5 in Independence, MO on August 12-13. Online registration is now open. We need and appreciate our MOMOM volunteers – both the veterans and the newbies. Sign up now and bring a friend!
2016 LEGISLATIVE NEWS
Be sure to check out the Legislation page to see the 2016 Legislative Priorities!
2016 Legislative Session on a Roll
First of all, thank you to almost 250 dental hygienists and students who attended Lobby Day on Feb. 10th. MDHA made a splash at the Capitol! MDHA Legislative Council Chairperson, Diann Bomkamp, RDH, was interviewed by the Missouri Times reporter, Rachael Herndon. Here is a copy of the interview:
Mark your calendars now for next year’s Lobby Day on February 8, 2017. It is always held the first Wednesday of February.
MDHA has four priorities this year for the 2016 legislative session and so far most of our targeted issues are doing well.
See the MDHA website for a detailed summary: http://www.mdha.org/legislation.html
1. HB 2027, the Extended Access bill, sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, will be heard by the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee on Tuesday, March 1st at noon.
This is the bill that will allow experienced dental hygienists to partner with dentists through an Extended Access agreement and provided currently allowed services to patients at remote locations. It would be important to contact the House Professional Registration and Licensing Committee member to express your support for this bill. To find their names and email addresses, go to:
2. HB 1717, the Fluoride Withdrawal notification bill, also sponsored by Rep. Donna Lichtenegger, is on fast-track and has already passed the House and has been sent to the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee. This requires entities that wish to remove fluoride from a local water supply to inform the public first.
3. SB 621, a Telehealth bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Romine, passed the Senate and has been first read in the House. This bill is also on fast-track and the Speaker of the House told us that this bill is one of his priorities. This bill will allow dental hygienists to be included as providers utilizing teledentistry.
4. MDHA is trying to get permanent funding for adult dental services this year. Last year only one-time money from tax amnesty funds could be used for these services. So far it looks like the money is in the Governor’s budget and legislators are generally in agreement. In the past as much as $17.5 million has been used for emergency room dental visits.
Oral Health Champion Award that MDHA received from the Missouri Coalition for Oral Healthn(MCOH) for MDHA’s advocacy efforts in obtaining adult dental benefits for Medicaid patients. Lauren Martinez, RDH (left) and Diann Bomkamp, RDH (right) are board members for the MCOH.
ATTENTION RECENT GRADUATES AND DENTAL HYGIENE STUDENTS OF MISSOURI:
in order for us to better keep you in the loop of important information going on in MDHA, please email your contact information (name and permanent email address) to Linda Hoffmann at firstname.lastname@example.org
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