Early October took Dr. Jack Dillenberg first to Phoenix where he attended the AzPHA 90th Anniversary Celebration where he reconnected with many former colleagues from his years of work at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The next morning, he flew to Philadelphia for the Annual Edward Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Board meeting and innovation conference. He was surprised to be awarded the Shils-Meskin Award, the Fund’s highest honor, for his life-time of innovative contributions to public health and dental education. His colleague, Dr. Kris Volcheck, was the recipient of their Innovator Award for his work with the Brighterway Institute.
A few days later Drs. Dillenberg and Volcheck attended the 14th Annual Mega’Gen International Symposium to promote their collaboration with the Brighterway Institute in Phoenix. While there, they learned about the state-of-the-art technology in dental implants.
Jerome’s Humane Society clinic, which cares for all types of animals benefitted from two major dental industry companies. Specifically, Mid Mark Company gifted the majority of the cost of a state-of-the-art digital veterinary x-ray machine to the clinic. Eric Shirley, a senior MidMark came to Jerome from Dayton, Ohio to participate in the Ribbon Cutting in which the town and local Humane Society community, came together to celebrate this acquisition. Additionally, Henry Schein Cares donated to the clinic much needed veterinary supplies. Kevin Upchurch, the Western Regional manager for Henry Schein, also participated in the Ribbon Cutting event.
The Town of Jerome experienced the first ever dental van providing free services for community members. The Brighter Way Institute, headed by Dr. Kris Volcheck, has agreed to provide periodic dental visits to help alleviate the critical oral health issues faced by many Jerome residents.
The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) invited Dr. Jack Dillenberg to be their keynote speaker at their annual Primary Care Association meeting. His remarks focused on the integration of oral health into primary care and the emerging value based healthcare system.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg was pleasantly surprised when he was informed he was elected into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in recognition of his career in public health service.
The generosity of numerous dental industry companies, dental leaders and individual donors has led to the development of the new Dillenberg Center. The Center will focus on the use of innovative technology and the integration of oral health into primary care to improve patient health. ASDOH dental students and residents will begin to use the new operatories and interdisciplinary area in the PDS Innovations Clinic in November while research opportunities continue to be explored.
In regards to his local activities, it appears that Dr. Jack Dillenberg has been elected to the Jerome Town Council. “Councilman” Dillenberg will serve with four other council members to represent Jerome’s 450 residents.
ASDOH’s class of 2022 begin their dental school journey with the traditional White Coat ceremony. Dr. Jack Dillenberg welcomed them on behalf of the American College of Dentists. ATSU President Craig Phelps took this opportunity to honor long-time ASDOH supporter Dr. Irv Silverstein with the inaugural Presidential Medallion.
During the week Dr. Jack Dillenberg participated in meetings to discuss and plan an innovative research project on value-based payments at the new Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology at ASDOH.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg returned to Jerome to celebrate with neighbors and friends at the summer Thanksgiving celebration.
The next day he participated as a candidate for Town Council in the League of Women Voters candidate forum. He ended the week by hosting the Brighterway Institute Board summer meeting at his home in Jerome.
Prior to departing for Seattle, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was a featured speaker at the Arizona State Dental Association (AzSDA) LEAD conference.
As the Global Ambassador for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the annual conference held in Seattle, Washington. He participated in the AADMD Institute Career Panel and was a speaker for a break-out session. While there, Dr. Jack had the opportunity to visit with the leadership of Special Olympics to discuss the upcoming games and his potential future involvement.
After a chilly, cloudy week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was happy to return to Jerome and participate in the July 4th parade.
Toward the end of May, Dr. Jack Dillenberg gave the closing keynote address to participants of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) meeting. The meeting brought together community health center administrators and clinicians.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg spoke about the emerging accountable health care system which is becoming value-based. He also spoke about the importance of integrating oral health into primary care and better understanding the role of social determinants in predicting health status.
ASDOH’s 12th graduation brought Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack Dillenberg to Phoenix for the various celebrations and events. The celebrations began with ASDOH’s traditional Awards Brunch which honored outstanding members of the Class of 2018. This extraordinary class was the first to have 100% pass rate on their clinical board exams. The class also included a large number of leadership award winners.
The Founders Ball gala, held that evening, brought together graduates, family members, faculty and donors to celebrate the graduates. The next day, commencement ceremonies held at the Mesa Arts Center featured Drs. William Liebow and Gene Jasper, senior faculty members at ASDOH as guest speakers for this momentous event. They gave relevant and insightful advice for the graduates.
The first event associated with the ASDOH’s Advisory Board was a dinner hosted by Stanley and Marion Bergman at their home. The evening brought together the dental industry board members and the leadership of Henry Schein and ATSU. It was a tremendous opportunity to share ideas and recommit to the mission of the school. The following morning, the board meeting, hosted by Henry Schein and held at the Harvard Club, focused on initial projects for the new Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology.
After his return to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg proceeded to the OKU Induction Ceremony. The event acknowledged the outstanding achievements of the new inductees.
The First Oral Health Summit on the Transformation on Health Care and Finance brought together leaders from across the health-care industry in Phoenix. Presenters and participants had meaningful discussions to develop solutions to the many complex issues raised during the sessions.
The following day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the Empowerment Systems Luncheon. This event honors many individuals who provide meaningful assistance to many at-risk Arizonans. ASDOH is one of their key partners in providing health services.
The final Phoenix-based event gave Dr. Jack Dillenberg an opportunity to participate in a panel led by Mary Otto, author of the book Teeth which describes the current state of the oral health care system in America. The panel was part of the annual Health Journalism Conference. Health reporters from around the United States attended this event.
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