PDHA Public Health Council

PDHA Public Health Council 2020-03-31T16:45:38+00:00

PDHA has received an update on the state planning for the Basic Screening Survey that was supposed to be conducted this fall by the PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH). Due to the disruption to all schools that has occurred as a result of COVID19, the PA Coalition for Oral Health, with input from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, has decided to postpone our Basic Screening Survey program until the 2021-2022 school year. As a result, we will not be accepting applications for PHDHP screeners and holding a training this year. PCOH thanks everyone who has already taken the time to submit an application; they are looking forward to releasing a similar ask next spring and will retain all of those applications already received.



In an effort to increase access to oral health care for all Pennsylvanians, the PDHA Public Health Council assists dental hygienists in finding avenues for community health service and serves as a resource for dental hygienists working in public health settings. It also recognizes state-wide initiatives that increase access to oral health care and identify and implement projects that serve the underserved populations in Pennsylvania.

This dynamic group is led by Beth Zimmerman, RDH, MEd, of Sadler Health Care Center in Carlisle and Perry County, and Diane Creme of Welsh Mountain Health Center, New Holland in Lancaster County.

The Council organizes:

  • – “Sealant Saturday”, now in its ninth year and at over 24 sites around the state – Contact Jaclyn Gleber
  • – Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facilities Staff In-Service Training Program aimed to improve the oral health and hygiene for residents – Contact Laura DeHennis
  • – PDHA Public Health Committee:  contact Beth Frushon Chair at Bfrushon@gmail.com
  • – Website resources for hygienists interested in working in Public Dental Health.

A database that will facilitate resource and information exchange is now being developed. To join this private list of dental hygienists and healthcare professionals, please send your email address to PDHA Central Office.  Include your name, degrees, address and phone number (optional). Please sign on to our exclusive resource list at your earliest convenience.

Visit our list of Resources for dental hygienists working in community health programs and our list of Pennsylvania Dental Health Clinics that will help you connect your time and talents with existing programs.

Have suggestions? Know of additional resources? Need information? Want to offer your help? Please contact us – we are eager to hear from you!

Healthy Families Block Party July 2010 for over 200 adults and children in Coatesville – providing education, screening, referrals + Fl varnish; coordinated by Jaclyn Gleber supported by Christine Bennett and 4 DH seniors, Harcum College class of 2011

 In an effort to increase access to oral health care for all Pennsylvanians, the PDHA Public Health Council assists dental hygienists in finding avenues for community health service and serves as a resource for dental hygienists working in public health settings. It also recognizes state-wide initiatives that increase access to oral health care and identify and implement projects that serve the underserved populations in Pennsylvania.

This dynamic group is led by Beth Zimmerman, RDH, MEd, of Sadler Health Care Center in Carlisle and Perry County, and Diane Creme of Welsh Mountain Health Center, New Holland in Lancaster County.

The Council organizes:

  • – “Sealant Saturday”, now in its ninth year and at over 24 sites around the state – Contact Jaclyn Gleber
  • – Nursing Home and Long Term Care Facilities Staff In-Service Training Program aimed to improve the oral health and hygiene for residents – Contact Laura DeHennis
  • – PDHA Public Health Committee:  contact Nora Lugaila, RDH, BSDH, PHDHP, Chair at nora311@verizon.net
  • – Website resources for hygienists interested in working in Public Dental Health.

A database that will facilitate resource and information exchange is now being developed. To join this private list of dental hygienists and healthcare professionals, please send your email address to PDHA Central Office.  Include your name, degrees, address and phone number (optional). Please sign on to our exclusive resource list at your earliest convenience.

Visit our list of Resources for dental hygienists working in community health programs and our list of Pennsylvania Dental Health Clinics that will help you connect your time and talents with existing programs.

Have suggestions? Know of additional resources? Need information? Want to offer your help? Please contact us – we are eager to hear from you!

Healthy Families Block Party July 2010 for over 200 adults and children in Coatesville – providing education, screening, referrals + Fl varnish; coordinated by Jaclyn Gleber supported by Christine Bennett and 4 DH seniors, Harcum College class of 2011