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2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day

Members of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association along with faculty and students from the Student Chapters of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association at West Virginia University, West Liberty University, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College converged at the West Virginia State Capitol to participate in the 2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day.

Participants joined with members of the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition and were provided an overview of the legislative process and learned basic lobbying skills from a variety of healthcare and governmental relations professionals. Students also toured the West Virginia Capitol and witnessed the reading of a proclamation to name February 10 as Oral Health Day in West Virginia and to proclaim this day as Dental Hygienists’ Day.

“The goal of the project was to support an educational, legislative day for our future dental hygiene professionals” said WVDHA President Amanda Stottlemyer.  By fostering a spirit of collorbation with other health organizations, educating students on current dental public health issues emphasizing the value of early interventions to prevent oral health disparities and allowing students the opportunity share with legislators their valued role as oral health educators and health care providers we can create a generation of dental professionals to continue to advocate for oral health across the state.

This event was presented through a partnership between The West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association and the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition. Educational Advocacy Day was fully funded by a grant for the DentaQuest Foundation with support from the Marshall University School of Medicine Community and School Oral Health Team.



Community Water Fluoridation Recognition

Charleston, WV
September 9, 2016
Presented by:
Senator Chris Walters
Dr. Jason Roush, State Dental Director
Fifty Year Awards:
Buckhannon Water Board
Lewisburg Municipal Water
Red Sulphur PSD
                                                                   Reaffirmation Awards:
                                                                     Clarksburg Water Board
                                                                      City of Shinnston

David Walker, DDS


We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. David Walker who passed away on August 4, 2016 after a courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor (glioblastoma).

Dr. Walker was a graduate of Dunbar High School, Marshall University and WVU School of Dentistry. He served as the director of WVU School of Dentistry/Charleston Division, where he practiced dentistry at CAMC Memorial. Dr. Walker was was well respected throughout the dental community. Among his many achievements, the accomplishment that he was most proud of, was opening the dental clinic at Health Right in Charleston. Nearing retirement he served as State Dental Director and also saw patients at Dr. Shalhoup’s office in Dunbar. Dr. Walker retired as Professor Emeritus at the WVU School of Dentistry.

If anyone would like to share a written memory of how Dr. Walker touched their lives, the family would love to receive them. Please email walkeraj@gmail.com.


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