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Community    COVID-19

Program Connects Students With COVID-19’s Most Vulnerable

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 30, 2020

Editor’s note: “Our COVID-19 Fighters” is an occasional series highlighting the ways the CU Anschutz Medical Campus community is helping patients and the wider community in the fight against the pandemic. We welcome your story ideas; please share them here.

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Patient Care    Community

CU-backed Bill Aimed at Curbing HIV Infection

A bill approved this month and backed by the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences pushes open the door to highly effective HIV-prevention drugs, potentially curbing infection for the state’s most at-risk citizens.


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Faculty

Dr. Kerry Peterson Appointed as CU Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professor

Kerry Peterson (PhD, DNP, MSN, BSN) was appointed to CU Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship. Previously held by Dr. Mary Weber, the appointment was reviewed by a group of faculty who made the recommendation and approved by Dean Provencio-Vasquez.


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Press Releases

Pilot Program Increases Access to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) in Colorado

Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that an 18-month pilot project that trained Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to prescribe Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD) was successful in increasing availability and access of services to residents of two rural Colorado counties experiencing high overdose rates. As a result of the success of the pilot project, the state legislature passed a second bill to expand MOUD into 17 counties.


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Research    Press Releases

Study: Concussion Concerns with Helmet Regulations in Girls’ Lacrosse

According to a new study, high school girls’ lacrosse players who may, but are not required to, wear flexible headgear are at a higher risk of getting a concussion from a stick or ball impact than boys’ lacrosse players, who are required to wear a hard shell helmet with a full face mask.


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Community    Faculty    Students

White Coats for Black Lives – A Movement, Not a Moment

Since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police on May 25, and the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and others, the country has been struggling with how to support the Black community while demanding change. One thing is clear – something seems different than all the other protests and events that have preceded it. The protests are larger, more vocal, more frequent, diverse, and persistent.


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Community

Regina D. Richards Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

Editor's note: This announcement from CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman was published June 22 in his Chancellor's Communiqué.

Dear colleagues:

It is my privilege to announce the appointment of Regina D. Richards, PhD, MSW, as Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, effective July 1, where she will focus on expanding our initiatives both on the campus and in the community with primary drivers of health equity, outreach and support.


School NameCU Anschutz Newsroom
AuthorStaff | Publish DateJune 23, 2020
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CU Anschutz In the News

Reuters

Blood Cell Damage May Explain Low Oxygen Levels; Two Vaccines Show Promise in Early Testing

Reuters
Publish DateJuly 01, 2020

Damage done by the coronavirus to the membranes of red blood cells that carry oxygen may explain why many COVID-19 patients have alarmingly low oxygen levels, according to new research. Specifically, the virus attacks the membranes' most abundant protein, called band 3, said senior researcher Angelo D'Alessandro of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

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National Public Radio

A User's Guide To Masks: What's Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)

National Public Radio
Publish DateJuly 01, 2020

A good option: a mask made of two layers of a thick-weave fabric with a built-in pocket where you can place a filter, says May Chu, an epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health who co-authored a paper published on June 2 in Nano Letters on the filtration efficiency of household mask materials. ... "If you go to Walmart, you look for Oly-fun, which is the brand name of that fabric. It's also called spunbond," says Chu, who's a scientific adviser to the World Health Organization and helped craft its recent detailed guidance on cloth masks.

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The New York Times

Why a Pediatric Group Is Pushing to Reopen Schools This Fall

The New York Times
Publish DateJuly 01, 2020

Dr. Sean O’Leary, a pediatrics infectious disease specialist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, helped write the academy’s guidelines. He is a father of two children, 12 and 16, and a survivor of Covid-19 who is still experiencing some symptoms after he and his wife contracted the coronavirus in March.

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Associated Press

Opioid Crisis in Colorado Could Get Worse Amid Pandemic

Associated Press
Publish DateJuly 01, 2020

It’s always been easier for people in a behavioral health crisis to get access to alcohol and drugs than to a therapist, said Tanya Sorrell, a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner and associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

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