NMDHA represents the interests of over 1300 dental hygienists in New Mexico. This non-profit, volunteer based professional association serves all dental hygienists in New Mexico.
It is my great pleasure as NMDHA President once again to invite you to actively participate in your profession. NMDHA works on behalf of the entire profession of dental hygienists in New Mexico. This last legislative session the Governor signed the dental therapist legislation into law! Thank you to the hard work and countless hours of many of our members, dental hygienists in New Mexico have another opportunity to provide direct access to services. Once the rules are written and approved, the programs in the state that would like to offer dental therapy can begin their work to develop the programs to educate this new provider.
The work of the NMDHA is never complete. These next few years offers additional opportunities to pursue other goals. I ask every licensed hygienist to have a voice in YOUR profession. Only through your participation and voice can we advocate for you. Our journey consists of miles, but we must begin with a step. The first step is membership in ADHA and NMDHA. Attend continuing education events sponsored by the Association, attend meetings, even as a potential member, and network with your peers. One of my favorite quotes is by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Please join the NMDHA effort to provide access to dental services in NM, work to the top of our scope of practice that we have been educated for, and gain quality education to become the best hygienist you can possibly be. Will you join us?
Valoree Althoff, RDH, MHA, PRP, CP
NMDHA President 2011-2012, 2019-2020