Ongoing Community Outreach

“We’re proud to have received donations from Crest/Oral B rep Keith Schmidtberger and Allan Periodontics so that we could create free dental hygiene bags to use in community outreach initiatives in the Greater Austin area.  This project was spearheaded by our Community Outreach chairperson, Kym Whitehead.  If you’re a member of GADHA, you can join forces with us to help Austin’s population support and improve their oral health.  Interested?  Check our website for future events, as they unfold.”

Greater Austin Dental Hygienists’ Association Community Outreach Committee

We know COVID-19 has set us back some in diving into our community outreach efforts but together we can think of new ideas on how to keep outreach going strong. Let us know if you have the volunteer bug in you and we can connect you with our outreach chair so we can begin collaborating again to bring smiles out into Austin’s neighborhoods again.



Help Your Local Community Clinic!

Samaritan Health Ministries is a community health sliding scale clinic in Leander, TX just north of Cedar Park. Samaritan’s dental clinic is in need of a hygienist that can work Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 8 hours a week with compensation range of $35-38/hr. If you choose to volunteer instead it would be greatly appreciated, but we understand your time is valuable too. Samaritan has all the CDC recommended PPE available and are generally flexible with your schedule and clinical needs. They are in a new facility and are equipped with robust instrumentation and equipment.

Please send your resume to cstermer@theshm.org and call the clinic at 512-331-5828 with further questions about the position.


Trustee report 1/11/21

Hi everyone! I hope everyone has had a safe and happy new year. We just finished our first TDHA Board meeting of 2021 and it was exciting to learn about some of the finishing touches for TDHA’s first ever virtual Annual Conference. I’ve listed a few of the important items here:

  1. If you are interested in a committee position send your interest to Janessa Bock, President-Elect by February 12, 2021.
  2. Instead of an auction item donation to Ways and Means, we will be providing a $75 donation to the committee instead. For those that are still looking forward to the auction portion of TDHA Annual Conference, we will still be donating an item for HyPAC. If you have not joined the Facebook HyPAC Fundraising group, you can join here.
  3. TDHA is working with TDA, Smiles Direct on the tele-dentistry bill. If you know any dentists, doctors, or other providers that support tele-dentistry, send names to us here.
  4. Annual Session will be held virtually on Feb 13-14. Registration will be free!
  5. If you have volunteered your time in any capacity last year (ie., volunteered at a food bank, church event, making masks, dental charitable event) please fill out this form here by Jan 29.
  6. If you have a recurring donation to HyPAC, Connie Groves, Immediate Past President and HyPAC Treasurer will reach out to you to confirm if you want to continue to do so for 2021. If you would like to start donating monthly to HyPAC, you can fill out the form here. Or one-time donations can be made here as well.

Important Dates:
Jan 15-16
: ADHA Leadership Summit (registration closed)
Jan 15 7PM: HyPAC Happy Hour. We will be closing out current pending raffle items! Join us to win.
Feb 11: Last day to let your Trustee know if you are interested in a TDHA committee, director, or officer position.
Feb 13-14: TDHA Annual Session Register HERE
Feb 14 7PM: Get Lit for HyPAC: HyPAC’s LIVE Auction
Mar 2-5: TDHA CE Road Show (registration and details coming soon!)

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
Melissa Chagollán Vetter, Greater Austin Trustee 2020-2021


TDHA 2020 Board meeting wrap up

Hi all! We had a busy board meeting this week which wrapped up our 2020 meeting schedule. I want everyone to know a few items that came up and thought that since we’ve transitioned into a virtual platform for our meetings, it might be best to provide this information electronically as well.

TDHA positions available:

Membership Director, Secretary, and Speaker of the House

If you are interested in any of these positions, let me know! And you may also be interested in attending the ADHA leadership summit on January 15-16.

We are moving forward with a local anesthesia bill and a teledentistry bill. We are working with other associations to make sure everyone is on the same page and have some hopes to be on a unified front with them. However, since the uncertainty of our Texas congress’s session and how things will be completed this year due to the global pandemic, we must stay on course with our grassroots efforts and stay connected with our legislators. House and Senate Bill numbers will be announced as soon as possible so you can begin writing and encouraging your representatives to vote in the affirmative.

HOD is upon us so please send all Proposed Bylaw changes, suggestions, edits, and Proposed Resolutions to me here.

General Updates: click on the image for more info, if available