Lisa M. Schmidt, BA, RDH

IDHA President

IDHA – Your Voice; Your Future; Your Profession.
















As your state president, I would like to provide some information regarding some changes currently taking place within the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association.  Therefore, I hope this writing will address many of your questions and concerns with respect to these transitions.

IDHA is in the midst of many advancements as we begin 2017.  We have implemented the Component Charter Agreements mandated by ADHA.  To begin, the Board of Trustees voted to combine components and make them all unincorporated.  This doesn’t change much for you as a dental hygiene member in the state as it ensures that components are legally, fiduciary and ethically compliant – it takes the legalities out of the equation; things like obtaining liability and director’s and officer’s insurance, filing proper IRS documents, managing component funds, etc.  This process is designed to build and strengthen the ADHA brand.

Components have been combined to make them stronger.  Following are the newly created structures:

Lake County / McHenry County IL01
North Suburban / Winnebago IL02
West Suburban / Fox Valley IL03
South Suburban / Chicago IL04
Peoria / Illini / Springfield IL05
River Bend / Southern Illinois IL06

Each Component has members who were voted into Trustee and Finance positions to provide a liaison to enhance communication between area hygienists and the state association and vice versa.

In addition, the dues structure has been standardized so that all components will collect $10 from each member.  For some this will be a decrease and for some this will be an increase.  This will become effective with the summer dues cycle.  Moving forward, the funds will be managed by IDHA as the Unincorporated Charter Agreements do not allow for components to have elected officers.  I want to reiterate that components will maintain their monies and IDHA will manage them.  Components will continue to provide continuing education seminars at least 1 time per year as well as conduct networking events and community service events.

Components may not maintain a legal existence or identity separate from the Constituent, which is why there are no elected officers.  This means that Component websites and Facebook pages will be redirected to the State website, www.idha.net, and to the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisDentalHygienists/.  These sites are in the process of updates.

To provide further clarification, IDHA plans to conduct one weekend of education along with the meeting of the General Assembly.  During the House of Delegates meeting held in November 2016, the HOD voted to move from a House of Delegates to a General Assembly as this new governance structure allows for all members in Illinois to have a voice concerning proposed bylaws and resolutions for IDHA.

Another change that became effective January 1, 2017, is a contract with a new management firm.  In the Fall of 2016, the Board of Trustees voted to contract with:

TSO (The Sanford Organization)
1000 N. Rand Road
Suite 214
Wauconda, IL 60084
(847) 526-2010

Susan Homerding is the Executive Director representing IDHA.  Her email is shomerding@tso.net

Moving forward, you will be receiving e-blasts from mail@idha.net via MailChimp, our new list serve provider.  Please place this email in your “safe list” to ensure uninterrupted communication from IDHA.

The Public Health Dental Hygienist bill that was signed into law July 2016 and allows a PHDH who has entered into an agreement with a dentist, to see patients without a prior exam requires additional course work to be completed.  At this time, the courses have not been outlined by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Additionally, new legislation has been proposed in 2017 by the Illinois State Dental Society to expand the functions of dental assistants (referred to as EFDA-Expanded Function Dental Assistant) to include packing and finishing of composite restorations, pulp vitality testing, taking of final impressions and starting the flow of oxygen and monitoring of nitrous oxide sedation.

Your patience is appreciated and your participation is valued by myself and all who make our profession solid.  In closing, I invite you to be an active member of your professional organization as we must position ourselves with the determination and endurance to focus on our future while remaining focused on current roles in healthcare.

Lisa Schmidt, RDH, BA
IDHA President 2016-17