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From the President

Amy Grant
Hello to everyone reading this message. I hope it finds you well. I’m Amy Grant and the current President of the Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association. I have been a hygienist for nearly 20 years and have had opportunities working in general dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, non-profit, and clinical instruction. All of these experiences have contributed to who I am today as a person, hygienist, and professional. My acquired knowledge, through these experiences, along with my personal attributes, will help me to provide inclusive and positive leadership within IDHA. This year, as well as last, has been met with exceptional challenges. I believe we will prevail and come out stronger than before. I am here to encourage you and serve in the best interests of Iowa’s Dental Hygienists.

In the wake of these extraordinary times, I’ve given a lot of thought to my profession and what it really means to me. I was reflecting on becoming a member of IDHA. I continued on to my baccalaureate education right after Dental Hygiene school, so I didn’t sign up to become a member right away. I eventually needed some professional guidance, so I reached out to IDHA and was able to get the answers I needed. Then, while I was attending the IDHA state meeting, I was walking by and a Hygienist recognized my name from that previous interaction. She asked if I’d like to join the House of Delegates meeting. I took a chance, knew no one, and participated. I was in over my head, but this group of individuals were welcoming, smart and professional. They had a strong sense of community, camaraderie, and they wanted me to belong. I wanted to be a part of what they were doing. That Hygienist, who recognized my name and invited me, was the president-elect of the association at that time and is now my most dear friend. I hope to bring that type of leadership to you.

Lots of exciting collaborations have been happening. Iowa recently had representation at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Virtual House of Delegates. This is a chance to participate in our state’s presence on the NATIONAL level and it’s an important event that helps establish policy and by-laws for our association. Did you know that this is an opportunity waiting for your voice to be heard? I didn’t fully realize how impactful and significant this experience could be until I participated. It was an opportunity to look at our profession through a different lens.

Your IDHA leaders have been working to put together some great upcoming events for you with quality, dynamic, and innovative continuing education and networking opportunities. Our Fall Event is right around the corner, coming up on October 1st. It’s something for everyone; live continuing education for the licensee, a student event presentation, and a chance for Iowa’s faculty to collaborate. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

REGISTER TODAY!

IDHA Fall Event 2021

Fri, Oct 1, 2021 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Click here to see the Fall Event Flyer

Member Spotlight

Picture of Angela Farrell Name: Angie Kelley
Residence: Avoca, Iowa
Years in Dental Hygiene: 33 years, 3 states
Years of Membership: 30 years

Family: Married 32 years to Bill, 2 kids Kelsey 29 and Dillon 26 years old

How I got interested in Dental Hygiene: i love it when people smile. If more people are proud and like their smile, they will smile more. Happy people make a happy world.

Favorite Instrument: All of them that make my job easier-Lol

Words of Wisdom: If you treat dental hygiene as a job, you will burn out. If you treat it as a professional career, as a professional, you will thrive. Stay involved, network, and continue to learn. Support your profession.


Upcoming Events

 

Oct 1, 2021 Fall Event

April 29th & 30th, 2022 Annual Session