When: September 23, 2022
Where: Donald M. Elliman Conference Center, Anschutz Health Sciences Building, CU Anschutz Medical Campus

The ColoradoSPH Research Exchange will bring the Colorado School of Public Health community together in person. This event is a chance to celebrate the great work of our colleagues, share and trade ideas, and build bridges across departments, units, and campuses. Faculty and students from all three of our universities—CU Anschutz, CSU, and UNC—and community partners who share our dedication to public health are invited to participate in this half-day event.

Programming will include:  

  • An address from Keynote Speaker Alonzo Plough from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Lightning talks on our colleagues’ research
  • Conversations to dive deeper and make connections in research
  • Panel discussion on trajectories of academic public Health careers
  • Doctoral student poster session
  • And more! 

Submit an abstract

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2022.

Doctoral students within ColoradoSPH or working with a faculty member of ColoradoSPH are invited to submit an abstract for the student poster session. This abstract should describe a research project on which the doctoral candidate is the lead author. Students can submit abstracts of completed research or research still in progress, with outcomes pending. Any topic related to public health is welcome.

Posters must be self-explanatory so that viewers are able to proceed independently. The student should plan to supplement or explain the material on the poster. Students are responsible for creating their own posters electronically, and the school will cover the costs of printing on a 36”x48” poster. Posters should include an introduction on the top left and a conclusion on the bottom right of the poster. Text should be in large font and kept brief for ease of viewing. Large, easily read graphs and illustrations should be included. Colorado School of Public Health must be included on the poster.

Abstract submissions should be 350 words or less. They should be structured and include background and significance, methods, results, and conclusion sections.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. Contact Cathy.Bradley@cuanschutz.edu with questions.

Submit a poster abstract



8:30-9:15 Keynote Address from Alonzo Plough
9:15-9:35 Student Poster Session
9:35-10:40 Lightning Talks
10:40-11:00 Student Poster Session
11:00-11:45 In-depth discussions based on the Lighting Talks
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-12:45 Academic Public Health Career Trajectories Panel
Student Q&A Session to run concurrently
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45 – 2:15 Optional campus tour for undergraduates

Keynote speaker

Alonzo Plough

Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH

Vice President for Research and Evaluation Chief Science Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, was appointed Vice President for Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in January 2014. RWJF is one of the largest private funders of health and health care research in the nation with the aim of producing evidence that policy-makers and practitioners can use to build a culture of health. One of the cornerstones of RWJF’s mission is the support and evaluation of ground-breaking research aimed at solving the most pressing health issues facing Americans. Dr. Plough came to RWJF from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he served as director of emergency preparedness and response from 2009 to 2014. In that role, he was responsible for the leadership and management of the public health preparedness activities protecting the 10 million residents of Los Angeles County from natural disasters and threats related to disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies. He coordinated activities in emergency operations, infectious disease control, risk communication, planning and community engagement. Prior to that position, Plough served as vice president of strategy, planning and evaluation for The California Endowment from 2005-2009. He was responsible for the leadership of The Endowment’s strategic planning and development, evaluation, research and organizational learning. Dr. Plough also served 10 years as director and health officer for the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, and professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He previously served as director of public health in Boston for eight years. Dr. Plough earned his PhD and MA at Cornell University, and his MPH at Yale University School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He did his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College, where he earned a BA. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University School of Public Health, Tufts University Department of Community Medicine, and Boston University School of Management. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for public service and leadership and is the author of an extensive body of scholarly articles, books, and book chapters.