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CDHA Foundation

California Dental Hygienists' Association Foundation (CDHAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Originally formed in 1986 by fifteen California hygienists as Dental Hygiene Associates, Inc, it was awarded the Health Manpower Project #139 to validate the unsupervised dental hygiene practice and paved the way for the RDHAP license. Today, the CDHAF raises funds to encourage and promote professional advancement through scholarships and quality research. The Foundation also serves as a grant administrator for hygienists and local components who focus on community-based programs to promote public welfare.

CDHA Foundation Programs

Cora Ueland Scholarship

Cora Ueland was the founder and first director of the University of Southern California (USC) Dental Hygiene Program and served as its director for 28 years, from 1928-1956. During her tenure at USC, she served as the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) President from 1929-30.

Diana Corley Scholarship

Diana Corley, RDH, BS, was a long-time member and leader of the San Diego County Dental Hygienists’ Society. Mrs. Corley received her degree in dental hygiene in 1971 from Wichita State University in Kansas and became a CDHA member in 1992 when he moved to California. She led with grace, enthusiasm, and determination, mentoring hundreds of new leaders far beyond her San Diego component borders.

Grant Administrator (Community-based)

Our grant administrator services focus on community-based oral health promotion. We oversee, coordinate, and are responsible for the management of organizational grants. Effective grant management helps ensure your valuable dollars are spent well and your contributions are above scrutiny. Contact us for more information.

CDHA Student Poster Competition

The CDAH Foundation is an annual sponsor of the Student Poster Competition. The CDHA Student Poster Competition is held in conjunction with the Spring Scientific Session and provides dental hygiene students with a fun and creative way to exhibit their innovative ideas and unique talents. Through an engaging, spirited contest, students each year use this opportunity to present research and information that reflects an area of dental hygiene significant to them, their patients, and their peers.

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California Dental Hygienists Association Foundation (CDHAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. FEIN 95-3532416.

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