Deadline to submit proposal is Friday, October 2

Overview

Do you have a great idea for a session or want to showcase a particular area of expertise? Is there an experience that you or your agency has had that could benefit your peers and other communities? Share your unique ideas and experiences by speaking at the ADHA 2021 Annual Conference.

ADHA is seeking education proposals founded in sound adult learning principals and reflecting evidenced-based, cutting-edge thinking, informed by current theory, research, and practice. Intended to deliver the utmost learning experience, preference may be given to proposals that are positioned to deliver a balanced mix of the following:

Content

  • Innovative, cutting-edge, evidenced-based
  • Practical application with evidence supported by research/data
  • Exploring issues important to dental hygienists at varying stages of expertise

Instructional Design

  • Stimulate and provoke discussion, audience engagement, and outcome-focused design
  • Facilitate knowledge transfer and development of new competencies
  • Collaborative delivery drawing on past experiences and knowledge of attendees

Audience

  • Practicing dental hygienists in areas across clinical, education, research, and public health
  • Dental hygienists at different stages of their learning path (ranging from still in school to 25+ years of work experience)
  • Strong desire for hands-on and interactive sessions where they can implement new skills the next week in their offices, classrooms, or clinics

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:

Emerging Concepts

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

Education Methodology

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

Infection Control

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

Implants/Implant Care

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

Periodontology

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

Public Health

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

Research:

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

Other Category

Learning Formats

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..

Knowledge Levels

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.

AudioVisual 

ADHA will provide the standard AV set for each room:  

Lectures: Theater set, stage, LCD screen & project, laptop, podium with microphone, head table and up to (3) lavalier microphones 

Hands-on Labs: Classroom set, LCD screen/monitor & projector, laptop, podium with microphone, head table and up to (2) lavalier microphones 

Rapid Learning: Up to (3) draped cocktail tables and standing monitor 

Master Class: Round table set, LCD screen & project, laptop, podium with microphone, head table and up to (3) lavalier microphones 

*AV room sets may not be modified 

Proposal Process & Selection Criteria 

ADHA intends to have the very best dental hygiene conference on the market, thus we combine the input of peer reviewers and professional staff to ensure the dental hygiene community has a powerful voice in the direction of our conference programming. Together we plan an inclusive opportunity for all current and future ADHA members in the dental hygiene community to participate in excellent formal and informal learning experiences that support patient care, increase individual competencies, and provide opportunities for thoughtful, engaging conversations. 

1. Peer Reviewers 

Members of ADHA are in the best position to inform the association on what attendees want to see at their annual conference, therefore through an open call to membership, ADHA supports an ad hoc CE Peer Review group to act as peer reviewers for all of the submissions we receive. CE Peer Reviewers review sessions that fall into their primary and secondary areas of expertise (clinical, public health, education, research, professional development). Proposals are evaluated on each of the following criteria: 

  • Originality 
  • Evidenced-based content 
  • Program design 
  • Relevance 
  • Overall Quality

2. ADHA Staff

ADHA prides itself on having some of the best staff in the association industry, each with unique perspectives and experiences in running high quality conferences. Staff utilize the feedback from the CE Peer Reviewers to develop the conference schedule and identify any content gaps. 

Ready to Apply?

You’ve read through this entire announcement and you’re now ready to apply, right? Excellent! To add your proposal for consideration at ADHA 2021 in Phoenix, click this link or the button below and start the process today!

Questions?

Contact the Education department for questions at education@adha.net

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in the coming months as
the conference experience
takes shape.

EXPLORE PHOENIX

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you explore all that the valley
of the sun has to offer. From
inspiring sunrises to desert
calm, Phoenix welcomes you.

GET RECOGNIZED

Share your accomplishments!
Submit a nomination
for an ADHA 2021 Award
Prizes include free conference
registration and more.
Submissions open in September.

LEARN MORE

Find answers to frequently
asked conference questions
here. We’ll be sharing more
in the coming months as
the conference experience
takes shape.

EXPLORE PHOENIX

Prepare to be amazed as
you explore all that the valley
of the sun has to offer. From
inspiring sunrises to desert
calm, Phoenix welcomes you.

GET RECOGNIZED

Share your accomplishments!
Submit a nomination
for an ADHA 2021 Award
Prizes include free conference
registration and more.
Submissions open in September.