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Research

Beyond teaching, our faculty are experts in the field


Areas of department research and academic interest include agricultural health and safety; air pollution; chronic beryllium disease; environmental health law and policy; ergonomics; industrial hygiene; and oil and gas activities. For a complete list of research areas, please visit our Faculty Experts page.  Faculty are involved in an array of on-the-ground, contemporary research projects including:

  • Beryllium: Exposure, Immune and Genetic Mechanisms (NIH)
  • Community Design and Healthy Eating by Design Live Well Colorado Evaluation
  • Health Effects of Natural Gas Development
  • Safety and Health Screening Program for Former Department of Energy Workers (DOE)
  • Workplace Health, Safety and Productivity (CDC/NIOSH)
  • Chronic Pain Management, Opioid Abuse
  • Gardens, Greening and Health
  • Physical Activity Policy and Collaborative Effectiveness
  • Biomonitoring of Occupational and Environmental Exposures to Complex Mixtures (e.g. PAH Exposure and DNA Damage Among Roofers)
  • Potential Health Impacts of Climate Change
  • The Sustainable Control of Infectious Diseases of Poverty
  • Toxicological Studies of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Particles and Ozone in Lung Disease
  • Public Health Preparedness

 

Project Highlights:

Air, Water, Gas - NSF Sustainability Research Network

Project Summary: A national collaboration among California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Michigan, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the University Center for Atmospheric Research. Mission is to provide logical, science-based framework for evaluating the environmental, economic, and social trade-offs between natural gas resources and protection of water and air resources, and to convey the results of these evaluations to the public in a way that improves the development of policies and regulations governing natural gas and oil development.

Faculty: John Adgate, PhD, MSPH
Website: Air Water Gas

Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development

Project Summary: Department faculty, in collaboration with the Garfield County Public Health Department, conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to assess the potential health implications of a 200-well natural gas development proposal within the community of Battlement Mesa, Colorado.

The health risks association with natural gas development not fully understood nor addressed by existing state or federal air rules. Click here to download the basis and rational for why additional research will help us to better understand the health and air quality issues surrounding natural gas development.

Faculty: Roxana Witter, John Adgate, Lisa McKenize
Website: Garfield County

Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities

Project Summary:  The Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities (GGHC) initiative is a multi-year study of over 80 community gardens in Denver to learn about the health and social benefits of community gardening. Gardens are one example of a local neighborhood environment where the associated activities represent a range of activities that have purpose and coherence, foster social cohesion and informal social control that can promote health and well-being. GGHC will help inform ways in which communities can be more active and have access to safe and healthy food, and is part of a growing movement to look at the relationship between the environment, neighborhood social and psychological process, health behaviors (physical activity and nutrition) and health status.

The results of this study will help inform strategies, including public policies, land use and planning regulations, community development and public health program development about the features (e.g., neighborhood green space), perceptions (e.g., perceived environmental aesthetics, incivilities, safety) and processes within neighborhoods (e.g., place attachment, collective efficacy) that can strengthen neighborhoods and promote population health. Community partners include Denver Urban Gardens  and Front Range Earth Force, in addition to a network of Denver residents.

Faculty: Jill Litt
Website: Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities

 

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