The 2019 ADA/FDI Conference provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack Dillenberg to participate in a number of meetings and honor the recognition of dear friends. He also learned about new dental procedures and products and had the opportunity to attend the ATSU Alumni event reconnecting with both ASDOH and MOSDOH graduates.
The ATSU Alumni event gave alums a venue to visit with the current dental school deans as well as a number of pre dental students from UCSD. It also allowed Dr. Jack a chance to catch up with ASDOH graduates and learn more about their personal accomplishments and ways of implementing the ASDOH mission. He also visited with Dean McCloud from MOSDOH.
Attending the ADA House of Delegates meeting gave Dr. Jack the opportunity to celebrate the election of his friend and Arizona Oral Surgeon, Dr. Dan Klemmedson, to ADA President-elect. During the meeting Steve Kess, Henry Schein Senior VP and longtime friend and colleague, was honored by being granted Honorary Membership into the ADA. Finally, Dr. Jack joined in the recognition of friend Dr. Debra Weisfuse, President of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders, for her extraordinary work in leading the Give Kids A Smile activities in New York.
Dr. Jack and Jamie take a wonderful road trip to Steamboat Springs, CO to visit Jerome friends Charlie and Gail. On the way they stopped in Moab, Utah and the Arches National Park for a little hiking and fabulous views.
After this road trip, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Philadelphia to deliver the keynote at the White Coat Ceremony for the new D1 students and their families. The day began with a breakfast at the school for students and families. Dr. Jack had a chance to meet many families and share their excitement for the new adventure for their students.
The event was held at the Annenberg Center for the performing arts. It was a meaningful and fun event lead by PennDentalMed Dean Mark Wolff.
Upon his return to Jerome, Dr. Jack had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and visit with William Shuttleworth, the 71 year old veteran walking from Massachusetts to California to raise awareness of veteran needs and supporting “vetsdontforgetvets.com“. He plans to arrive at his destination, the Embracing Peace Statue in Tuna Park in San Diego, on September 1. Quite a guy taking this journey to help veterans. Check out his website.
Events including ASDOH’s White Coat Ceremony, two nonprofit Board meetings and participating in an award presentation on behalf of Pacific Dental Services Foundation (PDSF) Dentists for Special Needs Clinic in north Phoenix, Dr. Jack kept himself busy during July in Arizona.
The ASDOH White Coat Ceremony included a blessing from Dr. George Bluespruce with a special welcome to his grandson into the class of 2023. Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined Dean Trombly in welcoming the new class to ASDOH.
The PDSF Dentists for Special Needs welcomed ASDOH graduate, Dr. Ben Wachter, as their new clinical dentist. Dr. Jack Dillenberg serves as the Exectutive Clinical Director and joined Ben and the clinic staff in receiving a community service recognition award from Congressman David Schweikert at the clinic.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Board Chairman for Global Smiles for All, chaired the Board meeting which included approving the distribution of 1,000 toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap to refugees and other at-risk individuals. The board members applauded the return of Dr. Abbas Fazal who recently returned from his volunteer service mission to children in Tanzania doing dentistry for children at risk.
Dr. Jack and Jamie hosted the Brighterway Institute Summer Board Advance at their home in Jerome. The productive meeting culminated with a wonderful dinner at Up the Creek in Page Springs, Ariz.
Straumann Implants hosted this spring’s ASDOH Advisory Board meeting at their Andover, MA Headquarters. The positive and engaging meeting focused on how the Board can continue to support Dean Trombly and the innovative work being done at ASDOH and the Dillenberg Center. The November meeting will be held in Phoenix.
Upon his return to Arizona, Dr. Jack supervised the completion of his “Man Mine,” a replica of a hundred year old copper mine entrance that dominated the Jerome mining era in the early 1900’s. It was constructed from used material from the original one hundred year-old Gold King Mine by Jerome neighbors. It will serve as Dr. Jack’s office and relaxation space.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg also participated in the Project Accessible Oral Health (PAOH) led global conference which was held in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Those who participated in the meeting explored innovative ways to enhance the wellness of people with disabilities.
Following the conference, Dr. Jack attended a memorial celebration of the life of Dr. D. Walter Cohen – former Penn Dean and world leader in promoting oral health globally. His leadership, generosity and humble commitment to supporting the Alpha Omega fraternity and the collaboration between Hebrew University and AlQuds dental schools will never be forgotten.
Finally, before departing Penn Dental Medicine, Dr. Jack attended a lunch meeting with a group of Penn dental students and faculty to discuss his experiences and thoughts on the emerging issues facing the dental profession and suggestions for the next generation of oral health providers. It was truly a wonderful and jam-packed visit to the City of Brotherly Love.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg
participated as a key-note speaker at the preconference one-day event focused
on the oral health of those with disabilities. Dr. Jack joined Drs. Rick Rader
and Matt Holder as keynote speakers. This preceded The One Voice American
Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) Conference hosted by
the Eastman Institute for Oral Health and the Golisano Foundation. The Conference
featured Neil Romano who is the Director of the National Disability Council and
long-time friend and colleague of Dr. Jack. Together they lead the National
Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) with baseball icon Joe Garagiola.
As a member of the
ATSU Center for the Future of the Health Professions Advisory Board, Dr. Jack
Dillenberg attended their meeting at the ATSU Mesa, campus. The discussion
centered around planning the next panel event and the newsletter.
ASDOH held its OKU
Convocation later that evening. Dr. Jack appreciated the opportunity to visit
and celebrate with the ASDOH OKU members and the extraordinary talents of the new
inductees. ASDOH continues to follow its mission to recruit, and produce
skilled dentists that are leaders, service oriented and committed to improving the
overall health of the underserved.
