Welcome to the Kansas Dental Hygienists' AssociationWelcome to the official website of the Kansas Dental Hygienists' Association (KDHA).
KDHA is a constituent of ADHA. ADHA is the largest professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists.
Our members enjoy professional support, educational programs, and numerous opportunities for participation in association decision making. With your support, we can carry out our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the profession.
This site strives to provide you with information relating to everything from Legislative issues to continuing education programs. Please visit often to stay informed of current issues and events concerning the Kansas Dental Hygienist as this site is updated frequently. Last update 9/4/2015
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2015 KDHA Annual Meeting, September 25-26 in Topeka at The Capitol Plaza Hotel
Please join your Kansas Dental Hygienists' Association at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Please remember that the early bird registration
deadline is Sept 4th!
Ethics requirements for you license will be fulfilled by attending this event. See you in Topeka!
Download your meeting flyer here: 2015 KDHA Annual Meeting Flyer
KDHA is selling "Floss or Die" T-shirts and they are discounted at the 2015 KDHA Annual Meeting to only $5. Get your size before they are gone!
BIG NEWS FOR THE KANSAS DENTAL PROJECT!
As we head into the Fall and begin gearing up for the next legislative session, we wanted to
share an exciting development that will significantly contribute to our efforts to establish mid-level dental
providers in Kansas.
On August 7, the Commission On Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted to implement adopted standards by which midlevel dental provider education programs can apply for accreditation across the country. CODA is the only agency that accredits dental and dental-related education programs. CODA accredits dental schools and programs including advanced dental education programs and allied dental education programs.
In short, this decision establishes dental therapy as a profession.
Additionally, the establishment of accreditation standards will make it easier for states to develop education and training programs because there is uniformity. Uniform standards for accreditation will also make it easier to establish reciprocity policies that would help ensure that students ultimately can be licensed in one state and have that licensure be recognized by another state, which will be important for attracting new students to the training program and the profession.
CONTINUING MOMENTUM: ADVOCACY DAY 2016
While these are important technical considerations that have implications for our own legislation
in Kansas (the KDP will modify the legislation to reflect CODA accreditation standards), it is the recognition
of the practitioner by an ADA-affiliated entity that offers new momentum nationally upon which we can build.
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We certainly have more work to in our effort to gain support for the Kansas Dental Project among our Kansas policymakers, but we made some significant strides in 2015. The KDP leadership spent the summer developing a more detailed plan to see the project through the next legislative session and we are eager to share more announcements with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
While a great deal of the advocacy community's energy is focused on the state's fiscal challenges, our efforts to increase access to dental care for all Kansans has gained traction throughout the last year.
In 2015, the Kansas Dental Project hosted two well-attended committee hearings in both the House and Senate last session, in conjunction with the KDHA hosted a lobby/advocacy day of more than 100 participants, and implemented a successful paid media campaign to further educate the public about this important issue. We all look forward to continuing the momentum and expanding our coalition next year.
In continuing the momentum we are in the process of organizing another strong Lobby/Advocacy Day 2016! Mark your calendars! Although the final date is still pending, but we are hoping to schedule during the second week of February. We will notify you as soon as the date is confirmed.
LOOKING AHEAD FROM THE KDP
Keep an eye on your inbox over the next few weeks for additional coalition updates. We hope to further review the implications of CODA, share other new developments relating to the Kansas Dental Project, and provide more details relating to the 2016 legislative session. In an effort to build and broaden our base of support, we are also working to add new members to our coalition in 2016. To sign up for e-mails and for a current list of coalition members on the Kansas Dental Project website
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- Directory: KDHA 2014-2015 Executive Council has been added!
- Legislation Page: Updated page with new ECP laws as of July 1, 2013; HB 2079 and SB 49
- Membership Page: Membership application and Special Awards criteria plus application forms
- "Members Only" Page: New Hyline available July 2015 issue
- Employment Page: New job listing in St Joe, MO! 7/10/2015
- Calendar of Events: Last update 7/10/2015