August 2020 – Lauriane Lebrun, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

The New Hampshire Dental Hygienists’ Association (NHDHA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization working to provide professional support and educational programs to dental hygienists in the state of NH.  NHDHA is a chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and works in collaboration with other organizations including the NH Oral Health Coalition, the NH Dental Society, and the NH Board of Dental Examiners.

In recent months, the NHDHA board has been working hard to ensure the safety of NH dental hygienists relative to the reopening of dental offices, and making sure that continuing education credits can be earned online during COVID-19.  The board’s advocacy has included involvement with the NH Re-Opening Task Force, as well as participation in the ADHA’s House of Delegates virtual conference in June.  The House of Delegates sets the policy and direction for the profession of dental hygiene, voting on issues of national and even global significance.  Additionally, Myra Nikitas, who assumed the position of NHDHA President at the beginning of what has turned out to be a challenging year, has written multiple encouraging and informational letters to keep NHDHA members up-to-date throughout the pandemic.

NHDHA held its first webinar, “Dental Infection Control & Your Practice: What Will Happen After COVID-19?” in late April for an unprecedented (virtual) crowd of approximately 700 hygienists.  While NHDHA hopes to get back to holding in-person CE courses eventually, the organization is continuing to provide webinar-based learning opportunities as a safe alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the NHDHA, please visit their website.

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