Newsletter from NEFDHA

Dear Colleagues,
Staying social in a social distancing environment.
People need people. How will we survive this?
We will never forget the year of 2019! It will be labeled in history books as the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Never to be forgotten.
It has changed how we interact with each other
It has changed how we interact with our pets.
It has changed how we interact with the world-
It has affected how we interrelate in everyday life as human beings- As parents, grandparents, children, siblings. 

As friends and pastors, religious leaders
It has changed how we go to the supermarkets, banks and hair appts.
It has changed how we purchase.
It has changed how we entertain ourselves.
It has changed how we celebrate birth, graduations, weddings and deaths.
It has changed how we practice dentistry.

As a Board, we have accepted this COVID-19 challenge of staying socially connected in every way possible with safe surroundings.  New ways, new protocols, we must move forward with positive change and transition.

We kicked off the 2020-21 NEFDHA year, when Mayor Curry declared October 2020 Dental hygiene awareness month in Jacksonville, Florida, followed by our 1st annual ToothRoute virtual 5K. We have some exciting continuing education topics lined up this year that we will offer via Webinar Zoom.
Gingival grafting and pinhole procedure, Perio Protect- a new way of treating gum disease and bleeding, Laser treatments and the CRDH, Myofunctional Therapy and airway, Dental Wellness and Overall Health are some of the topics being presented this year.
We plan to keep everyone better informed this year through social media, our updated NEFDHA.org website, and this newsletter.
I look forward to each of you joining us in “Staying Social in a Social Distancing Environment!

Sincerely,
Darla Schultz, BS ,CRDH
NEFDHA President
MAYOR CURRY SIGNS A PROCLAMATION
On September 14, 2020 Mayor Lenny Curry signed a Proclamation. He proclaimed October 2020 as DENTAL HYGIENE MONTH. What an honor to the NEFDHA. This inspired our 1st Annual virtual Toothroute 5K walk for the purpose of creating dental hygiene awareness in the community of Jacksonville, Florida. Thank you so much Hazel Kerr, for getting the ball rolling and making this happen. Hazel is our e-communications director.
FSCJ DRIVE BY TEA
In August 2020, we held a Drive By Tea for the FSCJ graduating class of 2020. They were presented a frame for their professional license along with cupcakes, flowers, tea and balloons.
Ravon Smith put a lot of effort in making this a successful “social distancing” event.
SUCCESSFUL 1st ANNUAL VIRTUAL TOOTHROUTE 5K
 
We want to thank all of you dental hygienists, dental peeps and family members for coming out and supporting NEFDHA in our 1st Annual virtual Toothroute 5K. We had several small groups that met in different locations in town from the Beaches to the River. We look forward to next year’s event, which we hope will not have to be virtual! Many thanks to Marie Smith our Vice President that headed up this event!
NEFDHA's Calendar of events and CE courses can be downloaded HERE.
NEFDHA OFFICERS 2020-21 AND EMAIL ADDRESSES
 
Darla Schultz, President   sheraskal@aol.com                    
Ravon Smith, President Elect   ravoncrdh@gmail.com
Marie Smith, Vice President, Webmaster   rdhmarie@yahoo.com
Ashley Manor, Recording Secretary, Social Media Director   ashleymanorjax@gmail.com
Beth Rucker, Corresponding Secretary   bethrdh@comcast.net
Shannon Frey, Treasurer   swope.shannon@yahoo.com
Lori Brusoski, Past President, Membership Chair  lfbrusoski@yahoo.com
Cindy Wampler, ADHA Trustee   cindywampler55@yahoo.com
Joshua May, Member at Large   joshuamayhygiene@gmail.com
Karah Harrington, FSCJ Student Liaison   karah.harrington@yahoo.com
Hazel Kerr, e-communications   hbkerr@tds.net
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