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March 11-12, 2022

ADHA Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

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Friday, March 11-Saturday, March 12 your ADHA Board of Trustees gathered virtually for two days of discussion and action.

House of Delegates Task Force

The Board received a review of findings from the January 24 House of Delegates Town Hall and a report of recommendations from The ADHA Task Force on Pathways to ADHA Board Leadership. The Task Force has developed a roadmap for guiding bylaws reform and remodeling how to cultivate the strongest leadership within the ADHA Board of Trustees. Their recommendations are being developed as Proposed Bylaw changes by ADHA Legal Counsel and will be submitted to the Committee on Policy and Bylaws by the deadline for House of Delegates business on the last Friday of March. The Chair of the Taskforce, Christina Emmert, ADHA Speaker of the House, provided the Board with activities planned for communication and continued engagement of the ADHA Delegates in the upcoming months.

Advancing Equity Begins Within

ADHA’s equity consultative partner, Just Health Collective, presented results from their qualitative and quantitative review of diversity and inclusion within ADHA’s structure, policies and practices. The team outlined seven actionable recommendations for defining and advancing an organizational vision for health equity and belonging over the next three-five years. The Board engaged in a generative discussion of these recommendations, considering strategies, priorities and challenges to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the dental hygiene community. The Board renewed their commitment to fostering a sense of belonging for all dental hygienists at ADHA.

Financial & Membership Check In

Treasurer Secrist, along with ADHA Chief Financial Officer Cameron Hawkins, reviewed the second quarter financial statements. The ADHA Membership Engagement team updated the Board on the robust retention and renewal campaign currently in process for 2022. The Board discussed continued implications from the pandemic and strategies for maximizing new member acquisition as well as non-dues revenue opportunities.

The Business of Governance

Additional topics, reviews and recommendations on the agenda from Saturday’s working sessions included:

  • Proposed Bylaws change to Senior status membership category
  • National Appointments for CODA Commissioner, Appeal Board and Review Committee candidate recommendations and nominations

Resources at the Ready!

ADHA leaders! Don’t forget you have a rich resource of support documents, videos and guidelines available to you within the Volunteer Leadership Portal. Questions about membership, how to maximize effectiveness of your campaigns, financial management tips and so much more are there for you. Take advantage of it by logging in to your account at:

President Burch’s fourth quarter video is also available for use at your state and local meetings! Share this recap with your members for a summary of recent accomplishments and things to look forward to this spring and summer. Email Kathy Pujol to request the link for your events.

Upcoming Events

  • June 22-23: Live Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit - this event is designed just for current and future leaders of ADHA! Encourage your colleagues at the local and state levels to register and come soak up essential business training.
  • June 24-26: ADHA22 Conference in Louisville, KY promises to be the celebration and education event of the year. Be sure to register now