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This year the Arizona Dental Hygienists’ Association (AzDHA) is teaming up with the Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) and the Arizona Oral Health Coalition (AZOHC) for a day of action at the Capitol!

Please join us to meet with lawmakers to discuss bills related to oral health as well as advocating for comprehensive dental coverage for adult members of AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. We will host two virtual prep days as well as supply talking points and other materials to help you reach out to lawmakers. Whether you are a seasoned advocate or a newbie, come learn and strategize with professional lobbyists and experienced association and community members passionate about the oral health of all Arizonans!

Can’t make the in-person event on March 2nd? No worries! Join us anyway during one (or both) of the Virtual Prep Meetings to learn how you can make difference. Can’t make any of the events? Still, no worries! Be on the lookout for materials you can access to help you advocate individually or distribute to others. There are many ways to participate. Your voice is needed!

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What’s Up at the Capitol

The 2021 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 11th, and there are already over 1,000 bills introduced. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic promises to shape much of thissession, from policy items pursued to the way in which legislative business is conducted. Both chambers have adopted special rules to protect the health and safety of legislators, staff, and the public.

ZOOM IN with a Registered Dental Hygienist

Teledentistry – Dignity Health, First Teeth First

February is Children’s Dental Health month so it is fitting for me to tell you about our children’s oral health program. The First Teeth First Program is a community based program providing services to children 0-5 years of age and expectant mothers at no charge. Services provided include an oral screening, anticipatory guidance, goal
setting, and referral and care coordination, provided by a registered dental hygienist and promotora. Before the
COVID-19 pandemic, the program operated in person at WIC clinics (Women, Infant, and Children), pediatrician’s
offices, OBGYN offices and childcares.

The Story of Dental Therapy

Many years ago, when the profession of Dental Hygiene was born in the United States, Dental Therapy was being born in New Zealand. Recently some states have legalized Dental Therapy (and New Zealand has adopted Dental Hygiene!)

When Dental Therapy was started in Australia and New Zealand, the therapists worked in schools on children. They could meet most of the dental needs of children. The services were supported by the government. The Therapists were paid a salary not based on procedures. Adults were cared for in private dental

Local Component’s of AzDHA

EAST VALLEY

Contact: Dawn Best
dawnbest@hotmail.com

CENTRAL ARIZONA

Contact: Debby Kurtz-Weidinger
centralazdentalhygienists@gmail.com

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NORTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Catherine Roustan
Email: cathroustan@msn.com

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Contact: Mindy Rogers
Email: Juniordragster7232@gmail.com

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