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Colorado School of Public Health
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Strategic Initiatives and Strengths

Five years and forward


The Colorado School of Public Health is uniquely defined by the school’s collaborative identity and collective strengths. Each day our faculty, students, alumni and community partners work together to fulfill a commitment to protect and promote health across the region and the world.

By focusing on our collective strengths and the needs of the communities that we serve, we can become a strong school of public health focused on the emerging health issues and opportunities of the 21st Century. 

After our first five years, we are now ready to look forward, define six essential areas of strength where our mission is most evident, and align our efforts to have the greatest impact on population health.  From research and community service, to available education and training, our six strengths stretch across the school's collaborative programs and people. 

Get to know our strengths and how we are improving the lives and health of communities throughout Colorado and around the world.

American Indian and Alaska Native Health 

American Indian and Alaska Native Health

As the only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain West we are committed to supporting the health of individuals and communities throughout the region. Our Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health is a flagship center of health research, training and technical assistance working with communities across the country.  Directed by Distinguished Professor Dr. Spero Manson, CAIANH is home to the nation’s only oral health disparities center focused on American Indian and Alaska Native populations, the Journal for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, and many other health and medical programs.

Related Educational Programs:

Community and Behavioral Health, Community Health Education, Epidemiology, Health Services Research

Oncology 

Cancer Prevention and Control

Working alongside medical professionals, Colorado School of Public Health researchers are focused on the science of cancer prevention and control. Epidemiologists and behavioral health scientists study issues of skin cancer risks with indoor tanning, colorectal cancer screening in Colorado, and the connections between diet, obesity and cancer. Foremost among the school's cancer researchers is Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Dr. Tim Byers, an international speaker on issues of cancer prevention and control.  And key to our understanding of cancer, drug treatments and other associated factors of cancer prevention and control is the use of health data by biostatisticans like Associate Professor Dr. Deborah Glueck.

Related Educational Programs:

Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology , Preventive Medicine Residency

School health 

Diabetes and Obesity Prevention

Rates of obesity and related chronic diseases like type II diabetes and heart disease continue to increase at alarming rates. Understanding the genetic, environmental and behavioral factors associated with diabetes and obesity is critical to reversing the national and international trends. Epidemiologists like Professors Dr. Dana Dabelea and Dr. Jill Norris are leading national projects aimed at diabetes prevention among children and adults. While we develop the necessary understanding of diabetes, other researchers like Associate Professor Dr. Elaine Belansky are building local partnerships to help schools combat obesity with healthy food and physical activity programs.

Related Educational Programs:

Community and Behavioral Health, Community Health Education, Epidemiology, Physical Activity and Health Lifestyles, Public Health Nutrition 

Global Health 

Global Health

Globalization changed the way that governments and nongovernmental organizations tackle challenging health issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, the spread of communicable diseases, access to basic medical care, and malnutrition among many other issues. Our Center for Global Health, directed by leading pediatrician Dr. Stephen Berman is a World Health Organization Collaborative Center for Promoting Family and Child Health and is building educational and research partnerships in communities around the world. Beyond the immediate health of individuals, we expand our understanding of the environmental health challenges arising from chemical exposures, air and water quality issues, and urban planning and development.

Related Educational Programs:

Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Global Health and Heath Disparities, Global Public Health, Health Systems, Management and Policy, Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health 

Maternal and Child Health

Managing the unique issues associated with reproductive, infant, adolescent, and women’s health and safety are critical to ensuring healthier families and healthier communities. Faculty research touches on the important issues of policy, access to care, injury prevention and health outcomes for women, adolescents and children. The Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) program offers a unique focus to preventing violence and injury among our youth. Epidemiologists working in tandem with the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and Children’s Hospital Colorado are working to prevent and treat childhood disease.

Related Educational Programs:

Community and Behavioral Health, Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Health Systems, Management and Policy, Maternal and Child Health

Worker Health and Wellness 

Worker Health and Wellness

From the safety of industry workers, to supporting workplace wellness initiatives, a healthy and safe workplace can be a productive one. The Center for Worker Health and Environment is an emerging leader in helping Colorado and regional business integrate this theme into their everyday business practices. As Colorado aims to become the healthiest state in the nation, we believe that a strong partnership with the business community will result in improved health and economic vitality of our state.

Related Educational Programs:

Environmental and Occupational Health, Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles

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