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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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Press Coverage    Epidemiology    Global Health

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

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.


Author Healthline | Publish Date June 07, 2024
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Awards    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health   

Dr. Susan Niermeyer Receives 2024 Florence Rena Sabin Award

Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, a graduate of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), senior scientist in the school’s Center for Global Health, and Professor Emerita of Pediatrics was honored this week with the 2024 Florence Rena Sabin, MD Award. Presented by the leadership of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz), Dr. Niermeyer became the first ColoradoSPH graduate to receive this distinguished honor.


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Support for Stephen Berman, MD Endowed Chair Surpasses $2 million Milestone

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Stephen Berman, MD Endowed Chair in Global Health. Philanthropic gifts totaling more than $2 million generously provided by The Jack and Sarita Gantz Foundation, and scores of esteemed community leaders, family, and friends, have been directed to ColoradoSPH to establish the first endowed chair at the Center for Global Health.


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Community    Epidemiology    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

ColoradoSPH Faculty Empowers Grad Students to Gamify Lessons for Local High School Public Health Practicum

When Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH, a physician and researcher, saw the latest data about high school students in Colorado and risky behavior, she knew she had to do something, not only as a public health professional but as a mother of a daughter who graduated from the Denver Public School (DPS) system.


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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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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health    Environment    Global Health    Worker Health

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    Epidemiology    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Hundreds Come Together for Campus Tribute in Memory of Dr. Stephen Berman

Dr. Stephen Berman, long-time director of the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health, passed away from lymphoma earlier this year. His loss was felt deeply across the campus and his many friends and colleagues gathered at a tribute event held on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus on May 11, 2023. Six presenters covered the many dimensions of Dr. Berman’s career, offering colorful stories that captured his commitment to improving the health of children everywhere.  


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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Environment    Global Health

Unique University Partnership Gives Students the Critical Training and Skills to Respond to Complex Humanitarian Crises on a Global Scale

In today’s global climate, more and more crises are occurring that not only involve natural hazards like tornadoes or floods, but also include conflict and mass displacement. Trained personnel are critical to the provision of appropriate responses to such complex humanitarian crises around the world. To address this growing need globally, two professors from two Colorado universities—the University of Denver and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus—have created an experiential ‘simulation’ model that prepares students for humanitarian work. In this model, classroom-based learning leads up to a broad-scale one-day live action exercise, set in a fictional place called “Korbelia” on the DU campus.  


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Research    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health    One Health

Study Recommends New Testing Model that Aims to Swat Mosquito-Borne Dengue Fever

Under the best of circumstances, mosquitoes are no better than annoying pests. But many also carry viruses that cause widespread disease and death in large expanses of the world. A new study with contributions from the Colorado School of Public Health describes a novel path to early diagnosis of dengue, the most common mosquito-borne viral illness, in areas of the world where lab tests to confirm the disease are not available.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Remembering Dr. Steve Berman

Our deepest condolences to the family, friends, patients and colleagues of Dr. Stephen Berman, who passed away on January 17. Steve was a true champion for children, and this loss will be felt deeply by all who knew him. Services were held Sunday, January 22, at the Hebrew Educational Alliance, in Denver.


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Opinion: How Colorado Can Prepare for the Next COVID-19 Variant

In the wake of the peak of the Omicron variant, Stephen Berman, director of the Center for Global Health, discusses how Colorado should prepare for the emergence of new strains of SARS-CoV-2. Berman suggests strengthening our surveillance systems and public-health capacity as methods to prepare for future, more dangerous variants.


Author The Colorado Sun | Publish Date March 27, 2022
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Press Coverage    Global Health

Case Study of Guatemalan Community Shows that Life Course Strategies Can Promote Health and Wellbeing

A recent research article authored by Stephen Berman, Center for Global Health director, highlights a case study that demonstrates how a life course approach to maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent programs was implemented effectively in a rural Central American community.


Author Columbus Publishers | Publish Date January 01, 2022
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Giving    Awards    Global Health

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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COVID-19    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Opinion: The World is on Fire From COVID-19. If We Work Together, We Can Put Out the Flames.

The concept of global health addresses health care issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions. The understanding of this concept  has never been as important in human history as today with the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Author Stephen Berman | Publish Date June 11, 2021
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Press Coverage    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial for Children Under Age 12 Launching at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Hopes are soaring that children under age 12 soon will be able to get vaccines to prevent COVID-19.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date June 07, 2021
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Research    Epidemiology    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Rapid Respiratory Virus Testing Does Not Impact Antibiotic Prescribing Among Children

One of the most common causes of pediatric emergency department and urgent care visits is acute respiratory infections. Around 55-57% children presenting in these settings are prescribed antibiotics, despite these infections having primarily viral causes. The overuse of antibiotics can have negative consequences such as antibiotic resistance, increased healthcare costs, and adverse drug events. Respiratory pathogen identification could lead to improved evaluation and management of acute respiratory infection in children; it could also lead to decreases in the overuse of antibiotics. New advances in rapid respiratory virus testing provide an opportunity for the identification of pathogens in short timeframes in the emergency department and urgent care setting. A new randomized trial examined whether rapid knowledge of the pathogen impacted the prescribing patterns of physicians in these settings. 


