President's Address Fall 2012

WDHA has been working with the WI-DEB to get LASERS added to the Dental Hygiene Scope of Practice. Testimony has been offered and reviewed, widespread support and consensus was established and this past spring it was approved. Hygienists interested in using lasers must first take a hands-on course. A lecture format with no hands-on is not acceptable.

Nitrous Oxide administration should soon be added to the dental hygiene scope of practice as well. A model curriculum is being developed by a task force of dental hygiene educators in WI and will be ready for review and approval by the WDEB and the WI State Legislature in 2013. Stay tuned for developments on that!

Following the expert testimony by WDHA member Matt Crespin, RDH from the WI Children’s Health Alliance – the City of Milwaukee will make CDC recommended adjustments to the fluoride levels in its municipal water supplies, but will not remove fluoride altogether – which was suggested by the an alderman in that city. If the largest city in WI had removed fluoride from its water supply – the effects could have been devastating to caries risk for the citizens of Milwaukee and other major U.S. cities might have followedsuit. This was an important victory for oral health and you should know that one of your dental hygiene colleagues was influential in making that happen. Our thanks to Matt Crespin for his excellent work which we believe had implications for the entire country.

Washburn county is considering removing fluoride from the water. If you live in the area and are interested in giving testimony regarding positive effects of fluoride in reducing cavities please contact:

    Robbyn Kuester, RDH, BSDH
  • Sealant and Fluoridation Program Coordinator
  • Oral Health Program Division of Public Health
  • State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services
  • 1 W. Wilson Street, Room 233
  • P.O. Box 2659
  • Madison, WI 53701-2659
  • E-mail: Robbyn.Kuester@Wisconsin.gov
  • Office: (608) 266-0876

The state has many resources they can provide for your testimony and Robin is more than willing to help you!

There are ongoing discussions between the WDEB and WDHA regarding the settings in which dental hygienists can practice. We have maintained the position that hygienists should be permitted to practice in all settings without restrictive supervision requirements. We believe that because you were educated in an accredited dental hygiene program and are now licensed, that you should be able to provide services directly to the public. Supervision laws constitute a significant barrier to access to care and keep people from receiving valuable preventive health services. Our association needs to fix that! We CAN do that - but we definitely need your help.

How can you help? JOIN the ONLY association that works to make these great things happen for YOU and the patients you care for. Ask about our quarterly payment plan that makes membership affordable. Talk to a WDHA member about how you can get involved and connected. We need you!

With your membership dollars ADHA and WDHA will continue to support, empower and develop YOU as a true professional.

Thank you and if you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to get a hold of me.

Sharri Crowe, RDH, BSDH, MS
WDHA President

Presidents Address Summer 2012

WE THANK YOU LINDA BOHACEK FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS IN THE STATE OF WI
Linda Bohacek from our Northwest component has maintained a seat on the DEB for the last 6 years. Her dedication and expertise in the Association helped us continue to move forward in helping others and providing alternative jobs for dental hygienists.
Thank you Linda

NEXT BOT MEETING INTERACTIVE TELEVISION FORMAT
AUGUST 11, 9:30 A.M.
THREE SITES: CVTC room 171A, FVTC room B105, and WCTC room S228

WDHA has been very active legislatively over the last nine months and continues to advocate for our dental hygiene profession. At our Associations March Board of Trustee (BOT) meeting Peter Theo stated, “Tension in Madison this past year required our association to navigate our way through the political chaos and legislative uncertainty.” Despite all this chaos WDHA maintained a simple strategy and monitored the legislation closely for any proposals which might negatively impact dental hygiene.
Here are some of the things we continue to pursue:

  • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDA). The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) drafted this legislation early in 2011 and shared this with us shortly before it was to be introduced. WDHA requested changes to the draft to ensure adequate education and training for EFDA candidates.
  • As a result of our concerns with the proposal, WDA slowed their efforts and in the end, decided not to introduce the EFDA proposal.
  • In March of 2012 Steven Stoll WDA President, wrote in the WDA Newsletter they were interested in continuing their interest in EFDA and welcomed input from others. WDHA followed up with a response requesting to be a part of further discussions.
  • WDA drafted legislation includes the following 70-90 hours of education and training from an accredited school to include training in:
  1. Placement and finishing of restorative materials (after preparation by a dentist)
  2. Placement of dental sealants
  3. Coronal polishing
  4. Impressions
  5. Temporizations
  6. Packing cord
  7. Removal of cement from crowns
  8. Denture and other removable oral appliance adjustments
  9. Suture/dressing removals
  • Dentistry Examining Board (DEB): As we have done for many years, the WDHA continues to attend each DEB meeting in Madison. Over the past few years, we have worked with the DEB to draft a dental hygiene proposal which would expand the independent practice setting for hygienists beyond the current three settings. This initiative remains dormant in the DEB at this time. Linda Jorgenson, Peter Theo and myself met with Secretary Ross to discuss the role of hygiene and how the DPSP(DRL) can help.
  • It has been brought to our attention that there is a higher ratio of RDH’s licensed in the state of WI then there are DDS’s. Yet, RDH’s are not represented on the DEB in the same fashion. THOUGHTS? LET ME KNOW

