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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg stayed in town (for a change) and attended the Western Regional Dental Convention, which is the annual meeting of the Arizona State Dental Association. A number of ASDOH graduates also were in attendance. In addition, several ASDOH faculty members presented continuing education courses, including Dr. Robert Levine and Dr. Maureen Romer.
While at the convention center, Dr. Dillenberg attended a course and had numerous informal meetings with Dental manufacturer representatives and leaders of the state dental association.
After a wonderful vacation in Key West, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined other ASDOH faculty and administrators, both as participants and presenters, at the ADEA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Dean Dillenberg attended the Dean’s Council where they discussed the new CODA standards and welcomed a number of new deans and new schools of dentistry. The House of Delegates voted to grant initial membership to ATSU’s new Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (MSDOH).
While Dr. Dillenberg was in Orlando, Dr. Chris Halliday, MSDOH’s Dean, attended the groundbreaking of the new dental school on the Kirksville campus.
After a quick day back on the ASDOH campus, the Dean left for Washington D.C. to be inducted into the National Academies of Practice (NAP). The organization promotes interprofessional collaboration and education to improve health, decrease costs, and to promote an efficient health care system. Membership is by invitation only.
While in Washington D.C., Dean Dillenberg visited with Dr. Steve Corbin, the Senior vice-President of Special Olympics (SOI), to discuss further collaboration between ASDOH and SOI. He was also interviewed for their newsletter publication.
Though he didn’t quite make it in time for the Hemmingway look-alike contest, Dr. Jack Dillenberg did take time to be away physically from the office using Key West as a base for his spring break adventures, while staying virtually connected.
His time away included a boat journey to the Dry Tortugas National Park to see the extraordinary Fort Jefferson built with 16 million bricks in the mid-1800’s. Though never fully completed, the fort did function as a prison and housed the infamous Dr. Mudd, a convicted coconspirator to the assassination of President Lincoln. Today, the Dry Tortugas National Park serves as a wonderful bird sanctuary and home to numerous aquatic life.
Dr. Dillenberg also spent time with a friend from his dental school years, Dr. Fred Troxel. He visited his office in the Keys, hidden in the vernal foliage that makes this part of the U. S. so unique.
Key West is known for its festive lifestyle and outstanding culinary delights. It is the most southern tip of the United States, an island sitting only 90 miles from Cuba.
The Arizona Business Magazine’s Health Care Leadership Award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made strides in helping Arizonans receive better care. Dr. Tony Hashemian was selected as the 2012 Health Care Leadership Award recipient as Dentist of the Year. Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the awards ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Congratulations Tony!
"The cornerstone of leadership and professionalism is integrity and trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg