Carmen R Pinkston RDH, BA
TDHA President 2013 – 2014
Just the other day, in 1913, Dr. Albert C. Fones established the first dental hygiene program in Bridgeport Connecticut and the following year, graduated the first class of 27 dental hygienists to work in public schools. The year is now 2013 and we find ourselves celebrating 100 years of the dental hygiene profession. Our occupation has constantly been on the move; creating opportunities, breaking barriers and setting standards.
As dental hygienists, we have commanded attention, and paved the way for future endeavors. The career we have chosen has not been without challenges and setbacks, yet we have remained steadfast in not only moving forward, but in protecting what has been established for the benefit of hygienists and the general public. Let us take pride in knowing that the Tennessee Dental Hygienists Association is right there, continuing to make tremendous strides to ensure the continued viability of our vocation.
However, we cannot stop with what has been accomplished. We must continue to venture towards future undertakings. In order to do this, ask yourself: “how do I perceive my profession? what do I expect from my profession? what can I do to make a difference for my profession?” Remember, we are not just clinicians, but we are educators, researchers and advocates of good oral health to promote overall optimal health.
We are a gifted, knowledgeable and courageous organization, so join me as we celebrate the road traveled that is our past; embrace the present with the created opportunities such as our written protocol workforce model and varied educational possibilities; and finally let us reflect and define what we see as the future of our dental hygiene profession. I ask that you work with me to establish a strong legislative presence; improve the lines of communication between our districts and allow me to be your voice in our ongoing effort to develop a sustainable future for our organization and profession.
Looking forward to working with you !!
Click here to see some wonderful photos of the 100 year history of the ADHA.