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December 2023
IFDH Newsletter

Leadership, Collaboration and Prevention:
Following our Mission!

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Wanda Fedora RDH

The fall of 2023 has been very busy and successful. Here, in eastern Canada, our leaves turn to bright shades of yellow, red and orange. The view is amazing and we become filled with a renewed sense of purpose after a relaxing summer.

Read more of the President's Message, including:

  • HoD Interim Meeting: A motivating venture.
  • 3rd Global Oral Health Summit: Surpassing our expectations!
  • Prevention is the Key to Success
  • My Global eJourney: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

Read the full message.

First House of Delegates Mid-Term Virtual Meeting: Motivating & Worthwhile

At our last two HoD meetings, the HoDs stressed interest in meeting annually between each International Symposium Therefore, the IFDH Board held the organization's first 3-hour, virtual meeting on Saturday, September 9th, 2023, with representatives from 23 countries. Some were unable to attend due to time zone issues. The overall response was that it was motivating and a worthwhile venture. We feel this will be a regular event in the future.

IFDH Global Oral Health Summit an Overwhelming Success!

The virtual 2023 IFDH Global Oral Health Summit, held on November 4th, brought together influential worldwide leaders and stakeholders for 3.5 hours, to discuss how Dental Hygienists can contribute to reduce the burden of oral health diseases and its economic global impact. Over 600 registrants provided overwhelming, positive response to the breadth and depth of topics as presented by 9 speakers.

Click for more on Speakers, Topics.

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International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024: Save the Dates!

ISDH 2024 will take place at COEX, Seoul, South Korea for a span of three days from July 11-13, 2024. 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.

Learn more about Korean food, culture, travel & Seoul!

- Watch singing group BTS explore Seoul!
- Plan to shop in Seoul.
- Lots to see and do in Seoul.

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene 2024

What is Korean food?
Hansik refers to traditional Korean food, centered on rice, served alongside a bowl of soup and a variety of side dishes. Most dishes use meat and vegetables as the main ingredients, boiled or steamed in brine or water rather than fried in oil, making hansik very healthy. Hansik's most outstanding feature is the fermented foods. The most well-known are kimchi (fermented cabbage).

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.


IFDH Announces House of Delegate Leadership Seminar in Seoul, July 2024

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.
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IFDH Distributes its First White Paper!

Evidence-based Self Care Recommendations Matter:
Findings from IFDH 8 Global Surveys

The IFDH is excited to share this White Paper on Evidence-Based Self-Care Recommendations. This valuable resource identifies opportunities and strategies for dental hygienists to make even more impactful evidence-based preventive self-care recommendations based on findings from completed 8 IFDH global surveys completed over the last three years. Read the White Paper.
Read the White Paper

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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. In keeping with this theme, the first two papers focus on the role of the dental hygienist in affecting good:

- Pre-Natal & Pediatrics (Principal author: Hyewon Lee, DrPH, DMD)
- Behavioral Change (Principal author: Jean Suvan)

Click for all the topics, authors and more information

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World Dental Hygienist Awards: This Program is in Process!

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The World Dental Hygienist Awards has been open for applications for its 2024 edition. 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:

- Europe and North America: This deadline has passed.
- Africa, Asia, Latin America & Oceania: Deadline: January 15th, 2024

Click for more information.

Start a Project or Submit a Project For an Award!

Project Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2024.

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The IFDH is looking for submissions for the IFDH Social Responsibility Program Awards. Please take a look at our program and consider submitting an application.

- Watch our new video!
- Click for more information and tools to help you start a social responsibility in your community or country.

Do You Know Someone Who Should Apply for Our Innovation Awards?

An exciting, new IFDH Innovation Awards program, sponsored by Haleon, will recognize innovative Dental Hygienists and Therapists, with a focus on technology and treatment. The awards will recognize you, or someone you know, who is:

- Developing new approaches or equipment for achieving optimal oral health; or
- Bringing new treatments or products to the oral health community to enable our colleagues to help their clients/patients achieve a healthy mouth.

Whether as a solo researcher/developer, educator, or as part of a team, Haleon and IFDH want to recognize the innovators in our midst.

Click here for an application. DEADLINE: December 30th


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