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Center Collaborators

People and Organizations who have collaborated with the Center on projects and research.

hicks.jpgDarin Hicks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communications Studies
University of Denver

Darrin Hicks, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Denver. Dr. Hicks teaches courses and conducts research in argumentation, rhetoric, community collaboration, and the philosophy of communication. His research has appeared in journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Argumentation, Argumentation and Advocacy, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Evaluation Review.
Rachel_Hogg.jpgRachel Hogg, DrPh
Assistant Professor
Health Sciences, Education, and Research
Human Health Sciences
University of Kentucky
Dr. Rachel Hogg joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences, Department of Human Health Sciences as an assistant professor in July 2015. Her research focuses on public health system organization and composition and the integration of public health and health care delivery systems. She is currently funded by Academy Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has published several peer reviewed articles, most recently in the American Journal of Public Health.
Before joining the faculty of UK, Dr. Hogg completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Hogg earned her doctorate of public health (DrPH) in Health Services Management from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and her MA in History, specializing in the history of health and medicine, from the UK College of Arts and Sciences and her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University.
Christine1.pngChristine Velez, M.A.
Senior Evaluation Specialist
Evalutation Center
University of Colorado Denver
Christine Velez is a Senior Evaluation Specialist with more than 21 years of experience in program evaluation. For most of her career, Christine’s work and interests have been focused on housing, education and work with vulnerable populations. For ten years, she was part of the team that managed and implemented the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She currently serves as the project lead for an evaluation and capacity building contract with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver that examines the long term impact of Habitat homeownership.
Early in her career, Christine was part of the team that conducted the Assessment of the Community Consolidated Child Care Pilot Program which was the precursor to the Colorado Early Childhood Councils. Her continued work in early childhood education has included Head Start Community Needs Assessments; three Mile High United Way Early Literacy Social Innovation Fund (SIF) evaluations; and evaluations for the Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program. Her most recent contribution includes the 2015 Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey.
Christine’s areas of expertise include designing and managing databases, synthesizing and analyzing quantitative data, and geographic mapping. She has analyzed and mapped complex administrative data sets including U.S. Census, HUD and Colorado Department of Health and Human Services and worked as part of the team that collected and analyzed data on the State of Colorado’s Personal Responsibility and Employment Program. She has produced thematic maps that informed policy discussion for several projects including U.S. Congressional debates on Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

Christine is a native Spanish speaker who has worked with monolingual Spanish speakers from a number of different countries. She routinely translates instruments from English to Spanish and conducts focus groups and interviews in Spanish. She also coordinated and worked as a translator for the U.S.-Nicaragua Housing Policy Leadership Forum.
Christine holds degrees from St. Joseph’s College (B.A. in Human Relations) and Michigan State University (M.A. in Sociology); and is a member of the Colorado Translators Association. In her free time, she likes to play softball, run, travel, and have fun with family and friends. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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