As a constituent of the American Dental Hygiene Assocaion (ADHA) each state in the organization is divided up into Components.  These Components are determined by geographic proximity within each state.   Local Component organizations form the first line of involvement for individual members and prospective members.  The Components implement community service programs, educational sessions, as well as offer ideas and information about state and national policies.

 

As a member of WI-DHA members are automatically members of the national parent organization, the ADHA.   The ADHA has grown to over 35,000 members in 51 states, over 350 local components, and in several foreign countries. Approximately, 35 staff members service ADHA members from the office in Chicago, Illinois.

Understanding the Organizational Structure Terminology

NATIONAL (adha)
Members of WI-DHA are automatically members of the American Dental Hygiene Assocation (adha.org). The National level represents the interests of all dental hygienists across the nation and provides educational and professional development programming. It consists of 12 geographic districts, each of which represents a group of constituents. The national organization receives input from the constituent and components through elected district trustees.

DISTRICT (aka Region)
The National Association is organized into 12 regional Districts. These Districts are comprised of groups of states. The Wisconsin Dental Hygienist’s Association is part of District VII.

CONSTITUENT (aka State)
The Constituent (aka State) organizations serve the components in their jurisdictions by informing them of national policies and programs, monitoring legislation and providing continuing education. WI-DHA is constituent organization for Wisconsin.

COMPONENT
Each State is divided up into Components.  These local Component organizations form the first line of involvement for individual members. The components implement community service programs and educational sessions and offer ideas and information about state and national policies.

YOU (aka Individual Professional Member)

Graphic of Assocation Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure