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How Colorado Is Addressing Its (Massive) Aging Population

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. 


Author 5280 | Publish Date April 02, 2024
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Student and Alumni    Gun Violence Prevention    Injury & Violence Prevention

Celebrating Students Committed to Injury and Violence Prevention

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center (IVPC) is excited to recognize the outstanding achievements of student award recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year. The IVPC Student Research Grant and the Hoffman Firearm Injury and Violence Prevention scholarship are key initiatives that demonstrate IVPC’s commitment to supporting education, collaborative research, and promoting injury and violence prevention efforts across disciplines.


Author Noelle Musgrave | Publish Date March 13, 2024
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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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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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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Colorado School of Public Health Announces Keynote Convocation Speaker

The Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) is pleased to announce Patricia (Patty) Gabow, MD, MACP, as the Spring 2024 convocation keynote speaker. As the former CEO of Denver Health, Gabow has been a champion of public health through her research, teaching, leadership, and advocacy for fifty years.


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Research    Community    Students    Mental Health    Epidemiology    Firearm Injury Prevention    Infectious disease    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    Cannabis    Environment    Gun Violence Prevention    Injury & Violence Prevention    Maternal & Child Health    Worker Health

ColoradoSPH's Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, some of the nation’s top public health researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health tackled a variety of the largest public health questions facing us today.


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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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Students    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CSU    Worker Health

Student Spotlight: Raissa Chunko

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Raissa Chunko, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee earning a Master's in Health Physics from Colorado State University (CSU).


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Mapping Mass Shootings in the United States

The United States has more than 10 times the number of mass shooting incidents than other developed countries, yet little research has shown the distribution and types of shootings, geographically.


Author Colleen Miracle | Publish Date July 26, 2023
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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    Students    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    RMPHTC    Community Health    Training

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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Students    Awards    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Health Systems    Health Advocacy

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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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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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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Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Outstanding Leader In Our Community: Raeven Clockston

Raeven Clockston is an alumna of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), where she was a leader both in and out of the classroom. Her work towards anti-oppressive practices and leadership in student council has led her to her current position as Equity Specialist in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the ColoradoSPH.


Author Joanna Garcia | Publish Date April 03, 2023
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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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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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Community    Alumni    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC

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

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


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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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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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Students    Epidemiology    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    COE

Student Op-Ed: Pursuing Enteric Diseases in the Midst of a COVID-19 Pandemic

I went to a quaint college nestled in the western foothills of Vermont named Castleton University. It was there that I pursued my fascination in all living things micro and molecular. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology and chemistry in 2019, I took a job as a biology teacher at a small private high school in Vermont. While teaching, I became aware of my deep love for illuminating those around me with wonders of biology and, specifically, infectious diseases. I realized towards the end of my first year as a teacher that I wanted to harness this energy and pursue a life full of chasing infectious diseases and fighting the perils of their microbial afflictions by informing and supporting people around me.

And so, with the support of previous professors, I was encouraged to delve into the field of public health—a field foreign to me at the time. After much examination and research, I came to the conclusion that seeking a Master’s degree at a public health  school would be the initial doorway to pursuing the field of epidemiology. With my new found ambitions, I settled on the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. ColoradoSPH’s program was robust and the beauty of the CU Anschutz campus backed by the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains filled me with excitement and wonder.

Upon being accepted into the school, I was elated. However, those feelings began to mix with emotions of concern as I began to prepare for my journey westward while also hearing about the early signs of a potential pandemic, COVID-19. 


Author Angela Golding | Publish Date May 12, 2022
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Community    Alumni    Awards    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

MPH Grad Takes on Timely Issues With Inaugural Public Health Fellowship

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


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date December 28, 2021
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Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

From the Classroom to the Community, Raeven Clockston Advances Equity

Raeven Clockston’s commitment to public health didn’t begin with reading books or sitting in classrooms. It started with her youthful observations of life in and around her Denver community.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at UNC

Steven Burton Combats “Fear of the Unknown” with Education on LGBTQ+ Issues

As an undergraduate student at Mississippi College, Steven Burton studied biological and medical science and saw his future as a physician assistant or a medical doctor. A stint in the pediatric emergency department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center changed that.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Students    Diversity    Public Health    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC

Advocating for Those Who Look Like Him, Rudy Vargas Helps Undocumented Students Find Support

Rudy Vargas knows about earning success the hard way. He’s faced challenges in his life with limited resources and support. He overcame them, but he doesn’t want others to have similar experiences. Along the way, he determined that he would devote himself to serving under-resourced communities.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Students    Infectious disease    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

June Homdayjanakul’s Global Public Health Voyage Brings Her Back Home to Fight Racism

Over several years, June Homdayjanakul traveled tens of thousands of miles and explored many cultures, only to return to the community in which she grew up—Aurora. But coming full circle doesn’t mean she is standing still, much less moving backward. Far from it.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Students    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Maternal & Child Health

Syd Staggs Works to Create a World More Accepting of All

At a very early age, Syd Staggs felt isolated in their conservative Colorado community in a family that they describe as “traditional Catholic Italian-Americans.” Now 27, Syd recalls not having the words as a young kid to describe their gender identity, but it was clear they were different from other peers.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date August 19, 2021
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Alumni    mHealth    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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

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


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date July 12, 2021
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Students    Women's Health    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at UNC

Project M.E. Pushes for Menstrual Equity at UNC

UNC senior Rosie Glaser realized there was a problem when she visited Colorado State University’s campus in Fort Collins. She saw something there that did not exist at UNC: free menstrual products in every all-gender restroom. Glaser then thought of a way she could influence change at UNC.


Author Ian Gross | Publish Date May 04, 2021
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Students    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC    Workforce Development

COVID-19 Case Investigators on the Frontline: UNC Public Health Students Saving Lives

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Northern Colorado (UNC) students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program would typically spend their first year attending night classes, in study groups with friends or cramming for an exam at a coffee shop. For the incoming cohort of 2020, the largest in recent years, earning a graduate degree online in a global pandemic has been anything but typical.


Author Rose Grose | Publish Date April 02, 2021
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COVID-19    Alumni    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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

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


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

Alumni Spotlight—A Community Effort

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


Author Debbie Pitner Moors | Publish Date December 21, 2020
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MPH Student Works with City to Improve Transportation Equity

Morgan Turner, a second year MPH student in the Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles concentration at CSU, wanted to pursue public health because of its diverse application to many areas of life. She was attracted to the variety within public health and how elements of public health are relevant throughout most, if not all, industries. After her first two semesters of coursework, she was interested in working with healthy equity and wanted to explore working in the public sector in local government with the city of Fort Collins. She completed her practicum and is currently working on her capstone with the city and FC Moves, which is a department within the city’s Planning, Development, and Transportation division. Their work is primarily focused on advancing mobility solutions to increase walking, bicycling, transit use, and shared and environmentally sustainable modes of transportation.


Author Megan Jansson | Publish Date November 14, 2020
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Students    Scholarship    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU    ColoradoSPH at UNC

New ColoradoSPH Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Scholarship Fund

While watching events unfold across the country over recent months, Professor Dawn Comstock was left feeling like she needed to do something tangible to address the ongoing systemic racial and ethic disparities. That’s when she decided to help establish a new scholarship fund to accelerate the Colorado School of Public Health’s efforts to increase the diversity and inclusive excellence of the school’s student body.


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Students    Mental Health    Infectious disease    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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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MPH Students Volunteer in the COVID-19 Response to Help Community

Students and faculty in the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU have stepped up to help their community during the coronavirus pandemic. They jumped into action to help analyze data and research, develop talking points and communication strategies to best inform the public, form policy ideas, implement those policies, conduct contact tracing and provide guidance and support to people impacted by COVID-19. 


