OBJECTIVES of the ACADEMY of DENTAL HYGIENE STUDIES
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The Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies continues to honor one of its' members, biennially, with the Patricia V. Griffiths Award, as follows;
Recognition of one member of the ODHA Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to education of self and community.
REQUIREMENTS of ELIGIBILITY:
Contributions to the Patricia V. Griffiths Memorial Award may be mailed directly to:
Patricia Frese RDH MEd
ODHA Academy Treasurer
UC Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Please, contact Jill Hay, Academy Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 419-647-8777
WHO WAS PATRICIA V. GRIFFITHS?
Patricia V Griffiths’ professional career began when she graduated from the University of Michigan with a certificate of Dental Hygiene in 1945. That same year, she returned to Ohio--beginning employment as a clinical dental hygienist and immediately becoming involved with the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association. Her first leadership role was that of ODHA Secretary, and in 1950 (only 5 years after graduating from the university) she served as ODHA President. At that time—1950—the TOTAL number of ODHA members was TWELVE!!
Pat remained in private practice 31 years, and, in 1976, accepted the position of “Clinical Director” at the newly established Shawnee State University. She was hired with the stipulation that she complete her bachelor’s degree. So, at the age of 53, while serving as a full-time faculty member, she attended evening and weekend classes and obtained her bachelor of science & education from Ohio University.
Pat remained at Shawnee State University until 1983, when heart problems interfered with her ability to continue as a clinician. It was then that she began to focus on community dental health and began post graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. This led to employment at Columbus’s Children’s Hospital where she was responsible for educating parents and young children in addition to mentoring OSU’s dental hygiene students and writing grants.
The diversity of Pat’s professional commitment led to many honors throughout her career--including the highest distinction of “life member” of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.