MDHA 2018-2019 Officers
President: Becky Domagalski
MDHA 2018-2019 Component
Unleashing Your Potential 2018
By Danielle Rauch, President Elect
In November I had the opportunity to further my leadership training by attending ADHA’s annual Unleashing Your Potential. Yeah year Hygienists across the country apply for an opportunity to participate with ADHA’s team to help grow our leadership skills and learn more about our organization. The weekend was filled with full days of meetings and one day working with Second City Business. When it came to discussing how our states were measuring up, Michigan was the front runner across the board. It was beyond rewarding to know that our state is leading the way in growth and progress. Working with Second City Business we were given the opportunity to learn how to communicate with others who we may have no common interests with. The team helped us with our communication skills and encouraged us to think out side of the box when working with others.
This trip was by far an amazing experience and I am so thankful for ADHA choosing me for this opportunity. Coming back from this trip had my tanks fueled and ready to take on my new leadership role with MDHA!!
Update from LARA:
Just an update on renewing your dental hygiene license, LARA is moving to a new online licensing and regulatory database for health and occupational professions. The new system is called Michigan Professional Licensing User System or MIPLUS. For more information please check out the MDHA website under the news tab, or follow it at: https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_85566—,00.html
Update from MDHHS:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released at statement regarding mandated reporting for child abuse and neglect. For more information please check out the MDHA website under the news tab, or follow it at: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_7119_50648_44443—,00.html
Save the Date:
Oral Cancer Foundation 5K Run/Walk
August 5th, 2019 Seaholm High School, Birmingham MI
MDHA House of Delegates
October 18th-20th, 2019
Michigan Association of Dental Hygiene Education Conference
Friday November 1st, 2019
Looking for Seminar Opportunities? Please visit www.mdhatoday.org
Council Chair: Jan Miller and Vickie Yahn
Please consider a donation to the PAC. There is a link available at mdhatoday.org for donations. We support those legislators who share our concerns for increased access to care and advancing the profession of dental hygiene. Thank you
Council Chair: Iwonka Eagle
Educational Council Report
The Educational Council has been very busy obtaining speakers for the 2019 Annual House of Delegates CE session. We have been looking for sessions that will educate Michigan Dental Hygienists about their own health and well-being as well as educate them about progressive preventive procedures. Tentative speakers for October 2019 are Mike Stack, Exercise Physiologist and Dr. Margherita Fontana. We are looking into lots of exciting topics for the 2020 session as well, and are now discussing sponsorship for a phenomenal and engaging speaker we think everyone will enjoy! As always, all ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Public Health Council
Council Chair: Elizabeth Pitts
Council Chair: Beth Chislea
Council Chair: Stacey Pre
Council Chair: Samantha Mishler
Councils are always looking for new members!!
We have had a successful spring. Your officers have been busy with Spirit of Michigan (a joint meeting with the MDA, MDHA and MDAA), legislative luncheon, Mission of Mercy, District V meeting and the ADHA Annual House of Delegates.
I would like to thank all of those who participated in the Spirit of Michigan, either by attendance or volunteering. Your contribution makes a difference to the Association as well as your profession. We are already gearing up for next year, which is to be held in Lansing. Please inform MDHA officers if you have any suggestions for speakers or are interested in volunteering. Your input is always appreciated.
The MDHA Legislative luncheon was held in the House Office Building on May 7, 2014. It allows dental hygienists a one on one opportunity to speak to their elected officials in a non-threatening atmosphere. This year prior to the luncheon our lobbyist Sarah Hubbard presented a CE. It was informative and enjoyed by many. We had several students in attendance as well. I believe participating is a valuable experience. We are planning to continue the tradition. Mark your calendars for next year May, 13,2015.
A huge thank you to those who volunteered for the Mission of Mercy held on the campus of Ferris State University. The event was a success and was appreciated by the many people that were served. It is one small part of solving the access to care issue here in Michigan.
The District V meeting was held in Ft Wayne, IN on the same weekend as the Mission of Mercy. MDHA delegates met with the delegations from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky to discuss the proposed by-laws (Pby’s) and policies (Pr’s) to the ADHA HOD. District V is a voice to be heard on the national level. We Rock!
Lastly, the ADHA House of Delegates was held in Las Vegas. The first few days are filled with CE courses and opportunities for officers to meet with ADHA staff. We all participated in some capacity. We are proud of Melissa Rosochacki who served as a panelist at the Diversity workshop. She out shined the other panelist with her confidence and well thought out answers. On the house floor the Pby I was excited about, was to change the title of the voting members of the organization from Active to Professional. The data shows that potential members are resistant to join because they believe Active member means that you must do something more than pay your dues. Other policy changes were made that rewrote current policies written in the negative to a positive format, which we had done in Michigan a few years ago. The most significant change for ADHA took place this last year when the organization developed a new strategic plan.
The plan to accomplish these goals is through Education, Alliances, and Advocacy. Newly installed ADHA President Kelli Swanson Jaecks is the perfect person to lead us through this transition. Our organization is a Tripartite organization, National, State and Local. There is power in numbers. Together we are stronger. If you are considering membership, this is your time, this is our time, and together we can make a difference. Help us Frame the Future of our profession.
Cheryl Bentley, RDH
The Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association ‘s 18th annual Legislative Luncheon is Wednesday, May 7, 2014, be sure to attend. This is your opportunity to speak with your legislators and have our voices heard. If you are planning on attending please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org and contact your legislators to let them know you will be attending. They are more inclined to attend if they know a constituent will be there.
Also the MDHA delegates attending the ADHA annual meeting will be meeting with the other members of District V in Fort Wayne, IN on May 30-31. We will be discussing the proposed resolutions and planning our responses. If you have any concerns regarding our association this is the time to contact one of your delegates so they can present your concern to ADHA. Michigan is a respected voice at ADHA along with district V.
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