We're very excited for UDHA's own member and ADHA delegate Amanda Farris for heading to Africa this month! We asked her a few questions about her year long trip to Ghana.

Where are you headed?

I'm going to Accra, Ghana. I'm going to be starting dental hygiene out there, serving the community, and training a hygienist.

How did you find out about this opportunity?

I got this opportunity by talking to Angie Stone. (As a student at the UDHA convention after she spoke, I went up and chatted with her and asked to friend her on FB). She started a hygiene placement business and posted an opportunity on her page. I reached out to her and applied for the job. After a few interviews with the Ghana team I got it.

What inspired you to go?

I've always dreamed of doing humanitarian work abroad and have dreamed of doing that since I was a child. I just didn't know hygiene would take me there. I love culture and travel so it is a win win.

When do you leave?

I leave July 28th.

How can others support you on your journey?

People can bring supplies to the going away party (see invite above), and if they cannot attend they are welcome to stop by my place and drop off whatever they want. Just asking to not donate toothpaste. It's too heavy to take. My address is 2136 E. Silverstone Circle Sandy, UT 84093.

Looking for something fun to do with your office to build some team bonding?

Need a way to get out of the house on a May Saturday?

Want to invite the neighborhood to something fun?

Looking for a way to give back?

The UDHA 5K Fun Run answers all those questions! This will be a casual event with prizes and fun, and you don't even have to run if you don't want to!

Register today!


This year's UDHA day at the Capitol was a huge success! Thank you for attending, supporting, and seeing what Utah has coming when it comes to dental and oral health. Having a voice and presence on a legislative level is so important for our patients and our profession, so attending meetings like this, learning about advocacy, and talking to legislators is so important.

During the event, we met together in the Hall of Governors to discuss what advocacy is and how important is it to stay involved for our profession. We also were lucky enough to hear from Representative Lowry Snow, who has been such a great advocate for dental hygiene in our state. We were able to connect attendees with other attendees that shared the same representatives, so they could go together and call out their Representatives or Senators together.

After chatting and connecting, we moved the group to the main area of the Rotunda to, of course, take a big group picture! We love how this photo grows each year, and each year we get more and more dental hygienists wearing purple and wanting to represent and speak up for dental hygiene in Utah.

After the photos, we were able to head over to the House and Senate to "call out" and chat with people in our communities. This is always so fun to talk about the importance of Oral Health, talk about what a dental hygienist is, and what's happening legislatively that may impact our patients or our profession.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Save the date for the 2023 Day at the Capitol- February 10, 2023 (may change).