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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

  • 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

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        • 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.

        • Dental Review Committee Positions

            Please Email your Letter of Interest, Position You're Applying for, and Resume Here
          • Start Date: October, 2018
          • Application Deadline: May 29, 2018
          • Positions:

            * CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee - Practitioner
            * CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee - Educator
            * CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee - Higher Education Administrator
            * CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee - Predoctoral Dental Education

          • Description:

            The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is pleased to announce an open call for nominations for dental hygiene educators and dental hygiene practitioners on the Dental Hygiene Education Review Committee of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

            Review Committee members are responsible for the review of all policy matters, site visit reports, progress reports, applications for accreditation and special reports on accredited programs. Each Review Committee’s comments and recommendations on policy matters and accreditation status are included in a report, which is submitted to the Commission for final action.

          • Qualifications:

            All Nominees:
            * Ability to commit to one four (4) year term;
            * Willingness to commit ten (10) to twenty (20) days per year to Review Committee 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); and
            * Active, life or retired member of the American Dental Association, where applicable.

            Educator Nominees:
            * Commitment to dental, advanced dental and/or allied dental education;
            * Active involvement in a dental or dental-related accredited program as a full- or part-time faculty member;
            * Subject matter experts with formal education and credentialed in the applicable discipline; and
            * Prior or current experience as a Commission site visitor.

            Practitioner Nominees:
            * Commitment to dental, advanced dental and/or allied dental education;
            * Prior or current experience as a practitioner; and
            * Formal education and credential in the applicable discipline

            Higher Education Administrator:
            * A commitment to bring the higher education administrator perspective to the Review Committee deliberations. In order to serve, the nominee must not be a:
            a) Member of any trade association, licensing/regulatory agency or membership organization related to, affiliated with or associated with the Commission; and
            b) Spouse, parent, child or sibling of an individual identified above.

          • 2018 Annual Conference CODA Testimony Volunteers

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            • Event Date: ADHA Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio - Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
            • Deadline to Volunteer: June 4, 2018
            • Description:

              ADHA is looking for volunteers to provide verbal testimony during ADHA's Annual Conference in June 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will be accepting comments on Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Programs. ADHA will assist members in preparing their testimony and preparing to testify.

              ADHA supports the proposed revisions to the Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs. To view the proposed standards please visit: http://www.ada.org/en/coda/current-accreditation-standards/proposed-accreditation-standards

            • Qualifications:

              1. ADHA member
              2. Experience as a dental hygiene educator and/or program director is helpful.

            • 2018 ADHA CODA Written Testimony Volunteers

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              • Deadline to Volunteer: June 4, 2018
              • Description:

                ADHA is looking for volunteers to provide written testimony. The Commission on Dental Accreditation will be accepting comments on Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Programs. ADHA will assist members in preparing their written testimony.

                ADHA supports the proposed revisions to the Accreditation Standards for Dental Hygiene Education Programs. To view the proposed standards please visit: http://www.ada.org/en/coda/current-accreditation-standards/proposed-accreditation-standards.

              • Qualifications:

                1. ADHA member
                2. Experience as a dental hygiene educator and/or program director is helpful.

              • Technical Review Ad Hoc Group

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                • 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

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                  • 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

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                    • 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