The IFT is proud to be affiliated with the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA), an organization representing more than 1,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) in Illinois. IDHA members are licensed oral health care clinicians who work in collaboration with dentists in general and specialty oral health practices, both in private and institutional settings. They may also work in the areas of research, professional education, community health, and in state or federal health service programs, such as the armed services.
With IFT support, the IDHA works to promote legislation in Springfield designed to improve public health by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of oral health issues, and promoting high standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice, and research. The IDHA also strives to represent and promote the interests of its members and the dental hygiene profession.