Recently, we all received the news that the “stay-at-home” orders from President Trump and, reiterated by Governor Abbott, has been extended to the end of April regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and that we are just in the beginnings of the peak of this virus. With this being said, please know that TDHA is concerned with how this pandemic is affecting you, your family and your work status. As you may have seen, TDHA has been sending out notices regularly on our Facebook page, as well as, sharing links from various sources on our website and Instagram pages in regards to what procedures are being allowed in offices, where to access information about unemployment issues and wages, the procedures to follow to report violations of the recent federal and state mandates, where you can go to ask questions, as well as, ADHA’s updates on the situation at https://ww.adha.org/covid19
There is a shining light, however, amongst all the fear and uncertainty in our state and the nation. We have seen so many people give of themselves and come together to help others by providing essential needs and services, laughter, hope and goodwill. I want to especially thank those hygienists in our state that have answered the call to collect and distribute PPE supplies to the medical institutions in need. Over 3000 masks, 30 boxes of gloves (200 in each box), 50 gowns and bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizer have been donated through the TDHA Facebook page. I am certain many of you have collected and distributed supplies where needed in your community that we do not know about. Please let us know through our Facebook page what you are doing to help. We love to give you a “shout out!” We are a very caring and compassionate profession and, it has shown through your response. Please continue to let your light shine!
Many of you have been concerned with acquiring Continuing Education credits during this time. One answer is through the ADHA website. ADHA has initiated CE Smart by ADHA for members and nonmembers. A variety of 1 – 2 hour courses are available to members for free and to nonmembers at a low fee. On the ADHA website, just click on the CE Smart tab to access the course catalog. A tutorial is provided on how to use the site. This site allows you to manage your course credits, transcripts, certificates and completion. I have included the TSBDE Hygienist Continuing Education Requirements as a referral to what types of courses and how many hours can be applied to licensure.
Along with ADHA, TDHA is here for you. Please continue to let us know your concerns and questions. If we do not have the answer, we’ll refer you to those who do. There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Together, let’s keep moving forward toward it!
Marian Tajchman, RDH, MS