The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education representing more than 19,000 students, faculty, staff, and administrators from U.S. and Canadian dental schools, allied and advanced dental education programs, and corporations working in oral health education. The Council of Allied Dental Program Directors represents 278 dental assisting programs, 335 dental hygiene programs, and 19 dental laboratory technology programs, all of whom are approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Brunick also received a national appointment from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association to be one of eight members of a joint ADHA/ADEA Curriculum Change and Innovation workgroup to address the future of dental hygiene education.

“I am very honored to be part of this administrative council that represents allied dental education as well as being part of the initiative to transform dental hygiene education through the ADHA/ADEA CCI workgroup,” said Brunick. “The role of a dental hygienist in the changing face of healthcare is becoming increasingly more important. I’m excited to be involved in these leadership roles.”

“We are very fortunate to have a national leader and scholar chairing the USD Dental Hygiene program,” said Michael Lawler, Ph.D., M.S.W., dean of the University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences. “Professor Brunick is widely respected in her profession and by her peers from other disciplines in health and human services.”

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