Registration for the GDHA Albany and Macon Symposiums have been CANCELED.

GDHA is pleased at announce that registration for the GDHA Albany Symposium, Friday April 17, 2020 and GDHA Macon Symposium, Saturday April 18, 2020 is now open.

GDHA at Albany

WHEN: Friday April 17, 2020  
WHERE: Darton College of Health Professions
Albany State University, Nursing Bldg. Room L-127
2400 Gillionville Rd.,
Albany, GA 31707
TIME: 8:00am-3:00pm














Ms. Newkirk will be presenting 2 topics during the morning session:

"Advancing Trends in Dental Hygiene” (2 CEU’s)
Course Description: The U.S. healthcare delivery system is in transition and oral health care services are also changing to meet the needs of the public.  More and more dental hygienists across the country are being employed in multidisciplinary and large-group dental and medical practices, as well as a variety of non-traditional community settings.
This course delves into the new skill sets, educational requirements and various state practice acts that are changing the shape of the future of dental hygiene practice.
“General Supervision in GA; The New Standard of Care" (1 CEU)
Course Description: In 2018, HB 154 became law. This legislative measure authorizes GA supervising dentists to delegate their dental hygienists to provide preventive dental services under their general supervision. This course reviews the processes, protocols and the “how to's” necessary to comply with the law

Suzanne Newkirk, RDH
Ms. Newkirk received her dental hygiene degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is a published author, professional speaker and dental hygiene leader. 
Suzanne is a professional member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and has served at the local, state and national level, recently serving as an ADHA Delegate, GDHA Past President, and GDHA Advocacy Committee Chair.

Sponsored by The Georgia Dental Hygienists' Association


Mr. Clifton Bush

Mr. Bush is the Chief Operating Officer for Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc., a FQHC, where he oversees the day to day operations of the organization in Southwest Georgia, with 27 locations which include 8 School Based Health Centers.

Clifton developed and started the first School Based Health Center in the Dougherty County School System at Turner Elementary School.

He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Albany,, the United Way Board and Dougherty County Chamber of Commerce Board and  National Network of Oral Health Access Board just to name a few.

Sponsored by Albany Area Primary Health Care


GDHA at Macon
WHEN: April 18, 2020  
WHERE: Central Georgia Technical College,
Quads, 3rd floor,
3300 Macon Tech Dr.,
Macon, GA 31206 
TIME: 8:00am-3:00pm

Mr. Bush will be presenting "Dental Hygienists in Safety Net Settings and the Role of the Dental Team in Integration into Primary Care" (2CEU)

Course Description: Dental Hygienists have been given guidelines to be able to practice under general supervision of a dentist. This course will provide an overview of the guidelines for Dental Hygienists practicing under general supervision in a safety net setting. This course will also describe the role of the dental team in the integration of oral care within the primary care team and how the usage of quality metrics can improve the overall care of patients. 

Learning Objectives Include:

  • Guidelines for general supervision of Dental Hygienists in safety net settings.

  • What is primary care and oral health integration?

  • How to setup integration of care and obtain "buy-in" from the primary care team.

  • The role the Registered Dental Hygienist play's in education within the primary care setting.

  • What quality metrics are tracked between the primary care and oral health team.

SCHEDULE (Both Days):

7:30am   Vendor Set up
8:00-8:30am   Registration and Visit with Vendors
8:30-8:45am   Welcome and Opening Session, GDHA Leadership
8:45-10:45am  Advancing Trends in Dental Hygiene, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH  (2 CEU'S)
10:45-11:45am  General Supervision: the New Standard of Practice, Suzanne Newkirk, RDH  (1 CEU)
11:45-12:15pm   Products to Elevate Practice, Vendors (.5 CEU)
12:15-12:45pm   Lunch Break, Visit with Vendors
12:45-2:45pm    Dental Hygienists in Safety Net Settings and the Role of the Dental Team in Integration into Primary Care, Clifton Bush, COO, Albany Primary Care, Inc.
2:45-3:00pm   Closing Session, GDHA President


GDHA Professional Member:  $79.00

Potential Member/Dental Team Member: $99.00

Dentist: $129.00

Students/Recent Grads: $39.00 

Vendor Table with 1 Representative: $150

Vendor Table with 2 Representatives: $180

Vendor Table Electricity: $40

Professional Association Membership supports advocacy for the dental hygiene profession. If you would like to join GDHA to receive a reduced registration fee, please visit:  After joining, return to the registration site and use the funds you saved for fun with your community of new friends made at the meeting.

Please note...
GDHA tries to offer one vegetarian selection whenever food is served. However, GDHA cannot guarantee the ability to meet special dietary needs due to limitations. If you have special dietary needs, it is recommended to bring your own lunch.

For more information about the Symposiums contact GDHA Chair of Continuing Education, Anita LaTourette at

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