ASDOH student programs and events are this week’s focus

Dr. Jack joins ASDOH students at the AAPHD lunch.
Dr. Jack joins ASDOH students at the AAPHD lunch.

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.

Dr. Jack shares his stories, while encouraging ASDOH students to pursuit a Masters in Public Health.
Dr. Jack shares his stories, while encouraging ASDOH students to pursuit a Masters in Public Health.

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.

Dr. Joanne Gurenlian joins Drs. Ann Spolarich and Jack Dillenberg to discuss a potential doctoral program in dental hygiene.
Dr. Joanne Gurenlian joins Drs. Ann Spolarich and Jack Dillenberg to discuss a potential doctoral program in dental hygiene.

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.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg participates in discussions related to integrated health solutions

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.

Dr. Jack takes a vacation day, but is "caught" working while in his Jerome home.
Dr. Jack takes a vacation day, but is “caught” working while in his Jerome home.

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.

 

Dr. Jack Dillenberg has a busy week of meetings on campus

 Dr. Jack joins ASDOH students at an American Student Dental Association ASDOH  chapter  event.

Dr. Jack joins ASDOH students at an American Student Dental Association ASDOH chapter event.

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.

Dr. Jack and Jamie join Chic Older, Executive Director of the Ariz. Medical Association, and his wife Jeanie for dinner.
Dr. Jack and Jamie join Chic Older, Executive Director of the Ariz. Medical Association, and his wife Jeanie for dinner.

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.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg announces his retirement effective at the end of this academic year

The Deans Institute selected scenic Sedona, Ariz. for its 2106 meeting.
The Deans Institute selected scenic Sedona, Ariz. for its 2016 meeting.

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.

Dr. Jack joins many dental school deans at the 2106 Deans Institute.
Dr. Jack joins other dental school deans at the 2016 Deans Institute.

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.

Summer heat slows the pace for Dr. Jack Dillenberg

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 joins ASDOH golfers as they receive the trophy for winning the SmartPractice Scramble Golf Tournament.
Dr. Jack joins ASDOH golfers as they receive the trophy for winning the 2016 SmartPractice Scramble Golf Tournament.

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.

Tommy Anderson, Joe Berger and other famous visiting musicians, rock the house at the Spirit Room in Jerome, AZ.
Tommy Anderson, Joe Berger and other famous visiting musicians, rock the house at the Spirit Room in Jerome, AZ.

ASDOH’s D1 class of 2020 arrives!

Dr. Jack joins Connie Lewis-Poston and Doody Jaquith during their retirement/appreciation celebration.
Dr. Jack joins Connie Lewis-Poston and Doody Jaquith for their retirement celebration.

ASDOH celebrated the tremendous contributions of Connie Lewis-Poston, and PJ and Doody Jaquith to the success of ASDOH patients and students.

Students gather with Dean Dillenberg to take their D1 class picture during the White Coat Ceremony.
Students gather with Dean Dillenberg to take their D1 class picture during the White Coat Ceremony.

After their arrival and orientation, the D1 class of 2020 gathered at the Mesa Art Center for their White Coat Ceremony.  Dr. Rick Rader’s keynote presentation highlighted the importance of integrity, compassion, humility, and gratitude needed by health-care providers to succeed in providing the highest quality care for their patients. Dr. Rader has advised five Surgeon Generals in the care and needs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is recognized globally for his leadership in this area.

Dr. Irv Silverstein and his wife Donna, join Dr. Rader and Dean Dillenberg for dinner after the White Coat Ceremony.
Dr. Irv Silverstein and his wife Donna, join Dr. Rader and Dean Dillenberg for dinner after the White Coat Ceremony.

Dr. Jack welcomes White Coat keynote speaker Dr. Rick Rader.
Dr. Jack welcomes White Coat keynote speaker Dr. Rick Rader.

