What is IL Hy-PAC?

The name of this Committee is the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Political Action Committee or ILHy-PAC. It is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated Committee of individual dental hygienists and others and is not affiliated with any political party, The committee is an independent, autonomous organization and is not a branch or subsidiary of any national, state, or  other  political committee.

The purposes of the Committee are:

1. To promote and strive for the improvement of the government by encouraging and

stimulating dental hygienists and others to take a more active and effective role in

governmental affairs.

2. To encourage dental hygienists and others to understand the nature and actions of

their government as to important political issues and as to the records of office

holders and candidates for elective office.

3. To assist dental hygienists and others in organizing themselves for effective political

action and in carrying out their civic responsibilities.

4. To support those candidates whose political principles promote IDHA’s purposes,

policies, and goals.


Join and be part of the decision makers!
Legislation and government regulations are affecting the scope and the future of the practice of dental hygiene. Important decisions are made concerning health care delivery and dental hygiene practice. We must be an active part of that decision-making process.

Voting isn’t enough, lobbying isn’t enough!!!
The synergy of hundreds of dental hygienists working together is what it takes for our collective voice to be heard when public officials are debating the future of dental hygiene.


Defend the investment you have made in the dental hygiene profession by
· Donating money
· Volunteering to work for quality candidates who promote the dental hygiene profession
Never has it been more important than it is today!!!!

DONATE TODAY!  Donation Form 2014



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American Dental Hygienists’ Association 91st Annual Session

 The 91st Annual Session took place June 18-24, 2014, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wednesday, June 18th started with a community service day at the Shannon West teen homeless shelter. Members presented posters to the teens provided by local dental hygiene students. Attendees received an oral care package after attending the tables, and door prizes were drawn to be given to teens at the end of the morning. Wednesday evening, members were able to attend Blue Man Group, courtesy of Young Dental Company.

Thursday through Saturday included the Center for Lifelong Learning. Attendees were able to choose from 28 different Continuing Education courses that included tracks such as Public Health and Education. Student and research table clinics and posters were presented at this time as well. Kennedy King students, Alejandra Valladares and Tasia Walker’s presentation was titled “Change the Lens of the Scope”, which compared the Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner and the Dental Therapist. Thursday and Saturday also included plenary sessions presented by Dan Thurmon and Juliet Funt. Friday morning Crest/Oral-B sponsored a breakfast, with IDHA’s very own Rebecca Van Horn presenting on behalf of Crest. Attendees were introduced to the new brushing app that works with Crest/Oral-B electric toothbrushes. Friday evening also included the Phillips Sonicare/RDH mentor of the year reception and the Institute for Oral Health gala to raise money for ADHA’s IOH. See the article included by our IOH liaison, Carole Danielson, in this issue. At Saturday’s plenary session, Southern Illinois Component 12 was presented with the community service award for their work with the “Give Adults a Smile” program. Jennifer Sherry was present to accept the award on behalf of the component.

Sunday through Tuesday included the House of Delegates, where members from all over the country vote on policy and bylaw changes to guide our organization. Members were also able to attend workshops about leadership, diversity, legislation and membership. Mega issues discussions were held Monday morning. These discussions help ADHA form a strategic plan based on where members want to see our organization go. Based on 2013 mega issues, ADHA refocused the entire strategic plan for 2015.

Elections were held on Monday, and the following officers were installed on Tuesday: Kelli Swanson-Jaecks, president; Jill Rethman, president-elect; Betty Kabel, vice-president, Carolyn Roberton, speaker of the house. Louann Goodnough was reinstalled as treasurer. Our newly elected District VIII trustee is Lisa Moravec of Nebraska. See adha.org for full details.

Finally, the call for the 92nd ADHA Annual Session was made to invite everyone to come to Nashville, Tennessee from June 17-23, 2015. Registration and housing will open in January 2015.


Hello Illinois Dental Hygienists,

My name is Carole Danielson, and it is an honor to serve as Illinois’ liaison for the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH).  I had the opportunity to attend the IOH liaison’s luncheon during the ADHA CLL in Las Vegas. It was great to network with other liaisons from across the country. Many ideas concerning this position were exchanged. And I am truly excited about the opportunity to serve Illinois in this capacity. You will continue to hear from me thru out the upcoming year.

My first goal to raise money for the ADHA IOH is to hold a raffle at the IDHA Annual Meeting in November 2014. The raffle item is going to be a Pandora bracelet. Stay tuned for more information.

Now I would like to share some information about the ADHA IOH.

Who We Are

  • In collaboration with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the ADHA Institute for Oral Health 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).
  • The MISSION of the IOH is: 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.

The IOH works to:

  • Empower dental hygienists to improve the public’s health through Community Service Grants
  • Support dental hygienists to reach their full professional potential through Research Grants
  • Develop dental hygienists’ access to educational programs through Scholarships

The IOH Vision is to be:

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

The following is the History of the 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 and 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.

Carole Danielson RDH, MPH

IDHA Liaison to the ADHA IOH



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