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  • 17 Feb 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Are you unsure about if dental hygienists in IL are allowed by law to see a new patient prior to the dentist exam, and what type of exam is considered the exam? Please read this guidance provided by the IDHA that helps to elaborate this.

  • 3 Feb 2021 11:28 PM | Anonymous

    On January 29, 2021, The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation invoked their emergency powers to modify the professional license and certification statutes, along with regulations for Illinois licensed dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Unfortunately, this PROCLAMATION did not include dental hygienists. 

    In response, IDHA sent out a PRESS RELEASE to share our disappointment that dental hygienists were not included in this proclamation.  It was sent to various news outlets in Illinois.

      

  • 18 Dec 2020 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    IDHA sends second letter to Governor Pritzker requesting Executive Order for expanded functions to administer vaccinations during the mass vaccination effort. See letter here.

  • 18 Dec 2020 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Illinois Dental Hygienists,

    As shared via social media on December 3, 2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that any oral health care provider that provides direct patient care in a dental setting, is considered to be part of the “priority group” under healthcare providers to receive the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 vaccine first.1, 2  Early shipments of the vaccine will be prioritized to the 50 Illinois counties with the highest death rates per capita.... Continue reading letter here
  • 14 Dec 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous
    During this crucial time when the COVID-19 vaccination is expected to roll out in mass quantities, the need for additional healthcare personnel to administer the vaccine will increase significantly. This is why adding dental hygienists to the healthcare personnel allowed to administer the COVID-19 vaccination is of high importance. See the following letter that IDHA sent to Governor Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ezike to request that expanded functions ability to join alongside our fellow healthcare professionals with getting the vaccination to the public. Read it here: IDHA - COVID 19 Vaccine Corospondance SF.pdf
  • 4 Dec 2020 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for this virtual event on Zoom and IDHA's Facebook Live!  Click here to learn more and send an email to mail@idha.net to receive an invite to join this event.

  • 28 Jun 2020 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    The remaining PHDH certification course dates for 2020 are August 9th and October 11th.

    Find more info on the PDHD Page.

  • 28 Apr 2020 10:18 PM | Anonymous

    As of January 1, 2020, all licensed professionals in Illinois are required to complete a 1 CEU hour course in Sexual Harassment Prevention. This does not to include the mandatory annual training that an employer is to conduct for all employees in their practice. The annual employee training must be taken in office and on company time (paid). The 1 CEU hour course taken for your licensure renewal must be an IDFPR approved provider (if you are unsure, please contact IDFPR to verify), and you must obtain and present the completion certificate to IDFPR if asked.

    Here is more information about the required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training CE  law from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR):  https://www.idfpr.com/FAQ/DPR/DPR%20Sexual%20harassment%20prevention%20CE.pdf


    Here are links to a couple (approved$15.00 CE courses: 

    https://www.netce.com/courseoverview.php?courseid=1812

    https://illinoisreq.com/goo/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0MD_BRCTARIsADXoopYEMDU1DE_6j4Fy2NuLPGAAJDFHlLswMH3hMYwDg9Sw6qNvBwMwEekaAq9vEALw_wcB&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0MD_BRCTARIsADXoopYEMDU1DE_6j4Fy2NuLPGAAJDFHlLswMH3hMYwDg9Sw6qNvBwMwEekaAq9vEALw_wcB


    Here is a link to an approved, free CE course:

    https://vivalearning.com/member/classroom.asp?x_classID=3154


    Please do all you can to share this information.  Don't pay $50 or $100 for this course.  Let's make sure all the dental hygienists in Illinois are aware of their options regarding CE.

    Thank you - Your IDHA team


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