Each year, Colorado Public Health Association and ColoradoSPH honors exceptional individuals in the field of public health at the Public Health in the Rockies (PHiR) conference. As in past years, many ColoradoSPH students, faculty, and alumni received awards from CPHA and ColoradoSPH at the conference awards luncheon. We celebrate all who received these awards for their hard work in public health.
It’s been 30 years since Americans began looking at hamburgers differently. In 1993, what started as an alert from a Seattle emergency department doctor of an unusual number of bloody diarrhea cases ended in the then-largest foodborne outbreak in the nation’s history.
Jerreed Ivanich is leading an effort to center public health education on communities that are often overlooked. He directs the Certificate in American Indian & Alaska Native Health program, an online offering that is directed toward helping students develop the skills necessary to meet the most important healthcare challenges for Native people.
ColoradoSPH is preparing to play a lead role in investigating and responding to the rapidly intensifying effects of global climate change. Starting in Fall 2024, the school is launching the nation’s first PhD program that focuses specifically on climate change and its multiple impacts on people’s health and the communities where they live.
Individuals living in communities hobbled by poverty, discrimination, and lack of access to resources like housing and healthcare suffer the effects of climate change disproportionately. ColoradoSPH and community partners in the San Luis Valley and the neighborhoods of West Denver are out to change that with a NIH-funded project that is the product of years of relationship building between the school and these communities.
Henry S. (Hank) Gardner, Jr., DrPH, MSPH, has passed away at the age of 71. Dr. Gardner was Associate Vice President for Research at Colorado State University, where he was instrumental in the formation and development of the ColoradoSPH.
Daniel S. Goldberg, associate professor of epidemiology, saw a need to better explore the interplay of public health law and ethics – as well as opportunities for improving health justice – and launched the PHEAL program at the ColoradoSPH with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
On Aug. 1, Cathy Bradley, PhD, became the fourth dean in ColoradoSPH's history and the first woman permanently appointed to the position. Responding to climate change, developing large-scale solutions to the mental health crisis, and extolling the positive influence public health plays in making communities stronger and more resilient are just three of the first research and education goals for Bradley as she steps into her role.
As the COVID pandemic made clear, public health officials need to be equipped with the best available information to optimize public health operations both now and in the future. To answer this call, researchers at ColoradoSPH have created and launched the Rocky Mountain COVID Data dashboard.
The CDPHE recently named a new chief medical officer who is also a familiar face. Dr. Ned Calonge, Associate Dean and associate professor of epidemiology, talks about ongoing and new public health priorities, rebuilding trust in public health, and closer ties between academic public health and practice--all partnerships that serve tangible results for Colorado.
The Center for Health, Work & Environment at ColoradoSPH will soon be training researchers to address the impact of climate change on the health of workers. It’s newly established training program for doctoral students, Targeted Research Training Program in Climate and Worker Safety and Health, is the first of its kind in the United States.
We are concerned by yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to effectively strike down affirmative action. We are committed to advancing diversity in public health and we will continue to use a holistic admissions process to review our applicants, including understanding how each applicant’s life experience relates to their pursuit of a career in public health.
Colorado School of Public Health faculty provided data key in the bipartisan passage of Colorado SB23-002. The bill will allow for community health workers to receive Medicaid reimbursement for their services. Supporting community health workers is essential in connecting patients with vital community and healthcare resources.
With wildfire season upon us, cities across the United States are being urged by health officials to stay inside, but even indoor air can be hazardous. “There are two general ways to decrease your exposure to wildfire smoke – breathe less or breathe cleaner air." Mike Van Dyke, PhD, gives tips on how to keep your indoor air clean when under an air quality alert.
On Aug. 1, Cathy Bradley, PhD, will take the reins of the Colorado School of Public Health, becoming the fourth dean in school history and the first woman appointed to the position, following interim deans Judith Albino and Elaine Morrato. Bradley will succeed Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, who has held the post since October 2017.
The California Air Resources Board recently announced the 2022 winners of the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards. Dean Samet received the award for his work in environmental health research, with extensive and steady landmark contributions to the understanding of the health impacts of both outdoor and indoor air pollution.
Dr. Stephen Berman, long-time director of the Center for Global Health in ColoradoSPH, passed away earlier this year. A tribute event held on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus on May 11 highlighted the many dimensions of Dr. Berman’s career, offering colorful stories that captured his commitment to improving the health of children everywhere.
Online student, Lexie King, found connection through ColoradoSPH-sponsored conferences where she met staff from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. Those connections led to her practicum and capstone experience--and a student award for excellence in public health practice.
The study, led by Kathy James, ColoradoSPH associate professor, focuses on arsenic in private drinking wells in San Luis Valley groundwater, which she says has been gradually increasing in drinking wells over the past 50 years.
The Colorado School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff are recognized each year at the annual awards ceremony. “We could not do this work without the commitment and dedication of our outstanding faculty, staff, students, and community partners,” said Dean Jon Samet.