Posted by Jessica Fernandez on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 12:59 PM
The 94th edition of the American Dental Hygienists Association Conference (ADHA) takes place June 14 – 19 in Jacksonville, Florida and will include exhibitions, sessions, CE courses, student events, and two inspiring general sessions.The ADHA Annual Conference is located at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the preferred hotel and venue for all but two of the events. Attendees may register online.The conference helps students and hygienists advance their careers using the latest techniques and emerging technology in conjunction with a professional networking experience. This is the only industry event offering students individualized programming to enhance their careers. The exhibition floor includes over 120 exhibitors featuring the latest technology and products of benefit to an entire dental team.
This year’s convention raises the bar of special events and guest speakers. It kicks off Wednesday June 14 with Community Service Day, an event dedicated to educating the homeless community in downtown Jacksonville on the correlation between oral health and dental health, daily dental procedures and the relationship between tobacco and poor oral hygiene.
Later in the evening, the ADHA/Young Dental Kickoff event takes place at the River City Brewing Company. Water taxis will be available to transport dental hygiene students to an outdoor lounge where they can enjoy live music, prizes, karaoke, food and beverages.
The following evening, members can participate in the In Motion: 5k Walk/Run. This fundraiser will benefit the
Institute for Oral Health and spread awareness for oral health. Anyone attending the conference can participate, either as a solo runner or in a team. Participants raising $100 or more in donations also get invited to the “After Glow Party”, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Attendees may register for the walk/run here.
The Awards for Excellence in Dental Hygiene at the President's Dinner on July 16 celebrates the 30th anniversary of Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Inc. Tickets are $100/$65 for students, delegates and student delegates, and includes dinner, dancing, live music and networking.
Continuing Education Courses (CE Courses) include hands-on workshops, seminars and socials. Organized by track, these courses enable attendees to choose sessions that are best suited for them, and optimizes the amount of time they will have to participate in hands-on workshops. CE Course packages are affordable, and attendees can customize the amount of courses and workshops here.
General Sessions for Dentists and Students
The ADHA Annual Conference presents two exciting keynote speakers:
Alex Sheen, founder of “Because I said I would”, is a respected national public speaker whose efforts have been featured on over a dozen news sites, magazines and TedX conferences. He gives the opening general session on Thursday, June 15.
His movement was sparked after the death of his father, who took commitments and promises very seriously.
Sheen began to make “promise cards”, in which someone writes a promise on and gives to the person they’re making the promise to. After the commitment has been fulfilled, the former someone gets the card back to serve as a reminder of his success.
Laurie Hernandez, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, was recently named a Crest and Orgullosa ambassador. Her general session keynote speech on Saturday, June 17, will highlight her work ethic, leadership skills and never-give-up attitude.
All attendees are welcome to both general sessions, and students will receive one CE course credit for each session.
The convention this year features over two dozen dentists, hygienists, writers, researchers and directors in this industry. Speakers include:
- Jasmyn Haley — a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH), and a member of the California Dental Association — presents “Lead with Compassion: Providing Culturally Appropriate Care to the LGBT Community,” a session on providing high-quality care to a community faced with greater health threats.
- Patti DiGangi RDH/BS is an international speaker who instructs dentists toward practice profitability and the author of the Dental Codeology series of “bite seized books for busy people”. Her hands-on seminar, “Name it, Claim it, Treat it-A Gingivitis code finally!” will instruct her audience to collect data, detect and report gingival inflammation. Her follow up seminar, “Name it, Claim it, Treat it: Tools and technologies for the New Gingivitis Code,” is another hands-on workshop about the importance of collecting and sequencing data as well as what products to use when detecting gingivitis. Each of these sessions will be given twice
- Tom Viola is a Registered Pharmacist (RPh), CCP and PhRS, as well as speaker, published writer with columns in General Dentistry, AGD impact and RDH Magazine, and an educator for dental hygienists and dental assisting programs and national board member review courses. His columns focus on dental hygienist and dental assisting. He will deliver sessions entitled “Un-break my heart: An overview of cardiovascular disease, dental considerations and patient care”, and “Sugar, You’re (Not So) Sweet: An Overview of Diabetes Mellitus, Dental Considerations and Patient Care planning.”
Business Meetings, Reference Committees, District Discussions, ADHA Meetings
These business meetings represent beginning orientations for new committee members and student delegates. For the district discussions, attendees will be split up by region to discuss ADHA issues. The ADHA meetings will focus on ADHA Advocacy, building a strong community and a leadership workshop.
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