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 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.
The week began with a surprise visit from Dr. Elliot Moskowitz after his presentation to the orthodontic residents. Dr. Jack Dillenberg had not seen Dr. Moskowitz since dental school graduation 45 years ago. Later that day, Dr. Jack Dillenberg led the orientation for new Center for Oral Health Board members which included Joe Colaneri, Ph.D. , lobbyist, and Barbara Bartanian, head of the Pacific Dental Services (PDS) Foundation.
Tuesday, Dr. Jack Dillenberg attended his final First Things First (FTF) Southeast Maricopa Regional Council meeting where he served as the health representative for over nine years. First Things First provides preventive-oriented oral health for the children served by FTF.
On Wednesday, Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined over 400 participants at the Dentaquest Oral Health for All 2020 conference held in Phoenix. Oral Health leaders from throughout the US were in attendance.
"Leadership requires courage - for a turtle to go forward, he has to stick his neck out!" Dr. Jack Dillenberg