Your Action is Needed Today

Hello Fellow Registered Dental Hygienists!
Please contact your senator today and ask them to support SB 541. YOUR personal touch will make a difference. A vote is expected next week to move this bill forward. Email and/or call TODAY. A sample letter is below.
Thank You!!


You can locate contact information for your senator by entering your address here
Dear Senator,
I’m a Registered Dental Hygienist in Michigan and I urge you to vote in favor of Senate Bill 541.
Major challenges in accessing and affording dental care persist despite efforts to address barriers to oral health services. Seniors, pregnant women, low-income children, and other special populations are most at-risk for poor oral health.
Even in areas of the state where many private practice dentists operate, many people cannot get access to dental care because they are uninsured or dentists do not accept public insurance.
I believe a Dental Therapist will provide better access to dental care and I urge you to support SB 541 to allow this to happen.
Your name and address

Melva Baxter Obituary

Melva Baxter Obituary
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of a beloved member of our MDHA family.  Longtime Historian and Photographer for the MDHA, Melva Baxter, passed away on Thursday April 27, 2017.  As a member of the MDHA for over sixty years, Melva served in several leadership capacities.  Her dedication to her profession earned her numerous awards over the years.  She was awarded Life Membership, the Frances Shook Award for lifetime achievement, and Dental Hygienist of the Year awards just to name a few.  We all were better to have known our dear friend Melva. 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM at the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823 with visitation at 11:00 AM.  A luncheon will follow at the Coral Gables Restaurant.  Please RSVP for the luncheon to Jane Reagan at The family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Michigan. The full obituary can be found at the following link,

Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Dear MDHA Member,

Your professional Association requests the honor of your presence and cordially invites you to attend the 21st Annual MDHA Legislative Luncheon.  It will be held Tuesday May 9th, 2017, 11:30am until 1:30pm at the House Office Building, Mackinac Room (corner of Ottawa and Capitol in Lansing, MI). 

Please join us for this MDHA tradition, expected and honored by legislators, who want to hear from you, their constituent.  It’s fun, free and lunch is included. Remember you are the expert!

A one hour continuing education program will be presented from 10:00-11:00am by, Sarah Hubbard from Acuitas, MDHA’s lobbying firm.  If you have not attended this resourceful program, we encourage you to plan on joining us. 


RSVP: By Friday April 28th

Athena Antonis 


Please include: 

House Representative: 

Senate Representative: 

Your full name and address (zip included): 

Find your legislators (below links) and then provide info:


Special thanks to our luncheon sponsor: Delta Dental