Lodi wedding reception and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) annual meeting in Chicago keep Dr. Jack Dillenberg on the move

Cornel and Clifton West were a part of the Jack and Jamie wedding celebration in Lodi by singing their first duet in public.
Cornel and Clifton West were a part of the Jack and Jamie wedding celebration in Lodi by singing their first duet in public.

During early July, the Lodi wedding reception brought together Jamie’s California-based family and Jack’s California Center for Oral Health colleagues.

Dr. Steve Perlman presents the AADMD Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jack for his work with the IDD population.
Dr. Steve Perlman presents the AADMD Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jack for his work with the IDD population.

Later in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Chicago to receive the Dr. Robert E. Cooke Lifetime Achievement Award presented during the the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) annual meeting. This award recognized his career work with special needs and at-risk patients. Additionally, it acknowledged ASDOH’s commitment to special needs and the involvement of its graduates in special care dentistry.

Dr. Jack joins ASDOH alums Drs. Sarah Usher and Abra Caroci along with Dr. Steve Perlman.
Dr. Jack joins ASDOH alums Drs. Sarah Usher and Abra Caroci along with Dr. Steve Perlman.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg joins other health leaders for Oral Health in Ariz. meeting

During the Oral Health meeting breakout session, Dr. Jack worked with Alida Montiel, representing the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and Priscilla Rost, working on behalf of the NAU Dental Hygeine Department.
During the Oral Health meeting breakout session, Dr. Jack worked with Alida Montiel, representing the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and Priscilla Rost, representing the NAU Dental Hygiene Department.

Arizona’s governor requested the National Governor’s Association (NGA) to facilitate a meeting to address the oral health needs of Arizona’s underserved. One area of focus was the tribal oral health needs. Two potential strategies emerged for further discussion. These included the integration of oral health into primary care and the establishment of a mid-level provider for the dental team. Continued discussions will be underway.

 

ASDOH assists in hosting 2016 SAID conference

George Bluespruce, the founding president of SAID, joins ASDOH's SAID members to celebrate at the 26th annual conference.
George Bluespruce, the founding president of SAID, joins ASDOH’s SAID members to celebrate at the 26th annual conference.

ASDOH faculty members/speakers at the conference joined in the American Indian celebration.
ASDOH faculty members/speakers at the conference joined in the American Indian celebration.

ASDOH demonstrated its continuing commitment to recruiting and retaining American Indian students into dentistry by participating in the 2016 Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID). Numerous ASDOH faculty and leaders actively participated in lecture presentations and mentoring during the conference.

ATSU, Mesa campus programs began discussions with a local university to create affiliation agreements and other potential collaborations. ASDOH expressed serious interest in working with them to produce more community-minded, clinically excellent oral health leaders.

In addition, Dean Dillenberg made preparations for his upcoming nuptials to be held on June 20th which is both the summer solstice and a full moon which has not occurred in 70 years.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg participates in the UCSF Dental School Commencement

The UCSF dental faculty listen to Dr. Jack's commencement address.
The UCSF dental faculty listen to Dr. Jack’s commencement address.

 

Dr. Jack addressed the importance of leadership, community service and patient-centered care during his commencement address to the graduates.
Dr. Jack addressed the importance of leadership, community service and patient-centered care during his commencement address to the graduates.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg traveled to San Francisco to deliver the commencement address for the class of 2016 dental graduates of UCSF. He joined his good friend, Dr. John Featherstone, and his dental faculty to honor their domestic and international dental graduates along with those earning their master of dental hygiene degrees. Dr. Dillenberg was honored with a standing ovation by the faculty after his remarks. He was moved by this enthusiastic response. The event offered him an opportunity to reunite with Dr. David Graham who served with him in the US Navy in 1971.

Retired major general, Dr. Ted Wong, joins the deans to celebrate with the graduates.
Retired major general, Dr. Ted Wong, joins the deans to celebrate with the graduates.

Dean Dillenberg joins Dean Featherstone for the graduation procession.
Dean Dillenberg joins Dean Featherstone for the graduation processional.

"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg