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ASDOH honors its American Indian graduates


Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended a celebration of ASDOH’s six American Indian (AI) students in the 2012 graduation class held at the Landmark restaurant in Mesa.  Dr. George Blue Spruce presided over the event and stated it was the largest group of federally identified AI students to graduate at one time from dental school.

It was a joyous and emotional event held for all attendees which included previous ASDOH graduates and their spouses.


Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrates with ASDOH AI students and graduates.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg celebrates with ASDOH AI students and graduates and their spouses.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg ping pongs back and forth to San Diego

Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s week started with a trip to San Diego where he gave the keynote at the Oral Health Initiative (OHI) conference sponsored by the community clinic council of San Diego. Two ASDOH graduates, Dr. Chelsea Richardson and Dr. Kim Ahn Nguyen, both from the class of 2008, were in attendance at the event. Dr. Jack Dillenberg spoke about the changing role of oral health care providers.

After a brief return to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was back in the plane again, returning to San Diego. He attended a “Friends of ATSU” reception at the beautiful home of Dr. Bruce Baker and his wife Sara in La Jolla, California. A combination of ATSU graduates, administrators, and local community leaders were there to discuss the plans for developing an ATSU campus in San Diego beginning with an ASDOH branch campus in 2014-2015.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg poses with the Bakers at their lovely home in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg and Dr. Tony Hashemian visit with former ASDOH graduates at the OHI Conference.

The National Oral Health Conference is held in Milwaukee

Dr. Jack Dillenberg joins ASDOH students with their poster at the NOHC.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC) in Milwaukee this past week, an event which brings together dental public health professionals from academia, government and clinical settings. It was a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Dillenberg to reconnect with numerous old friends and celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry of which Dr. Dillenberg was a past president.

During the NOHC The members honored the lives of Dr. John Rosetti and other dental public health leaders who passed away recently.

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.

The Western Regional Dental Convention is held at the Phoenix Convention Center

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.

Dr. Jack Dillenberg met with many other dental professionals at the Western Regional Dental Convention in Phoenix, Arizona.