This past week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg had the special privilege of visiting with middle and high school students at the Chandler Preparatory Charter School. During his presentations, the students asked meaningful questions about what it means to be a healthcare provider, and Dr. Jack gave them advice in response. He added humor to his talk and shared stories about his extensive public health career.
It was also a week that included reconnecting with the ASDOH Class of 2020 as they gathered for their class photo and had a chance to chat with the Dean. They shared goals for enriching their ASDOH experience through continued commitment to community service. Their conversations also demonstrated nurturing support for each other.
Discussions were held to finalize plans for next week’s celebration of ASDOH’s Research Week.
While many of the ASDOH community extended their vacations, others began the New Year with planning innovative initiatives. These included the expansion of digital dentistry efforts and providing needed care to Holocaust survivors. This effort is being led by the Alpha Omega Foundation and the Henry Schein Company.
The highlight of Dr. Jack’s week was seeing his granddaughters.
Dr. D. Walter Cohen, the iconic dean of the University of Pennsylvania dental school celebrated his 90th birthday. Many of Dr. Cohen’s friends and colleagues from around the world came together in Philadelphia to celebrate this joyous event.
Tuesday evening, Dr. Jack joined Brighter Way board members for their initial meeting to discuss the organization’s commitment to providing oral health care to the underserved.
The week culminated with the ASDOH Postgraduate Orthodontic Program graduation dinner. The dinner brought together faculty, family members and graduating residents to celebrate their accomplishments.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg presenting at the NYU Lutheran Faculty Development meeting. His focus was on the leadership skills required to compliment clinical skills as oral health becomes more integrated with primary health care.
He also discussed the importance of providing care to special needs patients including the elderly and those with medically complex conditions. NYU surprised Dr. Jack with an award recognizing his career of public health leadership.
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 most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg