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President’s Message


Transitioning to a New Future!

As summer gets started and we all make plans for vacations and family and fun, I would like to take just a moment to thank all of you for your dedication to this amazing profession of dental hygiene. What I have learned in my 15 years of working in both private practice and the educational realm is that dental hygienists have ferocious dedication to their craft, their patients and their profession. I think this was evident in our House of Delegates when it was overwhelmingly decided to separate from our national organization and become an independent California! As your president, I am proud and honored to carry out the duty of making this decision a success for our organization. However, I cannot do this alone, and I am reaching out to all dental hygienists in our state to encourage you to help CDHA Transition to a New Future, as a strong, proud and relevant organization, here to serve and advance the profession of dental hygiene by joining your new CDHA. We need you to be successful!

Our leaders and staff are working every day to continue the movement forward. We are examining all aspects of our organization including finding tangible benefits which will be of value to you our members. Some of these benefits include affordable liability and disability insurance, special member discounts for continuing education events, employment services, labor issue support, as well as others which we will be sharing with you in the very near future. We have also been working on building coalitions with other organizations to help solidify CDHA and the profession of dental hygiene as a valued partner in the healthcare field. These efforts will help build our organization and our profession, as well as increasing future employment opportunities for the dental hygienist.

Success will require participation, not only by our current leaders, but by our future leaders. This is your opportunity to be a part of a new and exciting future for our profession. Your membership matters and it matters at every level, from writing that check to becoming president, it all makes a difference. CDHA has something to offer to every dental hygienist in California, it just requires that first step…….becoming a professional member. I encourage you, if you haven’t taken that first step to do so today! If you have, I want to thank you for being a member of CDHA, and I look forward to working together with all of you as we Transition to a New Future!

CDHA strong, CDHA proud, CDHA now!

Julie Coan, RDH, MPH

CDHA President 2016-2017