Save the Date
for ADHA Center for Lifelong Learning

at the 90th Annual Session, Boston, Massachusetts
And Celebrate 100 years of Dental Hygiene
June 19-23, 2013

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89th Annual Session of the American Dental Hygienist' Association

Phoenix, Arizona

June, 2012

Massachusetts Delegates

Sandra Nicholas, Chair

Jamie E. Russell

Nancy Mann

Paula Morrison

Massachusetts Alternate Delegates

E. Jane Crocker

Peter Gangi

Listed below are the final actions taken by the House of Delegates in disposition of PR's and PBY's.


Proposed Resolution 1 - Adopted as amended to read: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates arrangements between school districts and vendors to promote the consumption of healthy foods and beverages.


Proposed Resolution 2 - Adopted as amended to read: That, the American Dental Hygienists' Association adopt the following definition
* Healthy Literacy: The capacity for an individual to obtain, process and communicate his or her understanding of basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions


Proposed Resolution 3 - Adopted as amended to read: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates to role of dental hygienists in research including their contributions to interdisciplinary studies and practice.


Proposed Resolution 4 - Adopted as amended to read: That, the American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates an oral assessment and establishment of a dental home for all children soon after the eruption of the first primary tooth or by twelve months of age.


Proposed Resolution 5 - Adopted to read: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates self-regulation for the profession of dental hygiene. The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates the appointment of the proportionate representation of dental hygienists who are graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs as full voting and policy-making members of agencies that regulate the practice of dental hygiene and administer dental hygiene examinations.


Proposed Resolution 6 -Adopted as amended to read: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates that licensed dental hygienists who are graduates of accredited dental hygiene programs serve as advisors, consultants, and liaisons to state policy making agencies or as full voting members of state agencies that regulate the practice of dental hygiene and dentistry.


Proposed Resolution 7 - Adopted: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates that direct and third party reimbursement payors or the laws that govern them shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage or reimbursement for covered services against any dental hygienist provider who is acting within the scope of provider's license or certification under applicable State law.


Proposed Resolution 8 -Adopted: The American Dental Hygienists' Association endorses increasing public access to dental hygiene care provided by licensed dental hygienists who are graduates of an accredited dental hygiene program by removing regulatory restrictions on the numbers of dental hygienists eligible for employment or contractual provider agreement within a practice setting.


Proposed Resolution 9 -Adopted: The American Dental Hygienists' Association advocates for accreditation by the dental hygiene profession, of all entry level, degree completion, and graduate dental hygiene educational programs.


Proposed Resolution 10 -Adopted: Self-Regulation: Regulation of the practice of dental hygiene by dental hygienists, who are graduates of an accredited dental hygiene program and are authorized by state government to define the dental hygiene scope of practice, set educational and licensure standards, regulate and discipline dental hygienists.


Proposed Bylaws Amendment 1 - Adopted in 1st House That Article VIII, House of Delegates, Section 2, Composition be amended to read:
* b. Non-voting Members. The Association's Officers, members of the Board of Trustees, and the Sergeant-at-Arms and members of the Finance Committee shall be ex-officio members, without the right to vote, of the House of Delegates. Each District shall appoint one Student member to serve as a non-voting Delegate to the House of Delegates ("Student Delegates"). Student Delegates will be appointed by the Districts pursuant to procedures established by the House of Delegates.


Proposed Bylaws Amendment 2 - Adopted by 2/3 That Article II, Section 3, A. Voting Members, 2 Retired/Senior Status, be amended to read:
* 2. Senior Status: Active members who have reached their full retirement age as set by the Social Security Administration and have either been an Active member of the Association for an aggregate total of thirty (30) years, or twenty-five (25) consecutive years may apply for Senior status.


Proposed Bylaws Amendment 3 - Adopted by 2/3: That the Code of Ethics: Standards of Professional Responsibility to Clients, be amended by adding:
* Recognize that cultural beliefs influence client decisions