Pacific Dental Services Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Non-Profit Clinic opened its doors in Phoenix with Dr. Jack Dillenberg as part of the team. PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs Clinic welcomed PDS team members, along with local community and dental leaders, to the ribbon cutting on April 18th. This clinic is skillfully designed for special needs patients and their families. It hopes to be a model for other special needs clinics in communities of need for dental services. Arizona has the least restrictive reciprocity law in the U.S., which will enhance the ability of dentists from across the country to come to Arizona to experience this unique facility with its caring, committed and skilled staff.
When Dr. Jack returned to Jerome, he participated in a Neighborhood Meeting as a member of Jerome’s Town Council. The Council discussed the issue regarding the ways fire trucks, ambulances and other critical vehicles will be able to safely travel on one the very narrow streets in the town without imposing parking restrictions yet still meet the parking needs of the local residents.
Dr. Jack returned to Phoenix to attend the 80th birthday celebration for his dear friend Dr. Carl Hammerschlag. Friends and family, including Dr. Patch Adams, joined Carl in a very eclectic and humorous trial highlighting some of his unique attributes.
The week ended with a lovely lunch with Jamie, Tanner,
Roxanne, Lili and Isla.
Early spring, Dr. Jack Dillenberg participated as a presenter at the global Senior Dental Leader (SDL) program hosted by Harvard in Boston. He also was the recipient of the AAPHD 2019 Distinguished Service Award. The SDL program is an educational program Harvard University and Kings College in London host for selected dental leaders. The program leader is Dr. Raman Bedi, former Chief Dental Officer for the United Kingdom. The program is sponsored by the Henry Schein Company and Colgate and is in its fourteenth year.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg was one of the participants selected as a “student” in the SDL’s second year and has taught in the program a number of times over the last decade. Dr. Jack observed this year’s participants to be extraordinary, and they represented both large and small countries. The program kicked off with a wonderful dinner hosted by Henry Schein. which brought together many corporate, organized dentistry, and academic leaders to listen to Dr. Hugh Silk, MD discuss the emerging integration of oral health into primary care.
Two days after Dr. Jack’s return he was a keynote speaker at the American Laser Study Club Symposium being held in Phoenix. This gave him an opportunity to learn more about the wide use of lasers to positively impact dental treatment. He also had a chance to visit with some ASDOH graduates which is always a treat.
The following weekend Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to Memphis to receive the American Association for Public Health Dentistry 2019 Distinguished Service Award at their annual meeting. This was another humbling moment and gave him an opportunity to visit with many truly exceptional dental leaders and students.
After almost twenty hours of traveling, Dr. Jack landed in Dubai. From there he traveled to Sharja University to deliver his presentation at the local AADMD student lead program for medical, dental and other students and faculty. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with local health professions students and witness their commitment to improving the health of people of determination in the UAE. The very successful event also brought together the AADMD leaders from America.
The Special Olympics brought together over 7,500 people of determination from 179 countries. There were over 70,000 people attending the opening ceremony with Sheike Kalifa bin Zayed from Abu Dhabi, in attendance. His support of the Special Olympics was evident in all of the events, logistics along with promoting the conversion of the term “people with special needs” to “people of determination.”
The Healthy Athlete program of clinics for the athletes, created by Dr. Steve Perlman, with oral health as the initial services provided, continues to be an incredible opportunity to provide multiple needed health services to the athletes. The opportunity to meet with various athlete coaches, former professional athlete supporters and the Shriver family was an added thrill.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg looks forward to the new PDS Foundation Dentists for Special Needs, not for profit, dental clinic official opening on April 18th in Phoenix – located on Bell Road and 45th Street. It is a carefully designed well equipped facility to meet the oral health needs of those with special needs.
February began with a number of “new” projects emerging. Specifically, the reconfiguration of the Alliance for Oral Health Across Borders from its original focus on dental students and dentists working together in Israel and Palestine. The Alliance is now looking at focusing on improving oral health access for those with special health care needs by mentoring, coaching and support potential dental leaders globally. More to come in the next few months.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg also facilitated the First Annual Brighter Way Institute fundraising breakfast. Over two hundred community minded health professionals, foundation leaders and Brighter Way team members participated in the very successful event.
A few days after the Breakfast event Dr. Jack and Jamie flew to Austin, Texas to join the Dillenberg and Riegel family members and friends at the wedding of Dr. Jack’s “great nephew” – the original Dean Dillenberg. It was a wonderful, memorable ceremony and celebration in the hill country of Texas.
The next blog will address Dr. Jack’s upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi as an Honored Guest to speak at the World Special Olympic Games and Health Summit being held there in March. He will also be reporting on his participation in the Senior Dental Leaders training at Harvard.
The year began with Dr. Jack Dillenberg focusing on Jerome business. He participated in both Town Council and Chamber of Commerce meetings. Issues ranged from purchasing a new fire truck to addressing town infrastructure needs related to water and sewage.
Dr. Jack chaired the Brighterway Institute Board meeting. The board meeting focused on strategic direction changes which included the development of a dental implant training center and expanding its relationship with the Boys and Girls Club. The Board also discussed the upcoming initial fund-raising breakfast to help sustain the Institute in its efforts to provide oral health care to the underserved.
After his trip to Phoenix, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the American Institute of Dental Public Health Dentistry (AIDPH) Colloquium in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting focused on interprofessional practice and value-based care. The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack to reconnect with many colleagues and friends in the public health sector.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg