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 “people with special needs” to “people of determination.”
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 – 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.
Dr. Jack Dillenberg joined Dr. Randy Danielsen at the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA) annual spring CME conference held in Prescott, Ariz. They represented the Center for the Future of the Health Professions at ATSU. Their presentation focused on the integration of oral health and primary care. They presented clinical cases to the attendees and led a discussion regarding these cases. The PAs in attendance showed an interest in integrating oral health into their clinical practices. This included preventive as well as diagnostic work.
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