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Involvement Opportunities

Welcome to ADHA's Involvement Opportunities page where you can volunteer for projects that fit your interests, expertise and schedule.

The process is easy!

First, peruse the list of projects in the "Opportunities" list below. To find out more information about a specific project, click on the title of the project. When you are ready to volunteer, click on the specific project you are interested in and click the words "Sign Up". Simple as that.

Come back often to learn about new opportunities!

Opportunities will be posted throughout the year. Please note in order to sign up for an opportunity, you must be a current member of ADHA (unless otherwise noted).

Opportunities

  • Open Call for Nominations for the JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene

      To Apply, Please Fill Out the Bio Data Form
    • Vacant positions
      Dental Hygiene Practitioner (2 positions)
      One 2-year term October 2018-October 2020
      One 3-year term October 2018-October 2021
    • Application Deadline: Friday, August 10, 2018
    • JCNDE Mission Statement

      "The JCNDE develops and conducts highly reliable, state of the art cognitive examinations that assist regulatory agencies in making valid decisions regarding licensure of oral health care professionals, develops and implements policy for the orderly, secure, and fair administration of its examinations, and is a leader and resource in assessment for the oral health care profession."

      ADHA Committee on National Boards – Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE)

      • Members are appointed by the ADHA president and approved by the ADHA Board of Trustees.
      • These committee members also serve as members of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) Committee on Dental Hygiene.
      • The names of committee members are transmitted to JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene following their appointment by the ADHA BOT.
      • The ADHA Committee meets immediately prior to the JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene. All travel and lodging expenses are assumed by the JCNDE.
    • Selection Process:

      The ADHA Committee on National Boards is a committee of five, including the ADHA Commissioner to the JCNDE, one student member and three dental hygienists.

    • Criteria:

      Dental Hygiene Practitioner

      • Hold current ADHA membership.
      • Have a minimum of five (5) years of clinical dental hygiene practice with preference given to those who possess a baccalaureate degree
      • Must have experience in testing and measurement.

    • Open Call for Nominations for the ADHA Commissioner to the JCNDE

        To Apply, Please Fill Out the Bio Data Form
      • Application Deadline: Friday, August 10, 2018
      • JCNDE Mission Statement

        "The JCNDE develops and conducts highly reliable, state of the art cognitive examinations that assist regulatory agencies in making valid decisions regarding licensure of oral health care professionals, develops and implements policy for the orderly, secure, and fair administration of its examinations, and is a leader and resource in assessment for the oral health care profession."

        ADHA Commissioner to the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE)

        • • The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) consists of fifteen members, serving for a limited one term of four years.
        • • The ADHA Commissioner is appointed by the ADHA president and approved by the ADHA Board of Trustees.
        • • The Commissioner also chairs the ADHA Committee on National Boards-JCNDE. The ADHA Committee meets immediately prior to the JCNDE Committee on Dental Hygiene. All travel and lodging expenses are assumed by the JCNDE.
      • Criteria:
        • The term of office of a Commissioner shall be four (4) years beginning October 2018
        • Hold current ADHA membership.
        • Has a minimum of five (5) years of experience as a dental hygiene practitioner and/or educator.
        • Demonstrate professional commitment
        • Possess leadership skills
        • Demonstrate effective communication skills
        • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement and evaluation and/or state board policies and procedures
        • Be politically astute
        • Have a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure. It is recommended that the ADHA Commissioner have served as a member of the ADHA Committee on National Boards prior to appointment to the JCNDE.

        The tenure of a Commissioner shall be limited to one (1) term. Terms of Commissioners shall begin and end with adjournment of the closing session of the annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Dental Association in the appropriate year.

        The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations shall have a standing Committee on Dental Hygiene.

