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).


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

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    • Deadline for submitting applications is Friday, August 2, 2019
    • Vacant positions
    • * Student Member
    • 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 Student Member
          o Holds current ADHA membership.
          o Is currently enrolled as either a full-time post-entry level student, or part-time post-entry level student who is currently practicing or teaching dental hygiene.
          o Has successfully completed the National Board Examination within the last five years.
          o Serve a one-year term and accept a second one-year term when possible.

    • Call for written testimony for proposed amendments in Dental Hygiene Education Standard 2-12 and Definition

      • Comments Due: All Proposed Standards Revisions

        Written comments to CODA on the proposed standards revisions noted below will be accpeted until June 1, 2019. Please submit comments to: Sherin Tooks, Ed.D, M.S., Director, Commission on Dental Accreditation, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or

      • Click here to see the proposed standards for Dental Hygiene
      • CAC Committee Representatives for Districts II, IV, VI, VIII, X, XII

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        • Start Date: June 30, 2019
        • Description:

          The constituent advisory committee (CAC) is a standing committee of the ADHA Board of Trustees which will help ensure successful implementation of the charter agreements and serve in a support and advisory capacity to both state leaders and the ADHA Board of Trustees. There are six volunteer positions available for Districts II, IV, VI, VIII, X, XII. Please note there is requisite criteria and skill sets needed for this position. To read more about the CAC and their charge click here.

        • Term:

          2 years beginning June 30, 2019

        • Time commitment:

          At least one call per quarter

        • CODA Dental Hygiene Review Committee

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          • Start Date: January 2019
          • Start Date: May 10, 2019
          • 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).

            The dental hygiene review committee (DHRC) is a standing committee of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The DHRC reviews site visits and progress reports on dental hygiene education programs and makes recommendations to the Commission on program accreditation status. Further, it considers policy matters related to dental hygiene education and makes recommendations to the Commission in those areas related to dental hygiene education.

            DHRC members serve as consultants to the Commission. Duties may include participation in site visit and ad hoc committees, in addition to committee responsibilities. Committee members are expected to communicate by fax, electronic mail and CODA's web-based communication tools.

          • Structure:

            The DHRC is composed of eleven members, eight pertaining to dental hygiene, which include:
            * 1 discipline-specific Commissioner appointed by American Dental Hygienists’ Association
            * 4 dental hygienist educators
            * 2 dental hygienist practitioners
            * 1 higher education administrator

          • Criteria:

            CODA Requirements
            * Ability to commit to one 4-year term;
            * Willingness to commit 10-20 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 predoctoral, advanced, and/or allied dental education;
            * Active involvement in an accredited predoctoral, advanced, or allied dental education 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 predoctoral, advanced, and/or allied dental education
            * Majority of current work effort as a practitioner; and
            * Formal education and credential in the applicable discipline.

            ADHA Requirements:
            * Current ADHA member;
            * Complete an ADHA bio-data form;
            * Applicant will be required to explain their qualifications for the position, and define the special experiences or skills they can offer to this role;
            * Applicant articulates their commitment to higher education and the accreditation process;
            * Educator nominees must also meet the same criteria as noted for a site visitor.

          • Nomination Process

            * ADHA does not directly select individuals, other than the ADHA-appointed Commissioner to serve on the DHRC as DHRC Chair
            * Specialty or discipline-specific positions on review committees will be filled by appointment by the Commission of an individual from a small group of nominees submitted by the relevant national organization.
            * CODA informs ADHA when DHRC positions become available in order for the professional organization to nominate individuals for potential appointment to the DHRC.
            * Interested parties may self-nominate and apply directly to CODA
            * Some nominees for appointment (such as the higher education administrator) may not be a member of a membership organization related to, affiliated with, or associated with CODA.
            * ADHA President submits nominations to CODA

          • Length of Term

            Appointments are for one, 4-year term. Individuals may serve a maximum of 8 years on any Review Committee and/or Commission without a hiatus.

          • 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 Minnesota, 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

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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 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