Weekly Edition – June 5, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Collaboration with APHL brings million dollar focus to newborn screening
The Colorado School of Public Health is pleased to formally welcome our new Dean, David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD. In return, Dr. Goff shared a warm welcome and note of thanks with the school community. You can read Dr. Goff’s first dean’s message online.
Collaboration with APHL brings million dollar focus to newborn screening
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, will develop and manage the Newborn Screening Technical Assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) under a five-year cooperative agreement from the Genetics Services Branch of the U.S. Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The award of up to $4.1 million will provide quality improvement initiatives for newborn screening systems, a new data repository, and technical and educational resources to state newborn screening programs and stakeholders.
NewSTEPs project will also rely on relationships with state newborn screening programs, the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Collaboratives, and other partners including the Newborn Screening Clearinghouse, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
“The collaboration between APHL and CSPH to form NewSTEPs brings CSPH to a nationally prominent position in newborn screening,” states assistant professor and the project’s director of epidemiology Marci Sontag, PhD. ”We will have the opportunity to utilize our public health skills to improve newborn screening systems throughout the country. The goal of newborn screening is to get an accurate diagnosis and follow-up of babies with genetic disorders early in the newborn period to reduce adverse outcomes due to lack of treatment. NewSTEPs is an important step in meeting this goal.”
Colorado named a WHO collaborating center
The maternal and child health division within the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health was designated by the World Health Organization as a WHO Collaborating Center for Promoting Family and Child Health. The division, which is a partnership between Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is one of only two programs in the Americas to receive this designation in maternal and child health.
“This designation means that the center will be more actively engaged in developing transformational maternal and child health interventions and programs which can then be taken to a global scale,” states center director and CU School of Medicine professor of pediatrics and public health Stephen Berman, MD.
Although the WHO designation is new, the division’s faculty have a long standing involvement improving health outcomes for mothers and children around the world.
“World-class children’s hospitals extend their efforts to support the health of women and children all over the world. We’re proud that our faculty members have been major architects of several programs developed in partnership with WHO that have and are being implemented world-wide,” states Children’s Colorado President and CEO Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE.
Alumni News and Notes
We are proud to share in the celebration and success of our alumni. If you are a graduate of the school or one of our predecessor programs, then share your news and updates.
The school has a new alumni e-mail address you can use to submit your alumni updates and information, CSPH.Alumni@ucdenver.edu. Please include your name, e-mail, program and graduation year.
Barbara Gabella MSPH ’95
MSPH alumna Barbara Gabella is the director of the Epidemiology Unit in the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Gabella created this central unit to expand the capacity of epidemiology, evidence-based public health, and data-driven decision making in the areas of MCH, injury, and chronic diseases.
Sarah Jackson MPH ‘11
MPH alumna Sarah Jackson works at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. As an MPH student, for her capstone project she developed a health guide designed to improve access to health services and to reduce major barriers for refugees when utilizing health care including information about bus routes and other critical contact information for recent immigrants. The passport is still being used and was recently included in another MPH student capstone project as one aspect of a review of needs of recent immigrants. The participants reported that the guide was very useful to them.
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