By David Kelly | University Communications
AURORA, Colo. - This month marks the five-year anniversary of the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), a collaboration of three universities aimed at promoting healthy communities here and around the world.
With administrative offices based at the Anschutz Medical Campus, CSPH is composed of faculty and staff from the University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. It has been distinguished by efforts in environmental research, global health initiatives, maternal health, worker health and wellness, obesity and diabetes prevention and Native American health.
In environmental research, CSPH scientists have conducted pioneering research into the effects of fracking on local communities.
Globally, the school is overseeing the University of Colorado’s first permanent overseas health facility currently under construction in Guatemala. One of the school’s doctors, Edwin Asturias, is leading an effort to eradicate the threat of polio in Latin America. And last year, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus hosted the first international vaccination summit featuring prominent public health professionals from around the world.
Under the direction of Lee Newman, MD, the school also launched a new Center for Worker Health and Environment which is building partnerships with Colorado small business to improve health and wellness among employees and their families.
Carol Runyan, PhD, MPH, who has done extensive research on labor safety, published a ground-breaking study on the often dangerous working conditions facing employees under the age of 20. She also studied gun violence and the effectiveness of criminal background checks on incoming college students.
The school’s research projects continue to attract major local, national and international media attention. They include studies on maternal health, breast feeding, diabetes prevention, high school sports injuries and opioid abuse.
Meanwhile, CSPH Dean David Goff, MD, PhD, is moving aggressively in many directions.
“In August, we will have a final version of our new strategic plan – a plan which will guide investment in new programs and public health initiatives,” Goff said. “By the time we hit our ten year anniversary July 1, 2018, I expect our school to have transformed from a very good school of public health into a great one – one positioned to tackle the emerging public health challenges of the 21st century.”