Author Megan Jansson | Publish Date May 29, 2020
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COVID-19    Students    Epidemiology    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Environment

“That’s Why We Went Into Public Health”: ColoradoSPH Students Volunteer with Local Organizations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Colorado on March 5, more than 150 ColoradoSPH students have volunteered their time to support health agencies, labs, and local health organizations.


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date April 29, 2020
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COVID-19    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Climate Health    Environment

Colorado Springs Gazette: Should Health Concerns Trump Economic Concerns During Crisis?

Professor John Volckens’ 2,000-square-foot lab on the campus of Colorado State University is normally a place for experiments on air quality, pollution sensors, and how breathable particles can trigger disease. 


Author Colorado Springs Gazette | Publish Date April 06, 2020
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Student Spotlight: Rebecca Clancy

When you think about occupational safety and health (OSH), what comes to mind? For some of us, we immediately think of OSHA regulations, personal protective equipment (PPE), and workplace ergonomics. For Mountain and Plains Education & Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee Rebecca Clancy, she admits to once sharing this narrow view of OSH. Prior to starting the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) program based at Colorado State University, Rebecca acknowledges, “I did not have a good sense of what types of jobs were available in the field or the diversity of graduate training programs available. I was searching for how I could use my background in psychology to improve employee health and well-being.” Now, nearing the end of her third year in the MAP ERC, Rebecca can confidently say that her understanding of OSH has been expanded and her direction in the field defined.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date March 30, 2020
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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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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Health Advocacy    Health Policy

A New Voice in the Fight Against Campus Food Insecurity

As a master of public health candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health, I am currently using my degree to address one overlooked issue that many of my fellow students face: food insecurity. I have been involved with student food access for the past decade, volunteering at student food pantries, working in campus dining, and even staring in a “Cooking with Kim” series for my middle school. I don’t really enjoy cooking, but even from a young age, I was able to identify among my peers those that had access to healthy food and those who didn’t.


Author Kim Tolchinsky | Publish Date January 30, 2020
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Māori Fulbright Fellow Chose ColoradoSPH for Indigenous and American Indian Research

As a clinical psychology student in New Zealand, Carrie Clifford often heard about potential deficits, diagnoses and mental health risk factors among Māori natives, but that wasn’t consistent with her own experience as an indigenous person. So, when she began work on her PhD, she opted to study how Māori stories and legends, known as pūrākau, could be integrated into a Westernized mental health system as a way to uplift and cultivate resilience in Māori children. 


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date January 09, 2020
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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CSU

Scientist by Day, DJ by Night

Dr. Anna Fagre, a veterinarian and microbiologist at Colorado State University, has studied salmonella in reptiles and diseases in polar bears. She is now investigating how bats transmit arboviruses like dengue fever, Zika and West Nile viruses.


Author Mary Guiden | Publish Date January 06, 2020
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Students Tackle Vaping Epidemic in Public Health Case Competition

The challenge posed to competitors in this year’s public health case competition centered on vaping: develop a proposal for a $2 million grant, over three years, for a multi-disciplinary task force to develop an initiative aimed at addressing the youth vaping epidemic in Colorado.


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date November 19, 2019
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Cancer    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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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Public Health Passion and Promise Celebrated at Annual Scholarship Reception

Twelve Colorado School of Public Health students are recipients of scholarships funded by Dr. Richard and Molly Hoffman for the 2019-2020 school year. These students, along with ColoradoSPH Dean Jonathan Samet and former Dean Dick Hamman, and University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Don Elliman, gathered at the Hoffmans’ home on October 7 for a celebration of their achievements with the people who have made their scholarships possible.


