The ADHA Annual Conference, being held in Phoenix, Arizona Friday June 18 – Sunday, June 20, is an opportunity for dental hygienists to engage in exceptional formal and informal learning experiences to advance professional development, improve patient care, and learn about the latest trends in dental hygiene.
Education Tracks Areas
Organize your learning opportunities by track! Sessions that are specific to a particular topics will fall into one of the following tracks:
Courses in this category will address new and emerging opportunities for dental hygienists as oral healthcare specialists. The roles of the dental hygienist are evolving far beyond the scope of practice and traditional boundaries found in clinical settings.
Topics Include: Myofunctional therapy, scope of practice issue, holistic dentistry
Courses in this category educators will need to be prepared to meet the needs of multigenerational learners. Address new pedagogical approaches focusing on the optimization of critical thinking skills leading to competency as oral health care providers.
Topics Include: Teaching methods using new technology, teaching methods for online integrations, teaching today’s student
Courses in this category will address safe dental care and the reduction of healthcare associated infections is the goal of any infection control program. All aspects of infection control as well as patient privacy and confidentiality issues. The unique characteristics of dental practice settings and the generation of aerosols during COVID-19, has brought infection control practices into question.
Topics Include: Aerosols, PPE, new practices post-COVID 19, OSHA and CDC Compliance, HIPPA Standards
Courses in this category should address the most contemporary, comfortable, and cost-effective techniques available for periodontal and implant maintenance. They should address challenges of providing safe and effective maintenance and include references to the Proceedings from the 2017 World Workshop on The Classification Of Periodontal And Peri-Implant Diseases And Conditions. https://www.perio.org/2017wwdc.
Topics Include: Implant maintenance, implantology, guided biofilm therapy, perio-implant conditions and diseases
Occupational Health and Well-Being
Courses in the category should include recognition of ergonomic risk factors in the workplace, burnout (physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion), and how to survive clinical practice in the time of COVID-19. Self-care needs are aimed at physical, mental, emotional, and other basic needs, in the following areas: financial; professional; environmental; physical; mental; emotional; spiritual; relational; and leisure. Courses in this category should focus on attaining a work/life balance.
Topics Include: Self-care, ergonomics, emotional intelligence, benefits, retirement, financial, occupational injuries, risk management
Oral Systemic Link
Courses in this category should focus on medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, stroke, pre-term births, diabetes, cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions that may have a connection to oral health. Courses could include the associations involved with airway development, sleep apnea, and myofunctional disorders. Bear in mind that correlation does not equal causation. Oral cancer, HPV, vaping, and the use of cannabis can be highlighted in the category.
Topics Include: Diabetes, oral cancer, HPV, sleep apnea, xerostomia, cannabis
Courses in this category should focus on the latest advances in prevention, treatment, and technology in the area of periodontal diseases. The 2018 Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions should be included. https://www.perio.org/2017wwdc.
Topics Include: Advances, instrumentation, diagnosis and treatment, update on AAP classifications, Perio grafts, perioscopy
Patient Services and Care
Courses in this category will address all aspects of patient care and services. Dental hygiene diagnosis and care plan is an essential component of comprehensive, evidence-based patient care. Dental hygienists must be competent in the provision of care focusing on the needs and values of the individual patient.
Topics Include: Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide, CPR, Instruments, smoking cessation, lasers, marijuana, opioids
Patients with Special Considerations
Courses in this category should focus on special needs patients, who should be afforded different considerations that recognize their level of oral health literacy, medical/health issues, possible dental anxiety, and other factors. Age, culture, language, economic status, values, beliefs, and past dental experiences are just a few of the factors that need to be considered.
Topics Include: Geriatrics, pediatric, Alzheimer’s, dementia, pharmacology, patients with special needs
Courses in this category should focus on innovations in care, assess to care, and practicing to the full extent of one’s dental hygiene license and education. Telehealth is defined as a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.
Topics Include: Teledentistry, Expanding Access to relation of care, Remote Access Care, Training on Teledenistry, expanding opportunities for Dental Hygienists, Innovate work force models, use in education, practicing to extent of scope, dental therapy
Courses in this category will address the research process, teaching methodologies and the research publication process. Research in the dental hygiene discipline supports the unique body of knowledge essential to the profession and provides evidence for clinical practice. The ongoing development of dental hygiene researchers and scientists requires mentorship and guidance.
Topics Include: Research methods required to publish in JDH, teaching research methods
Adult learners have different methods and preferences when engaging in self-directed learning; ADHA’s Annual Conference continuing education offerings try to reflect our diverse set of learners. Our learning formats support a range of instructional methods giving attendees more control over setting priorities and choosing the right content, materials, and methods to match their learning styles and objectives.
- Rapid Learning (30-minute session)
- Present a 30-minute rapid learning session to a small, intimate audience located in topical areas of the exhibit hall. Showcase information on a research project, an emerging trend in dental hygiene, or a quick update on the topic.
- Lectures (60 or 90 minutes options)
- These sessions are more akin to your standard lecture where attendees engage mainly through listening. ADHA highly encourages sessions that allow for attendees to interact, either via small group activities during the lecture, through polling, and other collaborative learning exercises.
- Hands-on Lab (60 or 90 minutes)
New this year! All hands-on labs will take place in the Exhibit Hall within the Product Experience Zone. What’s better than hearing about a new product, method,or practice? Actually using or applying your knowledge on the spot! Our hands-on labs are in-depth workshops where attendees are expecting to utilize equipment or practice techniques they can immediately apply in their daily work.
- Masterclass (Full day)
- Are you a trainer or certifier of a technique or practice that dental hygienists need? (Examples would include CPR, laser certification, orofacial myofunctional therapy, etc.) This would be the place for you to apply to have your workshop considered for inclusion either before ADHA’s conference or during the conference programming..
ADHA has three levels of knowledge relating to the pre-requisite learner knowledge, instructional techniques, and complexity of the learning objectives.
Beginner: These courses provide broad, introductory information suited to audiences with limited or no knowledge of the subject prior to attendance. This level is appropriate for attendees new to their careers as dental hygienists, for topics that are new to the field and a small baseline of understanding already exists in the general dental hygiene population, or for attendees looking to switch career paths (e.g. from clinical office to public health).
Intermediate: These courses are more interactive, including case studies and assessment measures, requiring the learner to be more engaged, interacting with the material and using the information in practical applications, thus requiring some prerequisite knowledge. This level is appropriate for attendees who have been practicing in their field for over two years who have established a degree of competence and for those seeking to build on, apply, or enhance existing knowledge.
Advanced: Courses in this level focus on innovation, massive shifts in practice, new technology, methods, or applications, and highly technical or detailed topics. The course material and activities focus on problem identification, analysis, and solutions, fostering opportunities to explore subjects in an environment of trust. Objectives may include enhancing competence in complex procedures, mastering the use of technology, or preparing attendees to lead the training of others. This level is appropriate for attendees who have been practicing in their field for over five years with significant expertise, knowledge, and experience who could be deemed an expert in this topic.