Continuing Education


"Improving Patient Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" 
1.0 CEU with Jeannette Diaz, MPH, MSDH, RDHAP, RDH

Title: "Improving Patient Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"
Description: Health inequities persist for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). People with IDDs experience poorer oral health and challenges accessing care. This course will evaluate barriers to care, identify complex factors contributing to oral health, and equip the dental provider with strategies to improve patient care for people with IDDs.
Course Objectives: 
1.  Evaluate barriers to oral care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs)
2.    Identify complex factors related to oral health of people with IDDs
3.    Discuss strategies to improve patient care of people with IDDs

Speaker Jeannette Diaz is dually licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) in California. Jeannette has 15 years of clinical dental hygiene experience, including owning and operating a portable dental hygiene practice. Jeannette's RDHAP practice primarily serves older adults and people with special healthcare needs. Jeannette currently works as a dental liaison for the California Department of Developmental Services and is an adjunct faculty at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene's online graduate program at MCPHS University.

August
CE


Improving Patient Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
with Speaker Jeannette Diaz, MPH, MSDH, RDHAP, RDH

Speaker Name: Jeannette Diaz 

Short Bio: Jeannette Diaz is dually licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) in California. Jeannette has 15 years of clinical dental hygiene experience, including owning and operating a portable dental hygiene practice. Jeannette’s RDHAP practice primarily serves older adults and people with special healthcare needs. Jeannette currently works as a dental liaison for the California Department of Developmental Services and is an adjunct faculty at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene’s online graduate program at MCPHS University. 

Course Title: Improving Patient Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Course Description: Health inequities persist for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). People with IDDs experience poorer oral health and challenges accessing care. This course will evaluate barriers to care, identify complex factors contributing to oral health, and equip the dental provider with strategies to improve patient care for people with IDDs.

Course Objectives: 

1.  Evaluate barriers to oral care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs)

2.    Identify complex factors related to oral health of people with IDDs

3.    Discuss strategies to improve patient care of people with IDDs

Seminar Information: 

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022

Location: GADHA Zoom Webinar platform 

Time: 6:30 PM Membership Meeting; 7:00 PM Lecture 

CE units – 1.0

Cost to attendees: Free – $25

September CE


From Burnout to Bravery: Beating Burnout by Becoming Whole Again
with speaker Kari Carter-Cherleus, RDH, DA
Thursday, Sept 8, 2022 – 6:30 PM CDT

Speaker Name: Kari Carter-Cherelus RDH, DA

Short Bio: Kari Carter-Cherelus RDH, DA is a public speaker, consultant, and an author. She authored the book The Ultimate Guide for Dental Hygienist Burnout to help dental hygienists in all stages of their career. She uses her platform as CEO and Founder of KMC Strategic Solutions to help improve the work culture in teams and organizations as well as to coach individuals. You can contact her at cherelussmiles@gmail.com or bit.ly/burnoutdentalhygienist

Course Title: From Burnout To Bravery: Beating Burnout By Becoming Whole Again

Course Description: According to the World Health Organization, burnout syndrome is a result of chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. Healthcare providers suffer from burnout at an alarming rate. Healthcare providers who suffer from burnout may deliver less than satisfactory patient care due to their overwhelming stress level. This interactive discussion will provide an overview on how to identify burnout and successfully implement strategies to overcome the damaging effects.

Course Objectives: 

At the conclusion of  this course the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs of burnout.
  • Identify effective strategies to address and manage burnout.
  • Reframe the clinical mindset to recover from the trauma associated with burnout.

Seminar Information: 

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Location: GADHA Zoom Webinar platform 

Time: 6:30 PM Membership Meeting; 7:00 PM Lecture 

CE units – 1.5 Maximum

Cost to attendees: Free – $25

October
CE


It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Dental Hygienist: An Exciting Review of Career Roles, Opportunities, & Pathways for the Modern Hygienist
with speaker Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA
Thursday, Oct 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM CDT

Speaker: Melissa Turner, BASDH, RDHEP, EFDA, affectionately known as @thetoothgirl, is on a powerful mission to transform the future of dentistry for both patient and practitioner. An award-winning speaker, key opinion influencer, and hygienist, Melissa represents a new generation in dentistry through a focus on inclusion, practitioner well-being, and innovative technology. She is a 2022 recipient of the Sunstar Award of Distinction, the dental hygiene industry’s highest honor, and is a top dental content creator nationwide. Melissa works closely with product/service companies and DSOs to drive conversations on brand strategy and development.

Chief hygiene officer and director of social strategy for Cellerant Consulting Group, she leads the Cellerant Best of Class Hygiene Awards, an unbiased, non-profit assessment of available technologies and products in the dental space.

An expert in teledentistry and mobile healthcare delivery, Turner is cofounder of the National Mobile & Teledentistry Conference and is a founding board member of the American Mobile & Teledentistry Alliance, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit membership association.

Turner is creator of the I Heart Dentistry Network, a community focused on supporting under-recognized groups of dental professionals and is cofounder of The Denobi Awards Gala, an annual red carpet awards program honoring outstanding individuals and unsung heroes who move the dental industry forward. Learn more at http://www.MelissaKTurner.com

Course Title: It’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Dental Hygienist: An exciting review of career roles, opportunities & pathways for the modern hygienist

Course Description: It’s a new day in dentistry, and the future for dental hygienists is strong and bright! With ever-increasing roles and responsibilities both inside and outside of the dental op, this course will review the pathways available for modern hygienists – influencer, advisor, educator, entrepreneur and more! It’s never been a better time to be a dental hygienist…this is our time to shine! 

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of the dental hygienist in the past and present, including a deep dive into state practice acts to discover the many variations of clinical roles hygienists hold 
  • Discover the latest current opportunities dental hygienists have both inside and outside of the op 
  • Learn from personal stories of dental hygienists who hold unique roles in dentistry, such as entrepreneur, advocate, and manager 
  • Address the barriers dental hygienists commonly face when expanding outside of their traditional role 

Seminar Information

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022

Location: GADHA Zoom Webinar platform 

Time: 6:30 PM Membership Meeting; 7:00 PM Lecture start

CE units: 1.5 Maximum

Cost to attendees: Free – $25

November
CE


Model Minority Myth: Caring for the Asian American Population
with Speaker An Chih “Angela” Do, RDH, MEd, MAADH
Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 – 6:30 PM CST

December
CE


You’ve Got a Friend in me: Mental Health in Dentistry
with Speaker Amber Lovatos
Thursday, Dec 8, 2022 – 6:30 PM CST

Registration Coming Soon

January
CE


On the Tip of my Tongue: Differential Diagnosis for Tongue Lesions
with Speaker Andreina Sucre Beltran, RDH
Thursday, Jan 12, 2022 – 6:30 PM CST

Registration Coming Soon

February
CE


Oral Health Implications of Individuals with Substance Abuse Disorders
with Speaker Julie F Martin, RDH MSDH, MPH, MAADH
Thursday, Feb 9, 2022 – 6:30 PM CST

Registration Coming Soon

March
CE


Communication in the Dental Office
with Speaker Astrida Curis “The Traveling RDH”
Thursday, Mar 9, 2022 – 6:30 PM CST

Registration Coming Soon

April
CE


Silver Diamine Fluoride: An Underutilized Tool in the Dental Armamentarium
with Speaker Flor Piedrasanta, MSDH, MPH, RDH
Thursday, Apr 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM CDT

Registration Coming Soon

May
CE


Community Project Presentations
with speakers from Austin Community College class of 2023
In Person/Virtual Hybrid – Date & Location TBD – 6:30 PM CST

Registration Coming Soon