Message From the President
I am thrilled and honored to serve as the 2015-16 MnDHA President. I graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene and from Saint Mary's University with a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have worked in both group and private practice and as a dental hygiene educator. I currently hold two professional titles as the Lead Dental Hygienist at Nicollet Mall Dental Arts and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the Department of Primary Dental Care in the Division on Dental Hygiene.
I have served MnDHA in several leadership positions with the most recent offices of President-Elect and now President. I have served as a delegate, both at the state and national levels for Minnesota, and on reference committee at ADHA House of Delegates. I have also served MnDHA on the finance committee, advocacy council, strategic planning committee, student coordinator, mega issues committee, and booth exhibitor at the Star of the North Dental Conference.
There is amazing oral healthcare movement happening in our country right now and dental hygienists can lead this transformation through our professional association. MnDHA has national recognition as being trailblazers in oral health care. MnDHA will continue this legacy by driving our current strategic plan. As our health care systems and work force models continue to evolve and change in Minnesota, MnDHA's strategic plan will focus on our advocacy effects, better communication, strategic partnerships, association visibility and restructuring our governance this year.
If you are reading this message, I hope you will consider it your invitation to join your colleagues as we trail blaze into the future of dental hygiene. MnDHA wants you with us, every step of the way. ADHA's Immediate Past President, Denise Bowers has stated - "We're BETTER TOGETHER" and I would add - we won't get very far without you.
The future is BRIGHT! Let's have another great year, TOGETHER.
Megan Arnold, LDH, BSDH, M.A.