The three-year study out of the Center for Health, Work & Environment is the first known human health risk assessment to evaluate the large number of heavy metals that may be present in cannabis flower, concentrates and vape devices.
A red orange sun glows behind the clouds of smoke rising over the smoldering field. The smell is slightly sweet, but heavy. A cheerful school bus waits beside acres of burnt sugarcane. Dr. Lee Newman sits behind a table of lab samples near the bus. He and his research team are working to determine the causes and factors of chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) among Guatemalan sugarcane workers – one of many complex problems that attract him.
This month Health Links celebrates its 10-year anniversary. As an established program that serves communities throughout Colorado and nationally, Health Links has been a resource employers rely upon for a decade. What started as a group of local consultants training business leaders across Colorado, Health Links is now a nationally trusted advisor for a growing network of organizations committed to keeping their employees healthy, safe and well.
The most recent data available found that 41% of sequenced samples contained BA.5, making it the most common variant in the state. It likely accounts for a majority of cases at this point, Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental & occupational health, said.
Playing wind instruments – particularly those in the brass section – can spread respiratory particles that may carry the COVID-19 virus, according to a Colorado State University study led by John Volckens, ColoradoSPH professor of environmental and occupational health.
To address the staggering increase in substance-use, mental health needs, and substance-related deaths, The Center for Health, Work & Environment launched the Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative. The project works with partners and employers to create workplaces that support workers struggling with substance use and addiction.
"It is important to note that increasing setbacks, the distance between a home and oil and gas drilling site, doesn't do anything to mitigate impacts on climate change or regional ozone," said Lisa McKenzie, associate professor of environmental & occupational health.
The percentage of tests coming back positive seemed to have leveled out, with the average bouncing around 11%. “I think the word of the day is ‘plateau,'” said Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental and occupational health.
Hospitalizations, the percentage of tests coming back positive and cases all dropped in the week ending Sunday. While the number of people who are contagious in the state remains high, this wave may have peaked, said Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental and occupational health.
MPH students Ballie Brooks, Joseph Butterfield, Kate Clancy, Andrea Crary, Haley Holan, Jillian Murphy (not pictured), and Richard Pompei successfully presented their capstone projects at the 2022 Spring Capstone Forum.
Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Karely Villareal Hernandez, a student earning a Master's in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.
MPH candidate Hannah Craig and her sister, Alison, examined their hometown of Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of the Map the System competition. The Craigs won the first-ever CU-Anschutz challenge and will compete at the global level in mid-June.
COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising in Colorado, significantly increasing compared to mid-April. “It’s fair to assume the virus is fairly widespread” said Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental and occupational health. “Whatever hope of a plateau there was last week is gone for now”.
Public water can have low or undetectable levels of elemental or chemical impurities like metals, pharmaceuticals, household products, disinfectant byproducts, PFAS, and hardness, according to Associate Professor Katherine James.
A new report led by researchers from the Dickinson Lab, including Assistant Professor Katherine Dickinson, identifies North Denver as a pollution hot spot thanks to a confluence of factors involving an abundance of industrial businesses, as well as railroad and highway traffic that puts the health of its approximately 50,000 residents at risk every single day.
Coloradans should assume there’s a good chance that if they’re in a crowd, someone around them is contagious with the virus, said Beth Carlton, associate professor of environmental and occupational health. Since more people are using at-home tests, it’s hard to get an accurate count of cases, but all the data suggests the virus is widespread.
Encore Electric, a leading electrical contractor in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, checks all the boxes. Its workforce checks all the boxes for what the CDC considers to be the highest risk individuals for suicide and mental health issues. Males working in construction between the ages of 16-64 years old.
In the newest installment of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Dr. Kevin Walters, an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. Walters is a graduate from the MAP ERC's organizational health psychology program and works to empower others to apply psychology to improve their own lives and communities.
For many, mental health feels like a private, personal issue. Why bring it up in the workplace? CHWE’s approach to mental health awareness and support is rooted in the understanding that employers have an immense opportunity to impact the mental health of their employees.