Welcome to the Kansas Dental Hygienists' AssociationWelcome to the official website of the Kansas Dental Hygienists' Association (KDHA).
KDHA is a constituent of ADHA. ADHA is the largest professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists.
Our members enjoy professional support, educational programs, and numerous opportunities for participation in association decision making. With your support, we can carry out our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the profession.
This site strives to provide you with information relating to everything from Legislative issues to continuing education programs. Please visit often to stay informed of current issues and events concerning the Kansas Dental Hygienist as this site is updated frequently. Last update 2/2/2016
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New legislation introduced to establish dental therapists!
TOPEKA - Today, the Kansas Dental Project introduced new legislation to establish mid-level
dental providers, which will now be known as dental therapists, in the state of Kansas. The Kansas Dental
Project decided to update its legislation following the creation of national accreditation standards for
dental therapy educational programs.
In August, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, or CODA, voted to approve accreditation standards for dental therapy educational programs. CODA is the only agency that accredits dental and dental-related educational programs in the United States, and is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the sole agency to accredit these post-secondary programs.
"This decision marks a major step forward for the Kansas Dental Project," said Katrina McGivern, Policy and Public Affairs Director for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU). "This means that Kansas dental therapists will graduate from programs that meet the same standard of excellence as programs for dentists and dental hygienists."
The new legislation specifies that Kansas dental therapists will be graduates of CODA-accredited dental therapy programs. Dental therapists will work with the supervision of dentists and provide routine and preventive care - like cleanings, fillings and some extractions - in private practices, clinics and other community settings. To supervise a dental therapist, the new legislation specifies that dentists must either enroll as a Medicaid provider or be employed by a safety net clinic.
"Kansans need regular, routine access to dental care," McGivern said. "KAMU safety net clinics are strong supporters of dental therapists because they could help ensure Kansans can access desperately-needed care."
Dental therapists are a proven safe and effective way to improve oral health. More than 50 health organizations and associations, tribal governments and consumer advocacy groups support the proposal to approve dental therapists in Kansas.
CONTINUING MOMENTUM: Lobby/Advocacy Day is here February 10th!
While these are important technical considerations that have implications for our own legislation
in Kansas, it is the recognition of the practitioner by an ADA-affiliated entity that offers new momentum
nationally upon which we can build. Read more here
We certainly have more work to in our effort to gain support for the Kansas Dental Project among our Kansas policymakers, but we made some significant strides in 2015. The KDP leadership spent the summer developing a more detailed plan to see the project through the next legislative session and we are eager to share more announcements with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
While a great deal of the advocacy community's energy is focused on the state's fiscal challenges, our efforts to increase access to dental care for all Kansans has gained traction throughout the last year.
In 2015, the Kansas Dental Project hosted two well-attended committee hearings in both the House and Senate last session, in conjunction with the KDHA hosted a lobby/advocacy day of more than 100 participants, and implemented a successful paid media campaign to further educate the public about this important issue. We all look forward to continuing the momentum and expanding our coalition next year.
LOOKING AHEAD FROM THE KDP
Keep an eye on your inbox over the next few weeks for additional coalition updates. We hope to further review the implications of CODA, share other new developments relating to the Kansas Dental Project, and provide more details relating to the 2016 legislative session. In an effort to build and broaden our base of support, we are also working to add new members to our coalition in 2016. To sign up for e-mails and for a current list of coalition members on the Kansas Dental Project website
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