Yakima Washington provided the scene for Dr. Jack Dillenberg and colleagues to visit the campus of Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) School of Health Sciences.
There they met with local oral health leaders to discuss the possibility of establishing a dental school on the PNWU campus to serve the region. The collaboration between PNWU and the Farmworkers Clinic would provide a unique educational model to recruit local community-minded individuals to serve the underserved in the community.
Later in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to San Diego to meet with Drs. Bill Doherty and Bill Riley, who were presenting at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) conference.The three met to discuss the oral health transformation of financing and care into a value-based system of care.
The Project Accessible Oral Health gathering in New York, brought together policy makers, clinicians, elected officials and others interested in improving the wellness of people with disabilities. The presentations described trends and innovative programs to improve overall health of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities, along with their family members, participated on various panels to share their experiences.
During the two days, discussions included strategies for engaging and developing a network of advocates, funders and leaders. Participants showed a commitment to engage in the discussed strategies and plan to follow up with a second meeting in 2018.
September ended with Dr. Jack Dillenberg venturing to San Francisco to be the keynote speaker at the American Student Dental Association District 11 conference. Well over 100 dental students representing all the California dental schools attended Dr. Jack’s presentation “Dentistry Beyond the Drill.”
Two days later, Dr. Jack was in Irvine, Calif. chairing the board meeting for the Center for Oral Health. The following weekend, Dr. Jack surfaced in Austin, Texas to participate as an advisor to the Pacific Dental Services Institute. The Institute is made up of PDS dentists who provide clinical education to PDS clinicians.
Before the week ended, he flew to Philadelphia, where he emceed the annual Edward Shills Annual Award event. To wrap up his busy week, he flew to Columbus, Ohio to speak at the Annual Association of Physical Therapist Educators Conference.
Bien-Air, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of dental devices, sponsored their fifth annual users’ forum at the University of Bern, Switzerland, School of Dentistry. The forum ‘s speakers included internationally recognized academicians and dental leaders from around the world.
The forum provided Dr. Jack the opportunity to discuss the integration of oral health into primary care as the profession of dentistry continues to evolve. Other events included a dinner gala, visits to scenic vistas, along with a tour of Bien-Air.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited Denver in mid-August to attend the 2017 Annual Carries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) meeting. During the meeting, he moderated a panel discussion and continued to be impressed by the successes of CAMBRA in managing and reducing tooth decay. While there, he also saw the eclipse.
After returning to Jerome, Jack and Jamie hosted area friends and neighbors to celebrate living in Jerome.
The Brighter Way Institute Board ventured “up the hill” to visit the town of Jerome for its summer meeting. The meeting combined board business with a “board advance” to develop its next strategic plan. It was a very productive meeting, and the board acknowledged the great success of Brighter Way’s President/CEO Dr. Kris Volcheck in advancing innovative programs to serve veterans, foster children, the homeless and others at-risk. The newly established dental implant and denture training program will, Jack Dillenberg believes, have national implications in the years to come.
FYI: Dr. Jack Dillenberg is in the process of co-authoring a series of articles with Dr. Leonard Goldstein on the future of dentistry.
Less than one month after Dr. Dillenberg’s retirement, he had the honor of speaking to the incoming ASDOH class of 2020 at their White Coat Ceremony. He joined ASDOH’s new Dean, Dr. Bob Trombly, in welcoming the new students.
As Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack continues to work with Dr. Norman Gevitz to establish the ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions. Additionally, he is working with other health organizations to improve access to oral health care while promoting the integration of oral health into primary care.
The week began with ASDOH’s recognition of Mary Busch’s retirement and contributions to promoting community oral health. Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Mary worked together over 25 years ago establishing the dental clinic at the Gomper’s Special Needs School in Phoenix, Ariz.
The rest of the week Dr. Jack Dillenberg spent his time wrapping up his duties as ASDOH’s Dean. Thinking he was going to a meeting in the JJLC Lecture Hall, the ASDOH community surprised with an appreciation celebration.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg participating on the Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board conference call to help identify this year’s awardees. He also participated in the Social Mission Metrics Advisory Committee meeting chaired by Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan. The advisory group based at George Washington University is continuing to develop a survey instrument to measure service mission activities at health professions universities.
The week culminated with Dr. Jack Dillenberg returning to the Mesa Rotary Club as their featured luncheon speaker. He was reminded that he spoke to this group 15 years ago during the start of ASDOH’s existence. En route to Jerome, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined other CAMBRA conference speakers on a call to discuss this year’s annual CAMBRA meeting which will be held in Denver on August 20-22.
The week began with leaders from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso visiting ASDOH as they prepare to start a dental school. Their interest in the ASDOH model set the stage for future collaboration between the two universities.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg convened an all ASDOH Town Hall to discuss ATSU’s newly implemented faculty promotion policy along with other issues. The meeting proved beneficial and helped clarify a number of questions raised by the participants.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg