About Each Award

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The Dental Hygienist of the Year Award recognizes a dental hygienist who has distinguished him/herself by outstanding leadership and commitment to his/her peers through the dedication of extraordinary time and professional skills to advance the practice and future of dental hygiene. The Dental Hygienist of the Year award is given to the person who has obtained the following achievements: Holds a current Nebraska dental hygiene license, has practiced dental hygiene for at least five (5) years, be a current member of NDHA for at least five (5) years, has maintained ADHA membership for a minimum of five (5) years, has served as an officer or committee chair at the local or state level for at least three (3) years, and exhibits evidence of leadership and advancement of the dental hygiene profession.

The Advocate of the Year Award is given to a person who has demonstrated ongoing support of the dental hygiene profession, as well as a concern for the commitment to the betterment of the community. The advocate of the Year award recognizes an outstanding and enthusiastic individual for their efforts in advocating for the profession of dental hygiene at the local, state, or national level. This individual shall display enthusiasm and passion in sharing the advancement of dental hygiene and has a history of volunteer efforts to advance and improve the dental hygiene profession.

The Employer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who employs a dental hygienist and has created/maintained a supportive workplace for the dental hygienist. Recipients of the award should display respect and recognition of the dental hygiene profession and have served as a mentor, advocate, or educator to the dental hygienist.

The Community Service Award recognizes a dental hygienist (NDHA member or non-member) for his/her professional contributions to the betterment of the community through volunteer activities. These outreach endeavors should be focused on improvements to others oral health and well-being, but considered contributions are entirely of a voluntary basis where the nominee did not receive compensation.

The Legislator of the Year award is given to a state legislator who has demonstrated and ongoing support of the dental hygiene profession, as well as a concern for the commitment to the betterment of the community.

The Future Leader Award recognizes an NDHA member who exhibits a strong commitment to the dental hygiene profession and has demonstrated leadership in the association within five years of graduation from an accredited dental hygiene program.