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Tuesday, August 27
 

8:00am

Registration
Tuesday August 27, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby

8:15am

Pre-Conference Session for Public Health Professionals
The Colorado Public Health Association and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) Prevention Services Division, is offering a free pre-conference workshop for Colorado’s public health professionals on Tuesday, August 27th at the Keystone Lodge & Conference Center.  Welcome and breakfast will be from 8:15am-9:00am.  The pre-conference workshop will go from 9:00am-4:00pm.
This day-long interactive workshop will include:  
  • Opening Presentation and Dialogue. Socially Determined: Moving to Public Health 3.0: Outline of an Implementation Roadmap for Chronic Disease Programs
  • Panel Discussion. Current Evidence-based Practices and Innovations in Chronic Disease: Disruptions that Make an Impact (LPHA, State and CBO partners discussing the linkages they make in their work between chronic disease and determinants of health)
  • Presentation and Dialogue. The Landscape of Plans and Priorities and Integrating Chronic Disease
  • Listening and Working Session. Developing Plans and Priorities That Make an Impact: Linkages Between Social Determinants and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Tuesday August 27, 2019 8:15am - 4:00pm
Castle Peak 1/2

8:30am

Pre-Conference Session for Local Public Health Directors
Training and Networking: Public Health in the Rockies Pre-Conference Event
Please join other local public health directors across the state for a day of re-energizing! In the morning, RIHEL will facilitate a training exploring how to create a culture where employees want to stick around (including Stay Interviews!). In the afternoon, OPPI will provide space for you to connect with each other and discuss topics important to your work. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Tuesday August 27, 2019 8:30am - 3:00pm
Grays Peak 3
 
Wednesday, August 28
 

7:00am

Registration
Wednesday August 28, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby

7:15am

Breakfast
Wednesday August 28, 2019 7:15am - 8:15am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

8:30am

9:00am

10:00am

Benefits of Youth Involvement in Community Healthcare Advisory Councils and Boards
Great movements within the United States have been led by youth and young adults. This presentation will look at historical movements that were youth lead.  This will be demonstrated by sharing issues that led up to these movements, the activities involved in the movements, and successes noticed from the efforts of these movements.

Speakers
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Gordon Duvall

UC Denver
Gordon Duvall has focused his lifework and career on serving the community by identifying and confronting high-risk behaviors. For over 5 years Gordon delivered his advanced emergency nursing skills at Denver General Hospital, now Denver Health, one of the nation’s top trauma centers... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 4

10:00am

Hang on Tight: Using the “Ecocycle Model” for Effective Community Collaboration
Complex social issues require complex community-driven solutions. Engaging a wide range of community members and sectors in a collaborative process to address multiple health concerns while also honoring equity and inclusion is a challenging task. Representatives from San Juan Basin Public Health will use their professional experience to illustrate the “ecocycle model” for community collaborations. This interactive presentation will aid participants in their collaborative’s development and sustainability.

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Kate Jones

San Juan Basin Public Health
Kate Jones is the Thriving Communities Programs Supervisor at San Juan Basin Public Health. Kate holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work, however, her true passion is in systems change and upstream prevention of problem behaviors such as substance use, suicide, violence, etc. Kate... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Quandary Peak 3

10:00am

Latino/a Health Disparties Report USA 2019
The Latino/a Health Disparities Study USA 2019 identifies: 1). Health issues the Latino/a Community faces today 2). Advocacy recommendations to address the health issues identiied and 3). Identification of resources and references.

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George Autobee

UC Denver, CCTSI PACT Council
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Charlene Barrientos Ortiz

Charlene Barrientos Ortiz is a Program Manager and Community Research Liaison at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is a Colorado native with a background in nonprofit, social justice activism, and public health. She is well known for her work in eliminating health disparities... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 2

10:00am

Our Most Valuable Asset: Developing the Public Health Workforce
A competent and skilled public health workforce is essential to effectively conduct core public health functions; respond to crises and emergencies; and address social determinates of health. Findings from three national reports will provide the backdrop for a discussion of workforce development needs in Colorado. Participants will share their insights and make recommendations that will be used by the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center to guide future training development.

Speakers
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Sarah Davis

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center
Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center Center for Public Health Practice Associate Director


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 1

10:00am

Supporting a Healthier Colorado: The Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program
From 2016-18, CDPHE’s Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Pulmonary Disease (CCPD) Grant Program funded 47 grantees to policy and environmental changes, community clinical-linkage programs, and health systems transformations to improve health behaviors and health outcomes. This presentation will review the purpose of CCPD, the evidence-based strategies that were funded, and the findings from the cross-site evaluation. The presentation will include a discussion of how evidence-based strategies can be strengthened using an equity lens to improve population health.

Speakers
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Abby Laib

Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment
Abby Laib, M.S. is the lead evaluator for the Cavity Free at Three program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Abby has several years experience planning, implementing and managing evaluations, as well as, working with stakeholders to effectively utilize... Read More →
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Cheryl Kelly

Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Cheryl Kelly Buening, PhD, MPH, MA, is an Evaluation Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She has extensive experience in program and policy evaluation, as well as evaluating the relationship of the built environment and related policies with healthy behaviors, including... Read More →
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Allison Maytag

Partners in Evaluation and Research
Allison Maytag is a Research Specialist in the Partners in Evaluation and Research (PiER) Center at Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate at the OMNI Institute focused on a variety of projects related to substance... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 3

10:00am

The State of Adolescent Sexual Health: A Vision Forward
This session will highlight recent trends and changes in youth sexual health. Through discussion, small group activities and action planning, participants will explore how to use this data to inform community-level strategies, support youth and reduce structural drivers that often lead to disparities, and keep the issue relevant and important in the eyes of key decision makers, funders and in their community.

Speakers
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Danielle Tuft

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Danielle Tuft is the Sexual Violence Prevention Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role she oversees Colorado’s Sexual Violence Prevention Community Grant Program and works to support the implementation of primary prevention strategies... Read More →
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Lisa Olcese

Lisa Olcese is the Chief Operating Officer at Trailhead Institute where she oversees the strategic leadership, organizational development, internal infrastructure and new business development of the organization. Lisa supports the mission through maximizing the best assets of the... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Grays Peak 1

10:00am

Conducting Root Cause Analysis to Identify Social Determinants in Substance Use Disorders
Assessments are a core function of public health. Using them appropriately with communities is crucial to identifying the behavioral and social determinant that impede or enhance desired behaviors. During this session, presenters will provide information related to the Socio Ecological Model and the benefits of conducting Root Cause Analyses to identify the underlying determinants that regulate how likely communities are to move towards healthier behaviors related to substance use disorders in a social context.

Speakers
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Arman Lorz

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
As a Mexican immigrant gay man, I have experienced first-hand the stigma associated with immigration and identity. I have also been affected, directly and indirectly by the lack of culturally appropriate services in the healthcare system. These experiences have built a strong believe... Read More →
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Laura Gerard

John Snow, Inc.
Laura Gerard, MSW, MPH is a senior consultant at JSI. She has directed multiple projects that have assessed community issues impacting access to health care for vulnerable populations. Since 2014, she has been responsible for capacity-building assistance, including skills-building... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Grays Peak 2

10:00am

Effective Public Health and Health Care System Collaborations to Improve Population Health
Partnering with health care systems can be an effective way to provide prevention services to large parts of the community.  However, health care systems have many competing demands and are largely paid for specific clinical services.  Therefore, there are substantial challenges in working with health care systems on prevention. Participants in the session will be able to identify strategies to build effective collaboration between public health and health care systems.

Speakers
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Jennifer Moreland

Denver Public Health
Jennifer Wieczorek Moreland is the Chronic Disease Manager at Denver Public Health. She has worked in fundraising development, tobacco and obesity prevention, as well as clinical and community systems initiatives to control hypertension at the local health agency level, health clinics... Read More →
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Kelly Stainback-Tracy

Denver Public Health
Kelly Stainback-Tracy, MPH, Perinatal/Infant Mental Health Specialist, Denver Public Health Kelly is a maternal and child health specialist with 17 years experience working in public health, early intervention, and infant mental health. Her areas of expertise include providing direct... Read More →
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Bill Burman

Denver Public Health
William Burman, MD, is an infectious disease specialist with a particular interest in HIV care and prevention. He has worked at Denver Public Health since 1995, initially as Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic and a researcher on tuberculosis and HIV. Since becoming Director... Read More →
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Megan Harrison

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Megan Harrison, MPH, RDN Fellowship Assignment: Denver Public Health as part of the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) funded through CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity (DNPAO) As a PHIFP fellow, Megan supports efforts to build data capacity for comparative... Read More →
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Ali Zirakzadeh

Dr. Zirakzadeh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Colorado Denver (UCD). He practices internal medicine at Denver Health and is the medical director of Denver Health Tobacco Cessation Clinics (TCC). He was a co-investigator of State of Colorado Prevention and Cessation... Read More →
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Nicole Steffens

HPV Program Coordinator, Denver Public Health
Nicole Steffens is the Program Coordinator for the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention at Denver Public Health, managing a multi-pronged intervention to help increase Denver-metro’s HPV vaccination rates. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Grays Peak 3

10:00am

Policy and Advocacy 101 Skill-Building Session
The Policy and Advocacy 101 skill-building session will provide introductory information about the policy process in Colorado, focusing on the assurance core function of public health. The target audience for this workshop includes students and professionals who may be new to public health policy, or who would like to further develop the skills to participate in policy work and the confidence to advocate for specific health-related policies.

Speakers
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Lucia Lapaz

Envision Technology Partners, Inc.
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Olivia Kenney

Colorado School of Public Health
Olivia is a professional research assistant with the Colorado School of Public Health where she focuses on tobacco cessation. She is the Jr. Director of the CPHA Emerging Leaders Committee for students and early career professionals.
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JK Costello

The Steadman Group
JK Costello develops population health plan for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Inspired by the ongoing explosion of addiction and overdose, he works across medicine, public health, and community organizations to create a community of recovery in publicly-funded... Read More →
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Carolina Ferraz

Colorado School of Public Health
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Eli Boone

Colorado Health Institute
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Bethany Callaway

Bethany has been a medical surgical nurse for approximately five years and has experience working in rural communities in Kansas to working in a level 1 trauma center in Denver. Having the experience of dealing with different diseases that she sees in the hospital, she has recognized... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Longs Peak

10:00am

Question, Persuade, Refer – 3 Simple Steps to Help Save a Life from Suicide
Limited Capacity seats available

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) was developed to help save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The training is both informative and interactive and allows participants to ask questions and address concerns regarding suicide. Anyone can benefit from this training whether they utilize what they learn in their professional or personal life (or both). Participants who attend the entire session will be certified QPR Gatekeepers.

Please note: the maximum capacity for this session is 50 participants.


Speakers
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Lindsey Dunbar

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in science with an emphasis in exercise science, health promotion, and recreation from Colorado State University (CSU) - Pueblo in May 2014. She then went on to graduate school at the University of West Florida to earn her master's degree in science... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Quandary Peak 1

10:00am

Tools of the Facilitation Trade
Facilitating group processes, discussions and decision making is a common task for many public health professionals. This session will move beyond last year's basic facilitation session and allow participants to practice a few tools of the facilitation trade that can make the process much more effective. Participants in this hands-on session will have the opportunity to learn and practice using a variety of tools for brainstorming, decision making, and other common facilitation outcomes.

Speakers
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Kimberly Boyd

Lolina, Inc.
Kim Boyd founded Lolina in 2012. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has provided direct healthcare as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in hospital and public health settings. Additionally, Kim’s background includes leadership, management and coaching roles, as well... Read More →
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Jenny Case

Public Health Planner, Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
As a Public Health Project Specialist with the Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment, Jenny Case successfully launched a diverse community coalition which is working to implement societal-level strategies to prevent youth substance abuse. The Pueblo Communities That Care... Read More →
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Shylo Dennison

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Shylo Dennison is the Public Health Planner and Accreditation Coordinator for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. As Public Health Planner, she has assisted the Health Department with successfully obtaining approximately $7.5 million in grants over the past six... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Quandary Peak 2

10:00am

Transforming Health Narratives to Drive Community Change
At the heart of any effort to affect change at a community and societal level is a common narrative shared among neighbors. But even well-intentioned messages can limit our ability to drive change. This session will highlight a shared language around health equity and social determinants of health, including how communicate in a way that genuinely attracts a fully inclusive cross section of community—spanning social, economic, geographic, and political identities.

Speakers
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Hanna Nichols

Big Picture Impact
I bring experience in authentic community engagement and data-driven processes with specific expertise in strategic communication around narrative shifting. I have incorporated these skills across a variety of efforts, especially those focusing on systemic approaches to child, family... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 10:00am - 12:15pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

11:15am

Combating Disparities in Youth Access to Mental Health Services Through Public Awareness
The Office of Behavioral Health is combating disparities in access to mental health services across Colorado through a statewide marketing campaign created by youth. Below the Surface connects youth to Colorado’s Crisis Text Line - a free, confidential text line staffed 24/7 by trained counselors. Since the campaign’s debut, the text line has seen a 157 percent jump in year-over-year usage from youth ages 13-17. This session will cover lessons learned from this promising effort.

Speakers
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Alexis McCowan

Colorado Crisis Services
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Maria Livingston

Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health
Maria Livingston is a Communications Specialist with the Colorado State Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health. In her role, she is focused on stakeholder engagement and strengthening Coloradan’s awareness of and access to mental health and substance use services... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Torreys Peak 4

11:15am

Data Visualization Tools for Informing Public Health Policy: CHI’s Health and Climate Index
Colorado’s changing climate poses a threat to human health. But different people and communities are likely to be affected differently. CHI’s Health and Climate Index merges theory and practice by providing an interactive data visualization tool that identifies which parts of the state experience more vulnerability to climate change. The Index synthesizes complex data in a user-friendly format and can be used to inform climate and health policy in communities around the state.

Speakers
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Karam Ahmad

Colorado Health Institute
Karam Ahmad is a Policy Analyst the Colorado Health Institute. Karam earned his master’s in public health degree from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2016, with the focus in epidemiology. Before joining CHI in spring 2017, Karam was a GIS analyst for the Animal and Plant... Read More →
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Chrissy Esposito

Colorado Health Institute
Chrissy Esposito is the Data Visualization and Policy Analyst at the Colorado Health Institute (CHI). Chrissy joined CHI in May 2016 after receiving her master’s in public health (MPH) degree from the Colorado School of Public Health. Chrissy conducts research on climate change... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Torreys Peak 2

11:15am

It's Time to Change:  Shifting Behavioral Health out of the Criminal Justice System into the Realm of Public Health.
For decades, police offficers and firefighters have responded to substance use disorder and mental health calls for service.  However, the options are often limited as to how those calls for service are handled.  Jails and emergency rooms are used  because there are no other options.  The CIty of Longmont has addressed this gap by creating a comprehensive behavioral health response system that uses a public health model instead of a criminal justice system one.

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Dan Eamon

City of Longmont
Dan is the Assistant Public Safety Chief for the City of Longmont. With over twenty years of experience in public safety, he oversees the Office of Emergency Management, the Victim Services Group, the Community Health Programs, and the Criminal Justice System Diversion Programs. This... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Torreys Peak 3

11:15am

Prevention Services Division's Strategic Plan: Designed for Partnership, Innovation and Equity
In Fall 2018, the Prevention Services Division at the CDPHE conducted a strategic planning process that resulted in the development of cross-cutting initiatives and goals. Seven project teams are partnering to address these goals through collaborative approaches. Successful implementation of the PSD strategic framework depends on staff from different organizational units working together across programs. This session will share background, highlights and lessons learned from strategic plan and project implementation.

Speakers
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Gina Febbraro

CDPHE - Prevention Services Division
Gina Febbraro, MPH, currently serves as a Planning and Improvement Consultant for the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, Gina supports programs in the Division on strategic planning, performance management... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Quandary Peak 3

11:15am

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation in Higher Education: Health Equity through University and Public Health Partnerships
Fort Lewis College (FLC), a minority serving public liberal arts college in Southwest Colorado, implemented a tobacco ban on campus on January 1, 2019. Development of partnerships between academic, state and indigenous communities to implement the policy.

Speakers
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Annie Mombourquette

San Juan Basin Public Health
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Rexine Williams

Fort Lewis College
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Sara Newman

Fort Lewis College
Sara Newman is an assistant professor of Public Health at Fort Lewis College. Sara's research is centered at the intersection of public lands and public health and focuses on increasing the accessibility of healthy places for diverse populations. Sara has extensive education and research... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Grays Peak 1

11:15am

Using Dissemination and Implementation Science to Develop Sustainable Public Health Programming
Dissemination and Implementation Science (D&I) aims to promote the adoption, integration, and spread of evidence-based knowledge to key stakeholders and all populations. We will examine two D&I tools, RE-AIM and K2A, used by the Alliance for HPV Free Colorado to promote population level planning and evaluation methods. This session will help attendees build adaptation and evaluation capacity, core components of sustainable and equitable public health programming, by understanding and using applicable D&I frameworks.

Speakers
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Judy Shlay

Public Health Professional
Dr. Shlay is a family physician and the principle investigator for The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention. Dr. Shlay received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and has been a physician with Denver Health since 1987. As a public health provider... Read More →
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Heather Deis

Denver Public Health
Heather is a local public health nurse for Denver Public Health and works with The Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention. Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is currently obtaining a Master of Public Health at Colorado... Read More →
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Nicole Steffens

HPV Program Coordinator, Denver Public Health
Nicole Steffens is the Program Coordinator for the Denver Metro Alliance for HPV Prevention at Denver Public Health, managing a multi-pronged intervention to help increase Denver-metro’s HPV vaccination rates. She received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Minnesota... Read More →
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Emily Acker

Denver Public Health


Wednesday August 28, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Torreys Peak 1

12:15pm

Lunch
Wednesday August 28, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

1:15pm

1:15pm

Applying Lean Methodology to Public Health Improvement: How Denver Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) Actualized Over $2M in Savings in 2018
Denver Department of Public Health & Environment has implemented a culture of quality improvement and innovation and has adopted LEAN methodologies to enhance the efficiency of its existing processes and improve the quality of services to its customers. In alignment with its Strategic Plan and in collaboration with the Denver Peak Academy, DDPHE has achieved over $2 million in savings in 2018 through process improvements.

Speakers
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Agathe Dorel

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Agathe Dorel is a Performance Management and Quality Improvement Analyst/ Accreditation Coordinator with the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. She is a process improvement and public affairs professional committed to implementing continuous, sustainable, and positive... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Quandary Peak 2

1:15pm

Attack the Vape Epidemic: Translating Personal and Community Experiences into Action
In 2018, the FDA declared youth vaping an epidemic. The most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows Colorado leads the nation in youth vaping, with 27% of youth reporting they vape. In response, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is advocating for bold solutions to curb the epidemic. This presentation will describe the scale of the problem, review current efforts, and encourage collaborative discussion of solutions that help communities effectively combat youth use.

Speakers
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Zach Dunlop

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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Keith Cooper

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Keith Cooper has been working in tobacco prevention and control for over a decade at the local, state and national level. He began his career in public health as the Health Equity Coordinator for largest local health department in Colorado. While there, he provided culturally proficient... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Grays Peak 1

1:15pm

Becoming an Informatics Savvy Health Department
Colorado’s Public Health Transformation Process identified Information Technology and Informatics as a foundational capacity defined thusly: “Colorado’s governmental public health system will maintain access to information technology, information management systems and ensure informatics capacities to store, protect, manage, analyze, and communicate data and information to support effective, efficient, and equitable public health decision making.”  This session will highlight one local public health agency's approach to addressing this foundational capacity.

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Kelly Weidenbach

Tri-County Health Department
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Alyson Shupe

Tri-County Health Department
Dr. Shupe earned a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in public health from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Shupe worked as the health planner for the Boulder County Health Department for five years providing technical assistance and training in program planning, research... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Quandary Peak 3

1:15pm

Healthy Larimer Committee: Sharing Power through True Community Leadership to Ensure Health Equity
The Healthy Larimer Committee is made up of community members from underrepresented populations.  This committee serves are leaders and decision makers for the Community Health Improvement Plan, determining CHIP strategies, funding, and implementation protocol.  By intentionally switching the power dynamic, the Healthy Larimer Committee is truly charged with deciding how we work to fill gaps in our community around our CHIP priorities.

Speakers
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Sara Rhoten

Healthy Larimer Committee
Sara Rhoten is a program coordinator for the Office of Planning and Partnership with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. She's been with the department for two years and primarily works on the 2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan, in the priority areas... Read More →
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Donovan Johnson

Healthy Larimer Committee Member
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Isela Orozco

Healthy Larimer Committee Member


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Torreys Peak 1

1:15pm

How Will Colorado [Boldly] Deliver on the Promise of a 21st-Century Public Health System for All?
Following in the footsteps of other states, for the last 12 months Colorado has been working through a multi-step process to create a more equitable and sustainable governmental public health system.  Learn more about what prompted this work, and get a basic orientation to the steps of the transformation process being used in Colorado.

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Anne-Marie Braga

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Anne-Marie Braga has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over a decade to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the state. Currently, she serves as the Director of Local Public Health Partnerships where she coordinates state and... Read More →
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Theresa Anselmo

Executive Director, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
Ms. Anselmo’s resume includes 15 years in public health, and over 25 years in the dental field. In addition to her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is master’s prepared in public health, and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has served... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Grays Peak 2

1:15pm

Improving Access to Healthy, Local Food in Boulder County: Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Programs for Under-Resourced Communities
Surveys and focus group data from under-resourced Boulder County residents repeatedly show that high cost, not lack of availability nor knowledge of their benefit, is the primary barrier to eating healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables, especially locally grown, are more expensive than calorie-dense and sugar-laden processed foods. Boulder County offers a suite of fruit and vegetable voucher programs that provide incentive dollars so that these communities can purchase local and healthy produce.

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Rachel Arndt

Boulder County Public Health
Rachel Arndt is a champion of equity, food justice and healthy community design. In her role as the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Built Environment Coordinator for Boulder County Public Health she works to create a more just future for her community through policy, systems and... Read More →
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Jill Strange

Boulder County Public Health
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Victoria Lee

Boulder County Public Health
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Amelia Hulbert

Boulder County Public Health
Amelia Hulbert is passionate about improving access to healthy foods and beverages for under-resourced communities. She serves as the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Specialist at Boulder County Public Health’s where she works collaboratively to identify community needs and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Torreys Peak 3

1:15pm

Leading Hearts, Minds, and Policies Towards Health Equity
As the 2019 winner of the Inclusiveness & Racial Equity Award from the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Tri-County Health Network would like to discuss the role of the healthcare system in the larger movement for social justice by sharing strategies to engage diverse voices in conversations about the provision of health-related services and strategies for organizations to prioritize these equity-based concerns internally.

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Lynn Borup

Tri-County Health Network
As the Executive Director of Tri-County Health Network since its launch in 2011, Lynn Borup has focused on developing programs and initiatives that provide solutions to critical healthcare needs and health disparities throughout rural southwest Colorado. Through an emphasis on collaboration... Read More →
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Kody Gerkin

Tri-County Health Network
As Community Outreach Manager, Kody is charged with setting the strategic vision of the Tri-County Health Network’s multicultural initiatives. Unfortunately, significant barriers prevent our diverse population from accessing basic health and human services. Kody’s job is to identify... Read More →
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Marisa Marshalka

Tri-County Health Network
As Health Equity Coordinator, Marisa will lead the development of Tri-County Health Network’s health and racial equity advocacy efforts through her work within the Multicultural Advocacy Program. Marisa works to support health equity initiatives internally and throughout the region... Read More →
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Marlen Olivas Romero

Tri-County Health Network
As Cultural Navigator, Marlen provides insurance enrollment, immigration services, and general navigation services for clients, including housing applications, educational opportunities for youth, and arranging and interpreting during client meetings with lawyers and law enforcement... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

1:15pm

Let’s Talk About Sex… Positive Practices: From Theory to Action
As the field of sexual health evolves, new concepts become common terms. Sex-positivity is one of these hot topics seen with increasing frequency. It is also a concept that comes loaded with criticism, misconceptions and assumptions. Participants are invited to think critically about sex-positivity and important related concepts such as consent, stigma, myth, culture, pleasure, and body politics while gaining a deeper understanding of the topic, followed by a chance for practice and discussion.

Speakers
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Carrie Hankins

Prevention Engagement Coordinator, Colorado Health Network
From the day she was suspended from high school for handing out condoms to her peers way back in the early 90’s, Carrie Hankins has been a driven sexual health advocate. Her experience ranges from community organizing to campus health, HIV/STI prevention to midwifery, harm reduction... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Torreys Peak 4

1:15pm

Using Mobile/Web Applications to Obtain Case Exposure Data for Enteric Pathogens
Case interviews are foundational to disease control but are primarily conducted by telephone, and therefore are time and resource intensive. The Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence piloted an online survey to obtain case interview data for Giardia. We will discuss survey development, implementation barriers, and strengths and weaknesses of different approaches for contacting cases. We will also review our evaluation findings including data quality and completeness acquired using online surveys over phone interviews.

Speakers
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Katherine Sabourin

Student
I am a PhD candidate in the Colorado School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology  
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Alice White

Colorado School of Public Health
Alice White is a Research Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research focuses on foodborne illness, outbreak investigation, and public health education.


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Quandary Peak 1

1:15pm

Using the Spectrum of Prevention to Address Substance Use in Families
Children of caregivers with problematic substance use are at higher risk for developing physical and mental health problems and substance use disorders and experiencing child abuse and neglect. In this session, participants will explore Illuminate Colorado's approach to using the Prevention Institute’s Spectrum of Prevention to prevent child maltreatment related to substance use. Through discussion and a facilitated activity, participants will apply takeaways to their own prevention efforts.

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Jade Woodard

Jade has served as the Executive Director of Illuminate Colorado since it’s inception in 2015, following 7 years as the Executive Director of founding partner agency, the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. Prior to this work, she provided family support services in... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Grays Peak 3

1:15pm

Using your Thumbs to Effectively Connect with Youth  
This presentation will discuss the benefits of connecting with the adolescent population by providing ways to integrate sexual health education within a clinic and school setting. Key to our program's success was the implementation of an anyonymous sexual health text line; it is a safe space and familiar communication medium for youth and young adults, and it also generates referrals to our BC4U Family Planning clinic. 

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Quatisha Bailey

Children's Hospital Colorado


Wednesday August 28, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Torreys Peak 2

2:30pm

Addressing Childhood Trauma: The Critical Role of Teachers
Childhood trauma increases the risk for multiple physical and mental health problems, and is a public health issue that warrants significant attention and resources from our field. Teachers in particular play a critical role in supporting children and helping mitigate the negative effects that trauma can cause. An evaluation of a program that helps schools and teachers create and sustain trauma-informed environments, and implications for teacher training programs across Colorado, will be presented.

Speakers
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Ofelia Schepers

Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Swarnima Chaudhary

National Mental Health Innovation Center
Swarnima Chaudhary finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She is currently a student at the University of Colorado School of Public Health, earning an MPH with a focus on Global Health Systems, Management & Policy. She is also a Technology Project... Read More →
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Erika Moldow

University of Colorado Anschutz


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Quandary Peak 3

2:30pm

Engaging Patients in Data Sharing Through Health Information Technology
This session describes the use of health information technology to collect patient-reported information from low-income patients. Patients used the mobile application MyFitnessPal to share patient-generated health data (PGHD) and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) over 16 weeks. Patients were interested and engaged with the mobile app to track and share PGHD, but had trouble responding to PRO surveys using in-app functionality. Future health IT apps should include user-centered design elements tailored to support PRO data collection.

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Adriana Collings

Denver Health
Adriana has worked on many different research projects ranging from tuberculosis research to genetics to fruit and vegetable prescription programs. Through this she has found a passion for program evaluation and using data to show the effectiveness of community based research programs... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Grays Peak 2

2:30pm

Health Equity and Environmental Justice in Data Visualization for the Statewide Public Health and Environmental Assessment
Every five years, CDPHE works with partners to perform the Statewide Health Assessment and Public Health Improvement Plan. The data team’s goal was to create a dashboard that would be both relevant and provide information in a way that doesn’t unintentionally perpetuate inequity. The data team employed a number of ‘framing’ and data visualization strategies to create a dynamic “story” of Colorado.     The presentation will cover: Data discovery Data visualization Data framing Tools

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Loren Speer

CDPHE
Performance Management and Data Visualization Specialist at CDPHE. MA in International Administration from DU.


