Graduation celebrations started with the annual student award brunch where students that excelled in various disciplines were recognized by faculty and various dental organizations. Over 250 students, family members, faculty and staff attended the event.
That evening, the celebration continued with the Sixth Annual Founders Ball. This event celebrates the graduates and founding sponsors of ASDOH. About 300 attended the event held at the Phoenician.
The week culminated with the sixth ASDOH Graduation. It was held at the Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The commencement speaker was Ron Pollack, the executive director of Families USA which is a health care advocate for the nation’s underserved. He reminded the 68 graduates of the difficulty facing the nation’s poor and uninsured in receiving dental care.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg returned from North Dakota in time to receive the Arizona Medical Association 2012 Humanitarian Award at a banquet held at the Phoenix Country Club. He found it a humbling experience which provided him an opportunity to visit with many Arizonan physician leaders.
The overseas adventure began in London with a special visit with Dr. Malcolm Harris, the world renowned oral surgeon and educator. Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited the British Library and dined at the architecturally significant St. Pancras Hotel which houses the train station to Paris.
The next day, Dr. Dillenberg flew to the Isle of Jersey, a beautiful place rich in history. There he addressed the Jersey Dental Association as the guest of Dr. Michael Cassidy. The dentists there were very interested in learning about ASDOH’s innovative approach to educating future dentists. While there, Dr. Dillenberg was a dental patient as a result of a dislodged crown during a wonderful seafood dinner. Thanks to Dr. Cassidy, the crown was reattached.
Then, off to Amman, Jordan where Dr. Jack Dillenberg met with representatives from Lutheran Medical Center and the Jordan University of Science, and Technology. These important meetings reaffirmed a commitment of all parties to the establishment of Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency with a Public Health Fellowship. It is anticipated that this program will begin in September 2012.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg returned stateside the end of May where he presented a keynote address at the North Dakota Public Health /Rural Health Conference in Grand Forks. It was well received, and he looks forward to having more of an ATSU presence in North Dakota.
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) held their 10th Annual meeting for the first time in Arizona. In addition to their well-known national leadership in the area of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD) policy development, they individually are the health care providers for many of the nation’s most fragile patients. The meeting addressed current issues on autism and developing a national policy on having people with IDD be considered as underserved.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg received the Dr. Harace Hayden founder’s Award in recognition of his vision, commitment and achievement in founding America’s first school of Oral Health providing education for dental professionals to serve persons with Intellectual Disabilities. He was in good company as one of several award winners at the dinner held at Las Sendus near the Superstition Mountains.
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’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 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.
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.
"The most difficult glue to find is the one to repair broken trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg