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.
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.
The week started off with Dr. Jack Dillenberg attending the Center for Oral Health Board meeting in Los Angeles, Calif. The Board welcomed new members and reaffirmed its commitment to innovative programming to provide integrated oral health care to at risk populations.
Ms. Bernice Edelstein, national director of the Alpha Omega/Henry Schein Holocaust survivor dental program came to ASDOH to discuss ASDOH’s role in the program in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Local Alpha Omega members are enthusiastically willing to participate in this collaborative effort.
ASDOH’s Sixth Annual Day for Special Smiles kicked off on Friday. This extraordinary event, originated by students, served 61 special needs children and adults in one day. There were educational and entertainment stations as well as social workers from ASDOH’s BRITE program. Over 170 volunteers, including ATSU students and faculty along with local health professional schools, came together utilizing donated supplies for another successful event.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg