Hello Indiana Dental Hygienists!

I am honored, beyond measure, to be entrusted with the leadership
of this Association. This was always a role that I envisioned myself
taking on at some point, and this just felt like the right time. And,
with the unwavering support and mentorship from the board and
our amazing new Executive Director, Danielle Dodson, I feel very
confident and excited about continuing the positive momentum
our previous leaders have provided, not only for IDHA, but for the
profession on dental hygiene in Indiana.

The theme for this year is "Be the Change."  We all know this past year has been challenging. I have always feared change and the unknown it brings, but this pandemic has inspired me to move past my fear of it and embrace it. How can each one of YOU embrace change and help your fellow colleagues, friends, family, and our industry come together to be better?

I have identified several goals for the coming year: leadership development and updating the strategic plan. I envision an Association in which all members are eager and willing to be a part of it and run for offices not only at the component level, but at the state level. I believe this starts in the schools with SADHA. Students need to see value in being a member of the association. Those schools that don't have a chapter, I urge you to see what it takes to implement it.

It is time to once again update our strategic plan. The last plan was completed for 2014-2019 and is typically updated every 5 years. A strategic plan outlines our core vision, values, goals, and objectives as an association. Any member is welcome to attend the planning meetings. The first one will be Saturday February 26, 2022. Be on the lookout for more information to come.

I hope you will take the time to consider how YOU can be the change for the future of dental hygiene in Indiana through active involvement in IDHA. Your membership matters!

Lauren McNicholas, LDH
IDHA President 2021-2022


COVID-19 Resource Center for Dental Hygienists 


We have updated the ADHA Interim Guidance for Dental Hygiene Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic 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.

ADHA has updated the name of the resource to Interim Guidance for Dental Hygiene Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Additionally, new information has been added to the resource to share an update from the CDC regarding Epidemiology and Control of Selected Infections.

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.