Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association 

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association (VDHA) is a chartered affiliate of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the largest professional organization for dental hygienists. 

Our Mission:

Lead the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public’s oral and overall health and advance the science and practice of dental hygiene.


Tonya Mortensen
ADHA District 3 Student Delegate
Winning Essay

What qualities should a Student Member possess to be the District Student Delegate for ADHA?

There are many qualities a Student Delegate should possess. They range from being passionate and dedicated to responsible and accountable. The Student Delegate should be a leader. They should be willing to meet new people, take risks, and have the desire to stay active in their community. A Student Delegate should have good communication skills and advocate not only for their community, but other Dental Hygiene students as well.

An ideal Student Delegate will be passionate about their field. Passion is demonstrated in multiple areas of the dental hygiene profession. The passion to succeed as a student, passion to help others, to teach, and to be a part of their professional association. Most importantly, passion for excellence. Not to be confused with perfection. Excellence is the continual drive for the best.

Being a dental hygiene professional is a lifelong commitment to service, to others, and to continuing education. The student selected for the delegate position should demonstrate dedication. The opportunity to participate in the advocacy process of the ADHA is an awesome launch pad for students to start and continue their commitment to the profession. It is an opportunity that will mark their hearts and careers forever.

Student Delegates should possess a strong sense of responsibility. Students must be responsible for learning and becoming a part of their professional association. With that comes the responsibility of attending meetings, conferences and workshops. They should be accountable to report their findings and communicate professional issues with other students.

Upcoming events

Become a member today!

Join Virginia's oldest and largest professional organization for dental hygienists so that your voice is heard determining the future of your profession. Network and enjoy specialized continuing education and leadership opportunities! 

Join us

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization located at 6200 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228. Phone: 804-523-2903. Contact VDHA

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software