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.
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 â€œpeople with special needsâ€ to â€œpeople of determination.â€
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 â€“ 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.
Prior to departing for Seattle, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was a featured speaker at the Arizona State Dental Association (AzSDA) LEAD conference.
As the Global Ambassador for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended the annual conference held in Seattle, Washington. He participated in the AADMD Institute Career Panel and was a speaker for a break-out session. While there, Dr. Jack had the opportunity to visit with the leadership of Special Olympics to discuss the upcoming games and his potential future involvement.
After a chilly, cloudy week, Dr. Jack Dillenberg was happy to return to Jerome and participate in the July 4th parade.
The holiday week was extended by Dr. Jack Dillenberg enjoying a few vacation days in Jerome. While there, he conducted a live webinar for Curapro, the Swiss toothbrush manufacturer. The title was “Dentistry Beyond the Drill” and focused on leadership and qualities needed to be a successful healthcare provider.
Soon after, he traveled to Houston, Texas for the AADMD Conference. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Jack to visit with ASDOH alums as well as old friends, all of whom work to help the intellectually and developmentally disabled. This organization provides leadership for the healthy athletes component of the Special Olympics.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg