Press Release: Jack Dillenberg elected Board Chair for the Center for Oral Health

For Immediate Release: Febuary 5, 2013

Jack Dillenberg elected Board Chair for the Center for Oral Health

Dr. Jack Dillenberg, Dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), A.T. Still University, was elected Board Chair for the Center for Oral Health (COH) at its first meeting of the year.
Dr. Jack DIllenberg, DDS, MPH

“Dr. Dillenberg’s election as Board Chair is a great addition to our institution. His leadership, creativity and enthusiasm will enhance our ability to execute our mission of improving oral health through innovation, research, education and advocacy” -said Dr. Conrado Barzaga, Executive Director of the Center for Oral Health.

“I have been working with the Center for Oral Health for years and I am proud of the impact it makes on the oral health of millions of Californians. I am confident that with the new leadership, COH will maximize its output to advance knowledge, inform public policy, and inspire solutions to the complex barriers that hinder the oral health of so many Americans” -said Dr. Dillenberg.

Dr. Dillenberg is the founding dean of ASDOH, where he initiated a community-based education model that prepares future dentists as community leaders to become caring community-minded healthcare providers along with an expertise on issues of oral health and the clinical skills of dentistry.

Dr. Dillenberg has strong ties to California; prior to joining the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health he was Associate Director for Public Health Programs at California Department of Health Services (CA DHS). He also served as the first Area Health Officer (S.P.A. 5) at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. He was also the Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Dr. Dillenberg received his master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed his dental education at New York University, College of Dentistry. Dr. Jack Dillenberg is the recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Service Award, and the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit. This year he was honored by the Arizona Medical Association receiving their Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Dr. Barzaga also expressed his gratitude to outgoing Board Chair John Kotick, JD. “John’s commitment to good governance practice during our executive transition has been invaluable,” he said.

Founded in 1985, the Center for Oral Health is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public oral health. Its mission is To improve oral health, especially of vulnerable populations, through innovation, research, education and advocacy. COH collaborates with national, state, and local partners to inform policy-makers, educate healthcare providers, and develop innovative community-based models to improving oral health outcomes while exercising financial prudence. COH has offices in Northern and Southern California.

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