A woman from Rescue was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California on Dec. 3.
Susan Tallent Johnson started her career in 1974 with the Bank of America, where she worked her way “up to the top” during her 33 years with the bank, she said.
She began in San Francisco at a time when ATMs were just being rolled out, one of the “most important and exciting times” of working with the bank, she said. This was only rivaled as online banking became an option and her branch installed Apple computers to teach customers. She noted she went to Cupertino to the Apple headquarters to learn how to “tear apart” the ...
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The DHCC will consist of nine-members appointed by the Governor; four public members, one practicing dentist and four dental hygienists. The responsibilities of DHCC include issuing, reviewing, and revoking licenses as well as developing and administering examinations. Additional functions include adopting regulations, determining fees and continuing education requirements for all hygiene licensure categories.
In 2002, the Joint Legislative Sunset Review Committee (JLSRC) agreed that “ dental hygienists had reached the point where their responsibilities warranted a regulatory body, separate from Dental Board of California (DBC) .” The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) was created in fiscal year (FY) 2009/10 as result of the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 853 ( Ch. 31, Statutes of 2008 ) in 2008.
As an independent committee, the DHCC represents the only self-regulating dental hygiene agency of its kind in the United States. The DHCC has the authority regarding all aspects of the licensing of dental hygienists, all enforcement and investigation authority regarding all dental hygienists, and the approval of educational programs that provide the prerequisite education to become a licensed dental hygienist. According to the Business and Professions Code (BPC) , Section 1900, the purpose for the DHCC is “to permit the full utilization of registered dental hygienists, registered dental hygienists in alternative practice, and registered dental hygienists in extended functions in order to meet the dental car e needs of all of the state's citizens.” The DHCC is responsible for overseeing three categories of dental hygienists: registered dental hygienist (RDH), registered dental hygienist in alternative practice (RDHAP), and registered dental hygienist in exten ded functions (RDHEF).
As a self-regulating agency, the DHCC develops and administers written and clinical licensing examinations, conducts occupational analyses of the various professional categories, evaluates educational courses, pursues legislation, establishes regulations, approves educational program s, and has licensing and enforcement responsibilities.
The DHCC also participates in outreach and support of the dental and dental hygiene community with the goal of ensuring the highest quality of oral healthcare for all Californians. The DHCC regulates the dental hygiene profession by the guidance of its statutes contained in the BPC , Sections 1900–1966.6