The 2021 IDHA Annual Conference

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Lynn M. Ramer

December 16, 1959 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 61)


Rest In Peace,

Dear Friend

We are grateful for your dedication and service. We will remember your kindness, humor, generosity, and courage.



Surrounded by the love of her family, Lynn M. Ramer, 61, of Logansport, peacefully passed away at 5:11 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.  She was born December 16, 1959, in Logansport to Robert K. and Patsy L. (Slusher) Ramer.  

Lynn was a board-certified, highly skilled dental hygienist in Kokomo and the surrounding area for the past 35 years.  In addition to her job, she served as past President and Board Member for the Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association(IDHA) as well as past President and Board Member for the American Dental Hygiensts’ Association(ADHA).  Lynn was passionate about her career, serving her clients and advocating for her profession.  She was very dedicated to her patients as well as the importance of their health.  The love and support of her patients was critical during her battle with cancer.  She looked forward to helping them every day!  Outside of work, she loved traveling, reading, listening to live music, great wine and gardening. She was also a wonderful aunt to all of her nieces, nephews and many other children and kids in her life.

Surviving family include her parents, Bob and Patsy Ramer of Walton, her siblings, Julia K. (John) Richards of Carmel, and Mike (Linda) Ramer of Kokomo.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service for Lynn will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastor Bill Collins officiating. A private committal of her ashes will be held at a later date.  Visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Friday prior to services at the Funeral Home.   At the family’s request, face masks will be required for anyone attending visitation or funeral services.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lynn Ramer Memorial Fund in care of Community State Bank in Walton, Indiana.  These funds will be utilized to establish scholarships for future Dental Hygienist.  Envelopes will also be provided at the funeral home.  Murray Weaver Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.


Lynn Ramer Memorial Fund

C/O Community State Bank

504. N. Main St.

Walton, IN 46994


COVID-19 Resource Center for Dental Hygienists 


We have updated the ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work to reflect changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Dental Settings, Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Sections During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Previously, dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) were directed to avoid aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) for ALL patients, regardless of known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection status. This has been amended. It's important to note that DHCP should continue to avoid AGPs for patients with suspected or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection, if possible.

Also note that that the use of an N95 or equivalent remains the recommendation for AGPs in facilities in communities with moderate to substantial COVID-19 community transmission.

ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

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Please congratulate and welcome Dr. Sharlee Burch of Lexington, Kentucky as the 2021-2022 President of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA)!

Sharlee graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1997 and later earned a Master of Public Health in 2000, both from Western Kentucky University. In 2013, Sharlee received her Doctor of Education from Liberty University.

Currently, Sharlee is a graduate professor and instructional mentor for the School of Heath Sciences Master of Public Health Program at Liberty University. She is also an undergraduate faculty member at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences.

Sharlee has held numerous leadership positions within the Kentucky Dental Hygienists' Association, including two terms as president and several terms as speaker of the Kentucky House of Delegates. She received the 2016 Kentucky Dental Hygienist of the Year and was inducted into Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society in 1997.

Sharlee and her husband Matthew have two children. When she's not working, Sharlee enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching the iconic British television show Doctor Who.