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New ColoradoSPH Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Put Students First

When Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, PhD, MD, MSPH, came to University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to earn her PhD in 2004, she was looking forward to the one-on-one mentorship that the school’s small student-to-faculty ratio offered.

Now, as the new associate dean for academic and student affairs at the Colorado School of Public Health, she hopes to model that mentorship and positive student experience for the next generation of public health professionals.


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ColoradoSPH Students Graduate, Receive Honors

On May 20, more than 250 students were recognized in the Colorado School of Public Health convocation ceremony with MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD degrees.

The convocation recognized students graduating in May 2024, as well as those from December and August from 2023.


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Q&A with the 2024 Colorado School of Public Health Convocation Student Speaker, Miranda Dally

Miranda Dally, MS, research instructor and DrPH candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work and Environment and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, was chosen to be the 2024 graduation student speaker. We sat down with Miranda to learn more about why she was selected, her future plans, and what her convocation speech might include.


Author Teryn Ferrell | Publish Date May 06, 2024
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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-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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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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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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Student Spotlight: Phillip Stepherson

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 Phillip Stepherson, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee earning a Master's in Industrial Hygiene (IH) from Colorado State University (CSU).


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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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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 Spotlight: Colton Castro

The Center for Health, Work & Environment 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 Colton Castro, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee earning a Master's in Environmental Health with a specialization in Industrial Hygiene (CSU).


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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Announcing Fall 2022 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grant Awardees

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

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

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


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Student Spotlight: Julia Beckel

The Center for Health, Work & Environmentr 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 Julia Beckel, MS, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainee earning a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University (CSU).


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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OSH Graduate Students Field Trip to a Nuclear Reactor

The Center for Health, Work & Environment houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


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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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MPH Students Present Their Capstone Projects

MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health students Ballie Brooks, Joseph Butterfield, Kate Clancy, Andrea Crary, Haley Holan, Jillian Murphy (not pictured), and Richard Pompei successfully presented their capstone projects at the Spring Capstone Forum on May 13th at the end of the Fall 2022 semester.


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Student Spotlight: Karely Villareal Hernandez

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 Karely Villareal Hernandez, a student earning a Master's in Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health.


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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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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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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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Injury and Violence Prevention Spring 2022 Student Research Grant Application Now Open

Twice a year, the Injury and Violence Prevention Center awards up to 3 projects ($1500 per project) to support student projects in injury and violence prevention. The student stipend awards were created to attract and support students pursuing research and evaluation projects in the field of injury and violence prevention. Past awardees' projects included topics related to suicide, sports injuries, intimate partner violence, traffic laws and police violence, and child abuse. Other examples of projects include, but are not limited to work-related injuries, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian injuries, fires and burns, falls, poisoning, drug overdose, etc. Visit our student projects page to see read about prior awardees and their projects.

"We are excited to continue supporting the next generation of injury and violence prevention researchers by offering these grants twice a year", stated Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH, Director of the Injury & Violence Prevention Center. 


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Announcing Fall 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grant Recipients

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fall 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants. The one-year grant awards, in the amount of $1,500 per student, were selected by a panel of center faculty from a dozen applications submitted by students from various disciplines and schools.


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Student Spotlight: Emily Sharpe

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 Emily Sharpe, a student earning a Certificate in Total Worker Health® from the Colorado School of Public Health. Emily works full time as the Living Well Program Director at TIAA, along with serving as mayor of her town, Elon, North Carolina.


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Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants Application Now Open

Injury and Violence Prevention Center Opens Call for Student Research Grants Applications

Twice a year, the Injury and Violence Prevention Center awards up to $2,000 per project (for up to 3 projects) to support student projects in injury and violence prevention. The student stipend awards were created to attract and support students pursuing research and evaluation projects in the field of injury and violence prevention. Past selected projects included topics related to suicide, intimate partner violence, traffic laws and police violence, and child abuse. Other examples of projects include, but are not limited to work-related injuries, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian injuries, fires and burns, falls, poisoning, drug overdose, sports and recreational injuries, etc. Visit the past news announcement to see examples of prior awardees and their projects.

"We are excited to offer this grant for a second time this year. We hope to stimulate more interest in injury and violence prevention and elevate future leaders in the field," stated Ashley Brooks-Russell, PhD, MPH, Director of the Injury & Violence Prevention Center. 


