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Population Health Science

Overview of Services​​

The Population Health Shared Resource (PHSR) facilitates cancer prevention and control research in the clinic, community, and population settings.  These populations are ideal for studies involving clinical and population sciences; addressing diverse communities; requiring access to large samples of patients and/or providers; examining preventive strategies; and investigating the dissemination of proven technologies and interventions. The PHSR allows investigators access to comprehensive computerized patient and provider data, including those available through COMPASS, the University’s integrated health data warehouse, Practice-based Research Networks, and the Colorado Cancer Registry, assists with data management for large administrative data such as SEER-Medicare, and offers support to members developing research proposals within community and academic practice settings. In addition, the PHSR helps investigators with integrating behavioral aims within any basic, clinical, or population science research.



Consult with investigators and provide input on the feasibility of the project including the available sample size and connections to relevant community groups.
Assist investigators with determining appropriate outcome measures and survey methods including economic, psycho-social, behavioral, quality of life, and community-based participatory research
Assist investigators with finding co-investigators within community practice settings and introduce the investigator to the key clinical and administrative staff
Provide preliminary data on available patients or at risk subjects needed for grant preparation
Run exploratory TriNetX queries to generate potential UC Health patient numbers
Assist with the protocol development to best take advantage of the planned study setting
Consultation for behavioral and population based IRB issues
Expertise in developing and maintaining community partnerships and obtaining letters of support


PHSR staff are familiar with commonly used datasets (e.g., the SEER research database, SEER-Medicare, Colorado Cancer Registry, COMPASS, ONCORE, ORIEN) along with many others. They work with investigators to:

  • Develop inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Determine definitions for cohort initiation
  • Construct and validate analytic variables
  • Perform database linkages for primary and secondary data including bio-specimen data with other data sources
  • Develop database queries
  • Provide analytical data base support including ascertainment, extraction, and storage of data
  • Maintain data use agreements
  • Provide ongoing scientific input, including development or refinement of study protocols, interpretation of data, and manuscript preparation


PHSR staff can assist with geospatial analyses or incorporating geospatial measures into research questions. Services include:

  • Geocoding
  • Geospatial analysis and mapping
  • Linkage of geospatial datasets
  • Addition of area-based measures to datasets


PHSR staff and faculty advisors have extensive experience and support tools to:

  • Identify and/or develop questionnaires to meet study requirements
  • Develop cohort selection criteria
  • Develop recruitment, retention, intervention, and education materials
  • Develop technology platforms (e-health) and tools to support recruitment, retention, and data collection
  • Website/mobile/app development and hosting for labs, cores, and research projects
  • Develop novel approaches to dissemination of research findings through Community Advisory Committee members, University of Colorado Communications Office, and other community-based organizations such as the Colorado Cancer Coalition.


We work with researchers, clinicians and communities to reduce inequities in the burden of cancer. Services include:

  • Assist with minority recruitment and retention
  • Outreach, education, formative research and program evaluation activities with underserved communities
  • Synthesis of cancer outcomes in underserved populations within the catchment area
  • Evaluate the relevance of cancer research studies to the catchment area
  • Engage with community partners in improving access, screening and cancer care for diverse populations
  • Promote clinical trial participation among underserved patients (e.g., Hispanic Clinical Trial Navigator)  
  • Optimize prevention and other interventions for dissemination in the catchment area

To request Population Health Services go here​