Author Tori Forsheim | Publish Date October 14, 2019
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Local Public Health Superstar Joins Class as a Lifelong Learner

During the first day of the fall 2019 semester, Dr. Molly Gutilla asked her students in her Epidemiology for Public Health class to introduce themselves. One introduction stood out among the rest, and that was Dr. Adrienne LeBailly. She introduced herself simply as Adrienne and that she was enrolled in the Lifelong Learner program at Colorado State University, which is a program that allows people 55 years and older to take classes at CSU for the joy of learning, free of cost. Dr. LeBailly went on to say that she had worked in public health previously, but little did the class know at the time about her impressive resume.


Author Megan Jansson | Publish Date October 14, 2019
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Community    Students    Community and Practice    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health

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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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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Student Veteran Gains Mentorship and Scholarship Through Pilot Program

When a group of students approached Career Services at the Colorado School of Public Health last fall with an idea for a peer mentoring program, none of them realized the impact it would have on one of the participants in its very first year.


Author Tori Espensen-Sturges | Publish Date July 31, 2019
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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CSU

Capstone Project Makes Life Easier For Refugees With Disabilities

Last summer, Amanda Tyler lived and worked in a rural village in Uganda. She was there for 2 months while doing her practicum with the Uganda Village Project. The home she lived in had no running water, minimal electricity, and a latrine for a toilet, which is common for the area. Amanda adjusted to this new way of life, but once back in the U.S. she found herself having a hard time adjusting back to her life that was once so normal.


Author Megan Jansson | Publish Date July 18, 2019
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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at UNC

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Melissa Rivera, MPH student at ColoradoSPH at UNC, was selected as the student speaker for the May 2019 ColoradoSPH Convocation. She spoke on the joy of public health work and saying goodbye to health inequality. 


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Students    Student and Alumni    Latino Health

Celebrating Our Students

The Latino Research Policy Center celebrated the completion of the first cohort of Latino Health Certificate and Latino Health Course students. The students presented their work from a year-long mentored project. The projects ranged from protocol development of a home-based blood pressure monitoring intervention to analysis of qualitative research on immigrant young women and their reproductive health practices.

The mentored projects offered a year-long opportunity for students to work with a faculty member and/or community agency to hone their public health skills and explore areas of Latino health. The students also participated in a colloquium that brought experts in Latino health from the Anschutz Medical Campus and across Colorado. Speakers also came from the Nurse Family Partnership, Denver Health, CCLARO, SALUD Clinic, COLOR and other local agencies. Mentors, guest speakers and faculty joined the celebration. Students can choose CBHS 6645 for the mentored project and colloquium or CBHS 6670 for only the colloquium without the mentored project.

Contact us at lrpc@ucdenver.edu.


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Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Climate Health    Environment

Climate Change Is Increasingly Damaging Human Health

There was a point in my life when the words “climate change” would recall pictures of polar bears marooned on precarious chunks of ice, bobbing aimlessly in some foreign landscape of tundra and sea. While tragic, the environmental drama playing out at such extreme latitudes always felt like an abstraction, particularly to a kid growing up in temperate Colorado.


Author Jake Fox | Publish Date January 23, 2019
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Relationship With Preceptor Enhances Practicum Experience

Suman Mathur’s door was always open. If Nichole Monhait had a question or an idea, if she just needed to talk something through, Suman was available. That, among many other things, is what Nichole appreciated as they built their working relationship.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 29, 2018
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Press Coverage    Alumni    Epidemiology    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Suicide Prevention

Study: One In Three Colorado Suicide Deaths Followed Binge Drinking

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


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

Research Symposium Celebrates Legacy of Environmental and Occupational Health

Close to 160 people gathered at the 10th annual Research Day Symposium on April 5 to network and learn about student research in environmental and occupational health. This year’s theme was “Leaving a Legacy,” in celebration of 10 years of the symposium and 10 years of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH).  


Author Avery Artman | Publish Date April 17, 2018
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Alumni    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Community Health    Environment    Worker Health

Alums Help Hospitals Get Healthier With Food Options

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


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Colorado School of Public Health In the News

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

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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

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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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