Oral Health in Michigan

Dental Therapy News Update:

Senate Passes SB 541

We’re very excited to share the news that Senate Bill 541, the legislation that would authorize dental therapists to practice in Michigan, was approved today by the Senate, 21-15.
Thank you for all of your efforts to reach out to Senators in support of this bill, and your engagement as we continue moving forward on this issue. Our coalition is strong in our commitment to increasing access to oral health care for ALL Michigan residents.

Please join us in thanking the Senators who voted yes on SB 541:
Sen. Darwin Booher
Sen. Jack Brandenburg
Sen. Ian Conyers
Sen. Judy Emmons
Sen. Mike Green
Sen. Curtis Hertel
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand
Sen. Morris Hood
Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood
Sen. David Knezek
Sen. Marty Knollenberg
Sen. Mike Kowall
Sen. Jim Marleau
Sen. Arlan Meekhof
Sen. Mike Nofs
Sen. Margaret O’Brien
Sen. Phil Pavlov
Sen. John Proos
Sen. Mike Shirkey
Sen. Rebekah Warren
Sen. Dale Zorn
Next Steps
Now we prepare for SB 541 to move forward in the House. The bill has been referred to the House Health Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Hank Vaupel. We will continue to share updates as we learn more about possible committee hearings.
It’s not too early to reach out to your Representative in the House. You can locate representatives for your area by entering your address here. Please continue sharing information about access to care challenges and why adding dental therapists to our clinics and practices in Michigan will help.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@midentalaccess.org for specific advocacy materials, or visit midentalaccess.org.

Any questions or concerns: please contact MDHA at president@mdhatoday.org or 517.381.8557. Sarah Hubbard at Acuita: shubbard@acuitasllc.com

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 janeellenreagan@gmail.com. The family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Michigan. The full obituary can be found at the following link, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lsj/obituary.aspx?n=melva-baxter&pid=185245543.