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About NOHC

The National Oral Health Conference® (NOHC) is “the premier meeting” for those interested in continuing education and networking opportunities within the discipline of Dental Public Health. 2021 will mark the 22nd joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). This conference offers quality educational sessions with a diverse array of topics presented by the “experts." It attracts attendees from around the world as it offers face-to-face networking and sharing of timely information and experience. 

Background, history, structure of ASTDD, AAPHD and the NOHC

Why is the conference jointly hosted by the two organizations?
ASTDD has convened an annual conference since 1947. In 1986, ASTDD named the conference, “The National Oral Health Conference” and ASTDD trademarked the name in 2005. In 2000, ASTDD and AAPHD merged their annual meetings under the name, National Oral Health Conference®. To learn more about each organization, visit the ASTDD and AAPHD websites.

Who attends NOHC?
NOHC attendees come from diverse backgrounds. Among others, they include state dental program staff, dental and public health educators, researchers, Medicaid/CHIP dental program staff, county/city/local dental directors, community health center personnel, student, school-based and school-linked health center personnel, federally employed dental personnel, advocates, coalition members, private practitioners, public health members, dental manufacturers and distributors, and dental insurance company representatives.

What do ASTDD and AAPHD do? How are they different?
ASTDD was founded 72 years ago. It provides technical assistance and support and develops resources for oral health programs that are located within state and territorial health departments. 

AAPHD, founded in 1937, accepts the challenge to improve total health for all citizens through the development and support of effective programs of oral health promotion and disease prevention. It is the sponsoring agency of the American Board of Dental Public Health which is the national examining and certifying agency for the specialty of Dental Public Health.

Event Registration

When will online registration begin?  
Registration for the 2021 NOHC virtual meeting is now open. The 22nd joint meeting of ASTDD and AAPHD will take place virtually with live streaming sessions Fridays and Saturdays, April 16-30, 2021. Click here to see the full list of sessions.  

The registration fees are below. 

All current ASTDD and AAPHD members: The default rate of $475.00 will be charged unless you enter the promo code on the payment page. You will find the applicable promo code in the emails sent by ASTDD and/or AAPHD.
Member (ASTDD and/or AAPHD)*

Registration fees include all educational sessions, professional networking events, exhibit hours, and social events.  Registration for individual sessions is not available.  

*To qualify for the Member rate, your membership status with ASTDD and/or AAPHD must be current at the time the online registration is complete. Membership status will be verified and if not current, you will be notified via email to renew/rejoin.

**To qualify for the student rate, you must be enrolled in a degree program (undergraduate, dental, dental hygiene, public health) at least 50% time or currently enrolled in an advanced education program. Proof of status is required. Please contact the AAPHD staff at for more information.

How do I register? 
NOHC has partnered with Conference On Demand/Animatic Media* for online registration for the virtual meeting. All registrations must be completed online. Click here to begin your online registration. 
*Please note, online registration for the virtual meeting will be processed through Conference On Demand/Animatic Media. Confirmation emails and receipts may also reflect Animatic Media. 
If you have general questions regarding the virtual conference, you may contact the NOHC Office via email,, or you may call 1-217-529-6503, ext 105 or ext 102 (8:30 am-4:00 pm CST Mon-Fri). If you need assistance regarding your account with Conference on Demand, please contact Conference on Demand directly at or by calling 888-726-8500. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register for just one or two sessions? 
Registration for individual sessions is not available. The registration fees include all educational sessions, professional networking events, exhibit hours, and social events. On-demand content will be available through October 31, 2021.

What if I registered but cannot attend?

If you registered for the conference and cannot attend, refunds will not be issued. Instead, you may transfer your registration to another person. All transfer requests must be submitted in writing, either via email or fax 217-529-9120, and acknowledged by an NOHC staff member.

Is there a group discount?
No, group discounts are not available.

Can I register and pay via check? 
Yes, you can elect to pay via check but you will not have access to the content (live streaming or on-demand) until payment is received. Checks should be made payable to NOHC and mailed to the address below. NOHC New W-9 for 2021 - for check payments only.
Please be sure to include your name and contact information with your check so we can provide you with the content access information.  
PO Box 7317 
Springfield, IL  62791-7317 
Can I register after the first live sessions have occurred?  
Yes, you may register for the virtual conference at any time up until October 31, 2021. You will have access to either the remaining live steam sessions and/or the on-demand content which is available through October 31, 2021. The registration fee will not be prorated as all of the content offered live will be the same content available on-demand through October 31, 2021. 

When will the on-demand content be available?
The on-demand content will be available after April 30, 2021. All registered attendees will receive an email once the on-demand content has been posted and is available for viewing. The content will be available until October 31, 2021.


Continuing Education FAQs

Can I get CEUs? 
Yes, NOHC will still offer continuing education credits (CEU). 
The American Association of Public Health Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  
The ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at
This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.  
The current term of acceptance extends from 11/1/18 - 6/30/23. Provider ID# 214686  
Disclosure.  All participating faculty, planners, and providers are expected to disclose to the conference planners and audience any significant financial interest or other relationship with: (1) the manufacturer of any commercial products and/or provider of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation, and (2) any commercial supporters of the activity. 

How many CE credits can I earn? 
Conference participants can earn up to 21.75 continuing education hours.   
How will attendance be verified to ensure I receive my CE credits? 
For 60-minute sessions, attendees must be in a session for 50 minutes to receive 1.0 hours of CE credit.  For Roundtables and Poster Sessions that are 45 minutes, attendees must be in a session for 40 minutes to receive 0.75 hours of CE credit.  The platform captures a time stamp to verify length of attendance. 
How do I receive CE credits? 
The NOHC is pleased to offer continuing education statements of credit through an online system. The user-friendly system provides conference participants an easy, quick, and secure way to process their continuing education credits. 
To receive continuing education credit, participants must check in at the conference, attend the sessions, and complete the required evaluation forms.  In order to award CE, per CERP policy, the provider must use an evaluation mechanism that will allow participants to assess their achievement of personal objectives. Such mechanisms must be content-oriented and must provide feedback to participants so that they can assess their mastery of the material. 

Instructions to apply for CE will be made available once finalized. 

Will CE be available for both “Live” and “On-Demand” sessions? 
Yes, for the 60-minute seminars, CE will be available for the live and on-demand sessions. CE for the Roundtable sessions will only be available to those who attended the live sessions. CE for the Poster sessions will only be available to those who attended the live chat sessions. 
What is the deadline to apply for CE credits? 
For ADA CERP, you have until December 31, 2021, to complete the tasks and print your CE certificate. After this deadline, NOHC staff will not be able to generate the CE certificate if the required tasks were not completed before the deadline. No exceptions


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