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Happy Fall!

Fall is a season of change that brings warm colors and cool breezes while it erases the evidence of summer with the falling of leaves.  The season represents change in the environment. Change is good.  Change is a promise of new and different experiences, opportunities, and yes, even challenges.  One of my goals as your OKDHA President, is to provide support that will allow Oklahoma dental hygienists with more opportunities to embrace change as we grow in our professional lives. The objectives to meet this goal are to EDUCATE, INVOLVE, AND EMPOWER.

EDUCATE
OKDHA provides many opportunities for FREE CE to ADHA/OKDHA members and low-cost CE to our potential members for professional development.  Aside from that, it is our social responsibility to educate policy makers, other healthcare providers and the public about the important role the dental hygienist plays in reducing harmful bacteria that contributes to so many chronic illnesses and diseases.

INVOLVE
OKDHA provides possibilities for involvement in community outreach in public health and education.  Many of these instances also allow for continuing education credit for volunteering (A DOUBLE WIN!) Throughout the year, I want to encourage you to become involved in activities with OKDHA that will allow you to come into the arena where you can build relationships with fellow dental hygienists who can relate to your conditions at work and provide support as you navigate your career.

EMPOWER
ADHA recently initiated a campaign to EMPOWER dental hygienists across the U.S. by teaming with Colgate to provide inspiring education with a trio of FREE CE webinars. From navigating change to staying empowered to generational awareness, the topics have been engaging and full of take-aways.

Agility and Adaptability Hacks in the Face of Change (1.5 CE)

Become An Empowered Hygienist & Explore Career Opportunities (1.5 CE)

Thriving Across Generations (1.5 CE)

The webinars were recorded and remain available on the ADHA.org website.  I encourage Oklahoma dental hygienists to celebrate Empowerment by watching the webinars.

So as we celebrate Fall, let’s not forget to also celebrate the profession of dental hygiene and the role we play in changing lives by identifying risk factors, assessing needs, and providing therapeutic bacteria-reducing oral health care for Oklahomans.

Thank you for the honor of being your OKDHA President 2022-2023
Tina Tuck, RDH, MHR

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