Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined ASDOH’s Faculty Advance on their second day of meetings to share his appreciation of their commitment to ASDOH students and patients.
Following the Faculty Advance, he traveled to Miami to speak at the Beyond Flexner 2016 Conference. This annual meeting brings together primarily medical education leaders to discuss the integration of social mission into medical education.
After a quick stop in Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg proceeded to Santa Rosa, Calif. as a featured speaker at the Sonoma County Oral Health Summit. It was the first opportunity for him to speak to California public health professionals since serving as the Associate Director for California’s Health Department prior to becoming the dean at ASDOH. The focus of his remarks were on collaboration, innovation and disease prevention.
The week began with Dr. Jack speaking at the National Dental Association (NDA) forum on increasing oral health equity for underrepresented minorities in the US. ASDOH’s commitment to recruiting, retaining and supporting American Indians impressed the audience.
That evening he met with Ron Pollack, CEO of Families USA, the largest advocacy group for health of the underserved. They discussed developing a strategy to include oral health services in Medicare. The following morning Dr. jack Dillenberg went to NYC to celebrate Stanley and Marianne Bergman’s service to global peace and oral health at the 90th Anniversary Scopus Award Gala held at the New York Public Library.
This short but busy week focused on current issues facing the dental profession. Dr. Jack Dillenberg had the opportunity to film a podcast with Dr. Howard Farran, Founder and CEO of Dentaltown, the online dental magazine reaching over 150,000 international dental providers. The podcast is expected to be viewed by over 33,000 dentists worldwide. Jack and Howard discussed many current issues including the future role of dentists in the emerging health-care system in the US to the development of midlevel providers and the use of silver diamine fluoride to control and prevent dental caries.
The Ariz. chapter of the ASDA held a competitive debate between Arizona’s two dental schools, Midwestern and ASDOH. Debate topics were on issues surrounding Midlevel Providers and Licensure by Live Patient Examination.
The week began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg visiting with the Missouri and Arizona admissions team during their retreat on the Mesa campus. The following day, Jack Beveridge, CEO of Empowerment Systems, Inc. met with Dr. Jack Dillenberg to discuss ongoing and potential opportunities for collaboration to improve the overall well-being of the communities served by both organizations.
At this month’s ASDOH faculty and staff meeting, Dr. Ann Boyle came to discuss the recruitment and selection process for Dean Dillenberg’s successor in June.
The week began for Dr. Jack Dillenberg in Denver, Colorado at the National Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) coalition. Over 100 people were in attendance, more than double from last year.
Current methods and caries prevention data showed positive outcomes on the patients served, and these findings were shared and discussed.
Back in Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg had a Skype call with other panel members for the upcoming National Dental Association (NDA) Conference. The conference will address achieving equity among underrepresented minorities in dentistry. ASDOH has been singled out for its leadership in recruiting, retaining and supporting American Indian oral health professionals. After work on Friday, Dr. Jack spent a lovely weekend in Jerome.
After participating in two national advisory group meetings, Dr. Jack Dillenberg focused on student activities and plans. He also met with Dr. Bruce White, faculty advisor for ASDOH’s Dominican Republic missions trips, to plan and secure future trips by following university guidelines. In addition to providing health services, these comprehensive trips include training locals to help assure sustainability of ASDOH’s presence in the Dominican Republic.
The AAPHD ASDOH student chapter invited Dr. Jack Dillenberg to share his public health career experiences. These included his work with special needs patients, managing a rural Jamaican dental clinic and consulting for the World Bank in Calcutta.
Later he met with other ATSU leaders to discuss the possibility of developing an online doctoral of dental hygiene program which would be the first of its kind in the US.
The week started with Dr. Jack Dillenberg meeting with the First Things First Community of Practice oral health statewide leaders to discuss innovative ways to address the oral health needs of Arizona’s 0-5 year-old population. The discussion centered around new and innovative ways to increase oral health literacy and increasing care provision for these children.
Similarly, a meeting with Dr. Jeff Morgan, dean of SOMA, and Dr. John George, SOMA curricula dean, was held to begin discussions establishing an innovative integrated wellness collaboration.
At the start of his busy week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg met with the D1 and D2 classes to discuss his future plans. He also had the opportunity to meet with the deans and directors of the Ariz. School of Health Sciences to discuss ongoing and future interprofessional collaborations.
Additionally, Dr. Jack participated in ongoing discussions about the role of ASDOH in providing oral health care to holocaust survivors as a part of the program, sponsored by Henry Schein and the Alpha Omega International Fraternity, for this population.
After 15 years as the inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Dean Dillenberg has decided to return to public health leadership and policy development. He is committed to advance the inclusion of oral health as a medicare benefit as well as promote the integration of oral health into primary care. Dr. Jack’s passion for improving and increasing oral health services to the at-risk and under served populations is his primary motivation.
Following his announcement, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined deans from across North America for three days to discuss current issues facing dental education. The topics for discussion included crisis management, university leadership from a university president’s experience and leadership development.
As the D1 students began their basic science modules, ASDOH faculty and administration met to review curricula innovations and future programming at their annual curricular advance.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited with the other Mesa school deans to discuss ongoing and future collaborations to promote the university’s commitment to interprofessional education. The monthly ASDOH faculty and staff meeting provided the forum for discussing faculty participation in Dentistry in the Community projects alongside their students.
Also this past week, ASDOH golfers received the trophy for winning the 2016 SmartPractice Golf Tournament, defeating their “rival” Midwestern.
As the week wound down, Dr. Jack escaped the heat and enjoyed live music at the Spirit Room in historic Jerome, Ariz.
"The most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg