Oral Health America (OHA) will host its 28th Annual Gala & Benefit on February 21, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Chicago ahead of the annual Chicago Midwinter Meeting. During the evening, OHA will honor Jack Dillenberg, DDS, with its Gala Tribute Award, which recognizes individuals whose careers have impacted oral health on a regional or national level, via innovation and creativity to achieve measurable change over a sustained period.
“Dr. Dillenberg exemplifies each of these criteria for this award in numerous ways, including his work with public health programs in the California Department of Health Services,” said Beth Truett, president and CEO of Oral Health America. Dillenberg is dean emeritus of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and president of Dillenberg & Friends, which provides a full scope of health services counseling.
“His leadership as founding dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health has laid the groundwork for professional community externships, serving the same people who are at the center of OHA’s mission and work. The honors and awards he has received, including the US Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Service Award, are reflections of what Dr. Dillenberg has done for the dental industry,” said Truett.
The Annual Gala & Benefit brings together more than 700 dental professionals and supporters from 300 companies, dozens of private practices, and other organizations. This year’s theme, Emergence & Empowerment, represents OHA’s efforts in helping vulnerable communities improve through education and access to oral and overall health. Proceeds from tickets for the event as well as a silent auction and raffles will benefit OHA’s programs.
OHA’s outreach efforts support people of all ages, from children to senior citizens. They are designed to connect communities with resources to improve access to care, increase health literacy, and raise awareness about the impact of oral health on overall health. Its programs are active in 47 states and one United States territory as a result of support received during the event. Tickets for the gala are now available.
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