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Environment    Global Health    Worker Health

Crossing Continents: Global Worker Health with Lyndsay Krisher

Agua, suero, descanso y sombra. These words hang on the wall of the sugarcane company clinic in Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Guatemala. The sign translates to water, electrolytes, rest, and shade. Lyndsay Krisher, however, is not in the clinic. She is out in the field coordinating a team before they begin their field research with sugarcane workers. The team, based at the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), is seeking to better understand Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu), an epidemic that is affecting agricultural workers throughout Latin America.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date March 09, 2021
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Students    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Global Health

CSU Doctoral Student Hopes to Help a Rwanda Community Overcome Malnutrition

In May 2019, Brittney Sly, a doctoral student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University, embarked on her second research trip to Burera, a district in the northern part of Rwanda.


Author Sylvia Bao | Publish Date August 27, 2019
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Global Health

Collaboration Improves Child Health Abroad and Changes Perspectives At Home

While going through medical records at a tea plantation in the Darjeeling district of India, Dr. Michael Matergia and his wife, Denna, discovered the names of children who should have been in Denna’s primary school class, but weren’t. Upon looking in on the children and their families, the couple found the children had died from issues related to diarrhea and fever before the age of five.  


Author Tori Espensen-Sturges | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Community    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Flu Strain Sparks International Alliance

Influenza pandemics have shaped history. In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic infected approximately 500 million people worldwide and claimed the lives of 50 million. The first cases were recorded at the U.S. Army’s Camp Funston, Kansas. It quickly swept through the barracks and the, aided by the transportation of soldiers, spread to the fronts of World War I. The death toll from the pandemic surpassed all the military deaths in the two world wars. New research suggests that Spanish flu virus originated from birds. Influenza virus infecting birds rapidly mutated, leaping to humans. Wild, aquatic birds are natural hosts to influenza viruses and they usually show no symptoms of illness. These avian flu viruses do not normally infect humans, except when a mutation occurs. If a mutation enables the influenza virus to infect humans the results can be deadly. 


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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health

Extending Reach to Rural Guatemala: Promoting Health & Saving Lives

On a typical scorching hot day in the rural Trifinio region of Guatemala, you might find Saskia Bunge-Montes, MD, MPH, checking a child for malnutrition or monitoring a pregnant woman. Or she might be traveling dusty dirt roads in a motorized three-wheel tuk tuk to meet members of the community. Or she could be skyping with her colleagues at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  

For Bunge-Montes, a 2016 graduate of ColoradoSPH, the best part of a typical day is that it’s not typical at all.  

“I can’t describe a typical day because no two days are the same,” she says. 


Author Kathleen Bohland | Publish Date February 01, 2019
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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    pregnancy    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health

Working to Address Teen Pregnancy in Rural Guatemala

I live in Guatemala, where almost 50% of all children under five suffer from malnutrition, and poverty, but I was fortunate to attend a private school in the capital city. Even at my school they only taught us four classes on sexual health from grades 6-8 and the rest was left to our parents and imagination. These lessons were not only short, but they lacked depth and were imparted by conservative volunteers that distanced themselves from the reality of modern teen messages and sexuality. Their teachings scared students away from sex, and did little to foster healthy relationships, values or skills. 


Author Javier Balsells | Publish Date October 11, 2017
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Research    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health    One Health

Researchers to Study Neurological Effects of Zika Virus in Young Children

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Baylor College of Medicine will join with Guatemalan investigators in a major study examining the clinical outcomes of children infected with the Zika virus after being born, focusing on long-term brain development. 


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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health

Helping Babies Breathe: Lessons Learned from 5 Years and 80 Countries

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that between 1990 and 2003, mortality of children under five years old fell from 12.7 million to 6.3 million. During the same time, the proportion of deaths that occurred in the neonatal period (the first 28 days) actually increased from 37 percent to about 44 percent. Global recognition of this gap has motivated many in the field of neonatal care to scale up effective and affordable interventions to address the primary causes of neonatal mortality: asphyxia, low birth weight, and infection. Among those leading the effort to improve newborn survival worldwide is Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP, professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, both located on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. 


Author Molly T. Moss | Publish Date April 03, 2017
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Public Health    Environment    Global Health    Worker Health

ColoradoSPH Partners With One of Central America’s Largest Sugar Producers to Improve Farm Worker Health

The Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health announced a new partnership with Pantaleon, one of the largest sugar producers in Central America, to further understand the health risks of sugar cane workers and improve prevention efforts.   


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Community    Community and Practice    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health

Center for Global Health Leads Revision of Pediatrics in Disasters Training to Address Needs of Refugees and Children in High Conflict Areas

The Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Global Health announced today the rollout of a revised Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDs) training program, which trains healthcare and humanitarian workers to prioritize life-saving care for children in disasters. 


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Community    Women's Health    Community and Practice    Global Health    Maternal & Child Health

WHO Redesignates Center for Global Health as Int'l Collaborating Center

The maternal and child health program within the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health has been re-designated by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Center for Promoting Family and Child Health. The program, which is a partnership between Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), is the only maternal and child health collaborating center in North America.


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“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

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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