Message From the President
YOU CAN HELP OUR ASSOCIATION GROW!
It's been a busy year! The component trustees have been busy planning their upcoming meetings and activities. Our officers, council and committees have been tending to the business of the organization. It was great getting to meet some of you at each of the meetings as I spoke briefly on the importance of being a member of our professional organization.
Are you a member of ADHA/MnDHA? If not, I encourage you to become a member of your professional Association. There are many reasons listed on the ADHA website explaining why a dental hygienist should become a member of ADHA. I would like to clarify a few of these reasons:
Tess Caywood, RDH
MnDHA President 2013
When you become a member of your professional association, you are making an investment! For virtually one day's pay it is an investment in your professional career. Your membership will help secure a future for dental hygiene by protecting your educational credentials and preserving the integrity of your license.
It is an investment that benefits the public's oral health. By advancing the interests of ADHA we reinforce our commitment to our dental hygiene oath, which reads:
"In my practice as a dental hygienist, I affirm my personal and professional commitment to improve the oral health of the public, to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote high standards of quality care. I pledge continually to improve my professional knowledge and skills, to render a full measure of service to each patient entrusted to my care, and to uphold the highest standards of professional competence and the personal conduct in the interests of the dental hygiene profession and the public it serves."
Being a member of ADHA/MnDHA is an investment in your future. As part of your dues, you are automatically a member of your state constituent and local components. Each sponsors meetings and activities, such as those I recently attended, for your personal and professional benefit. By attending these functions, you have the opportunity to form new friendships and develop professional contacts through valuable networking, networking which could lead to future employment opportunities. In addition to these benefits, there are other reasons to become a member of ADHA. Some of these include:
- Access to information
- Continuing education
- Employment assistance
Members receive a subscription to official publications, journals and magazines to help them stay on top of issues that are critical to the dental hygiene profession. Your membership offers discounts on continuing education through self-study courses, courses at ADHA annual session and constituent and component continuing education events. Being a member also provides you with the opportunity to apply for various types of insurance at competitive premiums.
There are other important benefits to being a member of your professional association. These can be found by following the appropriate links at: www.adha.org . Finally, I would like to encourage all our non-members and members to read an article from RDH magazine, dated 4/01/2013, Volume 33, Issue 4. Please to access this article. This ADHA membership editorial has much insight into why dental hygienists should be members of their association.
Remember, we truly ARE better together!