Federal Efforts

ADHA is involved in advocacy efforts for a variety of policy issues, including the establishment of dental hygiene-based workforce models and advanced practice dental hygiene, funding for oral health research and programs, the inclusion of oral health services in public clinics, and maternal and child health programs.

At the national level, ADHA works with policymakers, foundations, stakeholders, the public and the media to promote federal policies that encourage increased availability of oral health care. ADHA advocates for better utilization of dental hygienists to improve access and the delivery of high quality, cost-effective oral healthcare.

Consult on Legislative and Regulatory Projects

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

Provide Data, Statistics and Information on Practice Laws across the Country

We are your resource as you prepare evidence-based information for legislative efforts. You can track state legislation by clicking here.

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.

Highlight Your Successes in "the Stateline"

"Stateline," which appears in every issue of Access, informs members of legislative events throughout the nation. ADHA prepares the column and is always interested in incorporating new information, so please share your news with us.

For more information about the advocacy efforts of your state association, visit your state's website.