The Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association!Our mission is to improve the public’s total health, to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increase the awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice, and research, and represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists.
YOU CAN ALSO STAY UP TO DATE ON ADHA'S WEBSITE: https://www.adha.org/covid19
VIEW IDHA LETTER TO GOVERNOR PRITZKER HERE: COVID_Letter_to_Governor.pdf
March 24, 2020 Update from Matt Crespin:
Wow. Wow. Wow. More than 49,000 messages have been sent to U.S. Congressional leaders from dental hygiene advocates in less than 24 hours! Amazing. Check out the latest video from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH with an update on the ADHA Congressional advocacy campaign. If you haven’t already, visit the Action Center now to urge legislators to include dental hygienists in the relief. And share with your colleagues! Let’s keep the pressure on. Action center: https://bit.ly/39a6yUt
March 20, 2020 Update from Matt Crespin:
This week has been tough. But we are proud of the way the dental hygiene community is speaking out to do what’s right to protect their health and the health of their patients and communities.
We hear you and we’re here for you. Because of all of you, we’ll get through this. In an effort to keep you informed in this rapidly changing environment, we have a new COVID-19 Special Update from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH. Additionally, breaking updates are continually being added to our resource center: https://www.adha.org/covid19
The COVID-19 crisis has brought uncertainty and hardship to many dental hygienists. For ADHA members on our quarterly payment plan, your payment scheduled for April 1 has been postponed to May 27.
While your membership has never been more important as we advocate at the highest levels for the health and safety of all dental hygienists, we want to offer some needed relief during this difficult time.
This is an opportunity for us to come together, and come out stronger, as a united community. Thank you for supporting ADHA. If you have questions about your membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please watch a short video presented by Matt Crespin, ADHA President:
The health and wellness of the entire dental hygiene community, and the patients we serve, is our priority at ADHA.
We are closely monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will share recommendations as they are released by the Division of Oral Health.
ADHA has issued interim COVID-19 policy, and our president Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH has recorded this video message with information on the latest activities.
Message from Illinois Dental Hygienists' Association:
The Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on our patients and dental hygienists. We applaud the leadership Governor Pritzker has taken to ensure the well-being of the public. IDHA will continue to advocate for the community and dental hygienists as this situation unfolds further. You can also contact Governor Pritzker to advocate on behalf of yourself and fellow dental hygienists: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx
IDHA agrees with the recommendation released by the American Dental Association that Elective/Non-Emergency procedures be postponed for the next three weeks.
IDHA will continue to update dental hygienists as new information becomes available to us and the general public. We are all in this together! As this situation has been changing rapidly, we hope that you are able to remain safe and healthy. Visit our Facebook page for updates.
In the meantime if you have questions concerning COVID-19, or issues related to his, contact:
ADHA – email@example.com
Illinois Department of Public Health: 1-800-889-3931 - http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus
Illinois Department of Employment Security - https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2Ww7Yj44QxGMBZGUMC6uV1tMsNBBXJLkhI1MLOZzKJvMm2__qgWvrQo4g
Here is the information about the required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training CE law from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR): https://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/DPR%20Sexual%20harassment%20prevention%20CE.pdf
I'm sure you've all seen it - but - never hurts to review.
Here's the link to the $15.00 CE course: https://www.netce.com/courseoverview.php?courseid=1812
Please do all you can to share this information. Don't pay $50 or $100 for this course. Let's make sure all the dental hygienists in Illinois are aware of their options regarding CE.
Thank you - Your IDHA team
We would like to invite you to join ADHA – the only association dedicated to protecting and promoting YOUR profession. In these times of change, you need something to count on, and ADHA is your advocate for professional advancement.
Membership includes many benefits. Components offer continuing education courses each year at deeply discounted or free rates to members. If you think about it, 12 CEUs make membership worth at least $240. You will also receive two member-only journals: Access and Journal of Dental Hygiene. Networking opportunities, insurance discounts, and advocacy for the dental hygiene profession are all part of your membership!