Governance | ADHA - American Dental Hygienists Association

About ADHA


National Headquarters Structure

Located in Chicago, Illinois, ADHA’s national headquarters is organized into the following divisions, all of which report to the executive director, who works out of the executive office.

Executive Office

The executive office works closely with the ADHA Board of Directors, councils and committees. This office coordinates the association's annual meetings, manages fundraising and corporate relations, maintains liaison activities with other health organizations, and supports the ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

Member Services

The member services division maintains membership records and communicates with members, potential members, students, constituents, and components on all aspects of membership.

Education and Research

The education and research division promotes the advancement of dental hygiene education through collaboration with the dental hygiene and dental education communities of interest. This division also provides support to the dental hygiene practice community; maintains a database of dental hygiene education programs; and interacts with other health professions, consumer groups, and health workforce agencies. Research promotes the implementation of the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda, and provides resource support through conferences and research.

Governmental Affairs

The governmental affairs division monitors legislation, works with state legislative chairs,provides information on issues related to legislation and dental hygiene practice,promotes ADHA interests before Congress, monitors federal activities, and administers funds granted for state activities.


The communications division implements ADHA’s public relations programs and publishes the Journal of Dental Hygiene, the official scientific journal of ADHA. This division is also responsible for the content, creative and marketing strategies that support ADHA membership, education, advocacy and meeting/events divisions, as well as executive office and leadership communications support.

Finance and Management Information Systems

This division oversees ADHA’s assets and audits, maintains accounting records, and manages data processing and the product order department.


Please contact the Member Services Division with any questions or information requests at 312-440-8900.

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