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ColoradoSPH Awarded $15 Million for Research on Environmental Influences on Child Health

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) has been awarded $1.2 million this year to contribute to an National Institutes of Health-funded initiative Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The award is part of a planned seven-year grant with an estimated total value of $15 million for the Colorado participation. 


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Celebrating ColoradoSPH Awardees at Public Health in the Rockies

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. The purpose of PHiR is to provide an opportunity for education, networking, and skill development of professionals in Colorado, Wyoming, and neighboring regions. 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.  


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 28, 2023
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Strengthened By Partnership: Celebrating Our Outstanding Colleagues

Our center hosted our third annual recognition event to honor the commitment and achievements of some of our key partners. At our core, we partner with researchers, community groups, industry and government to collaborate across all we do.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date September 15, 2023
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Recognizing Our ColoradoSPH 2023 Award Winners

Each year, the Colorado School of Public Health honors exceptional students, faculty, and staff at an annual awards ceremony coinciding with graduation.


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ColoradoSPH PhD Grad Wins “Outstanding Dissertation” Award for Work Critiquing Nonprofit Hospitals’ Contributions—or Lack of Contributions—to Their Communities

It seems a simple proposition. The roughly 3,000 nonprofit hospitals in the United States receive tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. In return, they are expected to provide a “community benefit,” which could come in the form of providing financial assistance to patients, covering the cost of uncompensated care to the uninsured or supporting programs to connect underserved patients to the healthcare services they need.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date May 19, 2023
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ColoradoSPH Continues to Rank in the Top 20 Public Health Schools and Programs in the Nation

U.S. News and World Report has named the Colorado School of Public Health among the top 20 schools and programs of public health in the nation in its 2023-2024 rankings. ColoradoSPH is now ranked 17th out of 206 Master of Public Health (MPH) programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).


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Announcing Fall 2022 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grant Awardees

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center (IVPC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2022 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants. The one-year grant awards, in the amount of $1,500 per project, were selected by a panel of center faculty from a large pool of applications submitted by students from various disciplines and schools.

The IVPC was fortunate enough to fund five projects this cycle. Below are the project titles and short bios on each student. Near the end of their one-year grant award, each student will report on their progress and findings in the center's Research2Practice webinar series

You can find past awardees and their projects on the IVPC website.


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Top 10 Stories of 2022

In the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) faculty, staff, students, and alumni helped shape the conversation. And while the pandemic occupied much of our focus as a nation and a global community, our research and community engagement continued in other important areas of public health as well.


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Community Preceptor Award Highlights MPH Student’s Work to Support Older HIV Patients at Risk for Cognitive Impairment

Erin Burk-Leaver has spent more than a decade advocating for and serving older adults. She is also committed to spurring that interest in others — and the Colorado School of Public Health has taken note.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date December 16, 2022
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Health Links™ 2022 Annual Event: Celebrating Human Connection

Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. This year’s event, Celebrating Human Connection, aptly celebrated in-person for the first time in two years. It honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers.


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The Center for Health, Work & Environment Recognizes Key Partners in its Third Annual Recognition Event

On July 21st, The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) hosted its third annual recognition event to honor the commitment and achievements of some of its key partners. To promote worker health, safety and well-being, CHWE relies on its partnerships with researchers, community groups, industry, and government.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date July 28, 2022
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Announcing New Student Research Grant Awards

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the Spring 2022 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants. The one-year grant awards, in the amount of $1,500 per student, were selected by a panel of center faculty from applications submitted by students from various disciplines and schools in the Mountain West region.


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Hannah Craig Looks Homeward In Earning “Map the System” Award

When Hannah Craig decided to take on the CU Anschutz Map the System competition, she didn’t have to look far for her topic.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date June 03, 2022
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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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Announcing 2021 Hoffman Firearm Injury and Violence Prevention Scholarship Awardees

Congratulations to DrPH candidates Ginny McCathy, MPH, MDiv and Leslie Barnard, MPH on being selected to receive a Colorado School of Public Health Hoffman Firearm Injury and Violence Prevention Scholarship! The Hoffman Scholarship is awarded to incoming or continuing students in a masters or doctoral program at the Colorado School of Public Health. Students were selected via a faculty panel in which they demonstrated high academic potential and aspiration to work on the prevention of firearm injury and death (including suicide) in federal, state, or local public health agencies. 






Ginny McCarthy, MPH, MDiv 
Ginny McCarthy is a first year DrPH student in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, Ginny completed her Master of Public Health at Loyola University Chicago and her Master of Divinity from Boston College. During her time in Chicago, Ginny worked in student-facing administration at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus while also working closely with the Public Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine departments on topics of community engagement with a specific focus on firearm injury and prevention and social enterprise. Ginny hopes through her doctoral studies to incorporate geospatial analysis and community-initiated firearm safety practices into her work of firearm injury and prevention.


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Center for Health, Work & Environment Receives Award to Continue National Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®

The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) at the Colorado School of Public Health has been awarded a five-year, approximately $6 million dollar, cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to operate a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health. Support of this program from the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will further advance Total Worker Health (TWH) as an emerging field of science and practice and address the needs of the 21st century of workforce through research, intervention, and outreach activities. 


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 22, 2021
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WASH Symposium 2021 Student Scholarship Awards Announcement

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Committee of Rotary District 5450 has raised funds for student awards for attendance at a WASH-related Conference or Applied Field Research Project. The awards are up to $1,000. Award applications are due by midnight on October 30, 2021.

Read the application instructions and complete the online application to apply. Please email WASH21_Awards@yahoo.com with questions and/or to request an application that can be submitted via email.

For additional information about the District 5450 WASH Symposium Awards, visit  d5450washcommittee.com/wash-awards.


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CSU Receives $2 Million Grant to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

Building on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado State University has received a $2 million commitment from The Anschutz Foundation to further the development of new solutions for building resilience and agility in stopping infectious disease transmission among animals and people.


Author Jeff Dodge | Publish Date July 26, 2021
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The Center for Health, Work & Environment Recognizes Key Partners in its Second Annual Recognition Event

(AURORA, Colo.) - The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) based at the Colorado School of Public Health, is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of workers. On July 2nd, CHWE hosted our second annual recognition event to honor the commitment and achievements of some of our key partners. At our core, we partner with researchers, community groups, industry and government to collaborate across all we do.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date July 16, 2021
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Health Links™ Honors Children’s Hospital Colorado with the Inaugural Continued Excellence Award

Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) delivers award-winning medical care to children and families across the Rocky Mountain region. If you have ever stepped foot into any of Children’s Colorado’s numerous locations throughout the region, you can feel the cheerful, high-caliber quality of that care. This care, however, does not just reach the hospital rooms and outpatient specialty care facilities, but is extended to employees as well.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date July 14, 2021
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Health Links™ 2021 Annual Event: Celebrating Total Worker Health®

Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. This year’s virtual event, Celebrating Total Worker Health®, aptly honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers. With award celebrations sprinkled throughout the day, attendees participated in a variety of workshops ands continuing education sessions held by academic and industry experts.

Topics included coming back by giving back with inspirational stories from Heidi Ganahl on her personal and professional journey, chronic disease prevention, health-promoting built work environments, mental health technology, modern families at work, health for teleworkers, and more.

"We are consistently impressed by the dedication to Total Worker Health (TWH) from our entire Healthy Workplace Network™ and are thrilled to announce the 2021 Award winners," said Health Links program manager David Shapiro. "Over the past 2 years, in the face of the pandemic, we have seen tremendous advancement in the field of workplace health, safety, and well-being. There is reason to celebrate!"


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Recognizing Our 2021 Award Winners

Each year, the Colorado School of Public Health honors exceptional students, faculty, and staff at an awards ceremony coinciding with graduation. The following individuals have made outstanding contributions to public health and our school. Congratulations to this year's award winners!


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Spero Manson Earns Prestigious Fries Award for Excellence in Health Education


Returning from a fly-fishing trip to Bristol Bay, Alaska, last July, Dr. Spero Manson stood at a baggage claim carousel at Denver International Airport. His phone rang. The caller, Dr. Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, had good news. Manson was the recipient of a prestigious award for his work in health education.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date April 08, 2021
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NIH Funding Awarded to Current NCRE Scholar

Dr. Evan White (Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma), a current NCRE Scholar (Cohort 8), has been awarded a National Institutes of Health K99/R00 award. The award, entitled “Neuroscientific Exploration of Cultural Protective Factors among American Indians,” was funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The proposed research and training plan will support Dr. White’s goal of becoming a clinical, cultural neuroscientist focused on identifying novel targets for culturally specific preventions and interventions to reduce mental health disparities in American Indian populations. Dr. White is currently an associate investigator at Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


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Health Links™ Annual Awards Ceremony: Celebrating Colorado’s Healthiest Places to Work 2020

Each year, Health Links celebrates Colorado employers committed to workplace health, safety, and well-being. Although we were unable to celebrate in-person, this year’s virtual event aptly honored the award winners and finalists for their achievements in the workplace while providing attendees the opportunity to network and gain inspiration from other employers pursuing health and safety in their workplaces.


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The Center for Health, Work & Environment Recognizes Key Players in its First Annual Recognition Event

(AURORA, Colo.) - The Center for Health, Work & Environment (CHWE) based at the Colorado School of Public Health, is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of workers. On October 6th, CHWE hosted its first annual recognition event to honor the commitment and achievements of some of its key partners.  


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Celebrating Our Annual Award Winners!

Each year, the Colorado School of Public Health honors outstanding students, faculty, and staff at an awards brunch coinciding with graduation. We may be working from home this year, but we won’t let that stop us from celebrating all of the people who have contributed to making ColoradoSPH an amazing place to learn, research, and work. “I am incredibly proud of the work we are all doing to extend our reach, strengthen public health partnerships, and expand our education and training activities,” said Dean Jonathan Samet. “We could not do this work without the commitment and dedication of our outstanding faculty, staff, students, and community partners.”


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Dr. Charlotte Farewell Receives the Lorna Grindlay Moore, PhD Faculty Launch Award

Dr. Charlotte Farewell, Senior Research Instructor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, received the Lorna Grindlay Moore, PhD Faculty Launch Award. The title of her abstract is, "Fostering Resilience Among Mothers Early (FRAME): Protective Impacts on Obesity in Early and Middle Childhood."

Learn more about the Lorna Grindlay Moore, PhD Faculty Launch Fund on the OB-GYN funding opportunities page


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Dr. Sarah Schmiege Receives Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award

Dr. Sarah Schmiege, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics, received the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award and is being recognized by the Provost for her outstanding contributions to teaching.    

This award recognizes Sarah’s commitment to providing students with a high-quality learning experience. The criteria for the award include high scholarly standards for both the rigor of the course content and student performance, being an effective role model to current students and alumni. The nominations are submitted and reviewed by students, faculty and finally by the dean of each school. 

Laura Grau, MPH, said “Sarah is the type of professor who instills her passion for biostatistics into her students, with dedication to helping them succeed. She helped me discover that I both a passion and love for biostatistics. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her 

Please join us in celebrating Sarah and all of the wonderful work that she does.


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Colorado Public Radio

State launches first-ever firearm data dashboard meant to help Coloradans better understand gun violence, prevention

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateFebruary 26, 2024

Beyond mass shootings, which generate a lot of media and public attention, gun deaths have steadily increased in Colorado for more than a decade, according to the state health department and reflected on the dashboard. During that time, state leaders and community advocates have worked to fight the trend. Now they’re turning to a new avenue — a public health approach to gun violence prevention. 

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The Denver Post

CDC chops $5 million in funding to Colorado research center working with local public health groups

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateFebruary 23, 2024

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to end its funding for a Colorado center that helps local public health organizations get their programs off the ground and prove they work. Colorado’s Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to the director of the CDC this week asking that the agency reconsider cutting funding to the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center.

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Can Colorado teachers feel more prepared for school emergencies?

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateFebruary 21, 2024

Between reading, writing, and arithmetic, there are also disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and acts of violence at schools. While school districts have security and drills for these events, educators often have unanswered questions and are left feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Two Anschutz researchers wanted to change that, starting with gathering school staff’s ideas and addressing their questions about safety.

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What do your blood test results mean? A toxicologist explains the basics of how to interpret them

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Publish DateFebruary 07, 2024

As a toxicologist, Brad Reisfeld, a ColoradoSPH professor at CSU, studies the effects of drugs and environmental contaminants on human health. As part of his work, he relies on various health-related biomarkers, many of which are measured using conventional blood tests. Understanding what common blood tests are intended to measure can help you better interpret the results.

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