The Lake Washington Dental Hygienists’ Society, a component of the Washington State Dental Hygienist’ Association, will host the 43rd Annual WSDHA House of Delegates, October 14-16, 2016 at the Bellevue Embassy Suites. Speaker of the House Charlene Meagher will call the meeting to order at 8:00 am on Saturday, however Friday has some not-to-be-missed events as well - the fall Dental Hygiene Examining Committee (DHEC), meeting from 9:00 am - noon (open to all), and an outstanding CE course from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. (see below). At 6:00 pm, there is a WSDHA Board of Trustees meeting with optional dinner.
Friday afternoon’s 3 hour CE course will feature LWDHS member Lisa Copeland who will present her program entitled Teenagers - What Their Mouths are Telling You but They’re Not: Practical Information on Teen Health Issues. (see below for more information). This will be enlightening because as anyone who has had teenagers will tell you, they can be difficult to understand even when they do tell you things. Please come early for the DHEC meeting Friday, 9:00 am - Noon.
On Saturday evening, attendees will enjoy a dinner and costume gala in honor of outgoing WSDHA President Cecilia Baca. The theme is ‘Back to Broadway’. Dress as your favorite character from a Broadway show - Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Cats, Chicago, Kinky Boots, Annie, Wicked, Shampoo, etc. It will be exciting to see all the different costumes attendees come up with and a live band will keep everyone dancing!
Sunday’s session of the House will find everyone voting on issues, electing officers and culminate in the installation of WSDHA's new President, Renee Berberena, RDH.
LWDHS looks forward to hosting this year’s House of Delegates! Stay tuned for more information to follow via e-mail as we get closer to October.
ONLINE REGISTRATION BEGINS: September 1, 2016. Hotel block rate reservations available now by calling the Bellevue Embassy Suites at (425) 644-2500. Use Block Rate Code: D98 to receive the discounted hotel rate.
The community is coming together to produce the Seattle/King County Clinic Oct. 27 – 30 in Key Arena at Seattle Center. This giant health clinic offers a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations in the region. The effort, involving months of preparation and thousands of volunteers, transforms Key Arena into the largest clinic of its kind in Washington State. Over 4,000 patients are served by over 3,000 healthcare professionals and general support volunteers, providing more than $3.5 million in healthcare services.
How can you help? Volunteer at the clinic and join as many as 100 partner organizations to offer free dental, vision and medical care to under-served and vulnerable populations. Each day the Clinic needs over 750 healthcare professionals and general support volunteers to operate. The Clinic provides most equipment and supplies, as well as free meals and parking. Learn more at: www.seattlecenter.org/volunteers or call (206) 615-1835, or Email: SKCClinic@seattlecenter.org
Please help us spread the word! All are welcome at this giant health clinic. Patients are assisted each day on a first-come, first-served basis. All services and procedures are provided free of charge by licensed male and female healthcare professionals. Interpretation services are available, and patients do not need to show identification, proof of citizenship or qualifying documents.
Learn more: www.seattlecenter.org/patients
"The mission of WSDHA is to increase awareness of and access to quality oral health care, to promote the highest standards of research and education, licensure and practice for dental hygienists, and to represent and promote the interests of the dental hygiene profession, as a means to improve the public's health."
- Maintain a member-driven financially viable organization
- To serve as the authoritative resource for the profession of dental hygiene
- Promote consumer advocacy in oral health care as part of total health
- Achieve autonomy of dental hygiene education, licensure and practice