Toward the end of May, Dr. Jack Dillenberg gave the closing keynote address to participants of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) meeting. The meeting brought together community health center administrators and clinicians.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg spoke about the emerging accountable health care system which is becoming value-based. He also spoke about the importance of integrating oral health into primary care and better understanding the role of social determinants in predicting health status.
ASDOH’s 12th graduation brought Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack Dillenberg to Phoenix for the various celebrations and events. The celebrations began with ASDOH’s traditional Awards Brunch which honored outstanding members of the Class of 2018. This extraordinary class was the first to have 100% pass rate on their clinical board exams. The class also included a large number of leadership award winners.
The Founders Ball gala, held that evening, brought together graduates, family members, faculty and donors to celebrate the graduates. The next day, commencement ceremonies held at the Mesa Arts Center featured Drs. William Liebow and Gene Jasper, senior faculty members at ASDOH as guest speakers for this momentous event. They gave relevant and insightful advice for the graduates.
The first event associated with the ASDOH’s Advisory Board was a dinner hosted by Stanley and Marion Bergman at their home. The evening brought together the dental industry board members and the leadership of Henry Schein and ATSU. It was a tremendous opportunity to share ideas and recommit to the mission of the school. The following morning, the board meeting, hosted by Henry Schein and held at the Harvard Club, focused on initial projects for the new Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology.
After his return to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg proceeded to the OKU Induction Ceremony. The event acknowledged the outstanding achievements of the new inductees.
The First Oral Health Summit on the Transformation on Health Care and Finance brought together leaders from across the health-care industry in Phoenix. Presenters and participants had meaningful discussions to develop solutions to the many complex issues raised during the sessions.
The following day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the Empowerment Systems Luncheon. This event honors many individuals who provide meaningful assistance to many at-risk Arizonans. ASDOH is one of their key partners in providing health services.
The final Phoenix-based event gave Dr. Jack Dillenberg an opportunity to participate in a panel led by Mary Otto, author of the book Teeth which describes the current state of the oral health care system in America. The panel was part of the annual Health Journalism Conference. Health reporters from around the United States attended this event.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg and his wife Jamie, drove from Jerome, Ariz. to Santa Monica, Calif. to participate in the event honoring Dr. Bernie Weintraub and to chair the Center for Oral Health (COH) Board meeting. The Center for Oral Health and leaders in public health celebrated with Dr. Bernie for his dedication and service to the people of California, especially the elderly.
The next day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg led the COH Board meeting. The new dental clinic initiatives both in California and Florida were the focus of the discussion.
Dr. Jack and Jamie also enjoyed good food and time with friends and family.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined Dr. Randy Danielsen at the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA) annual spring CME conference held in Prescott, Ariz. They represented the Center for the Future of the Health Professions at ATSU. Their presentation focused on the integration of oral health and primary care. They presented clinical cases to the attendees and led a discussion regarding these cases. The PAs in attendance showed an interest in integrating oral health into their clinical practices. This included preventive as well as diagnostic work.
After spending a week in the warm climates of St. Thomas and Key West, Dr. Jack Dillenberg traveled to Chicago for the Oral Health America’s (OHA) 28th Annual Gala and Benefit. OHA honored him with their annual Tribute Award for his lifelong service to oral health. OHA remains constant in its mission to connect communities with resources to increase access to care, improve health literacy and advocate for policies that benefit all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable.
Over 600 attendees participated in the award celebration activities and showed their appreciation for his inspiring remarks with a standing ovation. The event provided Dr. Jack Dillenberg an opportunity to reconnect with many colleagues and friends from across the United States. Leaders from the dental industry, academia and associations provided a welcoming and heartfelt tribute to Dr. Jack Dillenberg’s career of community service, leadership and dental education. A number of participants generously contributed to the new Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology at ASDOH in appreciation of his lifelong commitment to the profession.
Winter weather did not deter Dr. Jack Dillenberg from heading East to speak at the annual Yankee Dental Meeting in Boston. He spoke to a full room of community health center leaders and staff about the integration of oral health into primary care and the challenges faced by the 36 million Americans who are disabled.
When he returned to Phoenix, he started his official role as board chair for the Brighterway Institute. He welcomed staff and board members to the winter celebration.
As the year unfolds, Dr. Jack Dillenberg spoke at the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) District 10 Conference promoting the emerging value-based approach to delivering oral health services. Specifically, he addressed the integration of oral health into primary care within an emerging system which will promote dental payments for health improvement rather than for services provided. He also addressed the critical issue of providing needed oral health services to the over 36 million disabled Americans.
Additionally, Dr. Jack Dillenberg and co-author Dr. Leonard Goldstein have completed an article that will be published in the February issue of the Compendium Journal. The article discusses the innovative structure of ASDOH and the recently founded ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined in the celebration of ASDOH inaugural class graduate Dr. Charlie Clark and Jess for their wedding. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for many in the ASDOH family to reunite.
The following day, Jack attended the Arizona chapter of Alpha Omega event. The traditional brunch brought together dental students, faculty and dentists to celebrate a number of Alpha Omega programs including the Holocaust Survivor’s Dental Program in Arizona. Planning activities for 2018 began the next day when Jack left for California to chair the Center for Oral Health board meeting. At the meeting, board members discussed innovative approaches to interdisciplinary care.
The new year should provide opportunities for innovation in improving the oral and whole person health of the at risk and underserved.
"The cornerstone of leadership and professionalism is integrity and trust." Dr. Jack Dillenberg