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Quandary Peak 1

2:30pm

We've Hired Youth — Now How Do We Measure Success? 
In recent years numerous public health agencies have established methods of hiring youth as paid staff or consultants. However, few examples or ready-to-use evaluation guides exist to evaluate youth engagement in professional settings. This session will help agencies evaluate their youth engagement programs, consider how they will act on the results, and find relevant resources and tools.

Speakers
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Erin Slay

Denver Public Health
Erin Slay is currently a program assistant/ evaluation specialist at Denver Public Health. Being an early career professional, Ms. Slay has had the opportunity to experience a variety of public health focus areas including but not limited to foodborne illness, health equity, youth... Read More →
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Kristen Ross

Denver Public Health
Kristen Ross completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of South Florida in 2016. She currently works at Denver Public Health as a Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist coordinating the Communities That Care grant in Denver. Ms. Ross also worked as a Community... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Torreys Peak 4

2:30pm

“'Use a Condom’ - That’s Not the Point, the Point is Sex”: Sexual Health and Contraceptive Use Discussions with Emerging Adults in Rural and Suburban Areas of Colorado
This qualitative study, which emerged from a project to document the impact of provision of contraceptives through school-based health centers (SBHCs) within high school settings, describes the experiences of teens and emerging adults living outside urban areas accessing and using contraceptives, and their related experiences discussing sexual health and contraceptive use with peers and family. These first-hand accounts of teens’ and emerging adults’ experiences can assist practitioners working to fill teens’ contraceptive needs – particularly in rural and suburban areas.

Speakers
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Jean Scandlyn

University of Colorado Denver
Jean Scandlyn, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, downtown Denver campus. A medical anthropologist, her research interests focus on adolescence and early adulthood, health care in... Read More →
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Lisette Martinez

University of Colorado Denver
Lisette Martinez is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.
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Safa Mechergui

University of Colorado Denver
Safa Mechergui is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.
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Sara Yeatman

University of Colorado Denver
Undergraduate public health educationSchool-based health centersReproductive health
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Marisa Westbrook

Marisa Westbrook, MPH, is a PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences at CU Denver. Her research interests include structural interventions for health equity, community engagement, structural competency, and critical public health pedagogy.


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Grays Peak 1

2:30pm

A Paid Advertising Approach to Youth Study Recruitment using Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook 
Using social media for study recruitment is growing in popularity as an effective strategy in health research and evaluation to increase the reach and diversity of youth participants.  This presentation outlines a paid advertising approach using Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook to reach and evaluate youth exposed to a statewide marijuana prevention campaign.

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Jessica Neuwirth

CDPHE
Jess Neuwirth is the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Retail Marijuana Education and Youth Prevention Coordinator, working on marijuana policy education, local outreach and partnerships, and connecting the marijuana prevention program to positive youth development... Read More →
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Kacy Crawford

CDPHE
Kacy Crawford is the Alcohol Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and is working to increase the dissemination and utilization of alcohol surveillance data to inform the selection and implementation of evidence-based strategies to address... Read More →
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Tara Dunn

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Tara Dunn is the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s marijuana communications specialist where she manages and executes statewide marijuana communications efforts via multiple targeted campaigns. These include educational campaigns to raise awareness about the... Read More →
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Kelsey Ford

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Kelsey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Miami University of Ohio, majoring in dietetics and clinical nutrition. She received her Master of Public Health degree at The Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Quandary Peak 2

2:30pm

How to Make Your Health Equity Committee Equitable
This session explores successes and challenges in developing and implementing a health equity committee to advance equity in public health agencies and the community. To achieve real and effective change, it is critical to ensure the health equity committee itself embodies equity. The committee structure, membership, application process, training, by-laws, and member compensation are all elements to consider when the work requires changing historically inequitable structures and policies. Practical tools will be discussed and shared.

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Marcy Campbell

Boulder County Public Health
Marcy Campbell currently coordinates the Community Mental Health Initiative, the public health improvement process for Boulder County Public Health. Marcy possesses a wealth of skills and experiences in youth development, systems change, and health equity. Most recently, she served... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

2:30pm

Improving School Readiness: Opportunities for Local Public Health to Impact Oral Health 
This session will cover the role LPHAs can play to effectively deliver necessary oral health services in schools and the tools that are available to programs.

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Kalisha Crossland

San Juan Basin Public Health
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Kari Plante, RDH

SJBPH ROHS, Dental Navigator, San Juan Basin Public Health
Kari Plante, RDH, SJBPH ROHS, Dental Navigator--Kari Plante is the Regional Oral Health Specialist of Southwest Colorado and Dental Navigator at San Juan Basin Public Health. She developed a successful coalition of dental experts, organizations, businesses and interested citizens... Read More →
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Natalie Thomas

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Natalie Thomas, MPH, CHES - Natalie Thomas joined the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2017 as the Child and School Oral Health Coordinator. Natalie supports users of the Smart Mouths Smart Kids toolkit and works with school-based oral health programs to increase... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Torreys Peak 2

2:30pm

Innovative Approaches to Increasing Recruitment and Retention in Colorado WIC
In 2015, 41% of eligible participants in Colorado were enrolled in WIC, making Colorado’s participation the 49th lowest in the nation.  The Colorado State WIC office collaborated with the Colorado Health Foundation to develop WIC Innovation Grants focused on increasing WIC enrollment.  Thirteen local agencies were awarded grants and utilized a learning community to share ideas and resources.  This panel will provide an overview of local agencies projects as well as initial data and results.

Speakers
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Greta Macey

Tri County Health Department
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Brigitte Boyd

Colorado WIC Program
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Melanie Morrison

Tri-County Health Department
Melanie Morrison is a Registered Dietitian and Outreach Coordinator with Tri-County Health Department's (TCHD) WIC program in Colorado. She completed her Dietetic Internship with TCHD and worked as dietitian and supervisor at one of TCHD's WIC offices for five years. Currently, as... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Torreys Peak 3

2:30pm

Sharing Capacity Across Jurisdictions: Local Public Health Agency Staff Panel Discussion
What does cross-jurisdictional sharing look like in Colorado? Many local public health agencies use this approach to share services, programs, expertise and staff. But, how do they do it? Join this interactive panel discussion with local public health agency staff and partners to learn more about local best practices, lessons learned and helpful resources to support your agency’s cross-jurisdictional efforts.

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Jordana Sabella

Pitkin County Public Health
Jordana Sabella, MPH, works as a Public Health Planner for Pitkin and Eagle Counties, and supports counties on the Western Slope of Colorado in assessment, planning and implementation of their public health improvement plans. Jordana graduated with an MPH in 2011 from the Community-Oriented... Read More →
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Deborah Monaghan

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Deborah is a family medicine physician who joined the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2016 to build the department's first detailing program and provide clinical education outreach on HIV prevention, sexual health and opioid safety. Now in the Office of Planning... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Braga

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Anne-Marie Braga has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over a decade to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the state. Currently, she serves as the Director of Local Public Health Partnerships where she coordinates state and... Read More →
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Kate Lujan

PH Nurse Consultant, CDPHE - Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
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Keith Siemsen

Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
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Haley Stewart

CDPHE - Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
Haley Stewart, MPH is a Public Health Planner with the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She provides guidance and technical assistance to local public health agencies to help them carry out assessment and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Torreys Peak 1

2:30pm

The Voice Behind the Numbers: Reaching Untold Stories and Dismantling Stigma Through Data Equity
Data are a powerful tool in highlighting health inequities; however, data without context can be harmful and can stigmatize. In order to support those who analyze data and those who communicate health data findings, a cross-divisional team at Denver Public Health (DPH) collaborated to shape a data equity commitment statement, set of principles, and actions. This presentation explores how DPH established principles for data and equity and how the organization works toward living these values.

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Kellie Teter

Denver Public Health
Kellie Teter is the Maternal Child Health Program Manager at Denver Public Health.
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Abigail Steiner

Denver Public Health and Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Ms. Steiner works at Denver Public Health and Denver Department of Public Health and Environment as an epidemiologist, focusing on shared community health assessment efforts. Before her role at DPH/DDPHE, she worked with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Union of Concerned... Read More →
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Marissa Vasquez

Denver Public Health
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Kaylynn Aiona

Denver Public Health
Kaylynn Aiona is a Senior Data Applications Analyst at Denver Public Health. She specializes in maternal and child health and infectious disease epidemiology. In her current role, she supports health promotion, immunization and tuberculosis divisions with data management, analysis... Read More →
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Ashley Wheeler-Bell

Denver Public Health


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grays Peak 3

2:30pm

Two Years Later:  Boulder's Sugary Tax Investments, Evaluation and the National Sugary Drink Tax Movement
In Nov. 2016, the City of Boulder passed the second voter approved sugary drink tax in the country. Since its implementation, the City of Boulder has collected over $7.8 million in revenue to invest in local health equity initiatives. Learn about how the tax works, the process for distributing funds, how taxes are playing out across the country and where the investments are being made.

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Tessa Hale

Boulder County Public Health
Tessa is the Healthy Beverage & Food Advisor at Boulder County Public Health where she supports community members in tackling the systems leading to dietary-related chronic disease through innovate policy campaigns.  Her past experience includes community organizing and leading economic... Read More →
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Rachel Arndt

Boulder County Public Health
Rachel Arndt is a champion of equity, food justice and healthy community design. In her role as the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Built Environment Coordinator for Boulder County Public Health she works to create a more just future for her community through policy, systems and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Longs Peak

3:00pm

Does Your Organization Serve Youth? Learn How to Engage Young People in QI Projects
With the quality improvement goal of improving youth-friendliness in our clinics, Denver Health School-Based Health Centers partnered with a youth advisor to provide invaluable input and has guided meaningful changes within our department. This session will share the results of our partnership; outline multiple changes that clinics or youth-serving programs can implement to increase youth-friendliness; and identify opportunities for meaningful youth partnerships (with our without access to additional funding).

Speakers
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Shelley Jackson Worstell

Denver Health & Hospital Authority
Shelley graduated with a Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health University of Denver in 2016 with a focus on Leadership and Public Health Practice. In addition, has worked at Denver Health for the past 6 years. Shelley was drawn to working at Denver Health... Read More →
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Tara Melinkovich

Denver Health
Tara is a Family Planning Health Educator committed to improving the youth friendliness of the Denver Health School-Based Health Centers. She has spent the last 15 years working in the field of reproductive health and justice. In 2008 she obtained a Master’s in Public Health from... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Torreys Peak 4

3:00pm

If You Build It, the Data Will Come: Building an Infrastructure for Timely Prospective Disease Surveillance for Non-Cancer Chronic Diseases Potentially Related to the Environment
I will discuss efforts within in the Colorado Environmental Public Health Tracking program to develop a more timely spatial and temporal disease surveillance process. Specifically, I will give a practical overview of Hierarchical Bayesian disease mapping techniques and will demonstrate the application of these techniques for monitoring asthma, COPD, heart attacks, and childhood lead poisoning.

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Kevin Berg

Professional
Kevin Berg, MA is a spatial epidemiologist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, where he leads statistical and GIS support of the Environmental Public Health Tracking and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention programs. He holds two degrees in Geography and... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Grays Peak 2

3:00pm

Sustaining Successful Multi-Sector Alliances: 20 Years of Data in Colorado and the U.S.  
This session uses data from a 20-year longitudinal survey of communities to examine the implementation and impact of multi-sector alliances in public health in Colorado and across the U.S.  We identify organizational and community characteristics that predict gains and losses in alliance strength over time; and estimate the long-term health and economic effects of alliances.

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Glen Mays

Professional
Glen Mays currently serves as the F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. In June 2019 Mays will become professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy at... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Quandary Peak 1

3:00pm

The ABCs of Equity: Developing a Policy Agenda for Colorado’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
This interactive session will showcase the development of a policy agenda for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) by diverse stakeholders. The goal of the agenda is to systematically address inequities and guide the allocation of resources to create a system of care where CYSHCN have the opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. The session will provide an overview of the process and participants will have the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the policy agenda and hear from families that are impacted.

Speakers
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Jennie Munthali

CO Dept of Public Health
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Jeff Bontrager

Colorado Health Institute
Jeff Bontrager, MSPH, serves as Director of Research and Evaluation and joined the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) in 2005. Jeff oversees CHI’s evaluation portfolio and leads the multi-year evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation. Jeff also coordinates... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Quandary Peak 3

3:00pm

Youth Driving Data Collection for Mental Health Systems Change  
Inadequate mental health systems are a pressing concern, particularly in rural Colorado.  This session will highlight two youth-involved data collection projects and the resulting impact on prevention and treatment efforts in Eagle County.  Youth will explain the process and results of mapping mental health providers, as well as a qualitative data project focused on understanding young people’s experiences with mental health and substance use.

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Lilly Reynolds

Eagle County Department of Public Health and Environment
Lillian has been an active youth advocate, and in 2018 began an internship as a high school sophomore with Eagle County Public Health and Environment. She has been instrumental in tobacco control policy efforts, presenting to decision-makers and testifying at state-level committee... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Grays Peak 1

3:45pm

Addiction Treatment in Jails
One year ago, there were 2 jails in Colorado offering medications for substance use disorder. By the end of 2019, dozens will have policies in place to treat inmates. How did this happen? It's a thrilling tale of advocacy and action, evidence, equity, and emotion, and policy and protocols. This is why you got into public health in the first place!

Speakers
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JK Costello

The Steadman Group
JK Costello develops population health plan for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery. Inspired by the ongoing explosion of addiction and overdose, he works across medicine, public health, and community organizations to create a community of recovery in publicly-funded... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Quandary Peak 1

3:45pm

Colorado's Tri-County Nurse Support Program: Integrating and Evaluating One Key Question Screening Tool Using the Omaha System
Background: Reproductive life planning is a health equity strategy to decrease unintended pregnancy. The One Key Question screening tool, adapted from Michelle Stranger Hunter’s Oregon project, was the focus of a quality improvement project for nurse home visitation in a local public health department.  The aim of the project was to integrate OKQ and evaluate how the screening tool impacts nursing practice by standardizing preconception/ inter-conception, emergency contraception education and counseling.

Speakers
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Vicki Swarr

Tri-County Health Department
Vicki Swarr graduated in 1987 from the University of Northern Colorado with her Bachelor's in Nursing and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Colorado University in 2014. In 2010, Vicki earned a Certificate in Maternal Child Health through the Rocky Mountain Public Health Education... Read More →
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Lori A. Haas

Tri-County Health Department
Lori Haas received her Bachelor's in Nursing from Creighton University in 2013 and her Masters of Nurse Leadership Emphasis Public Health from University of Kansas Medical Center in 2017. Lori began her nursing career in the pediatric and adult Burn ICU at The University of Kansas... Read More →
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Angelica Moreno

Tri-County Health Department
Angelica Moreno graduated from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus in 2018 with her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Community and Behavioral Health. She received her Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing with a Minor in Criminology from Regis University in... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Torreys Peak 2

3:45pm

Community Response to an Opioid Crisis: Strengthening Partnerships and Training for Effective Response to Opioid Related Emergencies in Communities
In partnership with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Health Management Associates (HMA) is researching and developing table top exercises to be used in local communities working to address the opioid crisis. Table top exercises are an emergecy management tool used to identify and address training and planning needs of community partners across multiple sectors to address public health and safety emergencies.

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Shannon Breitzman

Health Management Associates
Shannon Breitzman, MA, Principal, leads public health projects for HMA, including a state level chronic disease and injury prevention strategic planning project, the development of research papers on the impact of key social determinants of health on violence and chronic disease outcomes... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Grays Peak 3

3:45pm

Developing a Survey for a Unique Population: Promoting Healthy Living and Tobacco Cessation among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties
As part of an effort to increase access to culturally competent care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), El Paso County Public Health created an IDD-focused community needs assessment focused on the health barriers for persons with IDD.

Speakers
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Michelle Hewitt

El Paso County Public Health
Michelle joined El Paso County Public Health in 2017 as the Health Promotion Coordinator. In her current role she works with the Office of Communication to craft communication and marketing strategies to promote population and community health. She has worked on a variety of public... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Longs Peak

3:45pm

Disparities in Use of Postpartum Contraception Among Urban Adolescents and Youth: Effect on Repeat Pregnancies 
Describe postpartum contraceptive use by young women in one health system in Denver, Colorado. Describe where these women receive that postpartum contraception (which setting) and within what timeframe of delivery and bserve how time to repeat conception and delivery varies by postpartum contraceptive use after index pregnancy

Speakers
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Margo Harrison

Univ. of Colorado
Dr. Harrison graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2010 and was board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2015. She was certified as a fellow in Global Maternal and Child Health at Columbia University Medical Center in 2017 and is now Director of Women’s Reproductive... Read More →
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Jeanelle Sheeder

Dr. Sheeder serves the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research and the Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholars’ program director. Dr. Sheeder’s research is focused on contraceptive decision-making, new contraceptive... Read More →
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Rachel Zucker

Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus
Rachel Zucker, MPH is a research assistant and project manager for health data projects at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her focus areas include distributed data networks and patient record linkage and deduplication. She has presented on federated data networks... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Torreys Peak 4

3:45pm

Fighting Stress on the Frontlines: Services, Adaptations, and Techniques to Address Hispanic/Latino Stress in Home Visiting
With nearly two-thirds of MIECHV families self-identifying as Hispanic/Latino, The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program seeks to address this unique group's challenges in a culturally responsive manner. An evaluation was conducted to identify the level and areas of stress Hispanic/Latino(a) clients experience while receiving home visiting services. This presentation will provide an overview of the evaluation, with an emphasis on services, adaptations, and techniques home visitors use to address Hispanic/Latino(a) clients' needs.

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Antonio Luna

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environent
Antonio Luna works as a statistical/data analyst for the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He works across the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, as well as Colorado Project LAUNCH.
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Amanda Bolton

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Amanda Bolton is the Data and Evaluation Coordinator for the Colorado Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program within the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit at CDPHE. She earned her MPH in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA) and... Read More →
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Jessica Ruch

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jessica Ruch is an Evaluator and Quality Improvement Analyst with the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She received her M.A. in International Development at the University of Denver, specializing in gendered human rights... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Quandary Peak 2

3:45pm

Innovations in Accessing and Visualizing Colorado's Public Health Surveillance Data or: It's About Time COHID was Retired
CDPHE's Center for Health and Environmental has been actively improving its data access and dissemination, incorporating new data sources and technology platforms.  This presentation will orient public health partners to these new and exciting data products and visualizations.

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Kirk Bol

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Grays Peak 2

3:45pm

Measuring Up: Setting Achievable Targets for Community Health Improvement Planning
Through our performance management system, the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) developed a method for setting targets for population health measures for the four priority areas included in our 2019-2024 Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP). This method is easy to calculate and is more relevant to local conditions and populations than nationally derived goals. We also manage our performance through developing and monitoring process and outcomes measures for interventions.Tracking process and outcome indicators monthly provides real-time data to monitor programmatic work for indications that quality improvement may be necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Alyson Shupe

Alyson Shupe

Tri-County Health Department
Dr. Shupe earned a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in public health from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Shupe worked as the health planner for the Boulder County Health Department for five years providing technical assistance and training in program planning, research... Read More →
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Adam Anderson

Tri-County Health Department
Mr. Anderson is currently a Population Health Epidemiologist at Tri-County Health Department. He specializes in understanding and measuring how communities, cultures, and the physical environment we live in can influence health outcomes and behaviors. Previous to Tri-County Health... Read More →
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Chris White

Tri-County Health Department
Chris White is a Population Health Epidemiologist at Tri-County Health Department. His academic and professional interests include using GIS to identify health disparities and using biostatistics for public health problems.


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Torreys Peak 1

3:45pm

Providing Water for All Colorado School-Aged Students is Something to Smile About
Over the last year, Denver Public Health provided technical assistance to schools throughout Colorado to assist them with improving water access for students during the school day.  This presentation will provide an overview of the types of technical assistance provided by Denver Public Health, successes and challenges schools encounter while trying to improve water access, what public health and community partners can do to support schools with water access, and the lessons learned.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Moreland

Jennifer Moreland

Denver Public Health
Jennifer Wieczorek Moreland is the Chronic Disease Manager at Denver Public Health. She has worked in fundraising development, tobacco and obesity prevention, as well as clinical and community systems initiatives to control hypertension at the local health agency level, health clinics... Read More →
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Erin Slay

Denver Public Health
Erin Slay is currently a program assistant/ evaluation specialist at Denver Public Health. Being an early career professional, Ms. Slay has had the opportunity to experience a variety of public health focus areas including but not limited to foodborne illness, health equity, youth... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

3:45pm

Second Chance:  Addressing Youth Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Use through Non-Punitive Consequences
Second Chance, an alternative to suspension program, was developed as a critical component to tobacco and nicotine use prevention and cessation in schools and the community. Non-punitive consequences to youth tobacco and nicotine use is part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco and nicotine prevention because they have shown to reduce youth use.  Second Chance takes a skills-based approach to help youth better understand their relationship with tobacco and nicotine in order to increase their knowledge and motivation to quit. E-cigarette use by youth is a significant health risk behavior: 27% of youth currently use e-cigarettes (Healthy Kids Colorado Survey 2017). In order to address this growing concern,  the Second Chance program was updated in February 2019 to include information about vaping and electronic nicotine devices.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

RMC Health
Amanda Nichols is a Professional Learning Facilitator at RMC Health. She works on the Tobacco Free School's team, which works to support local public health prevent tobacco and nicotine use in schools. Amanda joined the RMC Health staff in June 2018 after six years of teaching. She... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Grays Peak 1

3:45pm

The Need for Nutrition Care Guidelines for Transgender Patients

There are 1.4 million transgender individuals in the United States, and the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 50% report having to teach their healthcare provider about transgender-specific health issues, which may include nutrition. The current state of nutritional assessment, treatment, and care of transgender patients is virtually nonexistent. The lack of guidelines and education presents a barrier to attaining optimal health for members of transgender community. We will discuss why there is a need for transgender-specific nutrition care guidelines to be established, and we will explore strategies public health organizations can implement to better serve the transgender individuals living in the populations they serve.




Speakers
avatar for Emma Sickles

Emma Sickles

Tri-County Health Department
Emma Sickles graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She completed her dietetic internship with the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) in June of 2019. Currently, she is working with TCHD WIC... Read More →



Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Torreys Peak 3

3:45pm

“How Do You Take a Picture of Disparity?”: Using Photovoice to Understand Community Health Priorities Across Western Colorado
This session describes our use of PhotoVoice methodology to understand local health challenges and assets in communities across western Colorado. Across all communities, issues related to equity and the structural and social determinants of health emerged as top priorities for future research and programmatic efforts. We share examples of photos taken, themes that emerged, and lessons learned regarding how to effectively use this participatory research method for community engagement.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Nederveld

Andrea Nederveld

University of Colorado
Dr. Nederveld is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained/boarded physician who lives and works in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is committed to primary care research that improves the health of individuals and communities by establishing cross-sector understanding and collaboration... Read More →
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Elena Broaddus

My background includes working with outdoor education youth programs and conducting global health research focused on maternal and child health and food security and nutrition programs. In my current position with the Department of Family Medicine I coordinate PEACHnet—a new practice-based... Read More →


Wednesday August 28, 2019 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Quandary Peak 3

4:30pm

CPHA Health Equity Coalition (HEC): Equity in Action
Have you been learning about and talking about health equity but been wondering how to actually do health equity? Or have you been doing the work but looking for like-minded individuals with whom to connect and collaborate?

The HEC is comprised of over 100 individuals from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who envision a Colorado where “all will have the opportunities essential to attaining their highest level of health.”

We strive to achieve this vision through a commitment to unity across struggles, education, community engagement, advocacy, leadership development, status quo disruption, and societal transformation (with happy hours in between).

Join us as HEC Leadership shares the history of the movement and the work of our three action teams: Professional Development/Education, Organizational Infrastructure, and Community Outreach and Engagement.

We are also excited to unveil the official youth led CPHA equity initiative: The Health Equity Action Team (HEAT).

Refreshments, stimulating conversations, call to action and cash bar provided


Wednesday August 28, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Adventure Center - Out of Bounds Room
 
Thursday, August 29
 

6:30am

5K Run/Walk - Meet at Decatur Field located next to East Lake Pool
Join your colleagues and friends for the annual PHiR Fun Run/Walk!  Meet at Decatur Field next to the East Lake Pool.  We will start and end here.

Thursday August 29, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am

6:30am

FIT & NU Fitness Class - Creating Healthy Habits
Join your colleagues and friends for a fun, 60 minute heart-pumping workout that burns and builds!

Thursday August 29, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am
Arapahoe Room at Keystone Lodge

7:00am

Registration
Thursday August 29, 2019 7:00am - 5:00pm
Conference Center Lobby

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - A Health Equity Frame for Maternal Mortality Prevention in Colorado
Maternal mortality data are generated through a complex iterative process. We will discuss each step of the process, including case identification, records abstraction, review, and synthesis. This includes an innovative framework for identifying levels of preventability and recommendations for intervention based on models of health equity. Finally, we will discuss how the data are synthesized to create strategies for prevention, and we will contextualize Colorado’s data in the national dialogue on maternal mortality prevention.

Speakers
avatar for Shivani Bhatia

Shivani Bhatia

Maternal Health Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Shivani Bhatia is the Maternal Health Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She currently serves as the lead for Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Prevention Program, as well as for the Maternal & Child Health priority on maternal mental health. She... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - Assessing the modern public health workforce: key findings and recommendations for leveraging equity in the workplace
A medium sized (90FTE) public health agency conducted a comprehensive workforce assessment to explore organizational health and opportunities for improvement. A variety of national and organizational improvement tools were used to develop the assessment which was conducted in two parts, asking about job performance, satisfaction, training needs, trust, understanding and application of health equity, organizational culture, and professional competencies. Findings were used to write a workforce development plan and strategies for improving overall organizational health.

Speakers
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Audrey Goold

Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment
Audrey Goold is a Health Planner and Data Specialist at the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. Audrey has over 12 years of experience working in both social work and public health across the U.S. and internationally. She thrives off building data partnerships... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - Elevating the Latinx Voice in a State Public Awareness Campaign
The Roundtable Session will describe steps, processes, and methods in engaging the Latinx community in the development, implementation and ongoing quality improvement of the state health department’s public awareness campaign to reduce stigma around pregnancy-related depression (PRD) and anxiety. The facilitator will share templates and lessons learned and provide a networking opportunity for attendees to share best practices in utilizing community engagement as a public health strategy to achieve health equity.

Speakers

Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - Leveraging Parent Organizations at the State and County Level to Achieve Equity in the Public Health Foundational Capabilities
Representatives from CALPHO, CDPHE and county-level LPHAs will discuss best practices for leveraging relationships with governmental parent organizations to increase infuse equity in the Foundational Capabilities.

Speakers
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Theresa Anselmo

Executive Director, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
Ms. Anselmo’s resume includes 15 years in public health, and over 25 years in the dental field. In addition to her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is master’s prepared in public health, and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has served... Read More →
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Laurel Delmonico

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Laurel Delmonico is the Director of Administration for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, overseeing the department’s contracting, accreditation, governance, performance management and quality improvement programs. Previously, Laurel worked in Denver’s Budget... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - Open Wide for Opportunity: A New Vision of Oral Health for Colorado
This dynamic roundtable will highlight the unique opportunities for Colorado’s Medicaid program to improve oral health access and outcomes. The goal of the discussion is twofold: to vet the recommendations of CHI’s new analysis, and to solicit creative ideas for expanding evidence-based oral health services in Colorado. Participants should come prepared to learn about the RAEs, share their insights and ideas, and brush their teeth after eating pancakes and syrup.

Speakers
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Katya Mauritson

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Katya Mauritson is a general dentist and a Master of Public Health in Health System, Policy and Management candidate. Dr. Mauritson has served as Colorado’s State Dental Director for over five years. She works with partners to integrate oral health preventive strategies into statewide... Read More →
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Jeff Bontrager

Colorado Health Institute
Jeff Bontrager, MSPH, serves as Director of Research and Evaluation and joined the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) in 2005. Jeff oversees CHI’s evaluation portfolio and leads the multi-year evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation. Jeff also coordinates... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

Breakfast Roundtable - Who is the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center?
Join us to learn more about the training resources available through the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. Have a training idea you want help to bring to life? We’d love to talk with you.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center
Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center Center for Public Health Practice Associate Director


Thursday August 29, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:30am

9:00am

Breaking Free from the Restraints: Transforming Colorado’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Response to Behavioral Health Crises
Behavioral health crises are one of the leading causes of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) activation, yet we rarely discuss how these patients are treated, what resources are available, or how to improve the care we provide. This session will use statewide EMS data, as well as information from a few unique agencies that have implemented new strategies for the treatment and transport of this population, to discuss opportunities for improved efficiencies in an already strained system.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Lucas

Eric Lucas

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Eric Lucas is the Data Coordinator for the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in Denver, CO. Eric graduated with a MPH in Epidemiology & Environmental and Occupational Health from the Colorado School of Public... Read More →
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Amber Viitanen

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Amber Viitanen, MPH, serves as the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services (EMTS) Data Section Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) where she orchestrates the collection and analysis of Colorado’s EMS and trauma data. With a Master’s in Public... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grays Peak 3

9:00am

Colorado’s Story: Incorporating Community Voice and Multi-Sector Input into Colorado's Public Health and Environmental Assessment and Planning
Every five years, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is charged with setting priorities and developing an innovative, inclusive improvement plan. A diverse, multi-sectoral advisory council guided a process to tell the story of health and environment in Colorado. During this panel discussion, participants will learn about the process of engaging community members and cross-sector professionals, addressing intersectionality between identified themes, and prioritizing topics that lead to the 2020-2025 Public Health Improvement Plan.

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Anne-Marie Braga

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Anne-Marie Braga has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over a decade to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the state. Currently, she serves as the Director of Local Public Health Partnerships where she coordinates state and... Read More →
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Amy Dillon

Advancing Dynamic (AD) Solutions, LLC
Amy Dillon is co-founder and owner of Advancing Dynamic (AD) Solutions. She has held various roles within state and local governments and non-profit organizations, including the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and was instrumental... Read More →
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Alison Grace Bui

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Alison Grace Bui is a Public Health Data Coordinator in the Health Statistics and Evaluation Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She attended Drexel University where she earned her Masters of Public Health, concentrating on environmental and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Quandary Peak 2

9:00am

Mumps Outbreak Associated with a Non-Vaccinating Community: Challenges and Lessons Learned
In September 2018, Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified an outbreak of mumps in Colorado associated with a non-vaccinating community. This session highlights the unique challenges public health and community partners encountered during response efforts. Additionally, we will provide an in-depth review of the changing epidemiology of mumps and its impact on disease control efforts as it relates to preparing future public health response plans.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Hite

Donna Hite

Tri-County Health Department
Donna Hite is a Communicable Disease Epidemiologist III at Tri-County Health Department (TCHD).  After working in public health at TCHD for more than 25 years, she has investigated infectious disease cases and responded to many outbreaks including mumps, measles, Hepatitis A, pneumonic... Read More →
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Leslee Warren

Tri-County Health Department
Leslee joined the Tri-County Health Department Disease Intervention Team in February 2017. She graduated from the Colorado School of Public Health with a degree in epidemiology in May 2016. Prior to Tri-County, Leslee worked for the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence... Read More →
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Joseph Jasperse

Tri-County Health Department
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Jillian Jaskunas

Tri-County Health Department
Jillian Jaskunas received a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University, as well as a Master of Public Health from the Colorado School of Public Health. She has four years of experience working as a communicable disease epidemiologist, including positions at Tri-County Health... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Longs Peak

9:00am

Planning For and Instilling Health Equity: Adding a Public Health Element to your Municipality’s Comprehensive Plan to Solidify and Advance Public Health Priorities
Public health professionals can work with local planning departments to adopt a public health chapter into a municipality's comprehensive planning document, which provides a long-term vision for a community’s future actions. Infusing goals aimed at reducing health disparities, and adding upstream policies that explicitly establish a link between traditional planning components and health allows communities to include public health priorities in decision making around the use of public funds, tax policies, and other pressing issues.

Speakers
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Rachel Arndt

Boulder County Public Health
Rachel Arndt is a champion of equity, food justice and healthy community design. In her role as the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Built Environment Coordinator for Boulder County Public Health she works to create a more just future for her community through policy, systems and... Read More →
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Amelia Hulbert

Boulder County Public Health
Amelia Hulbert is passionate about improving access to healthy foods and beverages for under-resourced communities. She serves as the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Specialist at Boulder County Public Health’s where she works collaboratively to identify community needs and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Quandary Peak 3

9:00am

Results from the Colorado Congenital Heart Defects (COCHD) Surveillance System: Population-Level Surveillance for Congenital Heart Disease Among Adolescents and Adults in Colorado 
Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most common birth defect in the U.S.. Remarkable improvements in the survival of infants with CHDs has resulted in a demographic shift of the prevalent population to older ages. The Colorado Congenital Heart Defects (COCHD) Surveillance System was developed as statewide cohort of adolescents and adults with CHDs, from a cross-linkage of data across diverse healthcare systems, insurance claims and public health datasets to understand the epidemiology of CHDs.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Duca

Lindsey Duca

Senior Professional Research Assistant, PhD Epidemiology Student, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Tessa Crume

Public Health Professional
Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Torreys Peak 3

9:00am

You Would Die Without Us: What is Public Health's Rallying Cry?
Throughout 2019, CALPHO, CDPHE’s Office of Planning Partnerships and Improvement, and Trailhead Institute are hosting a series of facilitated meetings to reinvigorate the Public Health Alliance, a previously disbanded group of public health partners. This series of facilitated meetings are being used to: 1. reconvene the original Alliance members and expand membership; 2. coordinate input of public health transformation communication and advocacy campaign; and 3. build capacity to communicate the value of public health

Speakers
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Haley Stewart

CDPHE - Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
Haley Stewart, MPH is a Public Health Planner with the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She provides guidance and technical assistance to local public health agencies to help them carry out assessment and... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Lampe

Sarah Lampe

CEO, Trailhead Institute
We are a public health institute who serves the public health community through collaboration and innovation
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Peter Manetta

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) is the professional association representing the leadership, staff, and partners of Colorado‚Äôs local public health agencies (LPHAs). CALPHO supports their vital, community-focused public health activities by... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Quandary Peak 1

9:00am

Collecting and Using Qualitative Data: It's Not As Scary As You Think!
This interactive session will guide participants through the ins and outs of qualitative data collection including when it is best used, how to form a robust data collection plan, and what to do with the information once it has been collected.

Speakers
avatar for Shylo Dennison

Shylo Dennison

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Shylo Dennison is the Public Health Planner and Accreditation Coordinator for the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment. As Public Health Planner, she has assisted the Health Department with successfully obtaining approximately $7.5 million in grants over the past six... Read More →
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Jenny Case

Public Health Planner, Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
As a Public Health Project Specialist with the Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment, Jenny Case successfully launched a diverse community coalition which is working to implement societal-level strategies to prevent youth substance abuse. The Pueblo Communities That Care... Read More →
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Anne Hill

Community Health Innovations
Ms. Hill is a recent DrPH graduate of the Colorado School of Public Health/Community and Behavioral Health.


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Grays Peak 2

9:00am

Colorado School of Public Health's Latino Research & Policy Center Sponsored Session: Public Health Research, Program Implementation & Evaluation Inclusive of Latino Immigrant Populations
Immigrant Latinos and their families are often excluded from public health programming and research due to language barriers, cultural differences and limited literacy. This may contribute to health disparities in this population. Adapting public health programs and research to promote the inclusion of immigrant Latino participants goes beyond just language considerations. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:
1) Describe the immigrant Latinx population in Colorado and their health advantages and disadvantages compared with non-immigrant Latinos in Colorado and Coloradans of other races/ethnicities
2) Identify key steps to adaptation and tailoring of public health programs and research to promote inclusion of immigrant Latino populations through small group work on case studies from existing public health programs and research

Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Grays Peak 1

9:00am

Creating County Level Profiles to Facilitate Community Assessments
Data doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating, but in a world where we are inundated with information, it’s often difficult to know where to start. This session will teach you to use free, publicly available, cross-sector data to build profiles of your target population, allowing you to focus your efforts, dive deeper into possible correlations, design effective interventions, and track progress towards achieving your health outcomes goals.

Speakers
avatar for Maria de Jesus Diaz-Perez

Maria de Jesus Diaz-Perez

The Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC) is an objective, not-for-profit organization that empowers individuals, communities, and organizations advancing the Triple Aim of better health, better care, and lower costs through data and collaborative support services. We... Read More →
avatar for Cari Frank

Cari Frank

Center for Improving Value in Health Care
Cari leads the Communication and Marketing team, dedicated to developing and implementing strategic outreach and communication efforts to heighten awareness of how CIVHC aims to support health care change agents. Most recently, Cari served as Director of Communications and Development... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

9:00am

Got Slow Moving Initiatives? Use Change Management to Get Equity and Social Justice Moving in Your Agency
Change management is a critical skill for public health leaders, managers, and staff.  Regardless of the type of change, workplace or sector (government, healthcare, non-profit, business, etc.) success depends on individuals embracing and adopting changes. Equity and social justice issues can produce intense and anxiety-provoking behaviors from staff at all levels as well as community members involved in a change process. Developing change management competencies enables public health staff to successfully address change initiatives.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Weir

Heather Weir

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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Tracey Richers Maruyama

Denver Public Health
Tracey Richers Maruyama, MA, is a Sr. Public Health Planner who manages the Chronic Disease Tobacco Team and is the Change Management Team Lead at Denver Public Health. She has more than 25 years of experience in health promotion. She began her work with Denver Public Health in tobacco... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Torreys Peak 1

9:00am

The Messy In Between: Goal Coaching for Youth & Families
The “Messy In Between” goal coaching program can help anyone learn two critically important skills:
1 - How to set the right goal, and
2 - How to connect the dots between daily decisions and that goal.
Attendees will experience “The Messy in Between” goal coaching model, a 2-gen program for youth and families, developed through collaborative prevention programming efforts in northeastern Colorado. This model trains the brain to make connections that help individuals claim their future by reaching goals through daily decisions. 

Interactive session includes demonstrations, activities, coaching scenarios, and free takeaway materials.

Speakers
avatar for Rhonda Conger

Rhonda Conger

Soul Grower Industries
Rhonda Jo is the CEO of Soul Grower Industries, a company that offers teaching, training, and coaching with the focus of helping youth and families create the lives they were meant to live. The core concept of all Soul Grower programming is this: decisions determine destiny. After... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Torreys Peak 4

9:00am

The Power of Framing: How to Integrate Public Health Data with Community Experience to Raise Awareness of the Impact of Excessive Alcohol Use
This session will provide an overview of excessive drinking in Colorado, its impact on communities, available data sources, and evidence-based, population-level strategies to reduce excessive drinking. Participants will be presented with local-level case studies describing how surveillance systems have been enhanced to better monitor the consequences of excessive alcohol use and engage in small group activities to discuss their local data sources and opportunities to enhance data collection to support messaging efforts.

Speakers
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Sarah Belstock

Denver Public Health
Sarah Belstock is the Behavioral Health Planner at Denver Public Health. With over a decade of experience in community health promotion, Ms. Belstock's career has primarily focused on addressing issues of substance misuse and mental health within community- and campus-based settings... Read More →
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Kacy Crawford

CDPHE
Kacy Crawford is the Alcohol Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and is working to increase the dissemination and utilization of alcohol surveillance data to inform the selection and implementation of evidence-based strategies to address... Read More →
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Alexander Limas

Denver Public Health
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Ken Scott

Denver Public Health
Ken Scott is an epidemiologist at Denver Public Health, where he also completed a fellowship in applied public health informatics. Dr. Scott completed a PhD in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health and a MPH degree at the University of Washington.


Thursday August 29, 2019 9:00am - 11:15am
Torreys Peak 2

9:00am

10:15am

Colorado Tuberuculosis Elimination (TBE); A Multi-Disiplinary Approach to Ending TB in Colorado
Every time an individual experiences pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis (TB) disease, approximately 10 additional people become infected. Thus, the only way to reach TB elimination is by increasing screening, testing and treatment for TB infection before someone gets sick. This is complicated and demands a multi-disciplinary approach with creative service integration and funding solutions. Join me to learn about TBE in Colorado and tools for effectively engaging multi-disciplinary, statewide stakeholders to improve public health outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Tavia Mirassou-Wolf

Tavia Mirassou-Wolf

Tuberculosis Training and Education Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
With a passion for reducing health disparities by addressing social determinants of health, I've worked in many areas of public health in the U.S. and internationally, some of which include; HIV/AIDS, attitudes on and access to mental health services, access to safe drinking water... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Quandary Peak 3

10:15am

Connecting for Equity Through Clinical to Community Referral: Progress in Colorado
Health inequities may be reduced if patients can connect to relevant community resources for improved health outcomes.  Healthcare and human service organizations seek efficient ways to connect patients/clients with community-based organizations to address social challenges.  Multiple Colorado agencies are exploring innovative approaches and partnerships to improve clinical to community linkages to address health inequity and improve health outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Art Davidson

Art Davidson

Denver Public Health
Dr. Arthur Davidson, a family physician, is Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology and Preparedness at Denver Public Health, Denver Health. He seeks to build integrated informatics applications that support both clinical care and public health initiatives. He was principal... Read More →
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Melissa McClung

Denver Public Health
Melissa McClung is an epidemiologist and project manager at Denver Public Health where her work focuses on applying innovative information technology to public health. At Denver Public Health for 19 years, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis... Read More →
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Brett Reeder

Director of Client Services, Hunger Free Colorado
Hunger Free Colorado is a nonprofit focused on food security and dedicated to ensuring all Coloradans have access to affordable nutritious food. As the Director of Client Services, Brett oversees the design, implementation, and evaluation of all of Hunger Free Colorado’s client... Read More →
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Kirsti Klaverkamp

Denver Regional Council of Governments
Kirsti is program manager for the Accountable Health Communities at Denver Regional Council of Governments. She holds a Master of Social Science degree in community health and a bachelor’s degree in biology and Hispanic studies. Kirsti began her career in direct services, collaborating... Read More →
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Kathryn Jantz, MSW, MPH

Accountable Health Communities Model Director, Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Kathryn is the Accountable Health Communities Model Director at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. In this position, she is responsible for social determinants of health and population health strategies across all lines of business. Kathryn has more than 10 years of experience in health... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Torreys Peak 3

10:15am

Creating Health Communities Through Community-Driven Built Environment Projects, Processes, and Policies
Larimer County’s Built Environment staff will describe the process used to make built environment policy changes that support physical activity and overall health. Staff will describe partner development with both municipal and community members that has led to the creation of projects, toolkits, and events intended to educate decision makers, professionals, and the public about built environment policies that impact health equity.

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Brooke Bettolo

Brooke Bettolo MPH, works Northern Colorado doing community engagement, capacity building, community mobilization, and civic engagement to increase access to physical activity. She works with community champions and partners across disciplines to navigate complex institutional and... Read More →
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Kelly Haworth

Kelly Haworth is the program supervisor for the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment Built Environment program. Previously she was the coordinator for CanDo Loveland, a LiveWell Colorado funded community, and has worked on Policy and System change initiatives in California... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Quandary Peak 2

10:15am

Facilitating a Robust Stakeholder Process to Transform Colorado’s Governmental Public Health System
Engaging partners, stakeholders and community members is a standard approach and best practice in the public health profession. Learn how this has been applied to the Public Health Transformation effort in Colorado, and hear how the facilitation of this process is similar and varies from other engagement processes.

Speakers
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Anne-Marie Braga

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Anne-Marie Braga has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over a decade to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the state. Currently, she serves as the Director of Local Public Health Partnerships where she coordinates state and... Read More →
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Natalie Portman-Marsh

NPM Consultants
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Theresa Anselmo

Executive Director, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
Ms. Anselmo’s resume includes 15 years in public health, and over 25 years in the dental field. In addition to her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is master’s prepared in public health, and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has served... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Grays Peak 3

10:15am

One Measly Case of Measles
​In January of 2019 a Denver resident traveled to Southeast Asia and returned to Denver with measles. One case of measles has the potential to infect 12-18 people if they are not immune. To prevent an outbreak, Public Health workers contacted over 200 exposed people to determine who was immune, provide prophylaxis for those who were not immune, and monitor for secondary cases of measles. This presentation provides a  summary of one measles case and public health's response.

Speakers
avatar for Maggie McClean

Maggie McClean

Denver Public Health
Maggie McClean is a public health nurse at Denver Public Health in the Disease Investigation, Preparedness, and Response Division. Disease Investigation areas cover communicable diseases; vaccine preventable illness, enteric illness, outbreaks, animal bites/rabies prevention, HIV... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Longs Peak

10:15am

Survival of the Fittest: How a Culture of Professional Development Supports the Evolution of Public Health
The field of public health is constantly evolving and a workforce with up-to-date skills is critical for the effective delivery of public health services.  Professional development goals can enhance and maintain skills, build competency, and prepare staff for current or anticipated work. This presentation will share best practices for building a culture of professional development that is flexible, adaptive, and responsive to the needs of 21st century public health work.

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Elizabeth Rumbel

Denver Public Health
Elizabeth Rumbel, MA, serves as Denver Public Health's Workforce Development Specialist. In this capacity, Elizabeth leads DPH's workforce development efforts-including the integration of the Public Health Core Competencies. Her work also focuses on improving customer experience... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Quandary Peak 1

11:30am

A Roadmap to Academic/Community Partnership Sustainability and Equity
Our presentation will provide an overview of lessons-learned from an iterative process of engaging community members, academicians, researchers, and patients in a four-phase project aimed at identifying the facilitators and barriers to sustaining patient-centered outcomes research partnerships. These identified facilitators and barriers to partnership sustainability have been used to collaboratively build a partnership sustainability toolkit framework, develop manuscripts, and create an infographic, all of which are designed to provide best-practices around sustaining community-academic partnerships.

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Nikki Cimino

Public Health Non-Profit, physical sponsorships of various public health organizations and research
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Kevin Werner

Kevin has worked as a Program Coordinator with Trailhead Institute since August 2016. Prior to joining Trailhead, he worked as a claims specialist with the Social Security Administration in Denver where he helped the public navigate the process of applying for retirement, disability... Read More →
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Andrea Nederveld

University of Colorado
Dr. Nederveld is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained/boarded physician who lives and works in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is committed to primary care research that improves the health of individuals and communities by establishing cross-sector understanding and collaboration... Read More →
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Sheila Davis

University of Denver
My desire to reduce health disparities has framed my professional career. As a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, I noticed that disproportionate numbers of African American children with asthma received treatment in intensive care unit settings while white children... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Grays Peak 1

11:30am

Building Confidence in Comprehensive Communication Planning: A Case Study in Extending the Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety Campaign at the State and Local Level
This presentation will use the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s (CDPHE) Pregnancy-Related Depression and Anxiety (PRD) public awareness campaign as a case study in how to develop and execute an evidence based and comprehensive campaign at the state and local level. The presentation will outline a variety of tactics from no-cost to high-cost to help attendees understand and identify what is most appropriate for their community.


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Grays Peak 3

11:30am

Creating a Space and Place for Community Ownership: East5ide Unified|Unido
Join this community-driven discussion about the key strategies deployed to engage community residents, build on community assets, and ensure community drives a collaborative  process. East5ide Unified|Unido members will share what it takes to collectively mobilize residents and community organizations towards a shared goal to build social cohesion and change institutional policy. The session will highlight the strengths, challenges and learnings, acknowledging that while it hasn’t all been smooth, it’s definitely been intriguing, engaging and inspiring!

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Emily Holcomb

The Civic Canopy
Emily Holcomb COORDINATOR, PROJECTS AND NETWORK INITIATIVES Emily is a Coordinator at The Civic Canopy, skillfully supporting projects and initiatives to strategically plan, implement, evaluate, and learn. Through cultivating openness, inclusivity, and transparency, Emily equips groups... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Quandary Peak 1

11:30am

Early Perspectives on SDoH Screening and Referral Implementation in Community-Clinical Linkage Programs
The Partners in Evaluation and Research Center at Kaiser Permanente Colorado evaluated the planning and implementation process for social determinants of health screening and referral within clinical programs. 7 clinical programs successfully implemented screening and referral and provided feedback on their facilitators and barriers. Clinical programs incorporating screening and referral for social needs should consider resource availability and the opportunity cost of the process, and prioritize building and maintaining collaborative partnerships with referral organizations.

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Cheryl Kelly

Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Cheryl Kelly Buening, PhD, MPH, MA, is an Evaluation Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She has extensive experience in program and policy evaluation, as well as evaluating the relationship of the built environment and related policies with healthy behaviors, including... Read More →
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Brooke Bender

Kaiser Permanente - Institute of Health Research
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Allison Maytag

Partners in Evaluation and Research
Allison Maytag is a Research Specialist in the Partners in Evaluation and Research (PiER) Center at Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Institute for Health Research. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate at the OMNI Institute focused on a variety of projects related to substance... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Grays Peak 2

11:30am

Engaging Partners in Expanding Access to Specialty Care Through Telemedicine in Pueblo County
Staff members at Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment (PDPHE) reviewed the literature, interviewed experts, and surveyed families with Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSCHN) and community partners to determine whether telemedicine is an acceptable option in Pueblo County.Telemedicine is more highly accepted in Pueblo County. Families of CYSCHN noted a 50% likelihood of using telemedicine and 80% of community partners said that they would refer to specialty telemedicine clinics.

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Anne Hill

Community Health Innovations
Ms. Hill is a recent DrPH graduate of the Colorado School of Public Health/Community and Behavioral Health.


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Torreys Peak 2

11:30am

Evaluation of an Innovative Program to Address Bias and Discrimintation for Health Professional Students
Biases and discrimination among health care providers and the impacts on patient outcomes are well documented. Studies suggest implicit bias alone can be a stronger predictor of patient outcomes than treatment processes. Including appropriate bias and discrimination curriculum should be a priority of all health professional training programs to establish equitable care for all patients. The literature documents efforts at such programming for medical schools, yet no gold-standard exists. This program evaluation examines “What Happened and Why?” an innovative student-led program to address issues of bias and discrimination for first year medical students.

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Regina Richards

University of Colorado School of Medicine
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Rita Lee, MD

CU School of Medicine
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Paritosh Kaul

CU School of Medicine


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Torreys Peak 1

11:30am

How to Screen a Middle School for Tuberculosis: Communication, Collaboration and Lessons Learned
At the beginning of the year, the Denver Metro TB Clinic (DMTBC) was notified that a person who spent significant time at a local middle school was diagnosed with active tuberculosis. Over the next three months, DMTBC, other Denver Public Health departments, and Tri-County Health Department investigated and recommended testing the entire school for TB. Learn from our successes and challenges collaborating to enact a large, publicized public health intervention.

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Jennifer Fine

Denver Public Health
Jenny Fine is the facilitator of the Healthy Beverage Partnership’s Communications Committee, overseeing the strategic direction of the Hidden Sugar campaign. While at Denver Public Health for the last five years, she has supported multiple communications efforts including, the... Read More →
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Lisa Filipczak

Denver Public Health
Lisa Filipczak is a public health planner in the Disease Investigation Preparedness and Response Division of Denver Public Health. Her planning and coordination areas include, in part, healthcare coalitions, disaster behavioral health, volunteer management, Health Alert Network (HAN... Read More →
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Ben Penningroth

Denver Health
Ben Penningroth has worked at Denver Public Health as the TB Clinic Administrator since fall 2018. With the ultimate goal of supporting TB eradication in Colorado, he leads the administrative teams in the clinic and strategic community engagement efforts. Prior to joining the TB Clinic... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Quandary Peak 3

11:30am

Identifying Progressive Silicosis in Western Engineered Stone Fabrication Workers and Advocating for Worker Protections
We describe a cluster of seven silicosis cases complicated by rheumatoid arthritis and latent tuberculosis infection in current and former Colorado engineered/natural stone fabrication workers. In addition to medical diagnosis and treatment, these occupational sentinel health events required the application of public health principles for disease prevention among exposed workers. We outline both the medical and public health models for early disease diagnosis and protection of vulnerable workers from hazardous exposures.

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Cecile Rose

National Jewish Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Cecile Rose is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health. She has academic appointments in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and in the Department... Read More →
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Jenna Wolff

National Jewish Health
Jenna Wolff is a clinical research coordinator for the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health. She is the lead Research Coordinator for the Center for Deployment-Related Lung Disease and is a member of the Miners Clinic of Colorado clinical... Read More →
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Lauren Zell-Baran

National Jewish Health, Colorado School of Public Health
Lauren Zell-Baran is an epidemiologist at National Jewish Health. She received a Master’s of Public Health degree with a focus in Environmental and Occupational Health from the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) in 2017. She is currently working on her PhD in epidemiology at... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Torreys Peak 3

11:30am

Life Expectancy Data Serve as a Call to Action to Address Health Equity
Life expectancy data are now available at the census tract level. These data, coupled with demographic, health risk factor, and health outcome data, tell a compelling story about the upstream contributors to health inequities in different communities. Life expectancy is an indicator that resonates well with most all people and can be used to educate policy makers and funders about the importance of investing in the social determinants of health at the local level.

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Adam Anderson

Tri-County Health Department
Mr. Anderson is currently a Population Health Epidemiologist at Tri-County Health Department. He specializes in understanding and measuring how communities, cultures, and the physical environment we live in can influence health outcomes and behaviors. Previous to Tri-County Health... Read More →
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Alyson Shupe

Tri-County Health Department
Dr. Shupe earned a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Ph.D. in public health from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Shupe worked as the health planner for the Boulder County Health Department for five years providing technical assistance and training in program planning, research... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

11:30am

Tools to Interpret Data and Strengthen Immunization Conversations in Schools: Developing Custom, School-District Level Fact Sheets to Support Collaboration between Local Public Health and Schools
Using 2017-18 Colorado school immunization coverage data, the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC) developed custom fact sheets to help each school district understand its level of community protection against vaccine-preventable diseases and to identify successful strategies and areas for improvement.

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Katherine Waters

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Katherine Waters is a first-year, 2016 Public Health Associate within the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Assigned to the non-profit, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) in Aurora... Read More →
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Elizabeth Abbott

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Elizabeth Abbott currently serves as the Director of Programs and Strategy at the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition where she leads the development and implementation of initiatives to improve immunization education, access, delivery and policy in Colorado. Since joining... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Longs Peak

11:30am

Unhealthy By Design: Public Health Consequences of Denver's Criminalization of Homelessness
Across Colorado, cities are facing a profound and growing challenge of people experiencing homelessness struggling to survive in public places as cities mobilize police resources to enforce "anti-homeless" laws. This community-based participatory research project, in partnership with Denver Homeless Out Loud (DHOL) and the Right to Survive Ballot Initiative, sought to understand the public health implications of these laws through a survey and qualitative interviews.

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Marisa Westbrook

Marisa Westbrook, MPH, is a PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences at CU Denver. Her research interests include structural interventions for health equity, community engagement, structural competency, and critical public health pedagogy.


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Torreys Peak 4

11:30am

Weeding Out Contaminants: An Assessment of Pesticides and Microbials in Marijuana Products Sold in Denver, Colorado
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in 2014.  Marijuana products are subject to required contaminant testing, however, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has investigated many cases of contaminated product that somehow made its way through testing and onto store shelves.  This presentation will explore the identified gaps in required testing and DDPHE's findings and conclusions from contamination investigations as well as their baseline contamination study.

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Abby Davidson

Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Abby Davidson is the Manager of the Food and Cannabis Section in the Public Health Investigations Division of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment. She has a bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and has spent her career working... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Quandary Peak 2

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday August 29, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

12:30pm

CPHA Business Meeting
Thursday August 29, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Torreys Peak 1

1:15pm

Air Quality Community Action Network (AQ-CAN)
Denver's project using cutting-edge air pollution sensor technology to create a citywide air quality monitoring and evidence-based health intervention program at public schools, resulting in behavior change and better-informed policy to improve health outcomes.

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Michael Ogletree

Public Health Professional
Michael Ogletree is the Air Quality Program Manager in the Department of Public Health & Environment for the City and County of Denver. He serves as a subject matter expert on citywide air quality matters and is responsible for updating and maintaining emissions inventories, performing... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Grays Peak 3

1:15pm

Beyond the Hospital Walls: A Partnership to Improve Hospital Care and Care Transitions for Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Patients experiencing homelessness represent a vulnerable population that is disproportionately affected by substantial health inequities. We established a Community Advisory Panel (CAP)  with 12 individuals (6 community stakeholders and 6 individuals who have experienced homelessness) to better understand the perceptions of people experiencing homelessness around hospitalization and care transitions, in order to develop a shared vision for improvement through future programs, services and research.  Six CAPs were conducted over 6 months, and qualitative analytic methods were used to identify salient themes through the discussions.

