History of the ODHA
Established in 1963 the ODHA is a non-profit organization that represents the interests and needs of member dental hygienists in Ontario.
One of the largest of the regulated health professions, dental hygiene has been recognized and practiced as a profession for over 50 years.
ODHA Mission Statement
To advance dental hygiene practice and primary health-care promotion in the interest of the profession and the public of Ontario.
To be embraced by all health-care professions, stakeholders and the public as a key partner in the delivery of primary health care and wellness promotion as well as the essential source for expert input to all dental hygiene and related health issues.
The ODHA values and embodies an ongoing commitment to:
- Visionary Leadership, in health care and health promotion
- Accountability, Transparency, and effective Communication throughout the organization
- Life-Long Learning and Research, for all our members, and
- Ethical Behaviour, Empathy and Inclusiveness, by our board and staff
Priority 1- Capitalize on a strong foundation to ensure a vibrant and representative organization that leverages resources and technology in providing member services
Priority 2 – Continue to be the key organization represents, advocating and giving voice to dental hygienists and related health issues in Ontario
Priority 3 – Enhance public awareness of dental hygiene and its connection to overall health while advocating for access, choice and affordability
The ODHA is governed by a Board of Directors of eleven volunteers – 2 officers (President and President Elect) and 9 regional directors. The Board meets four times a year in February, May, August and November.
The organizational system, or infrastructure, allows members to provide input that helps to establish policy and direction for their professional Association. This way, the Board takes its direction from the grassroots – the membership.
The ODHA provides a full range of benefits and service that meet members’ needs personal and professional growth The include professional development, advocacy, promotion of the profession, insurance plans, communication vehicle, and information on employment issues.
Located in Burlington, Ontario, the ODHA administrative staff includes a full-time executive director and four staff members. The President of the ODHA serves a one-year term, elections are held the annual general meeting in May.
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During the year, the ODHA launches an aggressive multi-media campaign to promote the profession of dental hygiene and the roles and responsibilities of dental hygienists the campaign include print radio and TV advertising.