This week Matt discusses advocacy and the variance in scope of practice from state to state. Matt chats with Sherri Foran, RDH, BSDH, MPA, PHDH who is the president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. Matt and Sherri discuss the public health dental hygiene(PHDH) model in Illinois and the efforts to pass new legislation to increase the settings where PHDHs can practice. Advocacy is an important aspect of advancing access to care and dental hygienists play a critical role as oral health prevention specialists.
“What moves the needle is advocating and talking to legislators.”
“Our ability to practice dental hygiene doesn’t change based on the sign on the outside of the building.”
“We do need power in numbers.”
“We would hope that ISDS would publicly make a correction and address the inaccuracies of their statements.”
“The dental profession works best as a team.”
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