      • Meetings:
        The Committee on Dental Hygiene shall have one (1) regular meeting each year. This meeting shall precede the regular, annual meeting of the Board of Commissioners. Special meetings of the Committee on Dental Hygiene shall be convened at the request of the Board of Commissioners or at the request of a majority of Committee members subject to approval by the Board of Commissioners.
      • Duties:
        The Committee on Dental Hygiene shall consider matters related to the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
      • Call for Site Visitor Volunteer Nominations

          To Apply, Please Fill Out the Bio Data Form
        • Application Deadline: Monday, November 5, 2018
        • JCNDE Mission Statement

          The Commission on Dental Accreditation considers nominations for site visitors on an annual basis at its Winter meeting. Site Visitors are appointed for one-year terms, which are renewable for six years. If appointed, the site visitor’s term will begin in October of the appointment year. The site visitor will be expected to complete the Commission’s online training program and attend a two-day training workshop in Chicago in June prior to their term start date. The site visitor will also be expected to be accessible and able to communicate by fax, electronic mail and the Commission's web-based communication tools. Review the full site visitor nomination criteria (PDF) for additional information. Call for Review Committee Nominations. ADHA is requesting nominations for the role “Site Visitor” in the following disciplines:

        • Allied Dental Education
          • Dental Hygiene
          • Dental Therapy
        • Structure
          • The Commission considers a balance in geographic distribution, representation of the various types of educational settings, and diversity.
          • The Commission uses site visitors with education and practice expertise in the discipline or areas being evaluated to conduct its accreditation program. Nominations for site visitors are requested from national dental and dental related organizations representing the areas affected by the accreditation process.
          • The Commission is responsible for training accreditation consultants. Consulting assignments are made by the Commission. All site visit related expenses are assumed by the Commission
        • CODA requirements for dental hygiene site visitors:
          • A full-time or part-time appointment with an accredited dental hygiene program;
          • a baccalaureate or higher degree
          • background in educational methodology;
          • accreditation experience through an affiliation with a dental hygiene education program that has completed a site visit; and
          • accreditation experience within the previous three (3) years.
        • ADHA Requirements for dental hygiene site visitors:
          • Current ADHA member
          • Minimum of a master’s degree
          • Minimum of 5 consecutive years of full-time experience in dental hygiene education.
          • Demonstrate current involvement in curriculum design, development, and evaluation and/or have responsibility for a dental hygiene program
          • Current license to practice dental hygiene and/or dentistry
          • Demonstrate effective communication skills, i.e. interviewing, listening, interpreting, writing, facilitating and negotiating
          • Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of institutions of higher learning
          • Demonstrate an understanding of the mission of dental hygiene education
        • CODA requirements for dental therapy site visitors:
          • A full-time or part-time appointment with an accredited predoctoral dental or allied dental education program or an accredited (or recognized) dental therapy program;
          • a baccalaureate or higher degree;
          • background in educational methodology;
          • accreditation experience through an affiliation with a dental therapy, allied, or predoctoral dental program that has completed a site visit*; and
          • accreditation experience within the previous three (3) years*.
            *temporarily waived for dental therapist educator position until after CODA accredits dental therapy education programs Adopted: 02/16
        • Nomination Process:
          • Site visitors for dental hygiene education programs are nominated by the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is an additional source of nominations that augments, not supersedes any nomination from ADHA. Individuals may also submit self-nominations to the Commission.
          • The application procedure requires the submission of an ADHA bio-data form, which includes the submission of a personal statement of not more than 500 words specifically reflecting the following required credentials for nomination as a site visitor and two professional references.
          • Bio-data forms are to be submitted to the Education and Practice Specialist for review. Geographic and institutional balance will be considered in the selection process. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the ADHA Board of Trustees for approval.
          • The CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee reviews the curriculum vitae of the respective nominees and makes recommendations for appointment by the Commission.
        • Applications also need to be submitted directly to CODA. Please download the Site Visitor Nomination Form (PDF). Once completed, submit your form to the appropriate CODA staff manager via email. Site Visitor Nomination Forms are due to CODA staff by December 3, 2018 for consideration at the Commission’s Winter 2019 meeting
        • ADHA-Commissioner to CODA

            To Apply, Please Fill Out the Bio Data Form
          • Start Date: Training begins December 6, 2018
          • Application Deadline: Friday June 29, 2018
          • Description:

            The current ADHA-appointed Commissioner to the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) will complete her term at the October 2019 American Dental Association Annual Meeting. ADHA is preparing to select a successor, with terms beginning in fall 2019 and service beginning at the winter 2020 Commission meeting. Commissioners are appointed to one four (4) year term.
            The Commissioner is required to make a significant time commitment to this role. It is estimated that Commission activities require 10-20 days per year.

