Message from MDHA President

Hello MDHA Members,

Allow me to begin by thanking all of you. I feel honored to serve the profession I love and to do so surrounded by such a passionate and dedicated team. I plan to show my gratitude to you all by working diligently to grow and guide our association. To echo my speech at the House of Delegates, as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, my primary focus this upcoming year will be increasing our membership through engagement and collaboration.

Your MDHA is already hard at work developing our four-year strategic plan that lays the framework needed to strengthen and maintain our association. We are also pushing forward with the task of building our councils so we have the support we need to achieve these goals. By the time you read this, we will, hopefully, have set council meeting dates for the year, and I encourage anyone with an interest in getting involved to attend a meeting. Your insight and talents can help bring new ideas and a breath of fresh air. Your commitment can be as much or as little as you decide, and it all begins by just sending an email and attending one meeting.

Legislatively, we drafted a support letter for the Protection of Youth from Nicotine Product Addiction rule set, and plans for our Legislative Luncheon are underway. We have achieved many goals with Acuitas, our lobbying firm, and will continue to work towards goals like pre-k dental assessment, limited prescriptive rights, and advocating for our profession at the legislative level.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has announced that the annual session, originally scheduled for summer 2020 in Phoenix, AZ, has been moved to the virtual platform again. While many of us will miss connecting with our colleagues from across the nation, I think we can all understand the need to stay safe and healthy at this time. The ADHA is also hosting its first virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit on January 15th and 16th, 2021. This is open to all members and non-members and is geared towards building leadership skills. This is a great opportunity for any new or aspiring leaders to gain the necessary skills to support them in their aspirations.  

Thank you, Everyone, for the continued support! I look forward to an incredibly busy and productive year.

Michelle Spencer,

MDHA President



MDA Guidance on COVID-19

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving and the number of cases in Michigan is growing rapidly. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency on March 11, and subsequently has taken many steps to limit the transmission of the disease. In addition, there is concern that the shortage of personal protective equipment will negatively impact the ability to care for acutely ill patients in the hospital setting.

Therefore, the Michigan Dental Association is strongly recommending that Michigan dentists close their offices beginning March 17 for at least two weeks to patients seeking preventive and elective care, and limit treatment to necessary treatment and patients requiring emergency care.

The COVID-19 issues are currently evolving, and the MDA believes we need to do all that we can as a profession to contain the virus and to keep our patients, our dental teams, and our communities safe. MDA members should frequently consult with the MDA, ADA, CDC and MDHHS websites for latest information.

Links to those websites appear below:

Watch for additional updates from the MDA as they become available.


Dear MDHA member:

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S. and cases in Michigan increase, it is important to remain calm and informed on the status and threats.  

For your safety, the April 14, 2020 Michigan Dental HygienistsAssociation Legislative Luncheon has been canceled.  I will keep you updated as soon as we can confirm a new date.

The State of Michigan through the Office of Governor Whitmer and LARA is communicating with healthcare professionals and the public regularly. You can find out more information and sign up for the COVID-19 email list via the Governor’s website here or

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an order that canceled all events over 250 people and all assemblages in shared spaces over 250 people beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm. The governor’s executive order also closes all K-12 school buildings to students from Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. Child care facilities will remain open during this time, whether they are attached to schools or free standing. 

Under this executive order, all events and shared-space assemblages of more than 250 people are temporarily prohibited in the state. Certain assemblages are exempt from this prohibition, such as those for the purpose of: industrial or manufacturing work, mass transit, or the purchase of groceries or consumer goods. 

Please stay healthy and safe.

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to: 

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.   
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.   
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.   
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.   
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others. 
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps. 
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting. 

If there are any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Kind regards,

Danielle Rauch, RDH, BA

President, Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association

Ann’s Michigan Message

ADHA Ann Lynch Director of Governmental Affairs sends out a message to the Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association.