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OHASA: IFDH Recognized Worldwide!

April 2024
IFDH Newsletter

IFDH Recognized Worldwide Via Our People & Programs

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Wanda Fedora RDH

IFDH has been extremely busy this first quarter of 2024!

Read more of the President’s Message, including:


  • International Symposium on Dental Hygiene: Waiting for You!
  • 2024 Global Oral Health Summit Panel.
  • ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference.
  • The IADR Annual Conference.
  • A Board Meeting in New Orleans, USA.
  • My Global eJourney: Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, United Kingdom.


Read the full message.

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024:

Make Your Plans Now!

ISDH 2024 will take place at COEX, Seoul, South Korea for a span of three days from July 11-13, 2024, the second of its kind to be held in Asia. This year’s symposium theme is “Dental Hygienist, the Center of Oral Health.” It will encompass four sub-themes represented by the acronym CORE: Collaboration, Optimization, Reimagination, and Equality.

262 Abstracts Submitted from 25 Countries!!
Invited speakers include 18 individuals from 7 different countries. Plenary presentations are from:
– Dr. JoAnn Gurenlian (USA)
◼ Revolutionizing Dental Hygiene: A Central Focus for Oral and General Health
– Prof. Nam-hee Kim (S. Korea)
◼ A Behavioral Economic Approach to Dental Hygiene: Redesigning Oral Health Interventions

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024
2024 Global Oral Health Summit (at ISDH):
Global Perspectives on the Changing Demands of Oral Healthcare
Awareness – Policy – Technology – Opportunities & More!
Learn perspectives from a panel of experts from 4 countries:

  • Revolutionizing Dental Hygiene (United States)
  • The Future Oral Health Practitioner (Australia)
  • Reimagining Dental Hygiene through Core Values (United Kingdom)
  • Rebranding Oral Health & the Workforce (South Korea)
Fun Activities, Global Networking & Seoul!
The social events of ISDH 2024 provide a platform for dental hygienists from around the world to come together and interact. On the first evening of the symposium, a Welcome Reception will take place at the COEX Auditorium lobby, with a panoramic view of Bongeunsa Temple. On the second evening, a Gala Dinner will be held at the newly opened COEX The Platz. The social program ticket is available as an optional add-on during registration online.- Watch singing group BTS explore Seoul!
– Plan to shop in Seoul.
– Lots to see and do in Seoul.

Never Been to ISDH Before?
Read our articles on past ISDH events with photos and a great overview of the fun, learning experience and much more!2022: Dublin, Ireland 2019: Brisbane, Australia
See you at ISDH 2024
We encourage the active involvement and participation of scholars, researchers, and professionals.See our website for updates and more information: & sign up for our ISDH eNewsletter on our home page (bottom left corner).
HoD 2024 Business Meeting:

July 8-10, 2024
What an exciting few days we have lined up for our House of Delegates Business Meeting in Incheon, South Korea, across the river from Seoul, including:

– Welcome Reception
– Business meeting
– Leadership Seminar
– Dinner and Korean entertainment at Gyeongwonjae with its spectacular aesthetics of traditional Korea amidst a grand forest of ultra-modern skyscrapers!

See the full schedule.

Leadership Seminar:
Associations may succeed or fail on the strength of their leaders. Do you have the leadership skills to help your association succeed? Leadership issues for associations are many and varied, and they affect every aspect of your organization. This workshop addresses some of the challenges you may face in your organization and will help improve not only how your association functions but will benefit your own professional skills as well

IFDH Attends ADEA Women in Leadership Workshop

The IFDH was well represented at the recent International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC), hosted by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in New Orleans. President-Elect Jill Rethman, Vice President Fouzieh Eliassy, and Secretary Sharon Friedman attended the two-day event. With speakers from across the globe, the conference provided a worldwide perspective of women in leadership and how they are making a difference in policy, service, research, and more. The IFDH was recognized as a partner organization for assisting with messaging about the IWLC. Click here for rest of the article.