President’s Address
Spring 2012

I want to first thank Tammy Filipiak and the Policies and bylaws committee for spending numerous hours preparing our resolutions for today’s event. They did a great job didn’t they?
WDHA has been very active legislatively over the last nine months and continues to advocate for our dental hygiene profession. At our Associations March Board of Trustee (BOT) meeting Peter Theo stated, “Tension in Madison this past year required our association to navigate our way through the political chaos and legislative uncertainty.” Despite all this chaos WDHA maintained a simple strategy and monitored the legislation closely for any proposals which might negatively impact dental hygiene.
Here are some of the things we pursued:

  • Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDA). The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) drafted this legislation early in 2011 and shared this with us shortly before it was to be introduced. WDHA requested changes to the draft to ensure adequate education and training for EFDA candidates. As a result of our concerns with the proposal, WDA slowed their efforts and in the end, decided not to introduce the EFDA proposal. Latest EFDA news from WDA – Debbie elaborates on research we found. Should we write a reply? Who is interested in helping with the draft?
  • Other Legislative Efforts: There were other legislative initiatives which WDHA became involved in this session. For example; we helped develop a proposal relating to workforce data collection, we monitored a proposal regarding fees for dental services, we opposed efforts to restrict hygienist from providing nutritional advice to their patients, and worked with the Department of Safety & Professional Services as they drafted an 80 page bill addressing changes in how the Department regulates and licenses health professions.
  • Dentistry Examining Board (DEB): As we have done for many years, the WDHA continues to attend each DEB meeting in Madison. Over the past few years, we have worked with the DEB to draft a dental hygiene proposal which would expand the independent practice setting for hygienists beyond the current three settings. This initiative remains dormant in the DEB at this time. Linda Jorgenson, Peter Theo and myself met with Secretary Ross to discuss the role of hygiene and how the DPSP
  • Use of Lasers: Recently, the DEB adopted a position statement allowing dental hygienists to use lasers for certain treatments. The position statement was adopted on March 7, 2012 and recommends RDH’s to take a continuing education (CE) course with hands on training before they can provide this service to their patients.
  • At this time laser use within the scope of dental hygiene practice is as an adjunct device to scaling and root planing.
  • Training is necessary and should include a hands-on proficiency course provided by a recognized sponsor of continuing education.
  • Licensees utilizing laser technology should maintain documentation of the satisfactory completion of the formal continuing education or training. Awaiting the Governor’s signature.
  • I have contacted the DH educators and we have quite a few on board to write curriculum and be trained once this comes to fruition.
  • Upon the request of Kettle Moraine component and approval by the Board of Trustees(BOT), this component has been dissolved. The WDHA Members from this component have been moved to either the Southeast or Fox Valley Component.
  • District VII occurred in May. Megen who is the Chair will give a report.
  • We still need to draft a proposal for the administration of nitrous oxide. I have majority done and it is in WIDS need to finish the objectives. Can I get any volunteers to look over the documents?
  • Wrote a letter to Governor Walker endorsing Kelley Moran for a seat on the DEB.
  • Let us all take this time to thank Linda Bohacek for sitting on the Board for the last 6 years. Her dedication and expertise in the Association helped us continue to move forward in helping others and providing alternative jobs for dental hygienists.
  • Collaboration with Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) regarding workforce development for dental hygienists. Components in 8 different areas of the state are providing the facility for this 2 credit FREE CE Matt can you summarize how CHANGING FACES OF DH is going?
  • Membership re-districting committee (PURPOSE: reorganizing members throughout the state -into four quadrants.) Would ask at the next board meeting - a plan is presented. Linda J. Chair
  • Linda Jorgenson, Peter Theo, and I had a visit with Secretary Ross from the DPSP and a Thank you letter was written.
  • WDHA was represented at the WDA Jewel of the Great Lakes Conference in Madison many stopped by our booth for a Paraffin bath!
  • Matt sent a very interesting email about the ratio of DDS and RDH licensures in the state. Option of becoming a medical /dental board? Matt would you like to elaborate on this.
  • WDHA Indigo Conference is on October 5 & 6 at the Kalahari in the WI Dells soon you will be able to access more information through our website.

WISCONSIN DEB POSITION STATEMENT REGARDING LASER USE BY DENTAL HYGIENIST

It is the position of the Wisconsin Dental Examining Board that utilization of a laser device by a hygienist, is allowed when used within the scope of practice of dental hygiene and in adherence to the WI stats 447.06-2(b)(c)(d)and(e)

  • At this time laser use within the scope of dental hygiene practice is as an adjunct device to scaling and root planing.
  • Training is necessary and should include a hands-on proficiency course provided by a recognized sponsor of continuing education.
  • Licensees utilizing laser technology should maintain documentation of the satisfactory completion of the formal continuing education or training. Awaiting the Governor’s signature
  • I have contacted the DH educators and we have quite a few on board to write curriculum and be trained once this comes to fruition.
  • Upon the request of Kettle Moraine component and approval by the Board of Trustees(BOT), this component has been dissolved. The WDHA Members from this component have been moved to either the Southeast or Fox Valley Component.