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.
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.
"The most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg