Weekly Edition – May 15, 2012
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:: In memoriam | Donald Hoagland
In memoriam | Donald Hoagland
Donald “Don” Hoagland, a founding supporter of the Colorado School of Public Health passed away May 5. Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Tim Byers, MD, MPH shares Don’s legacy and memory.
Don Hoagland passed away on May 5th. Don was an effective advocate for public health in Colorado, and a great friend of the Colorado School of Public Health.
Don was a distinguished lawyer. He practiced law in Denver from 1951 until 1987. He was an iconic advocate for providing legal aid to the poor. After his retirement in 1987, he became engaged in public health issues, creating the Caring for Colorado Foundation and the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and Environment.
In 1989 Don served on a Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force that recommended a school of public health be formed in Colorado. Persisting with this idea, he then chaired an exploratory committee in 2002 to form such a school. Under his leadership, that committee unanimously recommended that the Colorado School of Public Health be developed as a collaborative, inter-university school.
Don was a distinguished man. His calm demeanor and warm smile exuded compassion. Prevention was his true passion, and he saw that the process of elevating our collective efforts to better prevent disease and promote health could be enabled by the creation of institutions and organizations with prevention as a driving purpose. Colorado now has several such institutions that Don helped to create. As the Colorado School of Public Health is the last of these, we will always be a special part of the legacy of Don Hoagland.
Global health officials take shots at improved vaccine safety
Public health officials from across the Americas converged on the Anschutz Medical Campus Thursday, May 10, 2012 for the first Pan-American Vaccine Safety Summit, aimed at creating new ways of delivering immunizations safely.
The two-day summit began with representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Jamaica, Chile, Canada and the U.S. discussing how their nations deliver vaccines and the challenges of confronting rumors that can endanger immunization programs.
They cited misinformation associating certain vaccines with diseases despite a lack of scientific proof. In one instance, cases of polio in Nigeria spiked after leaders there claimed the vaccines were part of a worldwide conspiracy against them. In the West, some have connected autism with flu vaccines and encephalopathy with the pertussis vaccine.
Carlos Castillo Solorzano, regional advisor on vaccines and immunizations for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), said proactive, honest communication was critical in a crisis. If there are unfounded rumors about a vaccine they must be confronted directly, he said.
“Bad communication can make a good immunization strategy a failure,” said Solorzano, a physician from Peru.
Safety standards for vaccines must be high because they are given to healthy rather than sick people, said Claudia Vellozi, deputy director of the immunization office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said the CDC has an extensive vaccine monitoring system where incidents are compiled in vast databases. lobal health officials take shots at improved vaccine safety.
Mobile phone program earns grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Colorado School of Public Health announced May 9 that it will receive $100,000 for an innovative new vaccine program through Grand Challenges Explorations, created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to enable individuals worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges.
Edwin Asturias, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and director for Latin America at the Center for Global Health, part of the Colorado School of Public Health, is the principal investigator on the project entitled, `Short Messaging Service (SMS) Mobile Technology for Vaccine Coverage and Acceptance in Guatemala.’
Grand Challenges Exploration funds scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs to explore ideas that can solve global health and developmental challenges. Asturias’s project is one of six Grand Challenge Explorations II grants announced by the Foundation on May 9.
Student-faculty team presents community assessment for local watershed open area
Colorado School of Public Health student Kristin Robson and associate professor Jill Litt, PhD will present a community assessment and design to the Northeast Park Hill Coalition on Thursday, May 17. The presentation represents the planning of several students working in coordination with Denver Healthy People 2020 to assess and design new use for the Police District 2 watershed open area.
The open area was originally an abandoned building, and though the building is now gone the space remains underused. Residents have long sought to make this place an inviting community gathering space and aims to support community wellbeing.
The coalition will host the student presentation from 6-8 p.m. at the District 2 police substation.
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