Federal Efforts

The ADHA is committed to leading the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public’s oral and overall health. The ADHA advocacy efforts are focused on advancing the profession of dental hygiene at the state and federal level.

The ADHA advocates that dental hygienists be permitted by state laws to practice to the fullest extent of their education and can be fully utilized in all settings. Moreover, the ADHA is involved in advocacy efforts on a variety of issues including, but not limited to the establishment of dental hygiene-based workforce models, funding for oral health research and programs, and better utilization of dental hygienists to improve access and the delivery of high quality, cost-effective oral health care services.

At the national level, the ADHA strives to better position the profession to be an integrated part of the health care system through strategic partnerships and increasing dental hygiene’s involvement in the development of new oral health workforce models.

Consult on Legislative and Regulatory Projects

The ADHA collaborates with you and your state lobbyist on drafting legislation, writing testimony and fact sheets, and developing a legislative plan. The ADHA shares information on events and decisions in other states, as well as successful tools and techniques, and can also connect you with leaders from other states.

Help Organize and Energize Grassroots Efforts with VOCUS Email Messages

The VOCUS system allows us to broadcast your email message to all ADHA members (including students) in your state who have registered an email address with ADHA. Your state can determine the text of messages to inform members of grassroots efforts, and upcoming events, or to provide updates on legislative issues. VOCUS enables us to tailor messages to specific audiences, targeting specific legislative districts or entire legislative committees.

Through VOCUS, we can also provide each state with a list of members matched with state and federal legislators.