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ADHA responds to interview with California DHA president

Feb. 22, 2018
The American Dental Hygienists Association president responds to an article by RDH editor Mark Hartley that was about the California DHA. She thinks the article was misleading, and here's why.

As President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), I’m writing in response to Mark Hartley's article from February 19. (CDHA president: California hygienists are 'confident' about independent future).

While I understand the piece and interview were intended to paint a positive outlook for an independent CDHA, the absence of any perspective other than the CDHA President’s may leave interested readers with an incomplete picture.

ADHA is alive and well—in California and in all 50 states. California remains one of our largest delegations in terms of total ADHA members. Just last week, ADHA CEO Ann Battrell and I were in Los Angeles and Anaheim meeting with dental hygiene students and faculty at West Coast University and West Los Angeles College. They were all eager to share their excitement about the future and to learn about the many ways ADHA will support them throughout their careers.


Into the minds of California dental hygienists
The elephant in the room for California dental hygienists


These aspiring professionals—and all our California ADHA members—join their friends and peers across the country, all working to unite, empower, and support our profession. They know ADHA represents students, new professionals, and experienced dental hygienists at the national level, while offering a range of unique connections and resources, from career guidance to exclusive health and professional liability insurance through Mercer. These are valuable benefits members can build on and take wherever their careers may lead them.

What I said after attending last year’s CDHA House of Delegates is still true today: “ADHA continues to extend an open invitation to dental hygienists in California . . . We encourage them to participate in all aspects of ADHA . . . And we’re pleased to see that so many of them continue to support ADHA through their national membership and their active contributions to the organization.”

ADHA is the one national voice for dental hygienists in every state that is working to lift the profession. We are all stronger together.

Thank you.

Tammy L. Filipiak, RDH, MS
ADHA President

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