2020 Empire Conference

Conferences and Events

NYDHA Empire Conference

2020: Thank you to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees who made NYDHA's first-ever virtual 2020 Empire Conference on Nov. 6-7 such an engaged and informative event.  

Mindful of conditions, we hope to be back in Rochester for the 2021 conference.


For the slides from NYDHA's August 1 webinar, "Now That You Have Returned to Work," click here.

Click here for the slides and here for the recording (password 7e@*8!+&) to NYDHA's May 9 webinar on “COVID-19: What’s Next? An Informational Session for the Dental Hygienist.” Q&A from webinar

Here is the recording from NYDHA's February 2020 CE on HPV and the Dental Hygienist (recording is non-CE).

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NYDHA Public Policy and Profession






 Practice News: COVID-19

NYDHA is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and actions of government and healthcare entities on a daily basis and advocating for NYS dental hygienists. 


NEW: Beginning January 4, eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A for the COVID-19 vaccine include dental hygienists, dentists and other dental team members. Read the Health Dept. info here. Prior to receiving the vaccination, you must complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form, which you do online and you will receive a submission ID, or at your vaccination site. Read more

On Dec. 14, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.82 authorizing dentists and also dental hygienists who are certified for local infiltration anesthesia, have basic CPR certification and take vaccine administration, to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at points-of dispensing centers overseen or approved by the state or local health departments. To volunteer, click here.

Dental practices are designated essential in NYS. See NYS Health Dept. Interim Guidance for Dentistry During the COVID-19 Pandemicsummary of guidance and safety plan template

See also: NYS Health Dept., NYS Labor Dept., NYS emergency paid sick leave law, NYS Office of the Professions on continuing education provisions and other procedures in light of COVID-19


ADHA resources, including Frequently Asked Questions; dedicated email for COVID-19 questions and concerns: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;


CDC, NIH, OSHA; New York State Dental Association; American Dental Association; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 







For Public Education: Factsheets Help You Maintain Good Oral Health

NYDHA produces a series of consumer-oriented factsheets that help people focus on maintaining good oral health. You can download these helpful factsheets here.

Does Your Child Have a Dental Home?

NYDHA recommends that children have a "dental home" by age one. Check out our educational campaign and resources for keeping young children oral healthy.

Charting Career Paths

Catch NYDHA members on Youtube videos talking about their different dental hygiene career choices.