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YOU are important to ODHA!

did you know ODHA represents and works on behalf of all Dental Hygienists in Oregon?  We are working hard to expand our mebership to include the majority of Dental Hygienists' in Oregon so we can continue to advance our profession, together!

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 

Membership Benefits

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.