Our New Mission & Vision Give Us Direction
Read the first message from our new President Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, including:
IFDH Initiates Global Surveys
The IFDH is fielding a multiple-choice survey to better understand global dental hygienists' toothpaste recommendation practices and information resources. This is the first of a 3-part survey series through the end of 2020 (approximately one survey every 6 months), which will provide insights to help us identify opportunities for educational programs. A summary of results will be developed and disseminated.
For those inspired to improve the oral health of children, the IFDH "Every Child has a Toothbrush" campaign was designed to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay. Our new, remodeled program does not vary from this direction. IFDH has worked with Curasept to fine-tune the details, to promote this program globally, and to make it easier for Hygienists to participate. The program makes it possible for hygienists from around the world to get involved. Toothbrushes and other materials and modest grants will be given to assist them in their project. For information as to how to participate please click here.
IFDH Research Grants Update
December 15th Deadline for 2019 Applications
The IFDH has research grants for dental hygiene students available, so please check the website for details. The purpose of this program is to promote experience in the research process and dissemination of findings contributing to the dental hygiene body of knowledge. This grant program provides small grants for students enrolled in dental hygiene graduate programs conducting thesis research. Deadline is December 15th.
IFDH Participates in ACFF Expert Panel
During the 2019 Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF) Expert Panel Meeting (Washington DC, October) the achievements of the Alliance were discussed as well as the World Cavity-Free Future Day, the ACFF Policy Lab outcomes and what else can be done in relation to caries prevention and management. A clinical case study was presented: Caries classification and management in the context of the CariesCare International (CCI) consensus and a 'CariesCare Practice Guide: Consensus on Evidence Into Practice'. This guide is derived from the International Caries Classification and Managment System (ICCMS) and provides a structured update to deliver optimal caries care.
During this meeting, IFDH President Jongbloed (back row, 2nd from left) presented a new slideshow "Getting to know the IFDH". This will be available to the HoDs (in the website secure section) for use to educate members.
The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia was so proud to host the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Brisbane in August this year. We welcomed over 1,200 delegates from 35 countries, and I think it is safe to say a great time was had by all. Thanks to the IFDH Board for trusting us with your conference, to the Scientific Committee for putting together such a terrific program, the Local Organizing Committee for all of your hard work bringing everything together, and to you - the delegates - thank you for coming! We hope you had an amazing time. Our next conference is in Melbourne, October 2020. We'd love to see you there. For more updates on this and everything else Aussie please head to our website.
Results from CDHA's 2018 Healthy and Respectful Workplace Survey indicated that Canadian dental hygienists are dealing with harassment, bullying, abuse and violence in the workplace. To help our members address these issues and guide them in creating a positive, respectful work environment, CDHA has developed a vision of a healthy and respectful workplace, available in English and French. A number of other resources are in the development stages, and a new online community has also been launched where members can share experiences, collaborate, and support one another.
On Friday September 27th the Danish Dental Hygienists (DDH) held our annual conference. More than 180 dental hygienists from all over the country participated in a successful day of lectures, workshop and product presentation from dental companies. On the program were lectures on lifelong health, communication and periodontology. At the end of the day the winner of the annual "Dental Hygienists Award" was announced and received a diploma and DKK 10.000 as part of the award. The Danish Dental Hygienists are looking forward to welcoming members again next year in September 2020. Click to see pictures and more information.
The Danish Dental Hygienists want to highlight the potential of employing Dental Hygienists in the Danish hospital sector. A growing body of research and evidence support the connection between dental hygiene and infections, the possibilities of minimizing the risk of the spread of bacteria etc. But this knowledge is too rarely converted to a greater use of dental hygienists at the hospitals, and only rarely do admitted patients see a dental hygienist, when they are in for treatment or surgery at the hospitals. But DDH sees great potential for patients admitted in the departments of oncology, intensive care, internal medicine or cardiology, if the hospitals were to use the expertise of the dental hygienists.
Ireland's participation in the ISDH Brisbane was reflected by the delegates' enthusiasm and sense of fun as the IDHA hosted a stand in the exhibition area for ISDH 2022. Barbara Derham, Chairperson, Donna Paton, President IDHA and Sponsorship Liaison Sandra Joyce, made up a small but impactful delegation who worked hard to promote the next venue for ISDH, Dublin, August 11th- 13th 2022. The IDHA can't thank the DHAA enough, with Roisin McGrath Chairperson and Cheryl Dey DHAA President, as they generously supported Ireland in our efforts as next hosts. 'Craic agus Ceol' (fun and music) was the order of the day in the exhibition centre, mixed with the serious business of board discussions and making contacts to bring home to our association. The closing ceremony was a celebration of a successful symposium. Congratulations to the DHAA and the IFDH in collaborating to produce an inspiring program in a very enjoyable atmosphere. If you missed out on attending ISDH 2019 why not sign up for our newsletter on www.ISDH2022.com to keep up to date on developments over the next three years. No time like the present to start planning your trip!
This fall we are hosting a couple of gatherings regarding the new legislation changes. The Dutch dental hygienists are already directly accessible but next year an experiment starts to give the dental hygienists full independence for the whole scope of practice, including X-rays, anesthesia and primary cavities. To prepare our members for this upcoming change, we organized the "Expeditie Bijeenkomst" which means Expedition Meeting. It’s an informative meeting where we teach our colleagues about the legislation and where we brainstorm about the needs of our members during this change and what we need to do to make this experiment a success.
The American Dental Hygienists' Association held their Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky in June. The ADHA had 1,482 attendees, which was an increase from 2018. It was rewarding to have 373 of those attendees as first-time attendees. The exhibit hall was full and busy with 110 venders, lunches, and prize giveaways. Included in the meeting were three days of continuing education courses, in six different tracks: Clinical, Research, Professional Development, Educator, Student and Public Health. There was a total of 74 courses offered with 23 CEUs available to earn. In addition to the educational events, there were many opportunities for networking and fun - including galas, award ceremonies and the Institute for Oral Health’s Annual Fun Run! Jill Rethman RDH, BA joins Kelli Swanson Jaecks, MA, RDH as the new ADHA Delegate to the IFDH. ADHA looks forward to another year of growth and will convene again June 12th-14th, 2020 in New Orleans. All are welcome to attend!
Journal Editors at ISDH
The Associate Editors of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene (IJDH) recently participated in the scientific program of the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The presentation addressed the theme of "Fake News in Science" as a discussion for health care professionals to consider as they utilize evidence-based decision making to support optimal patient care.
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