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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! 


8:15-9:15amOpening remarks; Keynote Address 
9:15-9:35amStudent Poster Session 

Lightning/Panel Discussions 

  • Research Into Practice   
  • Big Data Ethics
  • Social Justice
10:35-10:45am Break

Lightning/Panel Discussions 

  • New Methods 
  • Climate Change and Health 
  • Infectious Disease and Modeling 
11:45am-12:35pm Academic Public Health Careers Panel

Student Q&A session during lunch


1:35-2:00pm Optional student tour for undergrads 

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.

Student posters

NamePoster title
Blair WeikelDefining an Infant's Race and Ethnicity: A Systematic Review
Karli SwensonMarijuana for morning sickness: How, when, and where pregnant people receive information about safety or risk of consuming cannabis
Nicole ReedDoes social media have a place in community-based participatory research? Lessons learned from a mobile health project with urban American Indian/Alaska Native young women
Karen Kanaster

Exploring Author Roles in Biomedical Publication Networks Using Interactive Visualization

    Connor ElkhillAge-dependent machine learning model improves head shape characterization and enables longitudinal evaluation of patients with craniosynostosis
    Wenru ZhouBuilding the Foundation for More Flexible A/B Testing: Applications of Interim Monitoring to Large Scale Data
    Ying JinVisual Interactive Model Selection in Context-Driven Team Science
    Jessica WildUpstrapping To Determine Futility: Predicting Future Outcomes From Past Data
    Rifei LiangAssessing the Accuracy of Primary Payer Information in Cancer Registry Data: the Colorado Experience
    Danielle DemateisDistributed Lag Interaction Model: Birth Weight and Maternal Exposure to Air Pollution
    Hannah Kisselburgh Food Safety and Kitchen Inspections in Long-Term Care Facilities in Colorado
    Eric PrinceModeling and Visualizing Uncertainty in AI Diagnosis of Adamantinomatous Craniopharyngioma from Preoperative MRI
    Ying JinVisual Interactive Model Selection in Context-Driven Team Science: Pulmonary Case Studies
    Elise GroverA geospatial analysis comparing the predictive capacity of malacological survey data to remotely sensed environmental data for predicting household Schistosoma japonicum infection in rural China
    Ruqoyat AbdulsalamThe Relationship between Social Determinants of Health and Potentially Preventable Hospitalization among American Indian and Alaska Native Older Adults with and without Dementia
    Mika HamerThe Effect of Medicare Annual Wellness Visits on Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
    Yisha LiMetformin is associated with protective effect of emphysema progression in smokers
    Lauren VanderlindenAssociation of Lipid Mediator Profile Trajectories and Development of Incident Rheumatoid Arthritis in a High Risk, Anti-citrullinated Protein Antibody Positive Population
    Maggie ReidThe effects of hospital acquisitions on the availability of unprofitable services
    Kyla Hagan-Haynes and
    Virginia McCarthy
    Caring for the Educator: Work mistreatment and well-being among early childhood education staff in Colorado
    Weixuan LiuSparse Generalized Tensor Canonical Correlation Analysis for Multi-omics Network Inference with Application to COPD Data
    Lyndsay KrisherIndividual and household determinants of renal insufficiency among Guatemalan agricultural workers
    Michael HaverkateAssessment of Antimicrobial Prescription in Veterinary Telemedicine Appointments
    Kirk HohsfieldEvaluating Data Product Exposure Metrics for Use in Epidemiologic Studies of Dust Storms
    Kylie K. HarrallJoint effect of exposure to maternal gestational diabetes in utero and genetic predisposition on markers of glycemia in offspring.



    Big data ethics

    As technology rapidly evolves in the modern world, ethical issues around the collection and use of data begin to emerge. The Big Data Ethics Panel will discuss examples where these questions arise, such as:

    • Genomic data in indigenous and urban communities and issues around ownership, data storage and future data use.
    • Ethical implications for privacy and consent that emerge from the ability to identify individuals in proteomic data.
    • Appropriate use of artificial intelligence (AI) based technologies in healthcare, using the example of AI-based prognostication for palliative care.
    • Consumer and clinical health informatics and questions around the use of patient-generated and patient-reported health statistics.

    Academic careers in public health 

    Have you ever wondered what career trajectories in academic public health? This panel, moderated by Dr. Cathy Bradley, Associate Dean for Research, consists of faculty members at different career stages and have taken a variety of paths within academia. Whether you are considering a career in public health, applying for your first major grant, or already a faculty member considering an administrative and leadership role, this panel represents a breadth of experience and insight.

    Climate change and health

    We have seen devastating escalation in the impacts of climate change in the past several decades. The World Health Organization calls climate change “the biggest health threat facing humanity,” the American Medical Association adopted a new policy declaring climate change as “a public health crisis,” and the National Institutes of Health considers climate change a top priority in research funding. The Climate Change and Health panel will highlight various approaches to research and engagement on the impacts of climate change on public health. The panel will look at community-engaged research on climate stressors, such as drought, air quality, wildfires, and heat with a focus on populations experiencing the impacts now including rural communities, outdoor workers, children, and aging populations. We will highlight innovative methods in statistical modeling and big data, translation of research into clinical care, and training and education of the next generation of climate health researchers at the School of Public Health.

    Infectious disease and modeling

    From COVID-19 to Dengue, models have been used to describe the spread of emerging infectious diseases and inform public health responses. In this panel, we will discuss how approaches from a range of disciplines, from economics to biostatistics to epidemiology, can be used to improve our understanding of infectious diseases. Panelists will discuss…

    • Rapid development of models of SARS-CoV-2 for use by decision-makers
    • Use of diverse data streams from ID surveillance data to cellphone-based mobility to rapid literature review are used to characterize infectious disease burden
    • How to account for uncertainty from multiple noisy data sources
    • How surveillance data is used to understand the geographical spread of dengue and how it is used to forecast dengue
    • Study of arboviruses

    New methods in public health

    ColoradoSPH encourages innovative approaches to the research of public health. The New Methods in Public Health Panel highlights novel approaches utilized and studied by our faculty. The approaches that will be covered in this session range from:

    • The potential of artificially intelligent chatbot systems to facilitate the distribution of up-to-date information on infectious diseases
    • The use of statistical graphs in understanding protein coevolution
    • An examination of the effects of cannabis smoking on simulated driving and psychomotor performance
    • The intersection of prevention science, substance use, and social network analysis among American Indian and Alaska Native communities in creating effective prevention programming
    • Analysis of a youth-engaged approach to develop a strengths-based model for an intervention to reduce substance misuse and promote positive sexual health among Black and American Indian and Alaska Native youth

    Research into practice

    The Research into Practice Panel will present, explore, and discuss our work as engaged scholars working toward positive community impact. By providing examples that demonstrate our work in policy development and evaluation, community-led change, data-informed decision making, and the essential pursuit of health justice, we aim to fuel a conversation about optimizing research efforts through translation into public health practice. We will discuss and consider the scientist’s social contract. That is, our responsibility to devote our energies, passion, and work toward solving the most pressing issues in public health today in return for the challenging ad privileged scientific and leadership positions we hold. Panel members will share specific projects that include focuses on environmental health exposures, suicide prevention, early intervention, cannabis policy, and COVID-19 prevention and policy. Please join us!

    Social justice  

    The Social Justice Panel will explore both distributive and procedural justice in the context of health research and impact. Domestically and internationally, investments in health and actions taken to support health are centering justice. This panel will focus on local to global examples of research that inform such investments and actions, addressing questions like: How do we define, characterize, and understand disparities in health burdens among disparate populations? How do we get from the problems we diagnose to effective solutions? How do those solutions deliver impact and engage communities and stakeholders in substantive, sustainable ways? Panelists will include scholars at the forefront of building capacity for addressing historical and ongoing social and environmental health disparities. These interdisciplinary experts work through community-engaged frameworks and will consider the tasks necessary to engage meaningfully with communities and stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of research.

    Student Q&A

    Both undergraduate students and current public health graduate students are welcome to attend this Student Q&A panel, which consists of school leadership and current students. Undergraduates can ask about careers in public health and about the educational programs offered by the school, including the certificate, masters, and doctoral programs. Current certificate and masters program students can ask about moving onto higher degree programs. The panel will be held during lunch, so participants and students can grab food and head to this informal and informative panel discussion.

    Parking and venue

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