Board Visits Joint Research Annual Conferences

The Board of IFDH were in New Orleans in March to take part in a number of conferences and meetings. President Wanda Fedora was in attendance at the Opening ceremony of the International Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (IADR) conference which was held in conjunction with the American Association of Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research and the Canadian Association of Dental Research. Click here for rest of the article.

Board Interviewed on ADHA Podcast

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Past President and podcast host Matt Crespin interviewed IFDH President Wanda Fedora and President Elect Jill Rethman in January. The podcast covered IFDH’s focus for 2024 and beyond, along with plans for the upcoming International Symposium in Korea. Click here to listen to the podcast.

IFDH Represented at 2 European Meetings

We thank IFDH Past President Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet for representing IFDH at these 2 meetings recently.

The IFDH Platform for Better Oral Health: On February 13th, the new Manifesto of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe, was presented in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, entitled “Smile your way to a Healthy Life”. Click here for rest of the article. European Federation of Periodontology: The EFP presented a white paper called “Time to put your money where your mouth is”, addressing inequalities in oral health. Click here for rest of the article.

IFDH Announce Pre-Symposium Research Conference

Exciting news! Are you writing a scientific research paper or reviewing a scientific paper for your Journal? Possibly you are a student preparing a research document for your education. This is the seminar for you! The Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, Dagmar Slot, will be hosting a seminar to develop your research writing and reviewing skills. The Seminar will be held July 10th, the day prior to the opening of the international Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Seoul. If you are registered to attend the symposium you can also register for the seminar and learn from an expert. Watch the ISDH website for further information

Take Our 9th Survey:


IFDH has been undertaking several surveys since 2019. Its 9th in a series of surveys will help us better understand global practices around orthodontic hygiene. It is now open to all Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists. We thank P&G for their support of this program. The information is very useful and will help guide future learning opportunities. Also, consistent with previous surveys, no personal information is collected and all responses are anonymous.

Click here to take the 2-minute survey: Deadline: Friday April 26, 2024

See results of all 8 past surveys.

Announcing IFDH 2023 Research Grants Awards


Congratulations to the recipients of our Research Grants for 2023. Thank you to our Education Committee for their extensive review of applications.

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2 New White Papers in Progress


Over a three-year period, the IFDH will oversee a series of six White Papers with Haleon sponsorship to provide evidence-based guidance and information to its 33 national association country members. The intent of the series is to provide a global perspective on the multi-faceted impact of dental hygienists.

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World Dental Hygienist Awards:

Presented in Seoul at ISDH!

Sunstar World Dental Hygienist Awards logo

The new and improved 2024 World Dental Hygienist Awards will be awarded during the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene in Seoul, S. Korea in July 2024. After a two-year hiatus forced by Covid-19, Sunstar Foundation and IFDH present a revamped version of the World Dental Hygienist Awards, broken out into regional Awards of Distinction.

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IFDH Innovation Awards Announced


An exciting, new IFDH Innovation Awards program, sponsored by Haleon, recognizes innovative Dental Hygienists and Therapists, with a focus on technology and treatment. The 2023 awards, in 2 categories, will be presented at the ISDH in Seoul in July.

Click here to see the winners and for rest of the article.

IFDH IMPACT Awards to be Announced at HoD Meeting


The IFDH Impact Awards, sponsored by Colgate, is offered annually and open to any Full Association Member country of the IFDH. There are a total of 3 prizes awarded in categories based on the size of the organizations. Awards will be presented at the HoD Meeting in Seoul.

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Social Responsibility:

Project Winners to Present at ISDH

Congratulations to the recipients of our Social Responsibility Awards for 2023. Thank you to our Committee for their extensive review of applications. The awardees will present their project in a Social Responsibility Workshop at ISDH 2024 in Seoul.

Click here for rest of the article.

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July 26-28: American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) – Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA

Oct. 11-12: The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (Irish DHA) – IDHA conference
Galway, Ireland

Oct. 25-26: Oral Hygienists’ Association of South Africa (OHASA) – OHASA-AGM and National Conference
Cape Town, SA

Nov 8: Belgian Professional Association of Dental Hygienists (BBM) – Fall Conference
Amersfoort, Netherlands

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