          • Commissioner Criteria:

            All Nominees:
            * Ability to commit to one four (4) year term;
            * Willingness to commit ten (10) to twenty (20) days per year to activities, including training, comprehensive review of print and electronically delivered materials and travel to Commission headquarters;
            * Ability to evaluate an educational program objectively in terms of such broad areas as curriculum, faculty, facilities, student evaluation and outcomes assessment;
            * Stated willingness to comply with all Commission policies and procedures (e.g. Agreement of Confidentiality; Conflict of Interest Policy; Operational Guidelines; Simultaneous Service; HIPAA Training, Licensure Attestation, and Professional Conduct Policy and Prohibition Against Harassment);
            * Ability to conduct business through electronic means (email, Commission Web Sites);
            * Active, life or retired member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, where applicable;
            * Have experience on a minimum of three (3) accreditation site visit teams;
            * Have a full-time or part-time appointment with an accredited dental hygiene program;
            * Have a baccalaureate or higher degree
            * Have accreditation experience through an affiliation with dental hygiene education program that has completed a site visit;
            * Have accreditation experience within the previous three (3) years
            * Possesses decision making skills; and
            * Is objective and decisive.

            Further, Commissioners are required to complete the Commission’s Web-based Site Visitor Training Program prior to serving on the Commission. The self-paced instructional manual on the Commission’s policies, procedures and Standards takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete. The appointee will also be required to attend a Review Committee/Commissioner Training Program at the Commission’s headquarters. Commissioners may be assigned to review committees and ad hoc committees.

            Full participation at all meetings is the single most important responsibility of a Commission member. Members of the Commission review agenda reports concerning accreditation-related topics. Commissioners must have a working knowledge of Commission policies, procedures and Standards. Preparation prior to these meetings is imperative. Careful review of meeting agendas and all accreditation and policy-related materials mailed in advance of each meeting is expected. Commissioners participate in making final decisions related to accreditation and policy issues; in-depth review and understanding of issues are essential. Prior to the CODA meeting, the ADHA Commissioner shall discuss current ADHA policies with the ADHA Education & Professional Advocacy Director and/or designee.

            Important Dates for New Commissioner For ADHA
            * December 6-7, 2018 Appointee attends and participates in the mandatory new Commissioner, Appeals Board & Review Committee Member Training program in Chicago.
            * Week of July 8-12, 2019 - New Commission Appointee (Trainee) observes appropriate Review Committee meeting in Chicago.
            * August 1-2, 2019 - New Commission Appointee (Trainee) observes the Commission meeting in Chicago.
            * Fall 2019-2020 - New Commission appointee attends one site visit during this time period, dependent upon the schedule of the appointee and available spots for observers. (Please note that new Commission appointees who are already active site visitors need not attend a site visit.)
            * January 2020 - First Review Committee meeting in Chicago in role as Commissioner, for those new Commissioners designated as Review Committee Chairs, or assigned to a Review Committee.
            * February 2020 - First Commission meeting in Chicago in role as Commissioner.

            Commissioners should have served as an ADHA Board of Trustees member or demonstrated active involvement at the national level within the last 3 years and should also:
            * Be committed to ideas
            * Be politically astute
            * Possess strong leadership skills

          • Video Reviewer

              Email Natalie Judd at natalie@adha.net to apply
            • Start Date: July 3, 2018
            • End Date: July 13, 2018
            • Description:

              A Video Reviewer will help ADHA and Premier assess video submissions from their “What Inspires You?” campaign. Batches of one-minute videos will be evenly distributed between 10 Reviewers, and each Reviewer will select his/her top six videos to continue on to the video contest.

