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.
ASDOH celebrated the tremendous contributions of Connie Lewis-Poston, and PJ and Doody Jaquith to the success of ASDOH patients and students.
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.
During early July, the Lodi wedding reception brought together Jamie’s California-based family and Jack’s California Center for Oral Health colleagues.
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.
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 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 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.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg