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From free clinic patient to nurse: Recent CU grad uses degree to give back

Recent University of Colorado College of Nursing graduate Emily Fivekiller who experienced homelessness as a child is now ready to help families in similar situations. Fivekiller originally wanted to become a doctor, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree as an undergraduate, but said that wasn’t the right path for her. She went on to earn a master's degree in public health from the Colorado School of Public Health at Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Denver 7 | Publish Date May 30, 2024
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Alumni    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health    Health Advocacy

William Mundo Draws on Lessons from His Father and Public Health Education to Forge Budding Career in Emergency Medicine

Dr. William Mundo didn’t know it at the time, but his career in public health and medicine sprang from the seeds planted in an unlikely setting: a snowy pre-dawn morning in a trailer on the outskirts of Leadville, Colorado.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date February 15, 2024
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Alumni    Environment    Worker Health

Alumni Spotlight: Janalee McKnight

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

To continue highlighting graduated trainees, we interviewed Janalee McKnight, a MAP ERC alumna working as the Senior Manager, Global Health and Safety Training Programs at VF Corporation.


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Alumni    Environment    Worker Health

Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Cook-Shimanek

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we strive to protect workers is by educating and training future leaders in occupational health and safety. We interviewed Maggie Cook-Shimanek, an occupational health physician working as the medical director for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.


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Alumni Spotlight: Angela Darrt

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). She is also currently Chair of the MAP ERC External Advisory Panel. 


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 21, 2022
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Alumni    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

ColoradoSPH Alumni Selected for Equity Focused Public Health Fellowships

This year, two Master of Public Health graduates of the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado  Anschutz Medical Campus, Hue Phung and Kristina Brandveen, are among a dozen alumni selected from six participating schools to receive competitive fellowships from the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Kaiser Permanente (KP). The national Public Health Fellows Program, now in its second year, is designed to “support the development of diverse, underrepresented public health leaders who are committed to improving the health of our most vulnerable communities and pursuing health equity for all.”  


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date September 12, 2022
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Community    Alumni    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC

Alum Rudy Vargas Announced as New Director of UNC's César Chávez Cultural Center

Rodolfo (Rudy) Vargas ’13, ‘22, was born in Matamoros Coahuila, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. at the age of 12. He graduated from Greeley Central High School, then enrolled at UNC with plans to become a teacher. Those plans followed a different path, though, as he realized he wanted to help other students transition from high school to college – and from college to a successful career. Here’s how his UNC experience shaped him – and how he’s helping the students who’ve come after him.


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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Walters

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

As part of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Kevin Walters, PhD, an occupational health psychology graduate teaching as an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. 


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Alumni    Environment    Worker Health

Alumni Spotlight: Silpa Krefft

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

As part of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Silpa Krefft, an environmental and occupational medicine graduate working as a pulmonary and critical care physician and researcher. 


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Community    Alumni    Awards    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

MPH Grad Takes on Timely Issues With Inaugural Public Health Fellowship

As an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, Justice Onwordi learned the intricacies of human physiology. After earning her degree in 2018, she applied her skills as an exercise physiologist in the Denver metro area. She contemplated moving on to medical school or to a nurse practitioner program, but ultimately Onwordi determined that her professional path must go through public health.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date December 28, 2021
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Alumni    Worker Health

Alumni Spotlight: Mwangi Ndonga

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

To kick off our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Mwangi Ndonga, an industrial hygiene graduate working as the Senior Health and Safety Hygienist at Ball Corporation in Broomfield, CO. 


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Alumni    mHealth    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

mHealth Impact Lab Grad Puts Public Health Digital Skills to Use in New Position at Johnson & Johnson

Individuals and organizations the world over are intent on improving people’s health outcomes. Their work yields new pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and products to help consumers protect their skin, quit smoking, lose weight, and achieve scores of other positive outcomes.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date July 12, 2021
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COVID-19    Alumni    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

Encouraging Black People to get COVID-19 Vaccines: This Duo is on A Mission to Build Trust

Dr. Cynthia Hazel is a public health expert. Her husband, Dr. Kweku Hazel, is a surgeon. Both understand that some people of color are hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccines. The Hazels are eager to show that vaccines are safe, while helping leaders more effectively reach out to Black people, immigrants and other underserved people. Photos by Cyrus McCrimmon for UCHealth.


