Northeast Component

Northeast Component 2020-03-06T13:07:35+00:00

The Northeast Component includes the following counties:

Tioga, Lycoming, Union, Snyder, Montour, Northumberland, Bradford, Sullivan, Columbia, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, Lehigh, Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Northampton.

Component News and Information


Northeast Component Courses

Radiation Safety Certification—Refresher @ Green Pond Country Club
Apr 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Presented By: Laura Crawford, RDH, MHS, PHDHP

Now a LIVE WEBINAR! Please join us in learning with our speaker Laura Crawford from the comfort of your home . Thank you and stay safe !

Course Description: The use of radiography for medical diagnosis is a key component to the oral health professional. Although the dental practice exposes patients to some of the lowest amounts of medical radiation, it is important to stay current on the safety and best practices to protect the patient and the provider. This course will review the science and safety of radiology in accordance to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. This course will also provide you with the most current policies and procedures of radiation exposure
and practice, and proper disclaimer information to post in the healthcare setting.

POSTPONED Leadership Development Retreat and PDHA Board of Trustees Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Apr 24 – Apr 26 all-day

Leadership Development Retreat and PDHA Board of Trustees Meeting has been postponed until 2021

The Board of Trustees meeting portion of that weekend is going to convert to online instead of in person, starting at 9am both Saturday 4/25 & Sunday 4/26.



LIVE WEBINAR hosted by NE component sector 9. of PDHA @ ONLINE
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“Oral Biofilm: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
Presented by: Mildred Wescoe, RDH, PHDHP

2 CEU Credits

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2020 PHDHP Symposium @ Penn College of Technology
May 30 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The PDHA is excited to announce our statewide conference designed specifically for the education and progression of PHDHPs. Join us on May 30,2020 For a CE and networking event.

Topics will include:

· Oral Health Literacy, Smoking Cessation
· Government Relations updates

· Information to become a Credentialed Provider

· Oral Health Access to Care, Silver Diamine Flouride

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Give Kids a Smile Day event

The Fortis Scranton Dental Hygiene students hosted it's 8th annual Give Kids a Smile Day event on Saturday February 29, 2020. Approximately 30 children were provided with free exams, prophylaxis, fluoride, radiographs, and sealants. There were 19 dental hygiene students, 5 RDH's and 2 dentists that volunteered their time.

2020 Leadership information

It is hard to believe that the first month of 2020 has come and gone already. Our Board of Trustees held a very productive online Board meeting on February 1st and PDHA is busy with many exciting things! The Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association would also like to thank our Executive Secretary, Margie Mengle, for her decades of service to our organization. We wish Margie the very best for her well-deserved retirement. We are excited to announce that Tiffany Kilpatrick is our Executive Secretary effective January 1, 2020. The new address for Central Office will be 1804 Elmhurst Ave., Jersey Shore, PA 17740, however our email address and phone number will stay the same.

ADHA Award applications are now being accepted for the 2020 awards

ADHA’s 2020 Awards Program is a way to honor and recognize our members dedication to the dental hygiene profession (in various aspects of the dental hygiene world: clinical, education, public health, research, etc.). Apply now for your chance to be recognized by your colleagues and receive funding to attend the ADHA’s 2020 Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

PDHA Advocacy

PDHA Lobby Day! Legislation is important. It provides a platform for the growth of our scope of practice and a means to protect our license. This is the invisible benefit of membership.

SECTOR 7:  Erin Heap –  representing Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Tioga, and Union Counties

SECTOR 8:  Elizabeth Puzak-Frushon – representing Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties

SECTOR 9:  Cynthia Workman – representing Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Pike Counties

Administrative Chair: Jacey Mitchell, RDH, MS  Email:

Public Relations: Lorraine Lockawich RDH, PHDHP, MBA

Govermental Relations / Legislative: Rachel Coffee RDH, MS

Public Health/ Community Outreach: Kate Karalunas RDH,PHDHP, BSDH, MHS

Continuing Education: Cynthia Staffieri Workman  RDH, BS

Membership: Lisa Wagner RDH

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REMEMBER to complete your mandatory continuing education requirements before you submit your license renewal form. The current cycle runs from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.