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Patti Valverde’s Influential Public Health Career Began at a Tiny Hospital in Northern Mexico

Patti Valverde’s education and work credentials might lead one to believe a career in public health was inevitable. Not so. 
Yes, Valverde has spent nearly three decades in the field. She earned a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1996. She went on to become a leading figure in training community health workers and patient navigators and a powerful advocate for improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities. She also completed a PhD in Health Services Research from Colorado School of Public Health in 2014.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date June 17, 2024
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Durango Train Lover Overcomes Rural Cancer Care Barriers

“Timeliness of care makes a big difference in outcomes,” said Dr. Evelinn Borrayo, associate director in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, who leads the five-year trial. “Timely treatment improves survivorship, quality of life and mental health.”


Author UCHealth | Publish Date April 19, 2024
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Community    Epidemiology    Community and Practice    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health    Health Advocacy

Colorado School of Public Health Reaffirms its Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Implements Innovative Search Advocate Program

Sixteen words sum up the mission of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH). It is to “shape policies, practices, and programs that support a fair, diverse, and respectful environment for all individuals.”


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date January 23, 2024
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Barbershops and Salons Prove Fruitful Grounds for Addressing Hypertension Rates in the Black Community

If one goes in search of a stark public health problem, it’s difficult to avoid rates of hypertension in the Black community. The disease threatens all groups, but the percentage of Black adults with high blood pressure (at 59%) is by far the highest. In the relatively healthier state of Colorado, the incidence of high blood pressure among Blacks is much lower (at 34%), but it is still the highest by far among all groups in the state.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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ColoradoSPH Research Shines in the 20th Anniversary Supplement from the Cancer Prevention & Control Research Network

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) has published a supplemental issue of Cancer Causes and Control to mark the Network’s 20th anniversary. As one of the Network Centers since 2019, the Colorado-based CPCRN site in the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) at the Colorado School of Public Health played an integral part of in the writing and release of this supplement.


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ColoradoSPH Takes Lead Role in Advancing Equity and Diversity in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Innovation

The Executive Order on the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) issued by President Biden on October 30 is a directive that contains no fewer than 13 sections. But two words in the opening line strike at the challenge presented by AI: “promise” and “peril.”

As the document’s statement of purpose puts it, AI can help to make the world “more prosperous, productive, innovative, and secure” at the same that it increases the risk of “fraud, discrimination, bias, and disinformation,” and other threats.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    AI/AN health    Community Health

Native American State Legislators Visit Anschutz Medical Campus to Learn about Research Advancing Native Health

Members of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators visited the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) in November to learn about the CAIANH’s work to better understand the health of Native peoples across the United States, to advance culturally oriented and community-driven solutions, and how this work has helped shape public policy.


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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Suicide Prevention    Community Health    Training    Worker Health

New Training Offered to Support Teacher Mental Health During Emergency Drills

Teachers and staff shoulder a significant burden of responsibility for emergency preparedness in pre-k-12 schools. While emergency drills, including active harmer (lockdown, lockout) drills, are designed to instill confidence, they can sometimes lead to fear, anxiety and confusion. Teachers are expected to lead the drills by directing and evacuating students, locking down classrooms, providing safety checks, and emotionally supporting students. Teachers often have unanswered questions and increased anxieties associated with drills and other emergency preparedness efforts. This underscores the importance of providing necessary resources to better support the school workforce, including psychological preparedness and other mental health supports, in addition to regular access to safety and security personnel


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Community-Based Programs Work with Local Refugees to Improve Health

Across Colorado, a diverse community of some 60,000 often unseen and overlooked people dots the state. They are refugees who have fled drought, poverty, persecution, violence and other threats from countries around the globe. But their challenges do not cease once they arrive in Colorado. Their plight frequently contributes to chronic medical problems.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date October 05, 2023
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Community and Practice    Climate Health    Community Health    Environment    Worker Health

New NIH-Funded Project Brings Public Health Faculty and Community Leaders Together to Seek Climate Justice

Record-breaking heat and drought. Thick blankets of wildfire smoke. Walls of wind-driven flames. Pelting hail. Swath-cutting tornadoes. The summer of 2023 has been a constant reminder of the powerful effects of climate change. But the trying season is only one dramatic recent reminder of the changes and the toll they have taken on neighborhoods, communities, and economies in the form of air quality, water resources, food production and other factors that affect the quality of people’s lives.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 22, 2023
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Public Health    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health

In Memory of Henry “Hank” Gardner

Father, husband, brother, son, grandfather, uncle, friend, colleague, academic leader, visionary, mentor, and soldier, Henry S. (Hank) Gardner, Jr., DrPH, MSPH, 71, died peacefully on August 9, with his family at his side.


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Climate Change and the Health of Vietnamese Subsistence Farmers

The rice fields in the Mekong River Delta of southern Vietnam flood.

Extreme heat in the coffee plantations in the Central Highlands is becoming a regular weather pattern. Vietnam experienced a record-setting heat wave in April and May of this year.


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Community    Students    Student and Alumni    Sustainability    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health    One Health

Edible Bugs for Healthier and Greener Future: Master of Public Health Student's Capstone Sheds Light on Sustainable Food Systems

Bugs for dinner? It may sound like a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie, but edible bugs are making their way into the spotlight for a compelling reason: they may hold the key to a healthier and greener future. While the thought of eating insects may trigger apprehension for some, insects have been used for food and medicine by many cultures for centuries – up to 80 percent of the world's nations, particularly in tropical areas, eat insects. As our planet grapples with mounting challenges like climate change and food insecurity, the notion of turning to edible bugs as an eco-friendly option is capturing the attention of public health researchers, including Shaylee Warner, a recent graduate from the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University.


Author Rachel Larson | Publish Date June 14, 2023
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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Workforce Development    Community Health    Latino Health

ColoradoSPH Faculty Play Key Role in Passage of Bipartisan Bill Supporting Community Healthcare Workers

A well-established pillar of Colorado’s healthcare system received powerful additional support in late April with bipartisan passage of Colorado SB23-002. The bill will allow Medicaid reimbursement for some services provided by community health workers (CHWs), who help to connect patients to vital healthcare and community services, provide education, and decrease barriers to care, among other tasks. CHWs often go by a variety titles, including health navigators and lay health workers.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date June 13, 2023
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Student Awardee's Initiative Leads to Unique Practicum and Capstone Experience at ColoradoSPH's Public Health Training Center

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Lexie King intended to study to be a nurse. Three years in, however, she changed her mind. She earned her degree in communications, with a minor in public health.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date May 24, 2023
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Community    Epidemiology    Awards    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    ColoradoSPH at UNC    Biostatistics    Community Health    Environment    Health Advocacy

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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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Graduation    Community Health

Student Leader and Graduation Speaker Pays it Forward, Building a New Generation of Public Health Leaders

Ten years ago, Samantha Bertomen completed her undergraduate education with a degree in food and nutrition sciences. Even before starting her professional career in the field, though, she says she had her eye on a different option. 


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date May 17, 2023
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Community    Epidemiology    Awards    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Biostatistics    Community Health    Environment    Health Advocacy

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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Native Americans Left Out of 'Deaths of Despair' Research

"The problem is if we only focus on 'deaths of despair' (mid-life deaths), we ignore and do not have adequate attention paid to the sources that promote health and well-being in Native people," said Spero Manson, director of the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health, to NPR.


Author NPR | Publish Date February 01, 2023
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Students    Social Justice    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

ColoradoSPH Doctoral Candidates Named APHA & Kaiser Community Health Scholars

Two Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) students from the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz have been selected as part of the 2022 American Public Health Association (APHA) and Kaiser Permanente (KP)Community Health Scholars program. Makala Carrington and Shenazar (Shane) Esmundo are among the 19 candidates chosen for the competitive scholarships, awarded to graduates seeking either their DrPH or MPH degrees. The awards help to cover tuition expenses.  


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date September 12, 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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Colorado Teens Reported More Depression Last Year, but No Increase in Suicidal Thoughts

The Healthy Kids Colorado survey administered by ColoradoSPH researchers found the rate of youth reporting they stopped doing normal activities because of sadness or hopelessness increased from about 35% in 2019 to almost 40% in 2021.


Author The Denver Post | Publish Date June 28, 2022
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Students    Mental Health    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Suicide Prevention    Community Health    Maternal & Child Health

Digital Duo Takes Home Award for an Innovative Campaign to Combat Mental Health Issues in Youth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that half of the nation’s adolescents have experienced a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some time in their lives. Many young people receive treatment to prevent these and other issues from worsening and becoming chronic, but many others do not, leading to problems that persist into adulthood and have serious consequences, both for the individuals and for society.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date May 19, 2022
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Patricia Valverde Leads in the Development of National Community Guidelines to Battle Human Trafficking

In the abstract, the term “human trafficking” may conjure shadowy images of vulnerable individuals forced into sex work or people enduring long, dangerous journeys on the promise of steady jobs, only to be consigned to low-paying, abusive work. The reality is far more complex, as Patricia Valverde discovered three years ago. 


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date April 06, 2022
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Press Coverage    Cannabis    Community Health    Injury & Violence Prevention

CDOT: Colorado Deaths Involving Impaired Drivers Up 44 Percent Since 2019

With rising numbers of fatalities involving impaired drivers, Ashley Brooks-Russell, ColoradoSPH associate professor and director of Injury & Violence Prevention Center, discusses how the mixing of cannabis and alcohol may be contributing to this increase.


Author Westword | Publish Date March 05, 2022
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Unique Strengths and Facilitators in American Indian and Alaska Native communities Can Help Reduce Food Insecurity

Urban dwelling American Indian and Alaska Native older adults face multiple layers of challenges related to social determinants of health that present barriers to healthy eating. However, the social and cultural value placed on sharing and supporting one another within these communities can help improve healthy food access for older adults, according to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier.


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Health Care Providers Exhausted by Pandemic Enroll in Sleep Trial

More than a year and a half after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no secret that responding to the disease has caused crushing stress among health care providers. To cite one of many examples, a survey of more than 1,100 industry workers reported that more than 90% experienced stress and three-quarters suffered from exhaustion and burnout as a result of the pandemic.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date December 07, 2021
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Drs. Charlotte Farewell and Jini Puma Receive ACF Funding for WELL Project

Charlotte Farewell, PhD, MPH, and Jini Puma, PhD, are one of six research teams awarded a 5-year grant from the Administration for Children and Families for the "Wellbeing of the ECE workforce working in Low-resources Locations (WELL)" study. The goal of the study is to investigate factors associated with worker wellbeing in Head Start settings and then implement and assess the multi-level, multi-strategy intervention (WELL) via partnerships with five large urban and rural Head Start agencies in Colorado. Collectively, the six research teams will create the Head Start-University Research Collaborative to establish evidence related to worker wellbeing in the early childhood education workforce. 


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Manson Receives National Academy of Medicine's Sarnat Prize for Improving Mental Health Services for American Indian, Alaska Native Communities

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has named Spero M. Manson as the recipient of the 2021 Rhoda and Bernard 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. The award, which recognizes Manson’s achievements with a medal and $20,000, will be presented at the NAM’s virtual annual meeting on October 17, 2021. Manson, Pembina Chippewa, is a distinguished professor of public health and psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and The Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 15, 2021
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Doctor’s Retirement Spotlights Colorado’s Struggle to Diversify Its Physicians

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Dr. Cerise Hunt discusses the importance of pipeline programs for diversifying Colorado's healthcare workforce on CPR's Colorado Matters program.


Author CPR | Publish Date August 26, 2021
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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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Community    COVID-19    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

Opinion: Medical Science Alone Can’t Stop Pandemics. The Missing Link is Leadership.

In Colorado and around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has been a test of leadership. From mask mandates to vaccine distribution, governors, local officials and world leaders have struggled to achieve the necessary levels of cooperation and build public trust.


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Latinos Across Colorado Are Struggling to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

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.


Author Denver 7 | Publish Date April 22, 2021
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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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Prevent Cancer Foundation Grant Will Help Researcher in Fight Against Melanoma

Assistant professor Neil Box and professor Lori Crane studied mole development in a group of children for more than 10 years. With a new grant from the Prevention Cancer Foundation, they will be able to build on this research.


Author EurekAlert | Publish Date March 16, 2021
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Dr. Emily Bergling Passes Her Dissertation Defense

Emily Bergling, Community and Behavioral Health DrPH Candidate and RMPRC Professional Research Assistant, passed her dissertation defense with no conditions on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Congratulations to Dr. Emily Bergling!


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Community    COVID-19    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health    Environment

ColoradoSPH at CSU Faculty Help Fight the Pandemic with Groundbreaking Research

The ColoradoSPH at CSU faculty have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide important research and essential work in understanding the virus, how to slow the spread, and how to help end the pandemic. This work has had local, national and international impact. 


Author Megan Jansson | Publish Date February 03, 2021
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Shaping National Public Health Policies with Science

Professors and faculty members at most research universities spend the bulk of their professional time in well-known academic pursuits: teaching, researching, collaborating with colleagues, and leading the next generation of experts in their respective fields. Less apparent are hundreds of hours some volunteer to present at conferences, provide testimony for policies, and collaborate on scientific committee work, publish papers, and review others’ work for publication. 


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date January 26, 2021
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Faculty and Research Spotlight

Our Department of Community & Behavioral Health faculty research topics such as American Indian and Alaska Native health, skin cancer prevention, health education, mental health, obesity, maternal and child health, and community development, among others. Join our faculty for a quarterly event where we dive into their current research. Our next "Meet Your Faculty" event will take place on Thursday, February 11 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm via Zoom. To join the event, please use this Zoom link.

This quarter, we are spotlighting Drs. Jini Puma, Michelle Sarche, Betsy Risendal, Sarah Stotz, and Ashley Brooks-Russell.


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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 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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The Mental Health Advice We All Need Right Now

In a recent article in 5280 Magazine, Dr. Jenn Leiferman, professor and chair of the Department of Community & Behavioral Health, and other mental health experts share practical advice for coping during the challenging winter months ahead.


Author 5280 | Publish Date November 09, 2020
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Stereotypes Influence Personal Views of Aging and Health Outcomes

The link between views on aging, including attitudes about aging and older adults, and physical and mental health has been supported in numerous studies. However, the interactions of different types of views on aging are not well understood. Two types of views on aging were examined in a new study from the Colorado School of Public Health: aging stereotypes, which are defined as general beliefs about aging shared in a given culture, and self-perceptions of aging, which reflect people’s personal experiences of aging. The researchers hypothesized that societal views of aging would influence how participants perceived their own aging process. They also predicted that participants’ perceptions of their own aging would influence their health outcomes.


Author Michelle Kuba | Publish Date October 15, 2020
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Cancer    Community Health

CPCRN 'Meet Our Network Centers' Campaign: Colorado School of Public Health

The Colorado School of Public Health is one of four new Collaborating Centers to join the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) in Cycle 5 of the Network, spanning from 2019-2024. Led by Betsy Risendal, PhD, and Project Director, Emily Bilenduke, BA, the Colorado School of Public Health is presently comprised of nine investigators participating in seven CPCRN projects, in addition to center-specific involvement in local core projects dedicated to understanding and advancing risk-based cancer prevention and control strategies. 

Dr. Risendal, Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, is the lead investigator on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Research Center (PRC) Special Interest Project (SIP), titled, "Cancer RESULTS (Resources, Engagement, and Support for the Use of Lifetime Tailored cancer prevention Services)." Dr. Risendal's SIP is one of the seven CPCRN projects. 

Read the full interview on CPCRN


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 28, 2020
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Survey Identifies Key Stressors, Solutions for Low-Income Families Dealing with COVID-19

A recent survey conducted by Colorado researchers sheds light on how severely COVID-19 is affecting the region’s most economically vulnerable families — and the most effective ways for them to cope with it.


Author Jeff Dodge | Publish Date August 28, 2020
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Funding for Cancer Prevention and Control in Colorado Approved for One More Year

July 1, 2020 marked the start of another year of funding for the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) for Patient Navigation but just like most things in 2020…it’s not just another year for the decade long program. 

CCSP is a Program of the University of Colorado Cancer Center with faculty and staff leadership from the Colorado School of Public Health. CCSP supports the safety net clinics in Colorado to increase colorectal cancer screening and also expanded to lung cancer and hereditary cancer screening.   

Keeping the funding for cancer prevention and control in Colorado was was harder this year amidst a pandemic. CCSP is funded through the Cancer Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Grants Disease Program (CCPD). In the 2019/2020 legislative session, as a state of fiscal emergency was declared, the program budget could have been dramatically reduced or completed defunded. For several years, CCSP has had to educate the public and legislature on the importance of cancer screening and advocate for funding as the CCPD funding source expanded to a broader portfolio of diseases or focus areas than when the grants program was established. 


Author Andrea Dwyer | Publish Date August 21, 2020
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Colorado Sun: Bullying is Down, Stress is Up and Eight Other Charts With Insights From a New Survey of Colorado Teens

Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health share insightful results on Colorado teenagers.


Author The Colorado Sun | Publish Date August 06, 2020
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Student Spotlight: Mother, Researcher, and Mentor Researches How COVID-19 Affects Mental Health—and How Public Health Can Respond

A DrPH candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), Community and Behavioral Health Program, Jennifer Jewell works full-time and raises two children. She understands the need to adapt. After a seven-year break from academia, Jewell returned to school full-time to pursue her passion—psychiatric epidemiology—a field that did not exist when she completed her master’s degree in 2013. 


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Dissertation Turned Nonprofit Gives Teachers Tools to Help Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

Minutes after Katie Lohmiller and Halley Gruber arrived at Cole Arts and Science Academy near downtown Denver, an alarm began to blare and a voice announced that the school was in a lockdown. “Don’t worry,” Gruber reassured us as she scuttled around, turning off lights and lowering blinds. “This is just a drill.” It isn’t always a drill, though. In 2018, a 14-year-old was arrested for shooting a student outside of the school.   


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date February 19, 2020
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Redefining Women’s Health for Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusivity

Traditionally, women’s health has been defined by its contrast to men’s health, but using a male/female gendered dichotomy to define entire fields of medical care has resulted in entire populations, like transgender and nonbinary (TNB) individuals, falling through the cracks.  According to a new commentary co-authored by Colorado School of Public Health researchers and published in Women’s Health Issues, there isn’t enough research on TNB health needs to help restructure health services in an evidence-based way to better serve these populations.


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date January 02, 2020
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Latinx Outreach Event Spawns Conversation About Community Engagement

Faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health are adamant when it comes to best practices in working alongside with and in service to the community. “We need to ask what the health needs of the community actually are before embarking on any project,” says professor Evelinn Borrayo. “It’s easy to make assumptions about concerns that may not be the primary concerns for a community, or may not even exist.” 


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Spero Manson Receives Lifetime Mental Health Contribution Award

ColoradoSPH Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Spero Manson, PhD, was awarded the 2019 Carl Taube Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Mental Health. Manson gave a lecture at the 2019 APHA conference in Philadelphia entitled “A Professional and Personal Journey: Exploring the Cultural Landscape of Mental Health Services”.


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Alum Fights Colorectal Cancer by Training Research Advocates

After graduation, Reese Garcia, MPH ’17, hadn’t quite found her dream job yet, so she decided to get some help from the ColoradoSPH career services center. On her way in on the fateful day, she ran into a former boss, Andi Dwyer of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Dwyer says she had seen a quiet leadership in Garcia as a graduate student, one that was highly effective at engaging people. That leadership led her to suggest that Garcia apply for a recent job opening at Fight Colorectal Cancer, a national advocacy and research organization Dwyer works closely with in her role as director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program. 


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date October 30, 2019
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Community    Epidemiology    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Biostatistics    Community Health    Environment    Health Advocacy

Colorado School of Public Health Drops GRE Requirement

Beginning with the current 2019-2020 application cycle, the Colorado School of Public Health is eliminating the GRE as an admission requirement for its Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate programs. Immediately, applicants to the school will have the option to submit GRE scores if they feel their scores strengthen their application. Those not submitting GRE scores will not be penalized. 


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Five Questions with Heather Kennedy: Engaging Young People in Social Action

Heather Kennedy is the Youth Movement Project Manager in the Center for Public Health Practice. An MPH alum (Community and Behavioral Health, ‘10) and recent PhD in Social Work, she oversees two grants that engage young people in social action programs. The first, UpRISE, focuses on tobacco control. The other involves adolescents in rural areas of Colorado in an arts-based conversation about mental health. From the time she applied for her first public health grant at the age of 17, Heather has been passionate about developing platforms where young people feel empowered to speak up and change their worlds.  


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 30, 2019
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Helping Colorado Kids Live Healthier Lives

It takes four hours and 20 minutes for Jenn Leiferman, PhD, and Jini Puma, PhD, to drive to the San Luis Valley from central Denver. When faculty and staff from the Colorado School of Public Health get to this rural community in Southern Colorado, they’re often greeted by their first name and a hug. They know the school well here. 


Author Kathleen Bohland | Publish Date June 03, 2019
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Community    Mental Health    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

Colorado Leaders Call For Action to Address Urgent Statewide Mental Health Needs

In a statement called Colorado Course Corrections, The Equitas Project has called for an urgent and immediate shift in awareness, and rebalancing of effort and investment across multiple stakeholders who share accountability for the health and safety of all Coloradans.


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Community    Community and Practice    Community Health

Meet Our Community Advisory Board Partners

Because we value participatory research, we engage in a collaborative process involving community, state, and national partners to inform decisions on the overall direction and scope of the Center, as well as on the project level. Representing the community of the San Luis Valley, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) partners in leadership with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center by identifying community needs and concerns; providing input on research design and implementation; providing input on communication and dissemination activities; recommending project specific team members; and acting as a liaison with our partner community.

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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health

Diehl Receives National Award for Mentorship in Gerontology

Diehl, an expert on the psychology of aging, is professor of physical activity & healthy lifestyles  at ColradoSPH at CSU. His award presentation took place in November at the GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.


Author CSU External Relations Staff | Publish Date January 28, 2019
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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health

Breakthroughs in Body Image with Virtual Imaging

Though Dr. Juyeon Park has devoted much of her professional research to studying how humans use technology – focusing more on the human aspects than on designing the technology itself – she still didn’t anticipate the “Eureka!” moments and, sometimes, tears that came when young women truly saw themselves.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 25, 2019
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Community    Community and Practice    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Workforce Development    Community Health    Maternal & Child Health

Healthy Babies, Strong Families: Joining Forces to Address African-American Infant Mortality

It’s a heartbreaking statistic: African-American/black infants in Colorado are two-and-a-half times more likely to die before their first birthday than white infants. The number frames two complicated questions: why the disparity and how to eliminate it?


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date January 09, 2019
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Research    Cancer    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

Study Shows How Social Media Can Help Reduce Cancer Deaths

According to a study led by Community and Behavioral Health alum Nicole Harty, MPH '16, and including Professor Sheana Bull and Senior Research Assistant Andrea Dwyer who is also director of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program, advertisements on popular social media sites can instigate people getting tested for cancer sooner. 


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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    AI/AN health    Community Health

Department News Community & Behavioral Health Telemedicine Pioneers: Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

After decades of pioneering work proving the efficacy of telehealth services for remote American Indian and Alaska Native communities, Spero Manson, PhD, can paint any number of illustrations to make a point about reaching those in need.  


Author Michael Booth | Publish Date December 14, 2018
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Community    Addiction    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health

Tackling Addiction

Colorado has been feeling the effects of the national opioid crisis, particularly in rural areas. Now Colorado State University has received about $1.4 million in federal grants for a project in which community professionals — including CSU Extension agents — will work with youths age 10-14 and their families to prevent drug experimentation before it starts. 


Author Jeff Dodge | Publish Date December 13, 2018
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Research    Epidemiology    Obesity    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health    Maternal & Child Health

Kids with Autism at Higher Risk for Obesity

A new study including two ColoradoSPH researchers is among the first to show that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) had the highest frequency of rapid weight gain during the first six months of life, which may put them at increased risk for childhood obesity.   


Author Colorado School of Public Health | Publish Date September 12, 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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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Community Health    Latino Health

Borrayo Appointed to State Board of Health

Evelinn Borrayo, PhD, professor of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU, has been appointed to the State Board of Health by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Borrayo will represent District 2 for a three-year term. Of the state board's nine voting members, she is the only academic.

The State Board of Health performs such duties as promulgating public health rulings, approving grant funding, appointing members to department committees, and advising the executive director.

Of the appointment, Borrayo calls it "the most meaningful public service" she could perform. It will allow her a wide-reaching consideration of health issues facing Coloradans, as well as the ability to exercise a vote in improving citizen health. 

In addition to her appointments within ColoradoSPH, Borrayo is also a professor of counseling psychology and director of counseling training in CSU's College of Natural Sciences and its department of Psychology, and up until recently was the director of the Colorado School of Public Health's Latino Research & Policy Center.

Borrayo's voice will help represent three unique perspectives: that of a higher education academic; a mental health trained professional; and an ethnic minority woman of Latino descent.

"I believe that through my professional training, I can provide knowledge, skills, and experience related to the mental health needs of the people of Colorado. Moreover, through my affiliation with the Colorado School of Public Health, I am in the position to contribute added knowledge and skills related to public health matters that affect all citizens of Colorado."

"As part of my commitment to improve health inequities, I have developed expertise in best practices related to improving the pipeline of underrepresented providers in the healthcare professions, including mental health providers."

Read the full story in CSU Source.


Author Anne Manning | Publish Date June 26, 2016
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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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Cancer Network

Learning to “Aim High” Within Male-Dominated Fields in Public Health

news outletCancer Network
Publish DateJune 10, 2024

Within public health, the field of health economics is one that has historically been male-dominated. Forging a path to find your voice and learning to stand out as a woman can be difficult. During a Breaking Barriers: Women in Oncology discussion, Cathy Bradley, PhD, and Lindsay M. Sabik, PhD, both spoke about why they chose to work in this field and how they both have had to overcame challenges hold the positions they have today.

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Healthline

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

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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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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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