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President's Report to the House of Delegates

Fall 2015

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Greetings Dear Colleagues,

The IFDH Board has been busy these past few months working on a variety of projects which are highlighted below.

Incorporation Completed!
We are pleased to announce that the IFDH has completed the registration process. We are now officially a Non-Profit tax exempt organization recognized by the U.S. government. Our thanks to Peter, our attorneys, and the Infrastructure Committee for working with the Board these many months to update the bylaws and complete the process that allowed this favorable outcome to be achieved.

New Partnership with ACFF
The IFDH held a conference call with Professor Nigel Pitts to review the goals of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future (ACFF). The main goals of the ACFF are:

  • Goal 1: Every Child born in 2026 and thereafter should stay cavity-free during their lifetime
  • Goal 2: Within 3 years of a chapter launch, ninety percent of dental schools and dental associations in the area should have accepted the philosophy behind the "new" approach of "caries as a continuum" in order to improve dental caries prevention and management
  • Goal 3: ACFF and its chapters will work collaboratively with a broad range of organizations to achieve a reduction in caries inequality within and across Countries, in the context of both oral and general health
  • Goal 4: By 2020, "regional" members of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future should have integrated, comprehensive and locally appropriate caries prevention and management systems and monitoring approaches developed and in place. The Board agreed that the goals of the ACFF are in accordance with the goals of the IFDH and that a partnership was appropriate. President-Elect Robyn Watson will be attending a board meeting of the ACFF October 23rd and will learn more about this organization and the opportunities for collaboration.

Other IFDH Program Updates
In keeping with our preventive theme, the IFDH has the "Every Child has a Toothbrush" Program. This program offers small grants to teach children how to use a toothbrush effectively so they can better control biofilm and reduce the risk of tooth decay. The program is generously sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Premier. Grants are available on a first-come first-served basis and are still available Encourage your colleagues to apply by visiting

Likewise, the IFDH and America's Tooth Fairy, National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF), are working together to prevent children from suffering from pediatric dental disease. There are two programs which we encourage you to learn more about and utilize.

  • The Smile Drive is a program that focuses on collecting oral care products for at-risk children in the community and takes place during February as part of National Children's Dental Health Month. Products are to be delivered to local nonprofit shelters, programs or organizations serving children and teens in need on or before March 20th, World Oral Health Day.
  • The other program, the Esther Wilkins Education Program, is meant to improve oral health literacy through outreach activities in local communities and mission trips around the world. A tool kit is provided that includes a magnet display board, oversize toothbrush and a variety of educational prevention materials. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please visit and

Further, the Global Children's Dental Fund and IFDH are sponsoring the Social Responsibility Awards Program recognizing on an annual basis, hygienists and student hygienists who participate in a volunteering project which benefits disadvantaged children, mainly but not exclusively in low- and middle-income countries. Hurry, applications are due October 30, 2015! Visit our website ( for more information about this award.

Board Meetings
The officers met in London from June 1-2, 2015 for our annual face-to-face meeting. The Board reviewed financial status; registration and incorporation status; eNews, Facebook, and website structure with feedback from membership; country and individual membership status; met in person with Professor Raman Bedi concerning the Global Children's Dental Fund; met in person with the Swiss Organizing Committee and Maria Goldie to review preparations for the 2016 ISDH; reviewed Committee reports and recommendations; discussed the Social Responsibility workshop and conference, Every Child has a Toothbrush Program, and America's Tooth Fairy Program; and met in person with Corporate Sponsors who were attending the Europerio 8 meeting.

In addition, the officers hold quarterly SKYPE meetings to conduct the business of the Association. Recognizing that the House of Delegates (HOD) meeting will be occurring in June, 2016, and the bylaws require that materials be distributed months in advance, the officers determined that the preparation must begin well in advance of the meeting. Rather than holding a face-to-face meeting in January, the officers determined that they must meet sooner in order to have the meeting materials available within the scheduled time frame. Therefore, the Board will be meeting in November to begin planning the HOD meeting.

Remarkable Journey and Upcoming Visits
As President, I had the great joy of attending the 50th Anniversary of the Korean Dental Hygienists Association in July. The hospitality of President Moon and colleagues was truly remarkable. The meeting itself was exceptional as was the experience of touring the KDHA headquarters, local college and health facilities. In October, I will attend the annual meeting of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, and in November the Italian Dental Hygienists Association (AIDI) Congress.

Upcoming House of Delegates Business Meeting and Symposium
By now, you have received the announcement and brochure about the IFDH House of Delegates 2016 Business Meeting to be held June 20-21, 2016 in lovely Lucerne, Switzerland. The Swiss Organizing Committee has planned a welcome reception and aperitif on Sunday, June 19th when you arrive. Our business meeting will be two full days ending with a boat excursion and gala dinner on the 21st. On Wednesday, June 22nd, we will have some time in the morning for the Committees to meet and get additional time to work together before departing by bus to Basel.

Information and registration is available online at

The International Symposium on Dental hygiene (ISDH) will be held from June 23-25, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

Information and registration is available online at

We are looking forward to your participation in both meetings and are very excited to see you!

Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Awards
The Sunstar Foundation is generously sponsoring the World Dental Hygienist Awards which will be presented at the 2016 ISDH in Basel, Switzerland. These awards recognize dental hygienists and dental hygiene students who have made significant contributions to the dental and dental hygiene communities, their profession, or to the general public. Licensed/certified dental hygienists and students are eligible to enter. Winners receive cash prizes and a commemorative trophy as well as travel to the 2016 ISDH. Applications are due by December 31, 2015. For more details about these awards, visit

Respectfully submitted,


JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD

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