The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) is the only Foundation by Dental Hygienists for Dental Hygienists.

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ADHA’S Institute for Oral Health: Your Foundation, Your Future, Your Impact

-Tammy Filipiak, RDH, MS
IOH Chair, ADHA Past President

HOW is WI-DHA part of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH)?:

WI-DHA is a proud constituent of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).  WI-DHA is the largest organization state-wide representing dental hygienists throughout Wisconsin.  Collectively the ADHA represents all the state organizations at a national level.  As a nationwide organization the ADHA coordinates the Institute for Oral Health (IOH) which brings together the power of dental hygiene professionals throughout the county to Empower, Support, and Develop programs to benefit the profession and ultimately public health.

WHAT is the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH)?:

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) provides thousands of dollars each year, to advance the profession of Dental Hygiene through scholarship, research and service. These monies have been awarded to dental hygiene students for educational needs (Scholarships), to those expanding the field of dental hygiene (Research Grants) and to dental hygienists’ to provide oral health care and education to those in their communities (Community Service Grants).

MISSION of ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH):

To Support the charitable educational, research and scientific endeavors of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) which will improve the public’s total health by increasing the awareness of and access to quality oral healthcare

We work to:

  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants
  • Support advancements in the dental hygiene profession through Research Grants
  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships

VISION of ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH):

The philanthropic foundation to advance professional excellence in dental hygiene education and research

HISTORY of ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH):

1957: Originally founded as the Educational Trust Fund (ETF), the Institute for Oral Health was designed as a charitable organization entrusted with the mission to develop programs for the advancement of the art and science of dental hygiene

1978: The ETF was renamed the ADHA Foundation under a new tax status to provide activities and programs such as research.

1985: The Board of ADHA realized that a new organization with a broader scope was necessary to carry out its charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors. The results were the establishment and incorporation of the ADHA Institute for Oral Health.

1986: The Institute was incorporated as a support organization of ADHA so that a comprehensive scope of programming designed to advance the dental hygiene profession by promoting valuable research in the field and supporting dental hygiene students to excel.

1991: We embarked on a bold initiative, to establish a research endowment. The successful $150,000 campaign greatly expanded the Research Grant Program.

Today, the leadership of the ADHA Institute is a five member Board of Directors. The Board is composed of ADHA Officers, dental hygienists who have demonstrated competence in business and academia. The Immediate Past President of ADHA also serves as Chair of the ADHA Institute for one year. Standing committees, established to address the business of the ADHA Institute, support the Chairperson.