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Announcing 2021 Hoffman Firearm Injury and Violence Prevention Scholarship Awardees

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






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


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The Intersection of Science, Philosophy and Community with Diana Jaramillo

Diana Jaramillo’s parents immigrated from Cusco, Peru to the United States when she was 14 years old. Looking for a new life with better opportunities, her parents relocated their family to Florida. “It's hard being uprooted at a very young age and not really knowing the culture, not really fitting in, not even speaking the language,” says Diana. “I think those are all things that you have to overcome. Every immigrant story is complex and comes with many difficulties, as well as many achievements.”


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date September 21, 2021
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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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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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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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Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Watts

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). We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Elizabeth Watts, a Total Worker Health® Certificate Program student earning an Master's in Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health (CBH) from the Colorado School of Public Health.


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Announcing 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants

The Injury and Violence Prevention Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Injury and Violence Prevention Student Research Grants. The one-year grant awards, in the amount of $1,500 per student, were selected by a panel of center faculty from a dozen applications submitted by students from various disciplines and schools.

Alin Yuriko Badillo Carrillo


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Inaugural Group of Students Receive ColoradoSPH Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Scholarships

The more than year-long COVID-19 pandemic brought racism and social and economic disparities into the spotlight in the United States, highlighting the long-overdue work that needs to be done to build a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society. With a first-ever scholarship fund created last fall, the Colorado School of Public Health took a step toward making that goal a reality.


Author Tyler Smith | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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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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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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Student Spotlight: Jillian Moore

Our center stands on three pillars: Research, Education, and Practice. One of the many ways we work to protect worker is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health. We support trainees in OSH disciplines across six programs through the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC).

As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Jillian Moore, a Master's candidate in our Industrial Hygiene program based at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO.


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Meet the First Graduate of the Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Program

I virtually sat down with Alexa Hansen to talk about her experiences at the Colorado School of Public Health and her plans for the future. Here's what she had to say.


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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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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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Ergonomic Design for Every Body: A Fashion Professional’s Journey into Occupational Health

You may recognize Kayna Hobbs from the TEDxCSU talk she gave in March 2020. Kayna discussed a project she worked on that used 3D body scanning for apparel design. But allow us to rewind; the road in which this TEDx talk marks the midway point takes a few interesting twists and turns.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date August 20, 2020
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrating Student Successes

Every year the Biostatistics and Informatics Department takes a moment to reflect on the outstanding work our students completed over the past academic year. Their accomplishments and successes are highlighted by the faculty who lead and mentor each and every student on their quest to academic excellence. This excellence prepares our students not only for a future in academics, but also allows them to be career ready for when they enter the work force through industry.


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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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Graduate Students Recognized for Academic Achievement

Every year the Biostatistics and Informatics Department takes a moment to reflect on the outstanding work our students completed over the past academic year. Their accomplishments and successes are highlighted by the faculty who lead and mentor each and every student on their quest to academic excellence. This excellence prepares our students not only for a future in academics, but also allows them to be career ready for when they enter the work force through industry. 

The Biostatistics graduate programs in the Colorado School of Public Health at CU Anschutz give three student awards. These awards are based academic performance in the program, which includes performance in courses and qualifying exams, progress on a thesis/research paper, and citizenship and service in the department. Preference is given to students with strong nominations by faculty, and who meet multiple criteria. Students must have been in the relevant program during the academic year, and not previously have received that award.  Please join us in congratulating the following students:  Charles Carpenter, Marvin Porter Award for Outstanding MS Student   This award is given to an outstanding MS Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the MS level. It is partially a cash award to honor Marvin Porter, a biometrics graduate student who died in a climbing accident in 1991. It is funded from the interest on a trust set up by biometrics and biophysics graduate students contemporary to Marvin Porter. 

Alexandria Jensen, Strother Walker Award for Outstanding PhD Student             

This award is given to an outstanding PhD Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the PhD level. Preference is given to students who have passed the second written Qualifying exam. It is partially a cash award funded from the interest on a trust set up by Dorothy Walker in honor of Strother Walker, a former chair of the Department of Biometrics. 

Harris Butler, Maurice Davies Award for Outstanding MS or PhD Student       

This is given to an outstanding MS or PhD Biostatistics student who has completed the first year and passed the first written Qualifying exam at the MS level. This is an award by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association to an outstanding student from each academic institution in Colorado and Wyoming offering degrees in statistics or biostatistics. Maurice Davies is recognized as the founding father of the Chapter. The institution nominates the candidate. CWASA bestows the award at its spring meeting. The award consists of a plaque and a one-year membership to the ASA. There is no cash award by the chapter, the cash award is paid by the department. 

And many thanks to Nichole Carlson, John Rice, Fan Yang and Gary Grunwald for their work on the Biostatistics Student Awards Committee.


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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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