ADHA Annual Report – Nevada
Membership: Current # Active Members = 185
Our web site has been down for several months. At first I thought that was really going to hurt us, and it definitely had a negative impact on speedy communication and updates. In some ways though this lack of electronic communication has made us reach out in “old fashioned” ways. Not sure of impact yet, but hoping for a better blend of the two in the future.
- No specific organized recruitment efforts, however we continually reach out with invitations and inclusion in events, with special benefits to new members.
- CE events: In South=non-members that join at monthly meeting receive a free dinner
- In North =Cost discount for CE events for members
- Cost discount for CE events for members
- Members have been inviting and connecting with non-members Announcements on association and coalition activities
- Individuals in the rurals are becoming involved
- Many CEs are held at the college in the North, and students are involved
- Fresh food and drinks are provided
- A few hygienists have mentioned that they have had difficulty renewing or signing up for membership through the ADHA web site-not specific
Practice Regulations – Current and Anticipated Changes
NAC 631.313 (Assignment of dental hygienist or dental assistant to perform intraoral tasks) and NAC 631.210 (Dental hygienists: Authorization to perform certain services) are tied in to the current Senate Bill 101: “SB 101 – Restricts the authority to administer neuromodulators derived from Clostridium botulinum and dermal and soft tissue fillers to certain medical professionals. (BDR 40-677).” This bill has passed Senate and Assembly Health and Human Services Committees and the Senate. It goes to the House very soon. It specifically omits/restricts dental hygienists from administering neuromodulators Botox, or dermal fillers. We are testifying as to our credibility, education, training, licensure, sterilization standards and infection control, and professionalism, but it doesn’t look good.
Changes Enacted to be updated pending current legislative session results
- See Above: Senate Bill 101 the “Botox Bill”
- Assembly Bill 149 Fluoridation for Washoe County was defeated a few weeks ago
- Budget Line Item: Funding for a State Oral Health Program Dental Officer and Dental Hygienist – still pending
- Assembly Bill 444: Adopt A Vet Oral Health Program
- Medicaid: Inclusion of adult dental preventive services to be included in Medicaid benefit package.
Both programs offer Associate of Science Degrees in Dental Hygiene. CSN offers an online Bachelor of Science degree and TMCC is taking steps to offer a Bachelor of Science degree.
Leadership and Mentoring Activities
Both the Northern and Southern Component organizations have several programs, activities, and scholarships with their corresponding schools to nurture, model, mentor and encourage leadership development. The main thrust is involvement with the Annual HOD and continuing education courses. The NVDHA has 2 Leadership Scholarships for deserving students CSN and TMCC. Nevada has a “lion’s share” of participating stellar dental hygienist leaders who continually demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities.
Student and Constituent Interaction
The faculty members of both schools are actively involved with NVDHA and SADHA and have specific requirements or assignments for the students to attend, participate and interact with licensed hygienists during our continuing education and business meetings and community service activities. Each DH program in the state is allowed 1 Student Delegate and 1 Alternate Delegate to attend the “away” HOD covering air travel and accommodations in addition to providing lunch for the local students. Each year Student Delegates deliver an oral report about their DH program’s activities to the HOD. Each Student Delegate is allowed 1 vote during House business
Continuing Education Activities
Continuing Education courses are offered by the Nevada Dental Hygienists’ Association and the component associations, Southern NV Dental Hygienists’ Association, Northern NV Dental Hygienists’ Association, and both Student Associations throughout the year and are well attended, especially on the re-licensing cycle years. We have several accomplished speakers and offer a wide variety of pertinent and current topics. We have added teleconferencing opportunities to access some of the more remote areas of the state.
Primary fund-raising comes from continuing education events, especially HOD. This year’s HOD was our greatest success, with an elaborate silent auction and raffles