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Nadine DeVoss

It is hard to believe that this is my final President’s message. The year has passed quickly!
So what has happened to our bill supporting direct Medicaid reimbursement for dental hygienists? We got off to a good start with public support and awareness of our proposal. It looked promising that we would find a legislative sponsor for our bill. The situation has changed. Governor Branstad wants Medicaid recipients to have their benefits to be coordinated by a managed care organization instead of making direct payments to individual providers.

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Hello Everyone!  Another Annual Session is quickly approaching! This year IDHA's Annual Session will be held on Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2nd at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.  You may make your reservations at the new hotel by clicking on the Prairie Meadows link
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Upcoming Construction on Eastbound On-Ramp and Off-Ramp to Prairie Meadows!
Detour signs will direct guests coming from the west to the U.S. 65 bypass south ramp to Hubbell/U.S. 6. To get to Prairie Meadows, drivers will turn left (NE) onto Hubbell/U.S. 6 and turn right onto Adventureland Drive. The Iowa DOT states that the exit will be closed tentatively beginning March 30 until approximately May 21.

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Rachel PfeiferName: Rachel Pfeifer
Residence:  I grew up in Richland Ia. After graduating from dental hygiene school, there were 3 job openings in the state of Iowa. I was lucky enough that one of those jobs was in my hometown of only 600 people.  I am very blessed to be working in my hometown community that I know and love.
How I got interested in dental hygiene:  I went to dental assisting school in 2005 knowing that I wanted to be in the dental profession. After assisting for a few years I knew I wanted more. I wanted to be the one sitting in the provider chair. It's one of the best decisions I've made. Doing something that you love everyday is not like work at all!
My favorite dental hygiene instrument:  my favorite go to instrument would have to be the Montana Jack!  It's so versatile. 
Memorable dental hygiene moment:  I was lucky enough to get to go to Guatemala on a mission trip with Kirkwood in 2011, led by our dental hygiene instructor Lisa Hebl. I knew I loved dental hygiene but what I saw and experienced there only cemented that fact. Being able to share a skill that you have with other people who are less fortunate who truly need your help is one of the best feelings I've experienced thus far. It opened my eyes to not only how important oral health care is but how much a difference hygienists can make in people's overall health. 

Upcoming Events

April 11, 2015 ~ 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Brian Novy, DDS, FADI ~ 6 CEUs-Quad Cities Component
April 14, 2015
Central Component Delegates' Meeting

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 ~ 6:30-8:30pm
Table Clinics with Kirkwood Community College Dental Hygiene Students
UI Dental Science Building
2 CEUs-Iowa City Component

May 1 & 2, 2015,
IDHA Annual Session,
The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona



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