Announcing IDHA's 2023 PHDH Certification
So far, 31 RDHs have become certified PHDHs with IDHA's grant!
Limited spots available! Next class September 9, 2023
IDHA received a $20,000 grant to help Illinois RDHs complete PHDH certification!
This grant makes PHDH certification FREE for IDHA members* and discounted for non-members.
*ADHA membership dues must be paid through the end of 2023
Registration fee: $200 for IDHA Members / $600 for Non-Members
($200 reimbursed after completion for both members and non-members)
To make sure you qualify to take the PHDH Certification course and to request additional information;
Approved PHDH Certification Courses:
APPROVED COURSES LIST (click "APPROVED COURSES LIST" to open the list)
Next certification course: September 9, 2023
Last 2023 training date: November 11
Stay tuned for 2024 dates!
Tri City Health Partnership of St. Charles is looking for volunteer PHDH to work in their free clinic. Contact Kim for more info: 630.377.9277
Read our Public Service Announcement about what a Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) does.
This brief webinar is an overview about how to obtain the PHDH certification.
*Correction in Video: Email is now PublicHealth.IDHA@gmail.com*
Definitions relevant to the Public Health Dental Hygienist
“Public health dental hygienist” means a hygienist who holds a valid license to practice in the State has 2 years of full-time clinical experience or an equivalent of 4,000 hours of clinical experience and has completed at least 42 clock hours of additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry.
“Public health setting” means a federally qualified health center; a Federal. State, or local public health facility; Head Start; a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) facility; or a certified school-based health center of school-based oral health program.
New in 2023! - settings include Long Term Care Facilities and Prisons.
“Public health supervision” means the supervision of a public health dental hygienist by a licensed dentist who has a written public health supervision agreement with that public health dental hygienist while working in an approved facility or program that allows the public health dental hygienist to treat patients, without a dentist first examining the patient and being present in the facility during treatment, (1) who are eligible for Medicaid or (2) who are uninsured and whose household income is not greater than 300% of the federal poverty level.
Sec. 13.5. Training programs for public health dental hygienists.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.