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Colorado Delegation Calling for Continued Funding of Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center

U.S. Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Jason Crow are leading a group of Colorado Representatives urging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to continue funding the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC), which resides within the Colorado School of Public Health. It has conducted instrumental public health research in the region for nearly 20 years, but the CDC recently decided not to fund the RMPRC for the next five-year funding cycle.


Author Ark Valley Voice | Publish Date March 28, 2024
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CDC chops $5 million in funding to Colorado research center working with local public health groups

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.


Author The Denver Post | Publish Date February 23, 2024
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Research    Cancer    Community Health

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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Child & Adolescent    Community and Practice    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Ambassadors for Literacy and Resilience Guide Young Students Along a Path to Success

Sonya Palafox was a freshman at North High School in Denver 25 years ago when she got a message kids don’t want to hear: come to the principal’s office. She had no way of knowing it at the time, but the call would represent a turning point in her life.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date November 30, 2023
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Community    Students    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Community Health

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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Mental Health    Suicide Prevention

Boosting Mental Health in the Community

In preparing this newsletter, I was struck by the broad array of initiatives led by our faculty to address community mental health needs. I was also reminded of the complex challenges our state faces.


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Mental Health    Community Health

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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Research    COVID-19    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center Grant Targets COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy

More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic began, the United States at last appears to be gaining the upper hand in fighting the spread of COVID-19. That’s thanks largely in part to effective vaccines delivered to hundreds of millions of people. As of late May, half the U.S. population had received at least one vaccination dose; about 40% were fully vaccinated.  


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date June 18, 2021
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Community Health

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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INEP and COWP Team Won at the 2021 ASNNA Virtual Conference!

The Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP) and Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) team won the best physical activity programming video at the 2021 Association for SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) Virtual Conference. 

Check out the video on YouTube.

Learn more about the Association for SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) virtual conference on the summary page


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Research    Mental Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Worker Health

Higher Demands and Lower Access to Resources Impact Job Satisfaction Among the Early Childhood Education Workforce

The early childhood education workforce has a significant impact on the development of language, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills in young children. The ability of these workers to foster this development in the children under their care is influenced by their own physical and mental health. The well-being of this workforce is often overlooked when considering the quality of the care that children receive. Early childhood education is an occupation with many stressors, including low wages, long hours, high job demands, increased risk of exposure to infectious diseases and environmental hazards such as cleaning supplies. These work conditions contribute to the disproportionately high mental and physical conditions experienced by the early education workforce, where high turnover rates are also seen. Those who work at Head Start programs, which provide free care to low-income families, have been shown to be particularly vulnerable to these demands.


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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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Community    Students    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    Workforce Development    Training

Contact Tracing Efforts Connect Groups Across Colorado

As the Colorado School of Public Health-led modeling team considers potential trajectories of the COVID-19 pandemic, they base their forecasts on the levels of success of a few different containment strategies. Many cities and counties in Colorado have now implemented mask orders, businesses are required to maintain certain levels of social distancing as they reopen, and older adults are continuing to stay home. The state moved into the Safer-At-Home and Protect-Our-Neighbors phases while strengthening the fourth piece: aggressive case detection and containment through contact tracing.


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date July 17, 2020
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COVID-19    Mental Health    Epidemiology    Infectious disease    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    ColoradoSPH at UNC    Data and Health    AI/AN health    Biostatistics    Health Advocacy    Maternal & Child Health    Latino Health

ABC News: Wearing a Mask in the United States is Political, but Republicans are Speaking Out as Coronavirus Cases Grow

Wearing a mask or face covering in the US has become about more than just slowing the spread of COVID-19 — some experts say it's a political statement, signalling another layer in the deep divisions within America.


Author ABC News | Publish Date June 30, 2020
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Public Health    Obesity    Awards    Maternal & Child Health

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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Students    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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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Maternal & Child Health

Helping Kids By Texting Their Parents? Here's What Experts Say About This Exploding Strategy

Texting programs aimed at parents of young children have proliferated over the last several years as smart phones have become ubiquitous and health and education groups look for new ways to get kids on track early.   

Jini Puma, associate director of the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center, said the six-week parenting class represents the “Cadillac” version of the program, but that it was a big ask for parents with multiple jobs or other conflicts. 

Texting, she said, is “super effective to use in this way, where it’s part of a multilevel intervention.”   

Read the full story on Chalkbeat Colorado.


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

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    Community and Practice    Maternal & Child Health

A Creative and Fun Way for Kids to Learn About Healthy Eating

The Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP) is a creative and fun way for kids to learn about healthy eating in their classroom and to share what they learn with their families. Each lesson includes a hands-on cooking activity that teaches students how to prepare and taste new fruits and vegetables. INEP is funded by SNAP-Ed and conducted through partnerships with the University of Colorado and various school districts and schools from around the state. INEP’s goal is to instill life-long nutrition behaviors to prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. To accomplish this goal, INEP targets increased fruit and vegetable consumption, overall healthy eating, children’s willingness to try new foods and increased physical activity.

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Community    Community and Practice    Maternal & Child Health

The Collaborative STANCE (Linking Systems To Address ACEs In Childhood Early On)

Building on our long history of partnerships in the rural San Luis Valley, state partnerships and the need for expansion to other states in HHS Region 8, the Center's public health practice-based core research project is designed to reduce the intergenerational transmission of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the San Luis Valley (SLV) of Colorado. ACEs are modifiable risk factors that have a profound and lasting effect on a person’s health. To accomplish this, a community-engaged, stakeholder-driven, multi-level intervention, called STANCE (Linking Systems To address ACEs iN Childhood Early on) has been funded by the CDC.

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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    Obesity    Community and Practice    Maternal & Child Health

Promoting a Culture of Wellness in Preschools

The Culture of Wellness in Preschools (COWP) is a comprehensive and collaborative early childhood obesity program, which aims to promote a “culture of wellness” in preschool settings by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity levels. This is accomplished by bringing the following to preschool sites throughout Colorado: 


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Community    Community and Practice    pregnancy    Maternal & Child Health

Utilizing Online Technology to Address Prenatal Mood Disorders

Prenatal depression is associated with numerous, deleterious maternal and child health outcomes. Pregnant women have expressed a need for help in identifying and treating their depressive symptoms.  Healthcare providers play a significant role in managing (i.e. identifying and treating/referring to care) prenatal depression as they are often the sole exposure to mental health resources for women. However, many providers may not be meeting these recommendations. Identifying women who are exhibiting depressive symptomatology and providing guidance based on evidence-based practices and/or utilizing linkages to mental health specialists are all integral to providing optimal patient-centered care. This study will conduct a pilot, randomized-controlled trial to test the preliminary effects of an online training with a diverse group of providers on the management of prenatal depression.   

The present study intends to test an evidence-based, online training for a diverse group of providers on how to manage prenatal depression. Providers will be recruited from two states, Colorado and Virginia.   

Our online training provides an overview of the harmful effects of prenatal depression on numerous maternal and child outcomes, as well as provides a framework that uses the 5As model (i.e. Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist and Arrange) to teach providers how to 1) assess for depression, 2) advise the patient on treatment options, 3) agree on a treatment plan, 4) assist patient in any problem solving related to obtaining treatment, and 5) arrange for supports for the patient (e.g. link patients to mental health resources in the community).

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Colorado School of Public Health In the News

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Dozens of state water systems exceed new federal limits on 'forever chemicals' or PFAs

news outlet9 News
Publish DateApril 12, 2024

“People need to be aware that their risk associated with drinking PFAs in drinking water is still likely quite low, given we don’t have those high, high levels of contamination. The EPA standard is designed to really take that down to be most protective of public health,” said Ned Calonge, associate dean for public health practice, and a professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

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How Colorado Is Addressing Its (Massive) Aging Population

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Publish DateApril 02, 2024

Kristine Burrows has dedicated a big chunk of her young life to old age. She earned a master’s degree with a focus on leadership and healthy aging from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2018, launched a statewide day program for older adults with disabilities through the Lakewood chapter of national nonprofit Easterseals, and eventually worked as director of aging, care, and connections for the Jewish Family Service of Colorado. 

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Ark Valley Voice

Colorado Delegation Calling for Continued Funding of Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center

news outletArk Valley Voice
Publish DateMarch 28, 2024

U.S. Representatives Brittany Pettersen and Jason Crow are leading a group of Colorado Representatives urging the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to continue funding the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC), which resides within the Colorado School of Public Health. It has conducted instrumental public health research in the region for nearly 20 years, but the CDC recently decided not to fund the RMPRC for the next five-year funding cycle.

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Environmental Health News

Q&A: Award-winning scientist Anne Starling on the latest PFAS research— and where she finds hope

news outletEnvironmental Health News
Publish DateMarch 22, 2024

EHN senior news editor Brian Bienkowski sat down with Dr. Anne Starling, winner of the 2023 Lou Guillette Jr Outstanding Young Investigator Award, to discuss her work on PFAS and other toxics, how this has shaped her consumer habits, and where she finds hope.

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