The Virginia Dental Hygienists Association Foundation (VDHAF) was established in 1994 by the executive board as an innovative and visionary way to address continuing education for dental hygienists. The Foundation is an enduring endowment of Alice B. Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS. The fund assists VDHA members in attaining affordable, high-quality continuing education and partners with individuals and non-profit organizations to provide access to care for those who are medically underserved. The VDHAF promotes the principles of wellness, prevention, and health education and collaborates to create new oral health programs and not duplicate limited resources. 


  • Speaker sponsorships to assist local VDHA components with continuing education programming expenses
  • Educational grants to transport students and faculty from Virginia's dental hygiene programs to Richmond for the 2017 Rally Day at the Capitol 
  • Co-sponsor dental hygiene school program graduate pinning ceremonies
  • Awarded Alice B. Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS, Graduate Scholarship funded annually through the Institute for Oral Health
  • Gifted all senior dental hygiene students with the ADHA Employment Reference Guide


  • Funding for the annual VDHA Scientific Session continuing education program
  • Contributions to the ADHA Institute for Oral Health
  • Developing future leaders through funding mentoring and leadership programs including student participation in the VDHA House of Delegates
  • Supporting advocacy for the profession with student participation in VDHA events such as Rally Day

The Virginia Dental Hygienists' Association  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization located at 638 Independence Parkway, #100, Chesapeake, VA 23320. 757-609-3661. Contact VDHA

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