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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

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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