A new law took effect in 2019 that will require all Illinois licensed professionals who need continuing education to renew their licenses to complete one (1) hour of education related to sexual harassment prevention prior to one’s license renewal. The one-hour CE requirement is part of the 48 hours needed to renew one’s dental license – not in addition to the 48 hours of CE. In this online course, Dr. J. Barry Howell addresses the legal requirement for licensure, ADA code of ethics, professional conduct with patients, sexual misconduct in the workplace, definitions of harassment, what to do if you experience sexual harassment, reporting of sexual harassment, and whistleblower protection. Our course is designed for the licensed dental professional (dentist & dental hygienists) but meets all requirements for the mandatory office education. Dentist could show our course to their staff under their registration, document the presentation with attendance, have everyone sign and file it away in case they are ever audited. If their staff consists of dental hygienists, they will have to pay for their own registration, take the test and receive a separate certificate.
Dr. Howell received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1988.
In 1989, Dr. Howell opened his general practice in Urbana with an emphasis on adult dentistry. Dr. Howell is a member of many professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Illini District Dental Society. In 2013, Dr. Howell was honored to serve as President of the Illinois State Dental Society.
Nationally, Dr. Howell has served the American Dental Association on many committees, task forces and Councils. In 2016, Dr. Howell was elected to Chair the American Dental Associations Council on Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC.
Locally, Dr. Howell has been very active in his community. He has served on the Urbana Planning Commission, The Champaign County Mental Health (708) Board and has represented dentistry on the Champaign County Community IPLAN workgroup. A member of IMERT, Dr. Howell has served as the Central Illinois Team Leader.
He has represented dentistry to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation, as a committee chair for the Hospital Licensing Board.
Dr. Howell and his wife Connie reside in Urbana. Together they enjoy traveling, antiques and theater. Dr. Howell holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, enjoys running marathons and golfing.
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