Lisa Bell, RDH, MPH
We are pleased to release Wisconsin’s Roadmap to Improving Oral Health 2013-2018. This final document has been approved by the WOHC steering committee, and will be available on the WOHC website. The Strategic Areas and Goals were developed by a group of key stakeholders convened by the WOHC, with additional input from members of the public health and dental communities.
The overall goal of the roadmap is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease and reduce disparities in oral health status among populations. The roadmap has identified key issues and priorities across the state, and should be used as a starting point to drive the conversation around improving oral health. Four strategic areas – infrastructure, prevention and health promotion, access and workforce – guide the goals contained in this roadmap. The WOHC recognizes that not all of the strategic areas and goals will be priorities for every stakeholder, however individuals and organizations can choose to prioritize pieces of the roadmap, while still supporting the overall statewide vision. Individuals and organizations also can collaborate on specific goals in order to maximize their impact.
We encourage organizations to identify and prioritize their individual goals to address the four strategic areas and share them with the WOHC. If multiple organizations have the same goals WOHC can assist in partnering organizations together to work collectively at achieving objectives. A partnership alignment chart will be developed to identify overlap when organizations identify the work they are going to do.
The Coalition invites you to attend the WOHC annual meeting in Stevens Point on September 18 to begin identifying more specific strategies to accomplish the goals laid out in the roadmap. Breakout sessions in the afternoon will focus on each of the four strategic areas and begin the formation of small workgroups that will continue working on achieving identified goals over the next year. If you would like to register for the annual meeting please visit: https://wohc2013.eventbrite.com/.
Please follow the link to the right, underneath Student News, titled Roadmap to Improving Oral Health, follow the link Roadmap to Improving Oral Health or download the full PDF HERE (right-click and Save-As).
Calling All Members of the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists Association
As you know, this year we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the profession of dental hygiene.
It’s a time of great celebration and with your help, that’s exactly what we intend to do!
It is time to kick-start the membership campaign and we need your help. We’re not asking you to do all the work and reap no rewards — quite the opposite!
Beginning August 10, 2013 and concluding October 4, 2013 (the first day of the 2013 Indigo Conference), our challenge to you is to see how many new WDHA members you can get. It’s an opportunity for you to share your passion for your profession, and promote the value of WDHA membership.
The member who recruits the most new members will win SurgiTel Dental Loupes. In the case of a tie (for example 5 members each get 5 new members) a drawing for prizes will take place. Other prizes include a weekend stay at The Heidel House Resort a one year ADHA membership and many more! Remember...you have to play to win!
WDHA Membership Campaign Sign Up Form
What are you waiting for? Start recruiting new members today!
Celebrating 100 Years of Dental Hygiene
The mouth is our primary connection to the world: it is how we take in water and nutrients to sustain life, our primary means of communication, the most visible sign of our mood, and a major part of how we appear to others. Oral health is an essential and integral component of overall health throughout life and is much more than just healthy teeth.
This report summarizes the most current information available on the oral disease burden of people in Wisconsin. It also highlights groups and regions in the state that are at highest risk for oral health problems and discusses strategies to prevent these conditions and to provide access to dental care. Comparisons are made with national data whenever possible and to the Healthy People 2010 goals when appropriate. For some conditions, national data, but not state data, are available at this time. It is hoped that this information will help raise awareness of the need for monitoring the oral disease burden in Wisconsin and guide efforts to prevent and treat oral diseases and enhance the quality of life of Wisconsin’s residents.
PDF available here.
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Register now at https://www.cvent.com/events/EventRsvp.aspx
Use the WDHA event code HVNSVM37MY4 for access.
The WDHA Indigo Conference planning committee is excited to announce our amazing lineup of speakers and events for this year’s meeting. We will be celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the profession of dental hygiene at this historic event so save October 4-5, 2013 on your calendars now.
This year’s event will again be held at the Kalahari Resort and Water Park so plan to bring your whole family along for the fun. Registration will begin in April but you can book your hotel accommodations now! We have been ad-vised by the Kalahari staff to make hotel reservations early as the entire resort is booked with conferences and events that weekend. You can reserve your room now by calling the hotel directly at (877) 525-2427.
Ask for the WDHA special conference rate of $104 for Thursday, $129 for Friday and $149 for Saturday (based on single/double occupancy in standard rooms).
We have secured a wonderful slate of speakers for this year’s event. To date, the following speakers have confirmed their attendance at this year’s 100th year celebration of dental hygiene:
- Hands-On LASER Course with Dr. Scott Benjamin
- Dr. Richard Nagelburg – “Patient Health-Not Just Oral Health”
- Dr. James Lichon – “Treating Patients with Cardiovascular Disease – What To Know and What To Do – Plus Treating Yourself To A Healthier Life”
- Dr. Allison Dowd – Treating pediatric and special needs patients
- Sharri Crowe, RDH –“Handle With Care”
- Kelly Brenner – Infection control
- Linda Bohacek, RDH – Veterinary Dental Hygiene
- Public health expert panel
- Plus more!!
This event will again feature student Table Clinic Competition, the Silent Auction, many vendors and few surprises as well!
We hope that you will make plans to attend this exciting celebration of our profession and gain valuable ed-ucation while taking advantage of this networking opportunity. If you have questions please contact the conference chairs Matt Crespin or Debbie Schumacher.