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What hygienists need to know.

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The Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Association, known as LIDHA, has no affiliation with the Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Forum, known as LIDHF.
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The New York Dental Hygienists’ Association (NYDHA) has been working closely with the ADHA advocating for dental hygienists across New York state during this unprecedented time. NYDHA is at the forefront of developments, diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and actions of government and healthcare entities daily. At a time when the needs and concerns of NYS dental hygienists are high, NYDHA provides a strong voice. NYDHA’s advocacy initiatives have achieved milestones for the practice of the dental hygiene profession in recent years, and they continue to provide NYS dental hygienists with groundbreaking leadership. Visit NYDHA’s website for the latest in professional, educational, and legislative information:


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LIDHA has been in contact with NYDHA as the COVID-19 situation and government actions unfold. NYDHA is monitoring on a daily basis and advocating for NYS dental hygienists. Visit their website for more information:

NEW ACTION ALERT: Dental Hygiene Student Campaign
April 9, 2020

We need your help again! We are advocating on behalf of dental hygiene students who are preparing to graduate and need licensure to practice. Unfortunately, this pathway to licensure is clouded with uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With recognition that there are a myriad of issues facing these new professionals, ADHA has developed this advocacy campaign directed to the nation’s Governors, focusing on initial dental hygiene licensure for 2020. Please ask your governor to step up and grant an initial license to graduates of a CODA-accredited dental hygiene education program.

NYS on PAUSE Extension
March 29, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced on March 29 that all NYS On Pause functions will be extended through April 15, including in-person workforce restrictions. See March 30 executive order.

March 27, 2020

President Trump signed the $2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by Congress – CARES Act. Here are some of the provisions that may be helpful to dental hygienists, See also IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief website for additional information.

NYS Seeking Help
March 24, 2020

NYS is seeking healthcare professionals to assist in the emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis – see letter and survey for how you can help.

March 24, 2020

More than 49,000 messages have been sent to U.S. Congressional leaders from dental hygiene advocates in less than 24 hours! If you haven’t already, visit the Action Center now to urge legislators to include dental hygienists in the relief.

Check out the latest video from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH with an update on the ADHA Congressional advocacy campaign:

March 23, 2020

ADHA has developed a new advocacy campaign asking Congress to include dental hygienists in any COVID-19 economic relief efforts. Visit the Action Center now to share your personal story with your U.S. Senators and Representatives and urge them to support employees of small businesses during this time of need.

March 20, 2020

On March 20, NYS issued guidance on the new NY PAUSE executive order that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective Sunday, March 22 at 8 p.m. The guidance defines essential to include “doctors and emergency dental,” among others.

A Message from the Long Island Dental Hygienists’ Association

March 19, 2020

ADHA has heard from many dental hygienists regarding the COVID-19 health crisis, what it means for our profession and how we can help distribute information to dental hygienists.

ADHA wants you to know that they are here to support us as dental hygiene professionals. As updates are changing rapidly, it is more important than ever that we, as the only professional association representing dental hygienists, work together to provide accurate information regarding COVID-19.

It’s important to note that as a national professional association, ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. They are, however, actively raising our collective professional concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of dental hygienists and their patients, while addressing critical oral health needs.

Please use and share these resources:
We are unwavering in our commitment to support dental hygienists everywhere, and to provide the leadership you deserve.


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Daily ADHA COVID-19 Updates
New Call to Action for DH Students! ADHA Congressional Campaign (4/9/2020)
Call to Action! ADHA Congressional Campaign (3/24/2020)
Video Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH (3/24/2020)
NY PAUSE executive order (3/20/2020)
Video Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH (3/20/2020)
Call to Action! (3/17/2020)
Video Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH (3/16/2020)



2020: Join us in Rochester October 23-25 for our 2020 Empire Conference.

2019: Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 conference in Saratoga Springs.

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