              Key Responsibilities:
              * Dedicate time to thoroughly review batch of one-minute videos within 10-day time period (actual number of videos to be determined)
              * Select top six videos from original batch of videos based on appropriate content, relativity to contest theme
              * Use best judgment when selecting top six videos based on contest theme and audience
              * Be able to explain your top six video choices to ADHA staff

              Qualifications:
              * ADHA member
              * Flexibility
              * Dependability

              Time Commitment:
              Time commitment to this project will vary based on number of contest entries between June 7-June 30, 2018. Video Reviewers should expect to dedicate at least 2-3 hours to this project.

            • Dental Hygiene Liaison

                Click Here to Apply
              • Start Date: Immediately
              • Description:

                ADHA is looking for a Dental Hygiene Liaison (DHL) in select states. The DHL is recognized as an early childhood oral health leader and advocate in their state. The DHL role is voluntary and primary activities include:
                * serving a communication link between NCECHW and early childhood education programs on topics related to improving the oral health pregnant women and children;
                * collaborating with state organizations and ongoing networks, including the state oral health program, Head Start state collaboration office, and child care agencies; and
                * promoting and sharing evidence-informed oral health information, materials, and resources.

                The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW), working in partnership with American Dental Hygienists’ Association, is currently seeking Dental Hygienist Liaisons (DHL) in Indiana, Ohio, and Wyoming. The primary goal of the NCECHW DHL Project is to improve the oral health of pregnant women and children by providing a dental hygienist liaison (DHL) in each state to serve as a communication link between the NCECHW, state-level stakeholders, and early childhood education (ECE) programs (i.e.., Head Start, child care, and home visiting programs).

              • Qualifications:

                Experience working in public health, early childhood programs, and/or advocacy is preferred.

              • Technical Review Ad Hoc Group

                  Click Here to Apply
                • Start Date: Immediately
                • Description:
                  ADHA is looking for volunteers to review content including advertising, photographs and clinical information for accuracy and appropriateness as needed.
                • Qualifications:

                  Expertise in one or more areas of clinical dental hygiene practice including but not limited to:
                  * Infection control/PPE/OSHA
                  * Instruments and equipment
                  * Oral pathology
                  * Pharmacology
                  * Resonance of content with a dental hygiene audience

                  Ability to respond quickly

                • CE Review Ad Hoc Group

                    Click Here to Apply
                  • Start Date: Immediately
                  • Description:
                    This group is responsible for ensuring the quality of ADHA education content presented through webinars and at annual conference by reviewing proposals and abstracts.
                  • Qualifications:

                    Expertise in one or more areas:
                    * Clinical practice
                    * Public health
                    * Education
                    * Research
                    * Coding
                    * Pharmacology

                    Familiarity with ADHA's Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice

                    Ability to respond quickly to assignments on a rolling basis (webinar content) and multiple abstract reviews between March and May of each year (call for proposals)

                  • ADHA Squad

                      Click Here to Apply
                    • Start Date: Anytime
                    • Time Commitment: Ongoing
                    • Qualifications:

                      The ADHA Squad is our new ambassador program! The pilot was launched in May with UYP, New Professionals and leadership and opened to all members at Annual Conference. This special group of members helps make sure all dental hygienists know our story by sharing the latest ADHA news and information. After you join the ADHA Squad, we’ll email you 3-4 times per month with news to share with friends and followers across social media with just the click of a button.

                      By becoming a member of the ADHA Squad, you receive the latest news and updates on all things dental hygiene – resources, webinars, speakers, annual conference, continuing education and more! The best part is, the more you share and participate, the more points you earn increasing your chances to win cash, ADHA swag and other prizes! If you’re a State/Chapter Social Media Manager please contact cynthia@adha.net and have your Squad points count towards earning a dinner night out with your leadership team and ADHA Communications Team at next year’s Annual Conference. Sound like the perfect fit for you?

                    • Coding Ad Hoc Group

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                      • Start Date: January 1, 2018
                      • Time Commitment: Ongoing
                      • Qualifications:

                        Dental hygienists with a broad range of experience and expertise, Continuing education speakers with expertise in dental coding, Practicing dental hygienists with a special interest in dental codes; Practice-Management dental hygienists, Dental hygiene clinician who is interested in coding