Our fight against oral cancer can only be won with strong partnerships and collaboration. With allies, we can continue to drive change in the world of this disease.

The RDH community is vital to shaping how and when oral cancer is discovered. They are a powerful force in education- not only within the dental community, but the public they interact with on a daily basis. They recognize the growing problem of oral cancer and actively work in not only early discovery, but the dissemination of vetted information that raises awareness to those who may not know of this disease.

They promote these ideals in their professional lives while actively working with us in order to propel change. Many of our volunteer walk coordinators are RDHs, making them the driving force behind funds that go directly to research, educational campaigns, and advocacy. They partner with OCF year-round to conduct free oral screening events in their office, allowing those who don’t have the opportunity to regularly see a dental professional to be screened.

The RDH community are our champions for change, and that’s why we are excited to introduce our RDH Advisory Board. By partnering with those who are successful and influential within the RDH community, we can work together to change the world of oral cancer.

Jo-Anne Jones
Jo-Anne Jones
Jo-Anne Jones is the president of an educational and clinical training company offering hands-on workshops and educational training for dental hygienists. Jo-Anne has been selected as one of the DPR’s Top 25 Women in U.S. Dentistry and invited to join the 2019 Dentistry Today CE Leaders for the 9th consecutive year. The ‘Elizabeth Craig Award of Distinction’ was presented to Jo-Anne in recognition of her exceptional and ongoing commitment to promoting the dental hygiene profession.

Jo-Anne is a sought after writer for leading dental journals and publications across North America. The editors of PennWell publications selected Jo-Anne’s article entitled “Sex and Oral Health: What’s the Connection?” as one of the “The Most Important Dental Stories Published” focused on the rising incidence of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer.

In the midst of preparing to present her extensive research on HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer to her national association, Jo-Anne’s family were dealt a crushing blow of having a family member diagnosed with late stage HPV-positive tonsillar cancer. The subsequent loss of this family member further ignited her passion to proudly partner with the Oral Cancer Foundation in conveying the urgent need for changing the way in which we screen for oral cancer both professionally and through self-examination to meet the needs of today’s population.

Jill Meyer-Lippert
Jill Meyer-Lippert
Jill Meyer-Lippert, RDH began her dental career in 1992 as a Dental Assistant and Receptionist. She became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1994.

A breast cancer diagnosis given to Jill’s mother ignited a passion for the oral concerns of oncology patients. Additional experiences with friends, family members and patients continued her drive to learn about the field now known as Dental Oncology. Jill earned a certificate in Oncology Management from the University of Southern Indiana.

Jill is a 2014 recipient of the Sunstar Americas/RDH Award of Distinction, a Regional Coordinator for the Oral Cancer Foundation and a contributor to various dental and oncology resources. She is a member of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association and an inaugural member of the American Academy of Dental Oncology.

Jill and her husband are the owners of Side Effect Support LLC, which is dedicated to helping survivors of all types of cancer to manage oral side effects of their diagnosis and treatments. She continues to practice in a general dentistry office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.