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Diane Brunson

Director of Public Health and Community Outreach

Diane Brunson
Diane Brunson

Mail Stop F843
13065 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-2239
Fax: 303-724-7039



  • BS, Dental Hygiene, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • Masters in Public Health, University of Northern Colorado

Honors & Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award:  American Association of Public Health Dentistry, April 2014.

  • Honorary Member: Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Pi Rho Chapter, May 2013. 

  • President’s Award:  American Association of Public Health Dentistry, April 2013. 

  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, April 2003.

  • Ethel Covington Award, Colorado Dental Hygienists Association, October 2002.

  • Outstanding Teaching and Service, Clinical Part-Time Faculty, University of Colorado School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, April 1997.

  • Honor Award: Eta Sigma Gamma, Phi Chapter, April 1994.

  • Award for Professional Leadership: Metropolitan Denver Dental Hygiene Society, May 1977.

Departmental Affiliations:

  • Department of Applied Dentistry, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • Health Systems, Management and Policy, Colorado School of Public Health

Research Interests:

Dental Public Health Policy

Recent Publications:

  • Griffin SO, Jones JA, Brunson D. Burden of oral disease among older adults and implications for public health priorities. Am J Public Health. 2012 Mar; 102(3):411-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300362. Epub 2012 Jan 19.
  • Brunson D.  Call to Action:  It’s up to dental hygienists to make a difference in the oral health of our nation. Guest Editorial, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene; May 2011.
  • O’Connell JM, Brunson D, Anselmo T. Estimating the Cost Savings of a Targeted Sealant Program in Colorado. Journal of Dental Hygiene; Vol. 80, No. 1, 2006.
  • O’Connell JM, Brunson D, Anselmo T, Sullivan PW. Costs and savings associated with community water fluoridation programs in Colorado. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005 Nov. Available from: URL:


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