The Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) provided the catalyst for dental, educational and policy meetings while bringing together many friends and colleagues. Woven into each day were insightful discussions about the future of the health professions and the integration of oral health in primary care.
The week concluded with two days of Alliance for Health Across Borders meetings which solidified the group’s commitment to its mission. Oral health is the vehicle to reduce conflict across borders. Also support for Special Needs is also a focus of the Alliance for improving cross-cultural communication and respect.
The evenings were filled with wedding and holiday celebrations.
It was a short week in Arizona for Dr. Jack Dillenberg, as he ventured to New York City to spend the holiday and attend the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM).
His New York City adventure began with lunch with his childhood friend, Howard Marks and then the Broadway show, Hamilton. It was a holiday week filled with networking and preparation for various meetings with dental leaders at the GNYDM.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg welcoming Chef Sara from Cave Creek. She conducted a cooking demonstration at the Mesa campus on Vegan and raw foods cooking. She is a long time friend of Dr. Jack and provided this demonstration as part of the Still Healthy Program.
Later in the week, Dr. Jack welcomed leaders from the San Ysidro Community Health Center network to discuss ongoing and future collaborations. He also met with the president of ASU’s pre-dental society and Ms. Heather Johnson from ASDOH’s Dentistry in the Community program to discuss an initiative to engage students.
Monday morning, Dr. Jack Dillenberg gave the keynote address at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) plenary session to over 800 participants at the 25th Anniversary celebration of NNOHA.
Later that evening, he received their Lifetime Achievement Award at their award gala.
The following day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Albuquerque to visit with the University of New Mexico pre-dental student club. On Thursday, he flew to San Diego to present at the UCSD Community Dentistry Faculty Development course for dental faculty.
The week ended with Dr. Jack celebrating Veterans Day as a former Navy dentist.
The week started off with Dr. Jack Dillenberg attending the Center for Oral Health Board meeting in Los Angeles, Calif. The Board welcomed new members and reaffirmed its commitment to innovative programming to provide integrated oral health care to at risk populations.
Ms. Bernice Edelstein, national director of the Alpha Omega/Henry Schein Holocaust survivor dental program came to ASDOH to discuss ASDOH’s role in the program in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Local Alpha Omega members are enthusiastically willing to participate in this collaborative effort.
ASDOH’s Sixth Annual Day for Special Smiles kicked off on Friday. This extraordinary event, originated by students, served 61 special needs children and adults in one day. There were educational and entertainment stations as well as social workers from ASDOH’s BRITE program. Over 170 volunteers, including ATSU students and faculty along with local health professional schools, came together utilizing donated supplies for another successful event.
The week began with a surprise visit from Dr. Elliot Moskowitz after his presentation to the orthodontic residents. Dr. Jack Dillenberg had not seen Dr. Moskowitz since dental school graduation 45 years ago. Later that day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg led the orientation for new Center for Oral Health Board members which included Joe Colaneri, Ph.D. , lobbyist, and Barbara Bartanian, head of the Pacific Dental Services (PDS) Foundation.
Tuesday, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended his final First Things First (FTF) Southeast Maricopa Regional Council meeting where he served as the health representative for over nine years. First Things First provides preventive-oriented oral health for the children served by FTF.
On Wednesday, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined over 400 participants at the Dentaquest Oral Health for All 2020 conference held in Phoenix. Oral Health leaders from throughout the US were in attendance.
Early in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrated the Mexico mission work of ASDOH students and faculty. Representatives from Colgate and the Hispanic Student Dental Association acknowledged ASDOH’s participation in their Mexico mission.
Wednesday, Dr. Jack Dillenberg participated in the ASDOH Dean’s Advisory Board meeting. This group includes dentistry leaders who advise the dean on strategic initiatives for the school. Board members had an engaging discussion and provided numerous suggestions and ideas for ASDOH’s future.
After the meeting, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Denver for the ADA meeting which included an ASDOH Alumni reception. A highlight of the meeting was an inspirational presentation by the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg being nominated and confirmed as a board member of the new not-for-profit Brighterway Institute. Brighterway enhances the lives of community members with their whole person health approach to wellness. The institute has three dental centers and is led by Dr. Kris Volcheck.
Pastor David Wade met with Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Heather Johnson to discuss engaging his church in community oral health prevention activities for his parishioners. In addition, D1 student Chisom Chukwu plans to work with Pastor Wade to promote dentistry as a viable career for his black parishioners and help address the diversity issue in dentistry.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg also met with Michael Chang to finalize plans for the ASDOH alumni event at the ADA meeting in Denver on Saturday, October 22 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver. All ASDOH alum are encouraged to attend.
After a busy week, Dr. Jack and Jamie had a chance to participate in several Jerome festivities.
The Annual Edward Shils board meeting and awards celebration brings Dr. Jack Dillenberg to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. Edward Shils board members spent the day reviewing and recommitting their activities to promote social entrepreneurial activities.
Later in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined Dr. Brad Guyton and the other members of the PDS Institute in Northern Colorado for their annual meeting at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the Rockies.
The meeting provided an opportunity to review and evaluate the implementation of the recommendations made at last year’s meeting. Dr. Jack Dillenberg continues to be impressed by the commitment of Pacific Dental Services (PDS) to their patients while growing their member doctors and associates.
This year a number of current ASDOH students and alums were in attendance at the UCSD pre-dental society speaking series where Dr. Jack Dillenberg was once again the first of this year’s distinguished speakers to present. Over 100 UCSD pre-dental society members showed up to welcome Dr. Jack for the 14th year in a row. The society has continually grown both in membership and in providing quality oral health services to some of San Diego’s most under served. The event began with his presentation at UCSD and continued at a local restaurant where Dr. Jack was able to conduct small group dialogues allowing him time to answer specific student questions.
"The cornerstone of leadership and professionalism is integrity and trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg