Talia Brown, MS
Talia Brown is a PhD student in the Epidemiology program at the Colorado School of Public Health. At PIPER, Talia coordinates the Harmonizing Child Injury Research project. She also works on program evaluations for the Community Epidemiology and Program Evaluation Group.
Talia has three and half years of experience in research and public health. Prior to joining PIPER, she was a research assistant at the Barbara Davis Center studying complications in type 1 diabetes and also worked on community needs assessments for the Center for Public Health Practice. She finished her Masters of Science in Epidemiology in August 2012. Her research interests are in adolescent suicide prevention.
Vicka Chaplin, MA
Vicka Chaplin is an MPH student in the Community and Behavioral Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health. At PIPER, Vicka performs a variety of research and administrative support tasks, including literature reviews, grant editing, and exploring funding opportunities.
Vicka is interested in interpersonal violence and suicide prevention, behavioral health promotion, and health and well-being in the military setting. She completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology in May 2011 and has worked in mental health in both Chicago, IL and Honolulu, HI.
Katherine Collins is a MPH student in the Co
mmunity and Behavioral Health program the Colorado School of Public Health. She also works as the Community Events Coordinator and in the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Katherine started working with PIPER in 2012 as the Program Assistant and now works with Dr. Gregory Tung and Jodi Kay Duke on the prevention of unintentional marijuana ingestion by children in Colorado.
Prior to living in Colorado, Katherine worked at Safe Kids Worldwide where her interest in injury prevention started.
Jodi Kay Duke
Jodi Kay Duke is a PhD student in the Health Services Research (HSR) program. In her role at PIPER, she most recently worked with Dr. Gregory Tung and Colorado Children's Hospital to complete a Health Impact Assessment focused on the prevention of unintentional marijuana ingestion by children in Colorado. The assessment concluded with a set of model regulatory language that was provided to the State of Colorado.
Jodi is interested in Health Impact Assessments and how they might be strengthened and adopted in a variety of areas including at the Department of Corrections, the VA Medical Center, and in hospital systems. She is currently working with the HSR Department at the CSPH to evaluate the Accountable Care Programs in both Oregon and Colorado.
Suzuho Shimasaki is a DrPH student in the Community and Behavioral Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health. She joined the PIPER program in September 2013 as a Research Associate for Children’s Hospital Colorado. She works on a safe sleep study aiming to reduce the risk for sudden unexpected infant death in children of teenage mothers using Colorado high school daycare centers. Suzuho works closely with the rest of the safe sleep study team in examining attitudes and beliefs regarding safe infant sleep practices and determining the most effective ways to increase safe infant sleep behaviors.
Outside of PIPER, Suzuho is a health equity and cultural inclusivity consultant focused on supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in improving their effectiveness and efficiency in serving diverse populations. In this role, she facilitates organizational capacity building as a means to addressing the inequities in the social determinants of health, improving the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for underserved communities of color, and guiding organizational leaders in creating transformational changes that ensure the vitality of their organizations.