American Dental Hygienists' Association

American Dental Hygienists' Association

Infobox Organization
name = American Dental Hygienists' Association

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motto = Unleashing Your Potential
Mission Statement= To improve the public's total health, the mission of the American Dental Hygienists' Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
formation = 1923
type = professional association
headquarters = Chicago, Illinois
location = flagicon|USA United States
membership = 40,000 +Fact|date=January 2008
language = English
leader_title = President
leader_name = Diann Bomkamp, RDH, BSDH
key_people = Ann Battrell, RDH, MSDH
num_staff = 40 +
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The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) is the largest national United States organization representing the professional interests of more than 150,000 dental hygienists across the country. Dental hygienists are preventive oral health professionals, licensed in dental hygiene, who provide educational, clinical and therapeutic services that support total health through the promotion of optimal oral health.

Two major publications are produced by ADHA—a national magazine and a scientific journal—as well as a number of specialty newsletters.


The ADHA was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. Today ADHA has 51 constituent (state) and more than 350 component (local) organizations.

The association has more than 40 employees at its headquarters in Chicago. The Board of Trustees, the administrative body of the Association, is composed of the President, the President-elect, the Vice President, the Immediate Past-president, the Treasurer, and the 12 trustees from each of the 12 trustee districts in the United States.

The House of Delegates is the legislative body of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Composed of 151 delegates, the House adopts policy statements and elects the officers of the association during its annual session each June.

The Board of Trustees is the administrative body of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association which adopts the strategic plan, annual budget and position papers. The 17 members of the board include the officers and 12 trustees, each representing a district.

The ADHA has seven councils, each composed of four voting members, a board advisor and in some cases an ex-officio member. The councils are:
* Council on Education
* Council on Member Services
* Council on Policy & Bylaws
* Council on Public Health
* Council on Public Relations
* Council on Regulation and Practice
* Council on Research

The ADHA also has a number of standing committees and task forces.

Institute for Oral Health

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is a charitable foundation created by dental hygienists for dental hygienists to provide funding for educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and community service grants throughout the United States.

Institute mission: To advance the profession of dental hygiene through scholarships, research and service in collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists' Association.

Institute goals: To support the highest quality research and education programs in order to fulfill the mission of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health.
* Support the highest quality research and education programs in line with fulfilling the ADHA Institute's mission over the long term
* Build ADHA Institute resources available to support the mission
* Assure the prudent administration of ADHA Institute assets and programs consistent with sound financial, business and scientific management principles.

Institute vision: Leading the way through professional excellence in dental hygiene education and research.


"Access" is a four-color magazine that focuses on health and practice news, professional issues, and legislative developments. It provides late-breaking news on issues that are important to dental hygienists — managed care, multiple practice settings, infection control, genetic engineering, women's health, product news, new technology, and periodontal trends.

The "Journal of Dental Hygiene" is the refereed, scientific publication of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. It promotes the publication of original research related to the practice and education of dental hygiene. It supports the development and dissemination of a dental hygiene body of knowledge through scientific inquiry in basic, applied, and clinical research. Starting with the Summer 2004 issue, the Journal is published exclusively online.

Further reading

* Wilkins, Esther M. "Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist" Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 10 edition (February 1, 2008).
* Motley, Wilma E. "History of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, 1923-1982." The Association (1986).

External links

* [ Official ADHA website]
* [ Student Member issues and materials]
* [ Official Center for Lifelong Learning - Annual Session Meeting]
* [ ADHA Institute for Oral Health]
* [ ADHA's Official MySpace]
* [ ADHA's Channel on YouTube]
* [ ADHA's Official Facebook]
* [ ADHA's Smoking Cessation Initiative]

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