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From the President

Donnella Miller
Covid Strikes Again!
Missing lobby day this year at the capitol was hard! The Iowa Dental Hygienist Association has been busy this legislative session and not being able to be physically present, face to face with our legislatures this year has added an additional layer of sadness.

On February 15, 2021 HF 615 - A bill for an act relating to the placement of dental sealants on teeth by a dental assistant was filed by two legislators. You can read the bill in full here. Immediately the IDHA did file they were in opposition of it.

On February 17, 2021 the bill did pass out of the subcommittee by a unanimous vote and has been referred to the House Human Resources Committee. Tom Cope, the lobbyist for IDHA did a great job testifying against this bill in subcommittee. The next stop for this bill is the House Human Resources Committee. I encourage you to write an email to any member who is from where you live or work and let them know you object to this bill and why. Here is the link for the members of that committee.
This is the time for us as a Profession to come together and protect the citizens of Iowa.

Bills the IDHA have signed onto for 2021:

HF 390 - Notice has to be given prior to removal of fluoridation in the water system in any community
HF 402 - Expansion of the direct care workforce registry for the state of Iowa
SSB 1089 - Expansion of the Broadband Services in Iowa

I would encourage you to also show support for these bills!

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out:

- Donnella Miller

Member Spotlight

Picture of Angela FarrellName: Angela Farrell
Residence: McClelland, IA
Years in Dental Hygiene: 10
Years of Membership: 🤔 not sure. Most of the 10 years.

Family: Husband—Andy, Oliver-8, Amelia-6, Lydia-almost 4 years old.

How I got interested in Dental Hygiene: In late elementary or middle school my childhood dental assistant asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up and I said what she did seemed fun. She said it is fun being an assistant but that I should go to school to be a dental hygienist. She said it with such a sparkle it stuck with me for a long time. When I was a junior in high school, My orthodontist asked if I still wanted to do dental hygiene, and that reinvigorated my interest.

Favorite Instrument: America XP gold universal posterior scaler or is it a curette?? It’s great for burnished calculus.

Memorable hygeine moment: When someone hears what you have to say and makes positive behavior changes to better their oral health-it really makes it worth it. Also, big chunks of calculus-they also make hygiene worth it! :)

Upcoming Events


August 15th General Assembly via Zoom

October Fall Event Cancelled

Annual Session April 30 - May 1st Virtual - See Con-Ed Annual Session link