Establishing and Organizing a Local Chapter
Students and members of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry can form local chapters. The Association encourages local chapters as a means of advancing its mission, increasing membership and preparing individuals for leadership roles on the national level. The following guide provides information on the process of forming chapters.
Why Go Local?
The American Association of Public Health Dentistry is an effective national organization which delivers a range of benefits to members. There are many things that can be accomplished on a local level much more effectively. Local chapters serve as a venue for members to get together, exchange views, and attend continuing education courses and social activities. Local chapters can regularly interact in a local community to provide programs or activities that directly impact the oral health. And, most importantly, a local organization is aware of and sensitive to the needs that are unique to every community. For these reasons, the creation of a local chapter would make sense and provide value to oral health professionals.
What You Need To Get Started
Starting a chapter is not a difficult process, but it is a process which requires commitment. It requires oral health professionals who agree with the AAPHD's mission and wish to take a proactive role accomplishing the mission Without this commitment an effective chapter cannot exist.
Steps in getting started
Contact the national association. Inform the Executive Director that you are interested in forming a local chapter of the AAPHD. The AAPHD will provide a list of AAPHD members in your community or metropolitan area. (Professional chapters only)
What To Do, Once You Are Started
The chapter exists to do things. It is important the chapter has a mix of activities and a structure to its activities. This will entice membership as people may join for different reasons and it will bestow the professional creditability appropriate to a chapter of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Current chapters engage in the following activities:
Forms, Documents & Supplies
Any organization requires paper to function. Be prepared to develop or acquire the following forms.
Don't worry about doing everything right away. Organizations grow and develop. The important thing is to start. The American Association of Public Health Dentistry Membership Committee stands ready to assist any members in starting a local chapter. The AAPHD can connect members and facilitate the many tasks required.