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Sarah Leslie

Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Sarah Leslie has over six years working in sexual health and women's health research. Her research interests include sexual health, women's health, substance use, and mental illness.


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Torreys Peak 4

1:15pm

Circumstances Associated with Suicide Deaths Among Older Adults
Despite the increased suicide rate among older adults age 65 years and above, research and prevention efforts targeting this population are limited compared to those targeting other subpopulations. Using data from Colorado residents who died by suicide between 2011 and 2016, obtained by the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS), we examine circumstances and risk factors associated with suicide among older adults and discuss the implications of these findings.

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Ethan Jamison

Public Health Professional
The Colorado Violent Death Reporting System is a public health surveillance which collects data on violent deaths (primarily homicide and suicide) throughout the state of Colorado. This CDC funded system utilizes crucial information from death certificates, coroner reports, and law... Read More →
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Joshua Swanson

CDPHE
Joshua David Swanson works as a Statistical Analyst at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and is part of the Colorado Violent Death Reporting System (CoVDRS). He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Statistics with a... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Grays Peak 2

1:15pm

Growing PEACHnet— A New Community-Engaged Research Network for Colorado’s Western Slope 
During this session, the process for developing a primary care research network in western Colorado will be described. This network is being developed to allow for community voice in research projects. The topic generating process will also be reviewed, which revealed that social determinants of health are foremost in provider and community members perspectives.

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Donald Nease

Dr. Nease is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is Associate Director of the SNOCAP PBRN Collaborative in the Colorado Health Outcomes Program. Dr. Nease is also Senior Medical Director with The Advisory Board, Co. Dr... Read More →
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Elena Broaddus

My background includes working with outdoor education youth programs and conducting global health research focused on maternal and child health and food security and nutrition programs. In my current position with the Department of Family Medicine I coordinate PEACHnet—a new practice-based... Read More →
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Andrea Nederveld

University of Colorado
Dr. Nederveld is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained/boarded physician who lives and works in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is committed to primary care research that improves the health of individuals and communities by establishing cross-sector understanding and collaboration... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

1:15pm

Leveraging Inclusive Data and Partnerships Toward Equitable Disaster Outcomes: The Colorado Community Inclusion Mapping Project
The emergency planning cycle promotes iterative improvement, proceeding from assessment to planning to training to exercise to evaluation and around again.  By integrating "people-focused" data and engagement throughout this cycle, Colorado public health preparedness partners are working to improve the equity and effectiveness of our emergency systems.  Come learn about the Colorado Community Inclusion (CICO) maps and how they have catalyzed community engagement and innovative activities in public health and healthcare preparedness programs.

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Aimee Voth Siebert

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Aimee Voth Siebert is the Community Inclusion Coordinator and Disaster Behavioral Health Specialist with the Colorado Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR). Aimee has worked for OEPR since May 2012, launching immediately into state responses for the 2012 and 2013 Wildfire... Read More →
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Devon Williford

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Devon Williford is a Health GIS Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment where he has been assisting the department in developing desktop GIS and web-mapping applications supporting data visualization, disease surveillance, mapping community health resources... Read More →
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Colin Martin

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Torreys Peak 2

1:15pm

Mapping Substance Use Disorder Treatment Provider Coverage and Availability in Colorado
A 152% increase in drug-related deaths between 2009 and 2014 speaks to the fact that Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is on the rise in Colorado.  In 2018 the Colorado State Legislature directed CDPHE to expand the Colorado Health Service Corps program to include clinician practice incentives for SUD providers.  To define and visualize the location and scale of state-designated SUD Health Professional Shortage Areas, CDPHE implemented a place-based model that can be utilized to quantify SUD treatment availability and other access-to-care issues across the state.

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Benjamin White

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Ben White is a GIS Health Analyst for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. His work includes infectious and chronic disease surveillance mapping, spatial-temporal cluster analyses of health disparities, and mapping of community health resources. Mr. White received... Read More →
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Devon Williford

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Devon Williford is a Health GIS Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment where he has been assisting the department in developing desktop GIS and web-mapping applications supporting data visualization, disease surveillance, mapping community health resources... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Longs Peak

1:15pm

Paso a Paso: A Guide to Multisectoral Collaboration and Community Engagement for Active Living Events
Larimer County Department of Health Built Environment Staff will describe the process of working with over a dozen organizations to provide support for a community-driven active living event in Fort Collins. EnFoco will share their step-by-step process and lessons learned from working together to operationalize residents’ dreams for a multicultural community event that supported physical activity and community building.

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Brooke Bettolo

Brooke Bettolo MPH, works Northern Colorado doing community engagement, capacity building, community mobilization, and civic engagement to increase access to physical activity. She works with community champions and partners across disciplines to navigate complex institutional and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Torreys Peak 3

1:15pm

Serving Colorado’s Kids’ Better - Assessment of Colorado’s Children’s Meals in Restaurants and Policy Strategies
Unhealthy beverages such as sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood obesity, a growing epidemic. Many children’s meals for 12 and under at restaurants include a sugary beverage, and about 42% of children aged two to nine eat fast food daily. We evaluated the extent of unhealthy beverages as part of standard children’s meals in Colorado and will discuss opportunities to improve nutritional content of beverages included in restaurant children’s meals.

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Tessa Hale

Boulder County Public Health
Tessa is the Healthy Beverage & Food Advisor at Boulder County Public Health where she supports community members in tackling the systems leading to dietary-related chronic disease through innovate policy campaigns.  Her past experience includes community organizing and leading economic... Read More →
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Thuyvi Vo

Denver Public Health
Thuyvi Vo is the Healthy Eating Active Living, Public Health Program Assistant at Denver Public Health (DPH). During her year at DPH she has led data analysis efforts for the Healthy Beverage Partnership work and coordinated and supported DPH youth leaders who are working with the... Read More →



Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Quandary Peak 2

1:15pm

Strategic Partnerships to Support Immunization Activities in Rural Colorado through National Service
Immunization rates in many Colorado communities are below the level need to achieve community protection or “herd immunity”.  The reasons for low immunization rates vary by community and require tailored approaches to address local-level issues of immunization access, vaccine hesitancy and data quality.  The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition has a developed a framework to support local level immunization activities, public health systems development, capacity building and workforce development through a national service program.

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Stephanie Wasserman

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
I joined the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) as executive director in 2012. Under my leadership, the organization increased foundation and donation revenues by more than 150% and deepened its policy focus, including spearheading the passage of SB13-222 and HB14-1288... Read More →
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Elizabeth Abbott

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Elizabeth Abbott currently serves as the Director of Programs and Strategy at the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition where she leads the development and implementation of initiatives to improve immunization education, access, delivery and policy in Colorado. Since joining... Read More →
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Katherine Waters

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Katherine Waters is a first-year, 2016 Public Health Associate within the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Assigned to the non-profit, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) in Aurora... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Quandary Peak 3

1:15pm

Will Colorado Ever Eliminate Non-Medical Exemptions for Immunizations? Roadblocks and Opportunities for State Vaccine Policy
Colorado consistently ranks among the states with the highest immunization exemption rates in the United States, with nearly 95% of exemptions being made for personal, not medical, reasons. Due to the high level of safety and community protection provided by vaccines, many professional medical organizations acknowledge that the only legitimate reason for exempting from immunizations is for medical purposes. Despite the evidence for strengthening exemption policies, Colorado has struggled in passing meaningful pro-immunization policy.

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Stephanie Wasserman

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
I joined the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) as executive director in 2012. Under my leadership, the organization increased foundation and donation revenues by more than 150% and deepened its policy focus, including spearheading the passage of SB13-222 and HB14-1288... Read More →
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Katherine Waters

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
Katherine Waters is a first-year, 2016 Public Health Associate within the Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Assigned to the non-profit, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) in Aurora... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Quandary Peak 1

1:15pm

Youth Vaping: A Whole Community Approach
Public Health of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties are innovating in their approach to addressing a rapidly increasing rate of youth e-cigarette use. Recognizing that no one entity will solve this complex issue alone, Public Health has allowed youth as well as health care, school districts, youth-serving organizations, and local government, to take the driver's seat in creating action that is rooted in best practices. We will describe how we have done this.

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Anna Cole

Roaring Fork School District
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Risa Turetsky

Pitkin County Public Health
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Mandy Ivanov

Eagle County Public Health and Environment
Mandy Ivanov, MPH, LMT is a health promotion coordinator at Eagle County Public Health and Environment. In her position, she primarily administers the Tobacco Education, Prevention, and Cessation Programs for Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties.


Thursday August 29, 2019 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Torreys Peak 1

2:00pm

Building an Infrastructure for Social-Health Information Exchange in Colorado
Presenters will share an overview of Colorado’s Health IT Roadmap, developed by the state’s eHealth Commission, as well as the core components of a social-health information exchange. Panelists will also share the results of the statewide care coordination environmental scan and a care coordination mapping process led by the Commission's Care Coordination Workgroup. In addition, the panel will share examples of demonstration projects that will inform future implementation strategies.

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Carrie Paykoc

Colorado
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Rachel Hutson

CDPHE - Prevention Services Division
Rachel Hutson, MSN, RN, CPNP, is the Children, Youth and Families Branch Chief in the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Rachel also serves as the Director for Colorado’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grays Peak 3

2:00pm

Depression in Denver: A Framework for Comprehensive Health Condition Reporting for Local Public Health
Behavioral health is increasingly recognized as a key component of the health of the community.  However, traditional public health surveillance tools have limited ability to characterize behavioral health problems.  We provide an example of using well-established and novel data sources to provide a comprehensive view of depression in Denver, including barriers to care. We are now working with healthcare systems, policymakers, community-based organizations, researchers and community members to address the gaps identified in the report.

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Bill Burman

Denver Public Health
William Burman, MD, is an infectious disease specialist with a particular interest in HIV care and prevention. He has worked at Denver Public Health since 1995, initially as Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic and a researcher on tuberculosis and HIV. Since becoming Director... Read More →
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Sarah Belstock

Denver Public Health
Sarah Belstock is the Behavioral Health Planner at Denver Public Health. With over a decade of experience in community health promotion, Ms. Belstock's career has primarily focused on addressing issues of substance misuse and mental health within community- and campus-based settings... Read More →
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Greg Budney

Denver Public Health
Greg Budney is an epidemiologist and the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service, or CHORDS, Project Manager for Public Health Monitoring at Denver Public Health. CHORDS is a regional collaborative partnership between Colorado health providers, public health departments... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Quandary Peak 2

2:00pm

Developing a Toolkit for Rural Health Equity 
Over the past year, OMNI Institute, Pitkin County Public Health, and Silver Thread Public Health have partnered to create a Health Equity toolkit focused on rural/resort communities. This session will share an overview of the toolkit, including the content included, a discussion of our process to develop and pilot the toolkit, and a reflection from each partner on implementation lessons learned. Session participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss how to integrate equity in day-to-day work in the public health field.

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Paola Molina

OMNI Institute
Our rigorous approach to finding answers to complex social questions is anchored in our desire to authentically engage with our clients—the experts on their communities and their issues. Combining that expertise with our commitment to social science best practices and equity are... Read More →
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Tara Hardy

Silver Thread Public Health District
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Risa Turetsky

Pitkin County Public Health
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Katie Gelman

Katie Gelman, MPH, DrPH, is the Vice President of Public and Behavioral Health at OMNI Institute. Dr. Gelman provides oversight to projects that span a variety of public health issues, with a common thread of health equity. Her areas of expertise focus in substance use prevention... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

2:00pm

Male Mental Health: A Crisis in Public Health and the Colorado Response
We are in the midst of what many are calling a male mental health crisis as evidenced by disproportionately high rates of suicide, substance use and addiction, violence, victimization and incarceration. The consequences of these do not impact men alone, but all of society; and societal problems require a societal response. This presentation will provide information on several efforts underway in Colorado which are attempting to create this response.

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Jason Vitello

DPH/CPHA
Jason Vitello is the Behavioral Health Coordinator for Denver Public Health and Director for Health Equity for the Colorado Public Health Association. He is also a social worker and therapist who has provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services to historically... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grays Peak 2

2:00pm

The Impact of the Recreational Cannabis on the Opioids Crisis: Place Matters
The objective of this study is to assess whethercounty-level measures of exposure to retail dispensaries (medical, recreational or both) are correlated with cannabis and opioid related harm, and whether this varies across Colorado communities.

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Greg Tung

Dr. Tung's research interests relate to how scientific evidence is incorporated into policy and program decision making, with a special emphasis on injury prevention. He works on a diverse range of injury topics, including the prevention of youth violence, suicides, poisonings and... Read More →
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Christine Buttorff

RAND Corporation
Dr. Buttorff is an associate policy researcher with the RAND Corporation.


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Longs Peak

2:00pm

Using Structured Consumer-Generated mHealth Data to Represent Whole-Person Health  
Underrepresented communities facing health crises can be seen "as the disease" rather than as whole person. Health information technology (HIT) has potential to connect with individuals and enable data capture to represent a whole-person approach to care. A consumer-facing application, MyStrengths+MyHealth (MSMH), was developed to capture standardized strengths, challenges, and needs to represent all aspects of health that includes strengths as well as challenges. MSMH is built using the Omaha System, a standardized health terminology.

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Robin Austin

School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Dr. Robin Austin is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. Dr. Austin has a broad range of health care experience including a registered nurse with a Master Science in Nursing (MSN) focusing on nursing education, a Doctorate in Nursing Practice... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Torreys Peak 3

2:00pm

Calling all Public Health Professionals: Strategic Skill-Building in Action!
Building Skills for a More Strategic Public Health Workforce: A Call to Action, developed by the de Beaumont Foundation, recommends that the governmental workforce "develop strategic skills that complement existing discipline-specific expertise". In this session, participants will explore and practice the strategic skills of systems thinking, problem solving, and resource management through Colorado examples, best-practice resources, and interactive activities that harness participant expertise.  Facilitators have a combined 70+ years in public health. Please join us!

