The American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. NHDHA was established in 1945 and has evolved over the years to become the largest professional organization representing over 1500 dental hygienists in the state of NH. We are a division of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) with 150,000 dental hygienists nationally and our members enjoy professional support, educational programs, and numerous opportunities for participation in association decision making. Locally, NHDHA monitors all oral health legislation and regulatory issues while working in collaboration with NHTI, the Board of Dental Examiners, the NH Oral Health Coalition, the NH Dental Society, Delta Dental and all stakeholders with a vested interest in oral health. NHDHA is working to capitalize on the evolving health care arena to ensure that dental hygienists assume their appropriate role in the U.S. health care delivery system. Dental hygienists are the professionals best suited to guarantee prevention because they are regulated, licensed and educated to provide safe, effective quality oral health care to all Americans.