After almost twenty hours of traveling, Dr. Jack landed in Dubai. From there he traveled to Sharja University to deliver his presentation at the local AADMD student lead program for medical, dental and other students and faculty. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with local health professions students and witness their commitment to improving the health of people of determination in the UAE. The very successful event also brought together the AADMD leaders from America.
The Special Olympics brought together over 7,500 people of determination from 179 countries. There were over 70,000 people attending the opening ceremony with Sheike Kalifa bin Zayed from Abu Dhabi, in attendance. His support of the Special Olympics was evident in all of the events, logistics along with promoting the conversion of the term “people with special needs” to “people of determination.”
The Healthy Athlete program of clinics for the athletes, created by Dr. Steve Perlman, with oral health as the initial services provided, continues to be an incredible opportunity to provide multiple needed health services to the athletes. The opportunity to meet with various athlete coaches, former professional athlete supporters and the Shriver family was an added thrill.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg looks forward to the new PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs, not for profit, dental clinic official opening on April 18th in Phoenix – located on Bell Road and 45th Street. It is a carefully designed well equipped facility to meet the oral health needs of those with special needs.
February began with a number of “new” projects emerging. Specifically, the reconfiguration of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders from its original focus on dental students and dentists working together in Israel and Palestine. The Alliance is now looking at focusing on improving oral health access for those with special health care needs by mentoring, coaching and support potential dental leaders globally. More to come in the next few months.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg also facilitated the First Annual Brighter Way Institute fundraising breakfast. Over two hundred community minded health professionals, foundation leaders and Brighter Way team members participated in the very successful event.
A few days after the Breakfast event Dr. Jack and Jamie flew to Austin, Texas to join the Dillenberg and Riegel family members and friends at the wedding of Dr. Jack’s “great nephew” – the original Dean Dillenberg. It was a wonderful, memorable ceremony and celebration in the hill country of Texas.
The next blog will address Dr. Jack’s upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi as an Honored Guest to speak at the World Special Olympic Games and Health Summit being held there in March. He will also be reporting on his participation in the Senior Dental Leaders training at Harvard.
The year began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg focusing on Jerome business. He participated in both Town Council and Chamber of Commerce meetings. Issues ranged from purchasing a new fire truck to addressing town infrastructure needs related to water and sewage.
Dr. Jack chaired the Brighterway Institute Board meeting. The board meeting focused on strategic direction changes which included the development of a dental implant training center and expanding its relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. The Board also discussed the upcoming initial fund-raising breakfast to help sustain the Institute in its efforts to provide oral health care to the underserved.
After his trip to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the American Institute of Dental Public Health Dentistry (AIDPH) Colloquium in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting focused on interprofessional practice and value-based care. The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack to reconnect with many colleagues and friends in the public health sector.
December was a busy and festive month for Dr. Jack Dillenberg. It included a visit to Phoenix where he attended a newly elected public officials training, a requirement for his new Jerome Town Council position. He also chaired the Brighterway Institute Board meeting.
Clear Choice CEO, Kevin Mosher, visited the Dillenberg Center at ASDOH to explore potential opportunities for collaboration. His executive Vice President, Gino DeSimone, sits on the ASDOH Dean’s Advisory Board.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrated the holiday season by attending the annual Jerome Town Christmas dinner and the Christmas concert held at Mingus High School.
He also hosted Dr. Steve Corbin, long time friend and colleague, along with his family in Jerome. Dr. Corbin served as the Chief dental officer for the U.S. and as Chief of staff for the Surgeon General. He also founded the Healthy Athlete program for Special Olympics and served as its director for 15 years.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg traveled to New York City to moderate the first Public Health Symposium at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM). The symposium consisted of four panels over a two-day period and brought together national leaders on emerging issues.
During the meeting, Dr. Jack Dillenberg had an opportunity to meet with many friends and colleagues. Attendees shared their positive feedback, and it is anticipated it will be part of next year’s GNYDM as well. The GNYDM is the largest dental meeting in the US with over 51,000 registered including attendees from all 50 US states and 100 countries.
The Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders held its annual meeting at the NYUCD. The meeting focused on developing the new organizational structure and vision. This global alliance plans to increase its presence in developing emerging leaders globally to create and manage innovative programs serving the underserved, such as individuals with special needs, throughout the world.
The new Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology, which houses the PDS Innovation Clinic, officially opened on November 6. The Center provides state-of-the-art digital dental equipment along with Cerac milling stations.
Private donations provided the funds for this 11-chair clinic and equipment, center design and construction. The Center also includes a research area, conference room, wet labs and office space. The PDS Innovative Clinic supports interprofessional care and research.
Gerard Moufflet the ASDOH Board Chair led the discussion and advisory session during a in-depth, comprehensive, one-day meeting. The Board members continued their active engagement and commitment to improving the quality of the ASDOH model.
The busy week in Phoenix began with Dr. Jack chairing a Brighterway Institute board meeting. The board interviewed three outstanding candidates to join the board in helping to meet the oral health needs of at-risk underserved Phoenix residents.
Early the next morning he attended the Board Developer Foundation Breakfast. The Foundation helps not-for-profit boards to succeed in achieving their mission through effective board management.
The breakfast gave Jack the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and other successful executives. A presentation described the Phoenix Community ToolBank which lends tools to nonprofit organizations who improve their communities by building such things as playgrounds and community gardens.
The following evening, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the Octoberfest event sponsored by the Alliance Bank. After numerous phone calls and emails, he finally met Harold Schifman, an internationally known CEO and artist.
Dr. Jack ended his week by being the keynote speaker at the Annual Invaluable Medical and Dental Assistant Seminar. This conference provided an opportunity for him to discuss the integration of oral health into primary care.
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 most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg