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.
On Tuesday September 24, 2019 the PDHA headed to the Hill… Capitol Hill that is. Lead by Government Relations Consultant Morgan Plant, President Lisa Maisonett, President Elect Linda Straub Bruce and Government Relations Chair Carolynn Wahl. The day was well spent supporting House Bill (HB) 994 which will allow a PHDHP to provide dental screenings in school districts where Certified School District Dental Hygienists are not employed. We were joined by clinicians, educators and student dental hygienists from around the state.
Advocacy is a year-round effort and one of the intangible benefits to membership in the ADHA. Your state component, PDHA maintains a presence at the bi-monthly State Board of Dentistry (SBOD) meetings, an eye on legislation pertinent to our practice settings and scope brought to legislators by other entities (think telemedicine and its potential impact on dentistry) and maintains an open dialogue with other states and their legislative activities. It also provides the opportunity to protect our scope of practice from being diluted or altered without our knowledge.
Networking events such as Lobby Day are a public event that places the spotlight directly on who we are as professionals which in turn is supported by the day to day direct contact we have with the public. The benefits of belonging more than repay the cost of dues. PDHA amplifies your voice and gives you a community of like-minded peers. RDHs who, no matter what career path is chosen, remain committed clinicians advocating for the public we serve.