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ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The March 2021 ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting was held virtually on March 19-20. The Board has been working collaboratively to help lead ADHA and the dental hygiene community through the pandemic and into the future. Following are some highlights from the two-day meeting:

Meeting Summary

  • COVID-19 Update:  Ann Lynch, Director of Advocacy & Education, provided a comprehensive overview of ADHA’s COVID-19 advocacy efforts over the past year. Learn more about ADHA’s actions over the past year including vaccination efforts. Some highlights include:
    • Over 1,400+ inquiries about COVID-19 were answered
    • 11 COVID-19 webinars were developed and shared
    • 156,551 downloads of ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work
    • 58,882 Hygienists participated in 1 or more of ADHA advocacy campaigns
    • 138,151 messages were delivered to Congress, the White House and the nation’s governors.
  • Federal Advocacy Update: With the Biden-Harris administration in place, ADHA has been proactive about forging new relationships and providing clear policy priorities and recommendations.
  • CEO Update: ADHA’s CEO Ann Battrell, MSDH shared an overview of the ADHA and ADA joint research partnership, which resulted in the publication of two research papers in the February issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene and two complementary webinars. The joint research project is on-going and dental hygienists are encouraged to sign-up and participate to ensure the data is as robust as possible.
  • Membership Engagement Initiative: Plans are progressing with a pilot program to grow engagement with the dental hygiene community through a new CE-centered educational opportunity. The program will be launched later this year. More details are forthcoming.
  • Volunteer Resource Center: The new volunteer section on the member website that will provide comprehensive resources for state and local leaders is very close to completion. This redesigned and user-friendly section of the member website will launch this spring.
  • ADHA 2021 Annual Conference: Registration is open! The in-person event will take place in Phoenix on June 18-20. The virtual event takes place on June 28-30. Early bird pricing ends soon. Learn more and register.

"I am so proud of our collaborative work during the March Board of Trustees meeting. As a team we are addressing the needs of the association during this pandemic while planning for a brighter future."