Category Archives: Archives

Dr. Jack Dillenberg gives the keynote address at the Empowerment Systems Inc. Power of Wellness Luncheon

Empowerment Systems Incorporated is a nonprofit family of health education and wellness programs. Dr. Jack Dillenberg gave the keynote address at their recent Empowerment Systems 2nd Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore Grand Ballroom.

Dr. Dillenberg offered an energized perspective on prevention and wellness that inspired those in attendance. He addressed national, state, and local issues. Specifically he discussed the importance of reducing risk factors to promote prevention and increasing protective factors to promote wellbeing. A number of ASDOH administrators and staff were in attendance as well.

Dr. Jack is off to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend the National Oral Health Conference. Stay tuned for future updates.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg poses with Jack Beverage, the CEO of Empowerment Systems Inc.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg speaks with predental students in Houston and then receives a Grand Slam Award

All is well in Houston

Dr. Jack Dillenberg met with about 60+ predental students on the campus of the University of Houston. The majority had never been exposed to Dr. Dillenberg’s history, philosophy and story about the genesis of ASDOH. The students were enthusiastic and very engaged in the presentation and the questions that followed for nearly an hour. A recently admitted ASDOH student was in the audience as well.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg speaks to predental students at the University of Houston.

Take me out to the ball game

ASDOH received one of four Arizona Diamondback Foundation Grand Slam Awards. It will be used to enhance the pediatric dental clinic and add Diamondback related artwork to the space.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg was recognized along with other grantees in a pregame ceremony on the field prior to the game in which the Diamondbacks played against the Atlantic Braves.

Derrick Hall and his sons enjoy a Diamondbacks game with Dr. Jack Dillenberg.


Give Kids a Smile returns to ASDOH for the seventh year

In partnership with the Arizona Dental Association Foundation, ASDOH’s students planned and implemented what has become the nation’s largest Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) Day event. This year over 320 school children enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs throughout the county were invited by ASDOH students, faculty, and staff along with community dental volunteers to participate in GKAS and receive free dental care.

Numerous television outlets and community leaders observed the positive and festive environment of the day. Check out Dr. Jack Dillenberg speaking on the event at this Fox link on GKAS.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg is interviewed by Cory McCloskey with Fox 10 Arizona Morning at GKAS day.

An ASDOH alumni reunion, celebrating the fifth anniversary of graduation of ASDOH’s inaugural class, was held in conjunction with the GKAS event and the Alumni Board Meeting. It was a celebratory evening for alumni, faculty, and some D4 students. Dr. Dezbaa Damon, inaugural class graduate and now working in Ganado, on the Navajo Reservation, was honored as she “retired” as the chairman of the Alumni Board. The new chair is Dr. Timothy Oh, currently residing in the great state of Maine.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg enjoys time with ASDOH alumni.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg attends the annual APTR Board meeting in Washington D. C.

After a brief return to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew back to Washington D. C. to attend the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) annual meeting as well as the board meeting. APTR is the professional organization for the Academic Public Health Community dedicated to prevention research and interprofessional education.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg also moderated a session on innovative public health educational programs in a nursing school, a medical school, and a dental school. Those of you engaged in public health education should check out the APTR website for valuable resources.

While in Washington, Dr. Jack enjoyed dinner (at an excellent Chinese restaurant) with Dr. Chris Halliday, Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General and soon to be Dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville, MO –ASDOH’s new “sister” school. Chris’ excitement about his new assignment abounds as well as his enthusiasm for improving the oral health of the under served. He has great ideas and a wealth of experience that will help guide his leadership and development of the Missouri program.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg visits Washington D.C. to attend the recent APTR meeting.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrates with Dr. Johann de Vries for his recent Gies Award

Dr. Dillenberg smiles with the honorable Dr. Johann de Vries, the dean of the dental school at The University of Adelaide School of Dentistry in Adelaide, Australia. He was honored Gies Award for Achievement as Dental Educator. The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement are in recognition of exceptional contributions to and in support of oral health and dental education. The Gies Awards celebration was held March 19, 2012, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the 2012 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in Orlando, FL.

Dr. Dillenberg poses with Dr. Johann de Vries, the dean of the dental school at The University of Adelaide School of Dentistry in Adelaide, Australia.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg speaks at the 2012 Healthcare Workforce Summit held in Las Cruces, New Mexico

The first week of April Dr. Jack Dillenberg headed off to Las Cruces, New Mexico to give a keynote speech at the 2012 Healthcare Workforce Summit to health care professionals, policy makers, and academicians focusing on the health needs of rural New Mexico.

The focus of his keynote speech was on the integration of oral health and total health, and the development of ASDOH, as an innovative community service based dental school, to help meet the oral health needs of the underserved citizens in the neighboring state of New Mexico.

Charlie Alfero, Director of Hidalgo Medical Services, and Dr. Jack Dillenberg were both speakers at the 20120 Healthcare Workforce Summit.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg sticks close to home this week

ASDOH hosted the AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Board Meeting. At the meeting, the council reviewed the just released 2011 Report: Oral Healthcare for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona. There was a great deal of interest and conversation about partnering with ASDOH to help meet these needs over the next few years.

On Saturday, February 25, ASDOH hosted another event, a workshop, sponsored by First Things First Council, on early childhood oral health in partnership with Dignity Health Systems, formerly Catholic Health Care West. The audience of primarily dental hygienists and a few dentists was over 100 in attendance.

New dean for the Missouri school is announced


The Surgeon General announced the retirement of Dr. Chris Halliday as Chief of staff to the Surgeon General to become the inaugural Dean of the new Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health on ATSU’s main campus in Kirksville. 

In this innovative new school, students will spend their first two years in Kirksville and the last two years based in St. Louis. Discussions are ongoing with a Community Health Center in St. Louis to partner in the clinical education of the students. Applications are being accepted this June for the first class entering July of 2013.  It will be a class of 40. 

Press release:

February 17, 2012

Fellow Officers, staff, and friends

It is with mixed emotions, but with tremendous pride, I announce that RADM Christopher Halliday, Chief of Staff, has been selected to serve as Dean of the A.T. Still University, Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, in Kirksville, Missouri.

 RADM Halliday has dedicated 24-years of service to the United States Commissioned Corps and will now be taking on new challenges in the development of the school and education of dental professionals. He will have an opportunity to share his passion of service to the underserved and vulnerable populations with his students, ensuring a new generation of Commissioned Corps recruits. RADM Halliday will be retiring from the Commissioned Corps on May 1, 2012 to start his new role and responsibilities in the academia field.

 Chris has had a career of outstanding service with the Indian Health Service, spanning from a remote dental clinic in Barrow, Alaska to the agency’s headquarters located in Rockville, Maryland. He’s served as Chief Professional Officer of the Dental Category for four years, from May 1, 2006 to June 1, 2010. In November 2010, I had the honor of appointing Chris my Chief of Staff to the Office of the Surgeon General.

Chris has shown strong leadership and fortitude over the past 15-months. He has performed his duties exceptionally well, particularly as we transition to our new accountability structure. I will personally miss his dedication and commitment to the welfare of the Office of the Surgeon General and the Commissioned Corps. His knowledge, skills, insight, character, and friendship will be missed by us all. It is good to know, however, we will have a strong advocate in the academic community.

To ensure a smooth transition, I will shortly be posting the opening position of Chief of Staff. I encourage senior Commissioned Corps officers to apply to serve in this important leadership role. Please join me in wishing RADM Halliday the very best as he enters the next phase of his stellar career.


Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA

Surgeon General

Vice Admiral, US Public Health Service