Ann Battrell Death – The American Dental Hygienists’ Association announces the sudden passing of ADHA CEO, Ann Battrell, M.S.D.H., who died yesterday after a long illness. Ann Battrell, CEO of the American Dental Hygienists was announced dead on Wednesday, the 7th of June 2023. She had recently announced to ADHA leadership that she was extending her medical leave to focus on her health. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her passion and dedication to public service. Thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
Sad to hear the news of Ann Battrell, the CEO of the American Dental Hygienist’s Association. I had the honour to meet her and hang out, and she even let me sit at her desk in Chicago with the most magnificent view. She was funny, sassy, and smart. I admired her, as a hygienist, a leader, and a businesswoman.
Who was Ann Battrell?
As the first registered dental hygienist and former ADHA president, Ms Battrell assumed the esteemed position of CEO for the organization. She began her journey with ADHA in 2000. As the first registered dental hygienist and former president of ADHA to become CEO of the organization, Ms Battrell made significant contributions during her leadership from 2016 to 2022. Prior to assuming her role as CEO, Battrell served as ADHA’s President from 1996-1997 and later joined the organization in 2000 as Manager of Education before her promotion to Director of Education four years later.
During her tenure as CEO, Battrell dedicated herself to advancing the dental hygiene profession, empowering dental hygienists, and improving access to care for diverse populations. She championed efforts to broaden the scope of practice for dental hygienists and was a strong advocate for the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her leadership, ADHA launched a new online education platform, emphasized the importance of oral-systemic health connections, and worked to improve the dental hygiene curriculum to better meet the needs of patients.
Ms Battrell’s contributions to the field were recognized by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH in 2021 when she was acknowledged for her outstanding contributions to their publication “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges.” During her leave, senior staff members Jennifer Hill and Kathy Pujol assumed interim roles to oversee day-to-day operations at ADHA. These positions will remain in place while the 2023-2024 Board of Directors oversees leadership continuity planning under incoming President, Becky Smith, C.R.D.H., Ed.D.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Ann Battrell.
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