Dr. Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati is Associate Dean for Community Initiatives at the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California. She also the Associate Director for the Center for Health Equity in the Americas.
Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati spoke at all three ColoradoSPH campuses December 2 & 3, 2019, with a panel discussion following her presentation at CU Anschutz on Dec. 3. The panel discussed Colorado efforts to reduce the burden of tobacco and cancer disparities in the Latino/Hispanic community, and was moderated by Cerise Hunt, PhD, director of the Center for Public Health Practice and co-chair of the ColoradoSPH Inclusive Excellence Committee.
Dr. Javier Nieto is a physician-epidemiologist with ample experience in epidemiology research and teaching. His main areas of research interest are survey research, epidemiologic methods, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the health consequences of sleep disorders. Specific areas of research interest include the relationship between sleep breathing disorders and inadequate sleep on chronic diseases (including clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mood disorders), as well as furthering our understanding of upstream determinants of health. He was the founding director of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) and is author or co-author of nearly 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is co-author of “Epidemiology Beyond the Basics,” an epidemiology textbook widely used in graduate epidemiology programs worldwide. He joined Oregon State University in Fall 2016 to become a professor and dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
Dr. Neito's talk highlighted the “inertia” of epidemiology and mainstream medicine to acknowledge sleep disorders as important determinants of chronic diseases. In this talk, Dr. Nieto made the analogy with the decades it took for cholesterol to be recognized as a CVD risk factor (from the 1910’s studies by Austrian and Russian pathologists, to the Framingham study in the 1950’s, to the national cholesterol management guidelines in the 1980s) and the “inflammation theory” of atherosclerosis (from Virchow’s and Rokitansky’s writings debating the issue in the 1850s, to the current controversies), to outline the progression and research of sleep health over the years.
This lecture was held at CU Anschutz on December 3, 2018.
Thomas Burke is a professor and chair in Health Risk and Society Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His lecture presented a frontline perspective on the nation’s most pressing environmental challenges. From climate to clean air, pesticides to drinking water safety, the science supporting our environmental policies is facing unprecedented challenges. With these challenges comes opportunity to rethink our approaches to environmental health. We need to broaden our view of the social context of environmental decisions, work across the many disciplines of environmental health, reach out to the business community, and regain public trust in science. Case examples including hydraulic fracturing, pesticide safety, lead, and PFAS in drinking water will be discussed. The new Environmental Health Matters Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine were also presented.
This lecture was held at CU Anschutz on October 1 and at CSU on October 2, 2018.