2020-21 MDHA President’s Letter

“It’s not the beauty of the building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”-D. Allen Coe.

     Foundations for anything worthy must be strong, deep, and dependable. I have the pleasure of continuing to build on a foundation that was set in motion by leaders before me. I am truly grateful for the hard and necessary work put in by so many dedicated hygienists. During this Covid-19 pandemic, I have seen in myself, and those around me, an answer to the call to lead out at such a time as this. I have never been one to sit in the cheap seats and lend directives to others in the arena. I love being in the arena and making a difference for the state of Missouri.

     My passion for the future in dental hygiene is unwavering. I am privileged to be guided along this leadership journey by awe-inspiring mentors who have been patient with me, who have poured a wealth of knowledge into me, and continue to anchor me firmly in my new role. I am thankful for every one of them. I am amazed and equally grateful for the many volunteer hygienists that make up our board, are serving on different councils, and stand in the gap as committee chairs for components in the state. Our foundation continues to build on innovation, unity, and advocacy.

     Hygienists are thinkers and doers. We are resourceful, well-educated, and skilled in many capacities. Because of Covid-19, we have incorporated various technologies, especially tele-dentistry, to continue serving our communities and providing care. Dental hygienists build a foundation by remembering where we were in the past and where we are going in our future; these accomplishments are posted on MDHA’s website.

     We work hard to advocate for you and one of the ways we have been successful is by utilizing a lobbyist here in Missouri. We continue striving to improve communications and are on social media, send emails, and actively seek ways to communicate better with you. Contact us if you would like to be included with any correspondence. We welcome input, yet realize this will be a great endeavor for the betterment of MDHA over time. Be on the lookout for newsletters, check your email, and please visit social media sites for the most current information.

     We are better together and I implore you, if not currently a member, to become one in our professional organization to continue building together. We can all make a difference and move the chains forward, linking our future with our past. I am humbled to serve Missouri and look forward to working on your behalf.

Lori Crawford, President MDHA