Tanya Dorf Brunner

Executive Director, Oral Health Kansas

Tanya Dorf Brunner has served as Executive Director of Oral Health Kansas since 2009. Tanya and the Oral Health Kansas team advocate for Medicaid dental benefits, educate Kansans about the importance of oral health, and promote the benefits of community water fluoridation. Tanya is the co-founder and chair of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions, a national organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the work of state oral health coalitions. She also serves on the OPEN Network’s Regional Oral Health Connection Team. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Independence, Inc., an organization serving people with disabilities. She also served at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services as Chief of Staff and Director of Legislative Affairs. Tanya holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from Bethany College and a Master’s of Science in management from Baker University.

Tanya is speaking at

November 6, 2020
9:50 am - 10:00 am



In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first report on oral health. This was followed in 2003 with a Call to Action from the Surgeon General’s office. These two reports have guided the oral health community across the country and in Kansas for twenty years. This year a second Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health will be released. A preview copy of the report will be available by the end of November, and in this session Oral Health Kansas’ Executive Director will preview the report and its emphasis on social determinants of health and innovations in the oral health care delivery system.

Learning objectives:

  • Establish a baseline knowledge of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health.
  • Share the focus areas for the second report.
  • Understand how the second report will influence public oral health in Kansas.

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