About ODHA


Did you know that only one in five Oregon hygienists is a member of ADHA/ODHA?

This statistic is used against as our hard working volunteers work to preserve and improve our profession

Join today - don't hold us back!

ODHA Mission Statement

To improve the public's total health, the mission of the Oregon 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.

ODHA Goals

The dental hygiene community will understand the value of ODHA membership and choose to belong.  ODHA will be the recognized community and resource for dental hygiene.  ODHA and its members will work in partnership with dentists and other stakeholders to advance oral health.  The dental hygiene profession will advance through effective advocacy by ODHA.  ODHA will be a data-driven, fiscally sound, effectively governed organization 

ODHA Council Structure

View a graphic of the council structure.  ODHA Council Structure

ADHA Organizational Chart

Click here to check out a flowchart to help visualize the organization as a whole.  ADHAOrganizationalChart

Code of Ethics

ADHA/ODHA Code of Ethics

Membership Privileges

For a list of membership benefits and services, please refer to the Membership Services section.


Why do I have to join ADHA to be a part of ODHA or a local component?

Your professional organization is what is called TRIPARTITE organization.  This means that you pay dues to the national organization and you become a member of three groups, nationally, in your state, and in the area you live.  The national organization collects dues and administers memberships, then shares the revenue with state and local organizations, as well as offering other support.  It is a nice way to reduce our overall administrative costs. This allows state and local groups to work on projects that benefit local hygienists and makes sure that smallest amount possible of your member dues goes towards administration

Where do my dues go?

Dues are collected by ADHA and divided between National, State and your Local Component.  ADHA receives $175, ODHA receives $75 and you local association receives  between $5 and $15.  Each group sets its fee, based on the current economy, and current levels of membership (more members = lower dues) and current projects.  ODHA also has an optional $15 Legislative Assessment that goes to fund the legislative part of our strategic plan.

How do you decide what to spend funds on?

Each organization has a Board that develops a strategic plan based on information and ideas from the membership, and then decides how much funding each project needs.  The planning process gets less formal at the component (local) level so that's a great place to get involved and learn how we all work together in the interests of the dental hygiene profession.

Why can't ADHA/ODHA stop new hygiene programs from opening where they aren't needed?

Establishment of new hygiene programs is regulated by the Council on Dental Accreditation which is controlled by the American Dental Association. ADHA regularly provides testimony and speaks up for the hygiene community in regards to accreditation, but the decision making power lies with the council.  State and local associations may also provide testimony, but otherwise have no decision making power.  ADHA continues to investigate ways to change this, but currently does not have enough funding from membership dues to take the steps needed to become an accrediting agency. 


ADHA Oregon Delegates

2014 Delegates:

YOU could be a delegate for ODHA in 20134 in at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas!  Voting will take place at ODHA's annual meeting November 8-10, 2013, and you do have to be present to win!  Find out what it takes! Contact Hildie Oliver for more information or check out our postion description page here.

2013 Delegates:
Tina Clarke, Heidi Jo Grubbs, Hildie Oliver
Alternates: Cindi Rasmussen, Gail Aamodt, Elisa Scholfield

2012 Delegates:
Tina Clarke, Heidi Jo Grubbs, Hildie Oliver
Alternates: Sacha Lodge, Cindi Rasmussen, Dana Shipley

2011 Delegates:
Heidi Jo Grubbs, Lynn Ironside, Hildie Oliver
Alternates: Amy Coplen, Pamela Lynch, Cindi Rasmussen

2010 Delegates:
Lynn Ironside (Chair), Tina Clarke, Heidi Jo Grubbs
Alternates:  Hildie Oliver, Dana Shipley, Diana Strand

2009 Delegates:  Laurie Johnson; Lynn Ironside; Tina Clarke
Alternates:  DeeAnne Ashcroft; Lisa Rowley; Diana Strand

2008 Delegates:  Kristen Simmons; Lynn Ironside; Laurie Johnson
Alternates:  Harry Adams; Beth Finnson; Tina Clarke

2006 Delegates:  Kristen Simmons; Lynn Ironside; Kelli Swanson-Jaecks
Alternates:  Laurie Johnson; Cara Cao-Young; Tina Clarke

2005 Delegates:  Pauline Stuedli; Kristen Simmons; Kelli Swanson-Jaecks
Alternates:  Beth Finnson; Heidi Jo Grubbs; Lynn Ironside

2004 Delegates: Vickie Woodward, Chair; Kristen Simmons; Pauline Stuedli
Alternates: Lynn Ironside; Patricia Gates; Kelli Swanson-Jaecks

2003 Delegates: Vickie Woodward, Chair; Karen Hartley; Pauline Stuedli
Alternates: Lynn Ironside; Kristen Simmons; Marilyn Chew

2002 Delegates: Vickie Woodward, Chair; Karen Hartley, Pauline Stuedli
Alternates: Lynn Ironside; Marilyn Chew; Kristen Simmons

2001 Delegates: Lynn Ironside, Chair; Jan Coughlin; Vickie Woodward
Alternates: Karen Hartley; Diane Donaca; Pauline Stuedli

2000 Delegates: Lynn Ironside, Chair; Jan Coughlin; Karen Hartley
Alternates: Vickie Woodward; Pauline Stuedli

1999 Delegates: Lynn Ironside, Chair; Wendy Ochs; Jan Coughlin
Alternates: Karen Hartley; Pauline Stuedli; Vickie Woodward

1998 Delegates: Lynn Ironside, Chair; Wendy Ochs; Jan Coughlin
Alternates: Karen Hartley; Pauline Stuedli; Dot Brown

1997 Delegates: Lynn Ironside, Chair; Lori Aus; Wendy Ochs
Alternates: Jan Coughlin; Vickie Woodward; Moira Holas