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Initiated: Fall 2002 after researching ‘Sealants Across Texas’ initiative & other RDH state programs during the 2002 American Dental Hygienists’ Association meeting. In our 13 year history the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association and Dentsply International have teamed up to provide Dental Disease Prevention services to 7,961 children (over 50% of whom live below 200% FPL).
Strategy: PDHA contacts and organizes large dental clinical facilities across PA by working with academic directors, clinical administrators, dental offices and community clinics to donate a day of free dental hygiene prevention services to underserved children in their community.
How many volunteers: Started with 260 and this year we had over 500 volunteers. During 209 clinical events, 2,426 volunteer Dental Hygienists have placed 30,446 sealants on these children with the assistance of 3,025 Dental Hygiene Students and 551 volunteer Dentists.
How volunteers get involved: PDHA journal & website list all clinical sites with contact info of a PDHA volunteer coordinator for each site. Colleagues can call or e-mail to sign up for a morning or afternoon as a professional community volunteer.
During 209 clinical events, 2,426 volunteer Dental Hygienists have placed 30,446 sealants on these children with the assistance of 3,025 Dental Hygiene Students and 551 volunteer Dentists.E-mail resources are available should potential volunteers not have a clinic in their area: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We are always searching for more clinical partners; please email JaclynGleber@comcast.net with possible contacts. Thank you so much to Dentsply Professional of York, PA, our major supporting sponsor who donated all sealant materials for every clinical site all 13 years. Thank you to Premier for generously providing fluoride varnish to participating clinics 2008-2015.
Jaclyn Gleber, RDH, PhD
PDHA Sealant Saturday Chair (2002-2015)
Sealant Saturday Team Leaders gathered at the 92nd PDHA Annual Session at the Keystone Dental Health Conference in Gettysburg in November 2015.