The California Dental Hygienists’ Association is the professional membership organization for Registered Dental Hygienists. The CDHA serves to promote the oral health of the general public, increase access to oral health care for underserved populations and promote the professional growth and interests of its members.
The Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC) became a reality on July 1, 2009.
The DHBC is the first of its kind in the United States enabling dental hygienists in California to be completely self-regulated. The DHBC will consist of nine-members appointed by the Governor; four public members, one practicing dentist and four dental hygienists.
The responsibilities of DHBC include issuing, reviewing, and revoking licenses as well as developing and administering examinations. Additional functions include adopting regulations, determining fees and continuing education requirements for all hygiene licensure categories. In the near future, the DHBC will establish a Diversion Program for licensees whose competency may be impaired due to drug or alcohol abuse and will establish a Diversion Evaluation Committee.
CDHA has a Political Action Committee (PAC) which is a voluntary, non-profit, non-partisan, political advocacy committee. CalHyPAC is an essential part of CDHA’s Government Relations Program.
Why does CDHA need a PAC?
CalHyPAC is the only California PAC that represents dental hygienists. The PAC establishes relationships with the California legislators who believe that the dental hygienist is an essential part of the health care system. CalHyPAC enables hygienists to educate and support candidates for the California legislature who believe in our interests, concerns and goals. This joint effort provides a needed strong voice for our profession.