Institute for Oral Health

Who We Are

In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health provides thousands of dollars each year, to advance the profession of Dental Hygiene through scholarship, research and service. These monies have been awarded to dental hygiene students for educational needs (Scholarships), to those expanding the field of dental hygiene (Research Grants) and to dental hygienists’ to provide oral health care and education to those in their communities (Community Service Grants).

Our Vision

The philanthropic foundation to advance professional excellence in dental hygiene education and research

History

1957: Originally founded as the Educational Trust Fund (ETF), the Institute for Oral Health was designed as a charitable organization entrusted with the mission to develop programs for the advancement of the art and science of dental hygiene

1978: The ETF was renamed the ADHA Foundation under a new tax status to provide activities and programs such as research.

1985: The Board of ADHA realized that a new organization with a broader scope was necessary to carry out its charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors. The results were the establishment and incorporation of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

1986: The Institute was incorporated as a support organization of ADHA so that a comprehensive scope of programming designed to advance the dental hygiene profession by promoting valuable research in the field and supporting dental hygiene students to excel.

1991: We embarked on a bold initiative, to establish a research endowment. The successful $150,000 campaign greatly expanded the Research Grant Program.

Today, the leadership of the ADHA Institute is a five member Board of Directors. The Board is composed of ADHA Officers, dental hygienists who have demonstrated competence in business and academia. The Immediate Past President of ADHA also serves as Chair of the ADHA Institute for one year. Standing committees, established to address the business of the ADHA Institute, support the Chairperson.