Following his adventure with the ADA, Dr. Jack flew directly to San Diego for a highly energized visit and presentation to the UCSD Pre-dental Society. Approximately 150 members were in attendance. Following the presentation, Dr. Jack met with about 90 PDS members at TGIF’s to discuss their individual questions. It went into the wee hours of the morning, ending at 1:00 a.m., an unusual occurrence for Dr. Jack who usually starts his day at 4:30 a.m.
After his late night, he met with Dr. Hashemian and Dr. Silverstein to evaluate potential sites for the ATSU Special Care Dental Clinic that is being planned for July 2012 in San Diego.
This year’s annual ADA meeting was held in Las Vegas during the week of October 10. Dr. Jack was invited to address the House of Delegates during the Mega topic discussion. He joined Dr. Michael Glick, Dean of the University of Buffalo and Editor of JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association); Dr. Leo Rouse, president of ADEA –the American Dental Education Association; a recent dental graduate; and a current student to discuss “the dental profession in the year 2030.”
There were over 400 attendees in the session. Each participated in a facilitative work group to develop issue and policy suggestions for the ADA leadership.
Once again, Dr. Jack returns to Kirksville, Missouri, this time to attend the Board of Trustees meeting to discuss the revised Missouri Dental School Project.
The new plan calls for establishing a separate dental school rather than a branch campus of ASDOH. The board voted in favor of the new school and new building on campus and requested more information about the proposed St. Louis dental clinic to be built. Recruitment for a dean for the MO campus will begin shortly.
At the same meeting, Dr. Craig Phelps presented the planning progress made for the San Diego campus of ATSU. He also discussed the establishment of a San Diego special needs dental care clinic that would be ASDOH’s initial project beginning in July, 2011.
Dr. Jack started the week of September 19 in NYC during the UN General Assembly week to participate in the NYU/Henry Schein event “ Putting Teeth into Non-Communicable Disease”. The meeting featured the president of Tanzania who introduced oral diseases as part of the non-communicable disease policy at the General Assembly.
He also met with Dr. Julian Fischer from the FDI to discuss having ASDOH’s Student Global Oral Health Leadership group participate in the World Health Professions Alliance…”Health Improvement Card” project.
Mid-week Dr. Jack flew to the west coast to visit with post-Baccalaureate UOP/SFS pre-dental students to discuss ASDOH and the student’s plans of becoming dentists and possibly applying to ASDOH.
Dr. Jack culminated his busy week by attending the Board Meeting for the Center for Oral Health where he participated as a board member.
Mid-September, during the FDI meeting, Dr. Jack attended meetings with representatives from the World Health Organization to discuss ASDOH’s international multi-center research project on laser use in treating periodontal disease among the underserved. In addition, he met with senior representatives from the Colgate-Palmolive Company to discuss a potential collaboration using ASDOH’s Text-to-Floss project.
The Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University in Philadelphia set the stage for the signing of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders on August 3, 2011. Forty-one signers of the Charter for the Alliance came from around the world for the event. The group included dental school representatives, members of the dental industry and various health care organizations from Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Israel, to name a few, for the event.
The Alliance is “committed to the vision of promoting peace and well-being among people all over the world through oral health, by creating a common understanding of the social, political, economic and geo-environmental issues among students, educators, researchers, and all health professionals.”
Dr. Jack Dillenberg was elected to the Board of the Alliance. The Board will develop activities to promote peace and good health globally, particularly in areas of conflict.
Dr. Jack represented ASDOH as the only dental school dean in attendance at this year’s World Special Olympics held in Athens, Greece. Student leader responsible for starting ASDOH’s Future Global Health leaders, Abrahim Caroci along with Dr. Tony Hashemian, Assistant Dean of Global Oral Health also attended the event. Dr. Jack was invited to participate in the research and scholars workgroup, and as a discussion leader in the conversations on how to spread the word about Special Olympics.
Abrahim Caroci was the initial speaker at the student research session and presented a PowerPoint presentation on the role that community service-oriented dental students could play in promoting and participating in Special Olympics worldwide. ASDOH’s Global and Oral Health Leaders was started by Abrahim and used as a model for networking and developing collaborative relationships with dental students throughout the world. Dr. Hashemian met with the group responsible for developing the special athletes electronic medical/health record to plan collaborative projects with ASDOH.
Dr. Jack was an active participant in a series of discussions about how to improve the integration of people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) in a respectful, unifying and accepting way. Scholars from many international universities participated in this discussion. Dr. Jack was the only scholar to represent a dental school.
Efforts to support the “dignity revolution” were seen throughout the discussions and events of the Special Olympics this year in Greece.
Celebrations started early in the week, with the Fifth Annual Founders Ball held at the Phoenician on Thursday, June 9. Students, parents, friends, faculty and staff members dressed up for the formal occasion which began with a blessing given by Dr. George Blue Spruce, Assistant dean for American Indian Affairs and emceed by Dr. Jack. The students shared their online yearbook with the audience, filled with memories celebrating some of the highlights of their dental school, rotations and community service experiences. The Phoenician staff served a dinner of filet mignon and shrimp followed by dancing to the tunes of Dark Horse. It was a memorable, fun filled and emotional night for all who attended.
Saturday morning, ASDOH’s graduation was held at the Mesa Center for the Arts. The formal ceremony included two guest speakers, Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Inc. and Dr. Chris Holiday, Chief of staff to the US Surgeon General. Both shared personal experiences about life and opportunities to serve the larger community, particularly the underserved and especially American Indians.
There was not a dry eye in the audience as students and family members celebrated the students’ accomplishments and joy.
Janet Babin, reporter from NPR’s Marketplace, visited the Mesa campus on June 1. She is doing a story comparing traditional dental school educational models with the innovative model that has been implemented at ASDOH.
Ms. Babin visited the Mesa campus to interview Dr. Jack and randomly selected students as well as Dr. Chris Volcheck, the Dental Director at CASS Homeless Clinic in Phoenix. She also interviewed Dr. Ken Snyder, Dental Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic. Both clinics provide clinical rotations for ASDOH fourth year students. The Marketplace program will air later this summer.
On Thursday June 2, Dr. Jack flew to San Diego where he attended the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Dinner. The keynote speaker was community leader and author, Michael Milken. At the dinner, it was announced that ATSU would establish a San Diego based planning office in July to develop their future San Diego campus.
“Without peace, you cannot have freedom, education and societal success, said Dr. Jack Dillenberg during the dedication ceremony of the Tree of Peace at the ATSU Mesa campus on May 26.
The school unveiled the beautiful bronze tree sculpture created by internationally recognized artist Ms. Hedva Ser. The original Tree of Peace is on the campus of the Hebrew University Dental School in Jerusalem and celebrates the collaboration between the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Dental School, Al Quds, dental students and faculty also in Jerusalem.
Speakers at the dedication included Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Dr. Adam Stabholz, Dean of the Hebrew University School of Dentistry and Dr. Amid Ismail , Dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Ismail chairs the collaborative efforts of 20 dental schools here and abroad that wish to form an alliance for peace through oral health across borders.
Over 20 dental schools from the U.S. and abroad will be coming to Temple University on August 3 to sign a charter forming this new alliance.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg