New data suggests that people of color continue to be disproportionately affected by the opioid epidemic. Many American Indian and Alaska Native communities have insufficient resources to treat substance-use disorder, explains Jerreed Ivanich, assistant professor of community and behavioral health.
Pregnant women who were exposed to multiple phthalates during pregnancy had an increased risk of preterm birth, according to new research by the National Institutes of Health. The study's authors included Dana Dabelea, professor of epidemiology and director of the LEAD center.
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.
Susan Moore, research assistant professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health and associate director of the mHealth Impact Lab, is working with researchers across campuses to develop and test mobile technology that can improve patient care.
Nearly half of Jon Samet's tenure as dean has been spent battling COVID-19, from modeling the virus's spread to advising state and local leaders. The pandemic ”brought a new prominence to public health and its persistence in the public eye”, Samet reflects.
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.
COVID-19 infections remain essentially on a plateau in Colorado, and what they do next will depend on how many people are still susceptible to the latest variants. “The good news is hospitalizations are stable,” said Dean Jon Samet. “The bad news is that they’re not going down like we anticipated.”
"We're good in public health about messaging that cigarettes are bad, that tobacco is broadly harmful," said Ashley Brooks-Russell, associate professor and director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Center. “We're really bad at talking about lesser options, like if you're going to smoke, e-cigarettes are less harmful."
"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.
Cases of monkeypox are growing in the US. Daniel Pastula, associate professor of epidemiology, said the vaccine is used in people who've been exposed but aren't yet showing symptoms of monkeypox, because the incubation period for the disease is so long.
It’s important that policymakers addressing gun violence focus on evidence-based solutions, rather than pushing through knee-jerk responses that feel good but won’t create impact, said Emmy Betz, professor of epidemiology and director of the Injury and Violence Prevention Center.
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.
The Healthy Kids Colorado survey administered by ColoradoSPH researchers found the rate of youth reporting they stopped doing normal activities because of sadness or hopelessness increased from about 35% in 2019 to almost 40% in 2021.
An analysis by ColoradoSPH researchers at the Injury & Violence Prevention Center found that in the first year of the Colorado red flag law, 85% of protection orders granted by judges had been filed by law enforcement.
American Indians and Alaska Natives faced similar population-level health challenges, noted Michelle Sarche, associate professor in the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health and Department of Community & Behavioral Health, saying many tribal communities face underlying health challenges.
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.
The LGBTQ+ Hub was created to connect and champion the CU Anschutz Medical Campus’ queer community. ColoradoSPH at UNC alum Steven Burton and ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz alum Laurel Beaty reflect on their involvement with the hub and the positive impact it's had.
In an op-ed in The Hill, Emmy Betz, deputy director of the Injury & Violence Prevention Center, and other experts highlight how a provision in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act restricts needed research on how gun safety efforts impact suicide prevention among U.S. military personnel.
Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases rose less steeply this past week, but it doesn’t appear that the current upswing is over. “It seems like, generally, we are still on an upslope,” said Talia Quandelacy, assistant professor of epidemiology.