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 Greater New York Dental Meeting continues to attract Dr. Jack for it’s ability to attract dental providers and industry leaders. While in New York, he met with numerous thought leaders to discuss the current and future of healthcare and oral health delivery in the US.
Many emerging policy issues including oral health and Medicare, mid-level providers and oral health care for those with special needs dominated the discussion. New York also provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack Dillenberg to reconnect with old friends and colleagues.
NYU/Langone Dental Residency Faculty Training Conference invited Dr. Jack Dillenberg to be their keynote speaker. This is the second time he’s been asked to present to these men and women who serve the underserved and train residency students at their community health centers throughout the country. He focused his presentation comments on the “soft skills” needed by community-minded dentists to be effective in both leadership and in integrated health care.
Yakima Washington provided the scene for Dr. Jack Dillenberg and colleagues to visit the campus of Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) School of Health Sciences.
There they met with local oral health leaders to discuss the possibility of establishing a dental school on the PNWU campus to serve the region. The collaboration between PNWU and the Farmworkers Clinic would provide a unique educational model to recruit local community-minded individuals to serve the underserved in the community.
Later in the week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg flew to San Diego to meet with Drs. Bill Doherty and Bill Riley, who were presenting at the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) conference.The three met to discuss the oral health transformation of financing and care into a value-based system of care.
The Project Accessible Oral Health gathering in New York, brought together policy makers, clinicians, elected officials and others interested in improving the wellness of people with disabilities. The presentations described trends and innovative programs to improve overall health of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities, along with their family members, participated on various panels to share their experiences.
During the two days, discussions included strategies for engaging and developing a network of advocates, funders and leaders. Participants showed a commitment to engage in the discussed strategies and plan to follow up with a second meeting in 2018.
September ended with Dr. Jack Dillenberg venturing to San Francisco to be the keynote speaker at the American Student Dental Association District 11 conference. Well over 100 dental students representing all the California dental schools attended Dr. Jack’s presentation “Dentistry Beyond the Drill.”
Two days later, Dr. Jack was in Irvine, Calif. chairing the board meeting for the Center for Oral Health. The following weekend, Dr. Jack surfaced in Austin, Texas to participate as an advisor to the Pacific Dental Services Institute. The Institute is made up of PDS dentists who provide clinical education to PDS clinicians.
Before the week ended, he flew to Philadelphia, where he emceed the annual Edward Shills Annual Award event. To wrap up his busy week, he flew to Columbus, Ohio to speak at the Annual Association of Physical Therapist Educators Conference.
Bien-Air, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of dental devices, sponsored their fifth annual users’ forum at the University of Bern, Switzerland, School of Dentistry. The forum ‘s speakers included internationally recognized academicians and dental leaders from around the world.
The forum provided Dr. Jack the opportunity to discuss the integration of oral health into primary care as the profession of dentistry continues to evolve. Other events included a dinner gala, visits to scenic vistas, along with a tour of Bien-Air.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg visited Denver in mid-August to attend the 2017 Annual Carries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) meeting. During the meeting, he moderated a panel discussion and continued to be impressed by the successes of CAMBRA in managing and reducing tooth decay. While there, he also saw the eclipse.
After returning to Jerome, Jack and Jamie hosted area friends and neighbors to celebrate living in Jerome.
The Brighter Way Institute Board ventured “up the hill” to visit the town of Jerome for its summer meeting. The meeting combined board business with a “board advance” to develop its next strategic plan. It was a very productive meeting, and the board acknowledged the great success of Brighter Way’s President/CEO Dr. Kris Volcheck in advancing innovative programs to serve veterans, foster children, the homeless and others at-risk. The newly established dental implant and denture training program will, Jack Dillenberg believes, have national implications in the years to come.
FYI: Dr. Jack Dillenberg is in the process of co-authoring a series of articles with Dr. Leonard Goldstein on the future of dentistry.
Less than one month after Dr. Dillenberg’s retirement, he had the honor of speaking to the incoming ASDOH class of 2020 at their White Coat Ceremony. He joined ASDOH’s new Dean, Dr. Bob Trombly, in welcoming the new students.
As Dean Emeritus, Dr. Jack continues to work with Dr. Norman Gevitz to establish the ATSU Center for the Future of Health Professions. Additionally, he is working with other health organizations to improve access to oral health care while promoting the integration of oral health into primary care.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg