The National Academy of Medicine named Dr. Spero M. Manson the recipient of the 2021 Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his 43-year career dedicated to improving the mental health of American Indians and Alaska Natives — and bringing a culturally informed lens to the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions.
Over several years, Homdayjanakul traveled tens of thousands of miles and explored many cultures, only to return to the community in which she grew up—Aurora. But coming full circle doesn’t mean she is standing still, much less moving backward. Far from it.
Vargas, who moved at age 12 with his family from Mexico to Greeley, is currently the coordinator of the DREAMer Engagement Program and Undocumented Student Services at UNC. He works to secure support services for students in the DACA program.
Burton took a leading role in the launch of the LGBTQ+ Hub, a compendium of resources, gathered specifically for the LGBTQ+ community on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He serves as communications and resource coordinator for the hub.
As a student coordinator of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Clockston helped ColoradoSPH develop policies that support students of color and ensure that ColoradoSPH students are ready to promote public health in all communities.
Cerise Hunt, PhD, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at ColoradoSPH and co-founder of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC), discusses the impact that Dr. Terri Richardson, primary care physician and co-founder of the CBHC, has had on the community during her 30-year career.
Charlene Barrientos, community engagement manager at the Colorado School of Public Health, stresses the importance of engaging community members and building trust to address vaccine hesitancy in Colorado's Latinx population.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made a longstanding health equity issue more visible—unequal access and lower quality of care disproportionately harm communities of color. Glen Mays, professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, explains the research.
Cathy Bradley, PhD, deputy director at the CU Cancer Center and Associate Dean for Research at ColoradoSPH, discusses her work to increase access to advanced cancer treatments in rural and minority populations on the CU Anschutz 360 podcast.
Glen Mays, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, discusses disparities in Aurora’s inoculation rates and potential solutions such as bringing vaccines to trusted community hubs.
Dr. Cerise Hunt learned early on that it’s not enough to just be an equity champion. She plans to move theory into action as the new Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Colorado School of Public Health.
Many ColoradoSPH faculty and leaders participated in a recent virtual town hall event that hosted a deep discussion on the skepticism of the COVID-19 vaccine in Black, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Although diverse communities bear the biggest burden of the pandemic, they grapple with fear and distrust.
While watching events unfold across the country over recent months, Professor Dawn Comstock was left feeling like she needed to do something tangible to address the ongoing systemic racial and ethic disparities. That’s when she decided to help establish a new scholarship fund to accelerate ColoradoSPH's efforts to increase the diversity and inclusive excellence of the school’s student body.