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This show is the official podcast for the ADHA! Join us as we discuss relevant thoughts, ideas, and best practices for hygienists throughout the United States. Be sure to reach out with ideas for our show on any of the social media channels!
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Next up! ADHA24 in the Big Easy! Before you pack your bags, get this insider’s guide to the dental hygiene event of the year as Matt is joined by Leah Johnson, CMP, DES, ADHA’s Director of Meetings, Corporate Development and IOH. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a veteran meeting-goer, get all the best tips to make the most of your visit. From transportation and ticketing to education and fabulous social events – listen, learn and let the good times roll at ADHA24 in NOLA! Download your NOLA guide to do thing right from our friend Michelle Strange the Roaming Dental Hygienist. 
In this episode, Matt interviews Amber Lombardi, RDH, CEO of Mainely Teeth, and filmmaker Jim Tuttle about their documentary "Filling the Gaps." The film explores dental care inequity and how Amber’s non-profit, is working to address dental care accessibility throughout rural Maine. They highlight access challenges and potential solutions, including Mainely Teeth's innovative mobile efforts in the northeast. The film is premiering at an exclusive attendee-only event at the ADHA24 Annual Conference in New Orleans later this month. Matt also shares updates on the DDH Compact's progress and news from ADHA. Filling the Gaps Official Trailer    
On this episode of the ADHA Podcast host Matt Crespin sits down with Lisa Heaton, PhD, author of a recently published report from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health on the tremendous amount of lost productivity as a result of dental issues. Dr. Heaton shares some of the eye-opening findings from this study as well as mitigation opportunities for reducing the devastating economic burden of neglected oral health. Matt shares updates from ADHA including the latest issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene and continued excitement building for this summer's ADHA 2024 event in New Orleans.   
On the newest episode of the ADHA podcast, your host Matt Crespin welcomes Christina Reinhardt, LDH/RDH, an investigator for the FBI who specializes in dental fraud cases. Hear about Christina’s unusual career journey that took her from dental hygiene into the world of criminal investigations at the federal level. As the FBI's subject matter expert on dental fraud, she provides a fascinating look into her work unraveling complex cases and the critical role of dental professionals in the investigations. She also offers a sneak peek into what she is presenting at ADHA24 in New Orleans, where she'll dive deeper into the FBI Health Care Fraud Program and how law enforcement conducts the investigations.  
On this episode, Matt is joined by Lisa Balint, MPH, BSDH, EPDH, and Linda Mann, EPDH to discuss the remarkable community-centric approach adopted by Capitol Dental Care in Oregon. They share their organization's unique and innovative strategies for serving their community. From mobile care units that bring services directly to underserved populations to seamless medical-dental integration, this organization is redefining the way dental care is delivered. Balint and Mann provide in-depth insights highlighting the profound impact this care delivery model has on improving access and overall well-being within the community and how it can be replicated to enhance community outreach efforts. Matt also provides updates from the ADHA, keeping listeners informed about the latest developments and initiatives from the organization. Sentate Committee Hearing on Dental Care: 
Wellness is a critical component of our personal and professional success. With Mental Health Awareness Month in full swing, Matt is joined by guests Dr. Sarah Jockin, DDS, and Adriana (Adri) Forino, CRDH, to share their authentic journeys from dental burnout to wellness and reigniting their professional passion in this episode sponsored by Heartland Dental. They share strategies for battling burnout to help professionals remain well and explain how they personally approach their own mental well-being and keep their fire fueled. Matt shares updates from ADHA including upcoming events and discusses Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month which are also celebrated in May. AAPI Heritage Month: Mental Health Awareness Month:  Well-being Index: Wellness research: 
Artificial Intelligence is here whether we're ready to embrace it or not. Listen in as Matt previews newly released research on this topic with Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian from ADHA and Kathy Copas, RDH of Heartland Dental. Learn how AI is being innovatively applied in dentistry and how it might help you, as an oral care provider, improve your patient outcomes and boost your marketability. Matt offers a sneak peek into upcoming events plus some updates from the ADHA in this special episode sponsored by Heartland Dental.
Oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer affects over 700,000 individuals annually worldwide. Early cancer detection is critical to improving survival rates. To kick off Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Matt sat down with Dr. Bruce Lieberthal, Chief Innovation Officer at Henry Schein, Inc. to discuss early oral cancer detection. Dr. Lieberthal explains his personal connection and dedication to early detection that has led to his innovative diagnostic work at the forefront of oral cancer detection and new cutting-edge point-of-care technology. Matt also shares other important updates from ADHA. This episode is sponsored by Henry Schein Dental. Oral Cancer & The Dental Hygienist, April 27: New Oral Cancer Fact Sheet: Oral Cancer Resources:  
Don’t miss this timely episode that addresses the importance of correct employment classification for dental hygienists. Your host Matt Crespin sits down with Joe Fogg, CEO at OnDiem, to uncover the complexities and pitfalls of incorrect classification and what that means for your taxes and beyond. They also highlight OnDiem’s unique membership partnership with ADHA and the benefits that offers members. Joe explains the company’s inspiration and backstory, his motivation for advancing and safeguarding the dental hygiene workforce, and how OnDiem is reshaping temporary employment in our profession. To sign up with OnDiem visit:  Read the partnership announcement:  For more details on the Workforce Shortages Report: 
Tune in for a compelling glimpse into the innovative intersection of dentistry and medicine. Matt discusses medical-dental integration with Dr. John Ahern, MB BCh BAO, BDentSc, MSc, PhD who is both a dentist and physician with a dedicated emphasis on public health and primary care. Dr. Ahern shares how he is championing the integration of oral health into medical care and how teledentistry can increase collaboration and referral. In March we also celebrate International Women's Day, Earth Day, and Developmental Disabilities Awareness. Matt provides updates on the latest happenings at ADHA and shares a sneak peek at an upcoming episode featuring our friends at OnDiem who will share timely tips for tax time.    
In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, we are shining a light on the remarkable work of two hygienists improving the oral health of children in their communities. Dr. Yvette Reibel, RDH, EdD, MSDH and Dr. Stacey Onofrietti, RDH, MS, PhD, CHP, FADHA share the impact that the Mars Wrigley Foundation’s Healthier Smiles Grant from the ADHA Institute for Oral Health has had on their initiatives. They share their passion for serving the community, especially children, and recount their professional oral health journeys. February is also Black History Month and Matt shares the origins of this celebration and this year's theme. Matt also brings you up to speed on important ADHA updates including anticipation for ADHA 2024 in New Orleans for which registration has opened.    
The International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) is a global organization that unites national dental hygienist organizations across the world, by fostering leadership and collaboration in the profession. ADHA is a member organization. In this special podcast episode, Matt is joined by IFDH President Wanda Fedora, RDH, and IFDH President-Elect Jill Rethman, RDH, BA, FADHA, as they fill us in on IFDH's focus for 2024 and beyond. They also discuss the upcoming International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) this summer in Seoul, South Korea. Matt shares other important ADHA updates and deadlines quickly approaching and more! Important links: Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and follow ADHA and Matt on social media @youradha @crispyrdh  
The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) Foundation offers scholarships, research grants and community service grants to fulfill its goals to advance the dental hygiene profession and expand access to oral health care. Matt is joined by IOH Chair and ADHA Immediate Past President Dawn Dean, RDH, MSDH, CTTS, FADHA, who explains what IOH is all about. IOH scholarship and grant recipients Jessica Suedbeck, RDH, MSDH and Alicia Smith RDH, BS, share the impact of their awards in their careers as oral health professionals. Matt wraps up the final episode of the year with reflections on 2023 and the celebration of ADHA’s 100-year anniversary.   Jessica's research: IOH Foundation:
The National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) promotes access to oral health care for underserved populations. For this episode, Matt sat down with NNOHA Education Director Candace Hsu Owen, RDH, MS, MPH, at the recent NNOHA Annual Conference in Denver, CO. They chat about her journey and how she landed at the organization and the many resources and opportunities available through NNOHA. Matt also shares IOH news and highlights the Giving Tuesday fundraising push coming up at the end of November.   NNOHA: ADHA IOH:
Wrapping up National Dental Hygiene Month 2023, tune in as guests Gina Sharps, MPH, RDH, CTTS, FADHA, and Ren Reyes, MBA, HCA, BSDH, RDH, discuss the important work of the Dental Hygiene Liaison Project with your host Matt. Through a long-standing partnership between ADHA, The Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the DHL Project is helping to improve access to oral health services for children and families served by Head Start. Matt also shares updates about the 2024 ADHA Awards including the new Ann Battrell Visionary Legacy Award. DHL Project: 2024 ADHA Awards: Ann Battrell Award: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center:
In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, Matt chats with Colgate's Associate Manager for Community Oral Health, Anaika Forbes-Grant, CDA, RDH, MS, CSM, about Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education and prevention program that she leads, which has reached more than 1.6 billion children since its inception in 1991.  Anaika is Everyday Extraordinary both in the world of dental health and in her amazing community outreach role with #HashtagLunchbag Brooklyn, where she helps to address food insecurity affecting the vulnerable members of her community. ADHA's National Dental Hygiene Month resources include links to ways you can volunteer and give back to your community and profession. Contact Anaika:  Instagram @hashtaglunchbagbk ADHA Events:  
ADHA is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on this episode and chatting with ADHA President Dr. Becky Smith. Becky shares her journey and what HHM means to her growing up as a Cuban American in Florida.  Becky also shares her experiences as a Jai Alai player, which is a male dominated sport, along with updates on efforts the Board of Directors is working on.  Matt shares updates on his recent visit to DC representing ADHA at the Dental and Dental Hygiene Compact Legislative Summit along with information about speaking at ADHA24 in New Orleans.  Finally Matt shares a tribute to Diane Flanagan, a former colleague who contributed much to the dental hygiene community and profession, and who sadly passed last month.  
​Tune in to a new episode! Your podcast host, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH, FADHA, welcomes Emily Berry and Mina Ghorbani, dental hygiene students from West Los Angeles College who recently won 1st Place in the #ADHA23 Undergraduate Student Professional Presentation Program sponsored by Haleon. Emily and Mina discuss their project on microchip tooth sensors and the impact these devices could have on oral systemic health. Matt also shares updates from ADHA and highlights articles on ADHA Hygienist Hub.  
On this episode, Matt welcomes Crest+Oral-B Hygienist Proud Student Award Winner, Darren Green, RDH, CPT. They chat about Darren’s resilient journey and  his new experiences at the ADHA23 Annual Conference. He shares his views of the future of dental hygiene from a newly minted RDH perspective and the significance of being honored with this special student award. Darren shares how his role in law enforcement led him to find his calling and passion for improving oral health. Matt also shares his own highlights from ADHA23 plus upcoming ADHA events.  
This special edition podcast features ADHA Director of Meetings and Corporate Events, IOH, Leah Johnson, CMP, DES, joins Matt to discuss everything you need to know before you head to the 2023 ADHA Annual Conference in Chicago! Get tips and updates on everything from shuttles and getting around, to what to do and what to expect. See you soon!