Author Katie Kerwin McCrimmon | Publish Date January 08, 2021
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Alumni    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC    Community Health

Alumni Spotlight—A Community Effort

In February 2020, Grace Franklin ’15 had just stepped into her new role as the public health director for San Miguel County in southwest Colorado. She was excited about the opportunity to revamp the county’s programs in family planning, WIC (Women, Infants and Children), and immunizations.


Author Debbie Pitner Moors | Publish Date December 21, 2020
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Alumni    Environment    Worker Health

Preventive Medicine Meets Occupational Health with Ngozi Obi

Ngozi Obi’s medical qualifications are impressive, to say the least. They are extensive, to say a bit more. After graduating from Abia State University and completing her National Youth Service in her home country of Nigeria, she worked briefly as a general practitioner prior to emigrating to the U.S. After passing the United States Medical Licensing Examinations, she was accepted into the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Maryland Prince Georges’ Hospital Center in Cheverly, MA and at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C. Afterwards, Ngozi completed her residency training in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Colorado while obtaining her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date October 26, 2020
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Press Coverage    Alumni    Epidemiology    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Suicide Prevention

Study: One In Three Colorado Suicide Deaths Followed Binge Drinking

A ColoradoSPH alum at CDPHE shines light on the relationship between alcohol and suicide in the Rocky Mountain State.


Author The Colorado Sun | Publish Date October 29, 2018
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Alumni    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health    Environment    Worker Health

Alums Help Hospitals Get Healthier With Food Options

Colorado School of Public Health Community and Behavioral Health alumni Sharon Crocco, MPH ‘12 and Katie O’Connor, MPH ‘13 saw a lack of healthy food options at hospitals in Colorado, so they are working to do something about it.   


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Colorado School of Public Health In the News

The Denver Post

“Hear/Say”, a groundbreaking art exhibition, explores the effects of high-concentration cannabis

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateJune 11, 2024

At the intersection of art, science, and health, BRDG Project Gallery at 3300 Tejon St. in Denver hosting “Hear/Say”, a groundbreaking art exhibition exploring the effects of high-concentration cannabis. Sponsored by the Colorado School of Public Health, the show is a science-based examination that encourages conversation and open-minded understanding of a controversial subject through the artistic lens of local and national artists. The public is invited to view the exhibition from June 14 through July 14, 2024 during regular BRDG Project gallery hours. 

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Healthline

Man with First Human Case of H5N2 Bird Flu Variant Dies in Mexico

news outletHealthline
Publish DateJune 07, 2024

A 59-year-old man in Mexico who contracted a type of bird flu known as A(H5N2) died in April, the World Health Organization said June 5Trusted Source. This is the first laboratory-confirmed human case of infection with an A(H5N2) virus worldwide, and the first avian H5 virus reported in a person in Mexico, the WHO said. “These viruses, such as H5N1 and now H5N2, primarily circulate among birds, with occasional spillover into mammals, including humans, under the right circumstances,” said Daniel Pastula, MD, MHS, chief of neuro-infectious diseases and global neurology at the University of Colorado and Colorado School of Public Health.

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STAT News

Smoke exposure from California’s wildfires linked to 52,000 early deaths, study says

news outletSTAT News
Publish DateJune 07, 2024

When large swaths of the East Coast were shrouded in wildfire smoke last summer, scientists in California grimly joked that maybe, finally, power brokers in New York and Washington, D.C. would be spurred to act on the burning issue that has long plagued the West Coast. Despite wildfire seasons that regularly burn hundreds of thousands of acres in California alone each year, researchers know relatively little about the long-term effects of chronic wildfire smoke on the body, and funding to reduce the known harms of exposure is scarce.

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Health Affairs

Reimagining Public Health: Mapping A Path Forward

news outletHealth Affairs
Publish DateJune 01, 2024

The COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing public health challenges have highlighted deficiencies in the US public health system. The United States is in a unique moment that calls for a transformation that builds on Public Health 3.0 and its focus on social determinants of health and partnerships with diverse sectors while also acknowledging how the pandemic altered the landscape for public health. Based on relevant literature, our experience, and interviews with public health leaders, we describe seven areas of focus within three broad categories to support transformational change.

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