President’s Message

NODHA Presidential Message~ 

2020 ā€“ what a year it has been!  This year has been full of uncertainty, frustration, and stress for us all.  It will definitely be a year that we will never forget!  Most of us have spent much more time at home this year with our spouses, our children, other family, or with ourselves.  This has given us much time for reflection and self-evaluation.  Many of us have found new hobbies, resurrected old hobbies, established new exercise routines, found new purpose.  We have also had the opportunity to consider what is really important in our lives.  In uncertain times, humans tend to cling to what they hold dear, things that are familiar, constant.  After reflecting on this for a while, I have realized that although the world of dental hygiene has changed so much since March, it is also one of my constants.  Our profession has served me well for over 20 years and more specifically, our professional organization.  ADHA has been there for us this entire year from constant COVID-19 updates and guidance on practicing in a safe environment, to free engaging webinars, to taking a stand against racial inequality.  I have never felt more support from our organization than I do right now.  ADHA has our backs, they are familiar, a constant.  In a time where so many are trying to stand up for what is right, do the right thing, stand for something, our profession and our organization is something we can stand for. 

Thank you to our members and potential members for your continued support over the years.  We need you more now than ever before.  Thank you, Heather Allen, for your leadership and hard work as president.  Thank you, board members, for your leadership and hard work as well.  It is a pleasure working with each of you!

Our recent October CE, which was delivered in a virtual format, was a success.  We will use this same format for our December CE.  My hope is to return to in-person CE courses as soon as possible in 2021 in the traditional format with the possibility of some virtual CEs.  I feel that we can all use some more in-person connection with our friends and colleagues.  My wish for you all is to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, and to stay strong.  We can do this!


Tricia Schroeder Barker, RDH, MEd

NODHA President