Southwest Component

Southwest Component 2020-03-23T18:20:34+00:00

The Southwest Component includes the following counties:

Beaver, Washington, Greene, Butler, Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland, Fayette, Indiana, Cambria, Somerset, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Fulton and Franklin.

Component News and Information


Southwest Component Courses

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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Annual Spring CE – 2 Courses @ Greensburg Country Club
Jun 28 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

CE Course #1 – 8:30am – 11:30am 3CEUs
Nicotine Dependence Treatment Strategies for Oral Health Professionals

CE Course #2 – 12:30pm – 1:30pm 1CEU
The Oral Systemic Connection: A Patient’s Perspective

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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.

To All Southwest Component Members

The Southwest Component is in the process of organizing its committees and chair positions for the 2020 year. It is searching for any interested members to serve on its various committees and fill two vacant chair positions.

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 4:  Heidi Spangler –  representing Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, and Washington Counties

SECTOR 5: Colleen Kalp, RDH – representing Armstrong, Cambria, Fayette, Indiana, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties

SECTOR 6: vacant – representing Bedford, Blair, Franklin, Fulton and Huntingtin Counties

Administrative Chair: Vacant

Membership Chair: Stephanie Mudrick BS, RDH, EFDA

Legislative Chair: Vacant

Public Relations Chair: Andrea Popowski RDH

Community Health Chair: Nora Lugalia RDH, PHDHP

C.E. Co-chairs: Melissa Lucarelli BS, RDH, PHDHP
Hillary McClain BS, RDH, PHDHP

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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, 2017 to March 31, 2019.