Weekly Edition – August 8, 2012
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:: Global Collaborations for Health
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Global Collaborations for Health
University medical team assesses health needs in rural Guatemala with support from local foundation | A $1 million gift lays foundation for first permanent presence in developing nation
The heat was stifling, lying like a wet blanket over the tiny village of El Pomal in southwest Guatemala. A University of Colorado medical team sweated through their pale blue scrubs as a line of children snaked around the concrete school house.
“We have seen 12 children so far and nine had diarrhea for more than two weeks and about two-thirds have parasites,” said Edwin Asturias, MD, director for Latin America at the Center for Global Health, part of the Colorado School of Public Health. “What we are seeing is a chronic cycle of poverty.”
There were children with kidney disease, infections, anemia and malnutrition. Ten-year-olds looked like 6-year-olds, tiny with match stick arms and legs. A scrawny dog poked around looking for scraps before drifting off.
“When you see a dog malnourished, you know there isn’t a lot of food around,” Asturias said.
But he and his team weren’t here just to examine children, they came to assess the wider needs of the population and lay the groundwork for a revolutionary public-private partnership that will usher in the university’s first permanent medical presence in a developing country. If successful, it could lead to similar outposts around the world.
CRISP launches new website
Did you know that it takes an average of 17 years for only 14% of research to translate into practice? The University of Colorado has a new research center that will play a significant role in addressing this issue.
The Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) is one of three new national centers funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that focuses on improving clinical preventive services within primary care practice.
CRISP brings together expertise in implementation of preventive services, practice-based research networks (PBRNs) and national authorities in innovative health information technology (HIT). CRISP and the ARHQ Centers for Excellence are in direct response to the National Prevention Strategy, where one of the 4 broad strategies is to “expand quality preventive services in both clinical and community settings.” More about the National Prevention Strategy.
The CRISP website is a customer-focused resource center that includes recordings from the CRISP seminar series, information on the CRISP research projects, links to external dissemination and implementation learning opportunities, implementation toolkits and other tools to help spread knowledge about implementation science. Learn more about CRISP.
Reminder – Fall alumni networking lunch
Join up with fellow Colorado School of Public Health alumni at this year’s Public Health in the Rockies Conference in Pueblo, Colo. The conference is an annual opportunity to learn more about the trends in public health and network with colleagues from across the state. And this year the school will offer its first ever conference alumni networking lunch.
Wednesday, September 19
To attend the alumni networking lunch, register for the Public Health in the Rockies Conference, either as a full registration or single-day registration. School students and faculty are also encouraged to attend the lunch and network with alumni from across the school’s campuses and programs.
Alumni News and Notes
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Send your news, updated contact information or other notes to CSPH.Alumni@ucdenver.edu. Please include your name, email address, program and graduation year. Then join up with the school on LinkedIn to keep in contact with alumni.
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