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Rachel Hutson

CDPHE - Prevention Services Division
Rachel Hutson, MSN, RN, CPNP, is the Children, Youth and Families Branch Chief in the Prevention Services Division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Rachel also serves as the Director for Colorado’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant... Read More →
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Gina Febbraro

CDPHE - Prevention Services Division
Gina Febbraro, MPH, currently serves as a Planning and Improvement Consultant for the Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, Gina supports programs in the Division on strategic planning, performance management... Read More →
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Karen Trierweiler

Consultant
Karen Trierweiler, MS, CNM (ret.) is a master’s prepared nurse midwife and experienced public health professional, with over 30+ years experience in Public Health. She served as the Title V MCH Director in Colorado for 11 years and as the Title X Family Planning Director for six... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Torreys Peak 4

2:00pm

Coaching for Change: One Improvement Conversation at a Time
As organizations seek to build a culture of continuous improvement, developing skills that move staff beyond a mere understanding of tools, to an application of principles, is critical. The purpose of this session is to empower staff at all levels to coach individuals and teams through improvement processes. Participants will receive an introduction to coaching, review and practice using a five step coaching model, and discuss how to coach difficult behaviors.

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Elizabeth Rumbel

Denver Public Health
Elizabeth Rumbel, MA, serves as Denver Public Health's Workforce Development Specialist. In this capacity, Elizabeth leads DPH's workforce development efforts-including the integration of the Public Health Core Competencies. Her work also focuses on improving customer experience... Read More →
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Nancy Wittmer

Denver Public Health
Nancy Wittmer, BS, is the Planning and Performance Improvement Program Assistant at Denver Public Health. In this role, Nancy supports performance improvement activities and initiatives including accreditation, health equity, quality improvement, strategic planning, and workforce... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Quandary Peak 1

2:00pm

Equity in Action: Relationship Building Towards a More Just World. 
Within equity work and social justice movements, it is imperative that people know one another on a transformational level. As a result of systemic racism, individuals within systems are separated from engaging on a personal level, which undermines our ability to apply both similarities and differences in our work. This session will focus on explaining systemic racism and its effects as well as leading participants through three relationship-building strategies that positively impact system level operations.

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Ashley Wheeler-Bell

Denver Public Health


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Torreys Peak 2

2:00pm

Igniting a Guidestar: Crafting Effective Vision, Mission, and Values Statements
What really guides you? We create vision, mission and value statements to give our organizations a “north star” and a unifying concept to rally behind each day we show up to work. They also help us communicate the value of public health to a variety of audiences. But do they? Come join the newly revived Public Health Alliance in a communication exercise to help build our collective capacity to creatively and effectively communicate public health.

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Peter Manetta

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) is the professional association representing the leadership, staff, and partners of Colorado‚Äôs local public health agencies (LPHAs). CALPHO supports their vital, community-focused public health activities by... Read More →
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Sarah Lampe

CEO, Trailhead Institute
We are a public health institute who serves the public health community through collaboration and innovation
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Haley Stewart

CDPHE - Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
Haley Stewart, MPH is a Public Health Planner with the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She provides guidance and technical assistance to local public health agencies to help them carry out assessment and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Quandary Peak 3

2:00pm

Restorative Community Engagement: Creating Spaces to Share Power 
Engagement is a vital component to achieving equity, but sometimes falls short of our goals and ends up being harmful to the communities we are trying to serve. We have recognized the inherent importance of involving people who are impacted by our decisions in the creation, process, and implementation of our projects and programs. We’ll discuss how to create restorative spaces that honor collective healing and empowerment of those involved, to advance and improve our projects and programs.
“Nothing about us, without us” is a phrase that is should be amplified within our programs, and it often is highlighted, but what does “Nothing about us, without us,” truly mean? In what ways is community and youth engagement tokenized within our work and how can we work towards changing the ways we show up? Through experiential activities, we will challenge the perceptions and actions we have within our work, and frame community and youth engagement in a way that brings equity and inclusivity to the forefront. We will address multiple levels of biases and barriers that exist on: individual, communal, organizational, and systemic levels.
We will discuss how community engagement has to be walking the walk, and not just talking the talk of inclusivity and engagement. Through this workshop we will explore actionable ways we can show up and share power with communities. In doing so, we can collectively work towards the advancement of authentic community engagement.

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Sedona Allen

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
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Angel Smith

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Angel Smith is currently the Health Equity and Community Engagement the Maternal Child Health Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She describes herself as a living lighthouse. Existing in a space where there are constant contending energies- the System... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Torreys Peak 1

3:15pm

Authentic Community Engagement Through Asset-Based Strategies
ELPASO (Engaged Latino Parents Advancing Student Outcomes) is a movement creating a critical mass of Latino parents who are well-informed & skilled at helping their children enter school ready. Through ELPASO, VOZ is a program for parents with the goal of community organizing & using their leadership skills for the betterment of Boulder County. This program focuses on leadership within the community & familial wellbeing to create social change.

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Abby Ocampo Zapién

ELPASO Movement
Abby Ocampo Zapién was born and raised in Colorado and is first generation Mexican-American. Abby is a Community Organizer at ELPASO in Lafayette, CO., where she works alongside Latino parents to create positive changes for their families. Abby believes that all Latino families deserve... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

3:15pm

Measuring Holistic Health in Low-Income Communities: the Pets for Life as One Health Study
In this presentation, the Institute for Human-Animal Connection will share their innovative study design and process for developing an instrument that can measure One Health (the interconnected health of humans, animals, and the environment) in low-income communities.

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Sloane Hawes

Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver
Sloane Hawes, MSW is a Research Associate with the Institute for Human-Animal Connection in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. She has an undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and Psychology from the University of San Diego and a Masters of Social Work... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Torreys Peak 3

3:15pm

Mental Health in the Latinx Community
The Latinx population in the United States has reached nearly 58 million in 2016 and has been the principal driver of U.S. population growth in recent years. This presentation examines the complex relationship between Latinx mental health and culture. Topics for discussion include an analysis of data on access to mental health services and self-reported mental health outcomes.

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Adriana Gomez

Colorado Health Institute
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Emily Cervantes

Colorado Health Institute
Emily Cervantes joined the Colorado Health Institute in September 2018 as a Research Analyst. In 2004, Emily graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing with a minor in ethnic studies from the University of Colorado at Denver. After graduation, Emily... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Grays Peak 2

3:15pm

Policy solutions and Community Organizing Strategies to Address Inequities in Mobile Home Parks
Mobile homes are an important and effective way to meet Colorado's affordable housing needs. In fact, mobile homes are one of the only forms of unsubsidized affordable housing remaining in Colorado, and more than 100,000  Coloradans live in manufactured homes. To ensure that mobile homes remain a viable source of affordable housing in Colorado, local and state legislation must be improved to protect resident rights and build power through community organizing.

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Rachel Arndt

Boulder County Public Health
Rachel Arndt is a champion of equity, food justice and healthy community design. In her role as the Healthy Eating, Active Living and Built Environment Coordinator for Boulder County Public Health she works to create a more just future for her community through policy, systems and... Read More →
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Susan Motika

Boulder County Public Health
Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) is strongly committed to law and policy strategies that are supported by the community to achieve systems and population-level change.
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Amelia Hulbert

Boulder County Public Health
Amelia Hulbert is passionate about improving access to healthy foods and beverages for under-resourced communities. She serves as the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Specialist at Boulder County Public Health’s where she works collaboratively to identify community needs and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Quandary Peak 2

3:15pm

Safe and Healthy Housing for Older Adults: A Livability Assessment Tool to Age in Place
To age successfully, older adults need universally designed housing that is cognitively enriching for a long healthy life. Safe and Healthy Communities (SHC) will share a newly developed Livability Assessment Tool for Older Adults. The Tool offers housing managers, older adults, developers, health, housing, and design professionals the ability to view their work through a new lens by considering physical, emotional, and cognitive health and safety when considering older adult affordable housing.

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Karen Roof

Safe and Healthy Communities
Karen E. Roof, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Safe and Healthy Communities (SHC), a non-profit organization. The mission is to create and ensure safe, healthy and equitable communities. She works as a public health consultant with national, state and local public agencies, private... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Grays Peak 3

3:15pm

Trends in Outpatient Admissions for Opioid Use Disorder: A Comparative Study of a Safety Net Treatment Facility in Denver to National, Colorado, and Denver Area Estimates
Research Objective: To compare changes over time in demographic, primary drug of abuse, and payer characteristics among patients admitted to substance abuse treatment facilities for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment at Denver Health’s (DH) Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS) facility, Denver Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA), Colorado, and the U.S.   Methods: We analyzed data regarding patients reporting opioid use/misuse at the time of admission, or those recommended to receive methadone or buprenorphine as a part of treatment during 2006-2015. Data for Denver CBSA, Colorado and the U.S. were abstracted from the Treatment Episodes Dataset. Data for DH OBHS were from the Drug/Alcohol Coordinated Data System. We calculated annual percentage distributions for each study year (2006-2015) and area (DH OBHS, Denver CBSA, Colorado, and the U.S.) for the following variables: age group, pregnancy status, primary drug of abuse reported at the time of admission, and expected payer for treatment (based on patient reported health insurance coverage).    Principal Findings: The principal findings below present trends that are significant. Admissions for patients aged 55 years, declined during 2006-2015. The largest decline across all regions was among patients aged 45-54 years (5% nationally, 15% in Colorado, 17% in Denver CBSA, and 16% at DH OBHS).  The largest increase in admissions for OUD treatment was among patients aged 18-24 (2% nationally, 15% in Colorado, 13% in Denver CBSA, and 7% at DH OBHS). Admissions among young adults aged 25-34 years showed steady increases (12% nationally, 10% in Colorado, 14% in Denver CBSA, and 16% at DH OBHS). Admissions for OUD treatment among pregnant women increased by 0.3% nationally, 2% in Colorado, 4.2% in Denver CBSA, and 17.8% at DH OBHS over 2006-2015. Admissions for OUD treatment for which patients reported heroin as their primary – but not necessarily the only – drug of abuse increased 3% nationally, 15% in Colorado, 8% in Denver CBSA, and 3% in DH OBHS during 2006-2015. Patients reporting other opioids as their primary drug of abuse showed mixed trend across geographic areas. Coverage by Medicaid as the expected payer at the time of admission increased across geographic areas, with DH OBHS reporting a 74% increase (from 5% in 2006 to 79%  in 2015 )  in the number of patients expected to be covered by Medicaid, with the other geographic areas showing approximately 30% increases.    Conclusions: Admissions for opioid use disorder among young adults have steadily increased; targeted prevention efforts are necessary among this group. Increased admission for OUD treatment among pregnant women  may result in better outcomes associated with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Medicaid has become a major payment source for admissions and will likely play a considerable role in determining the future of treatment payments in Colorado due to Medicaid expansion.

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Aziza Arifkhanova

Denver Public Health
Dr. Arifkhanova is a CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellow assigned to the Denver Public Health (DPH) Department. Her research at DPH involves assessing the economic burden of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Arifkhanova earned her PhD in Public Policy Analysis at the Pardee... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Longs Peak

5:00pm

Poster Session - Addressing the Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality: An Update on Community-Based Participatory Research
This poster includes background information on the racial disparity in infant mortality in the United States and specifically for Colorado. It outlines data based on focus groups from African American women in our community, efforts to build on the outcomes from the focus groups- particularly a community based support group for mothers of color, information about the network of individuals and groups working to eliminate this disparity, and future directions for this work by the medical student community.

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Kathryn Kalata

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Kathryn is a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2020. As a future physician, she is committed to providing exceptional health care in a compassionate, culturally-effective manner for children living in urban, underserved communities. She values... Read More →
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Megan Kalata

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Megan Kalata is an MD/MPH candidate at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is looking forward to working with women and children in underserved communities to improve access to quality healthcare for all patients. Specifically, she has been working closely with African... Read More →
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Molly Thayer

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Molly Thayer is a fourth year medical student pursuing is a dual degree MD/MBA at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA for undergrad where she studied Public Health which inspired her to go to medical school. While in medical... Read More →
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Heidi Yen

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Heidi Yen is pursuing a MD/MPH degree at University of Colorado School of Medicine where she is a student in the urban underserved track. She is a Colorado native and is interested in primary care, community health, and health policy.
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Taylor Davis

University of Colorado School of Medicine
My name is Taylor Davis and I am a fourth year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am originally from South Florida, and I like to crochet and travel in my free time. My experiences throughout life have led me to be passionate about serving underserved... Read More →
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Sarah Bardwell

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Over a decade of community service defines Sarah Bardwell's commitment to promoting social and economic equity through respectful advocacy and systemic change. Sarah Bardwell's decades of work in marginalized communities demonstrated the immense need for caring, skilled advocates... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Anxiety, Depression, and Daily Marijuana Use Among College Students in Colorado
Asseses the impact of daily marijuana use on college-aged students' mental health; specifically self-reported anxitety and depression.

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Teresa Shap

University of Northern Colorado
Associate Professor Community Health Education Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado
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Grace Turner

Prevention Coordinator at the University of Northern Colorado


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Behavioral Health: Top Priority and Dozens of Solutions Happening in Our Communities and Across the State
Behavioral health (including mental health and substance use) has been identified by almost every local public health agency (LPHA) as a top public health issue. LPHAs leverage the Colorado Public Health Act requirement to carry out cyclical community health assessments and public health improvement plans to prioritize and address their communities’ greatest health needs. Come explore how LPHAs and their community partners are addressing behavioral health in our communities across the state.

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Jordana Sabella

Pitkin County Public Health
Jordana Sabella, MPH, works as a Public Health Planner for Pitkin and Eagle Counties, and supports counties on the Western Slope of Colorado in assessment, planning and implementation of their public health improvement plans. Jordana graduated with an MPH in 2011 from the Community-Oriented... Read More →
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Haley Stewart

CDPHE - Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement
Haley Stewart, MPH is a Public Health Planner with the Office of Planning, Partnerships and Improvement at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She provides guidance and technical assistance to local public health agencies to help them carry out assessment and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Building Community Partnerships to Promote the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
Human Papillomavirus vaccination rates continue to fall behind the rates for other adolescent vaccinations. This project engaged community stakeholders to review available research, barriers to vaccination, data on local perceptions of the vaccine, and evidence-based strategies to promote vaccination within the local context of Larimer County, CO. Participants developed a research question to guide a community intervention and grant application to promote HPV vaccination.

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Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado... Read More →
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Sarah Brewer

University of Colorado Anschutz
My dissertation research is exploring the experiences of the transition to the adult health care system for young adults resettled to the United States as refugees. My research interests include primary care, the transition from the pediatric to adult health care system, refugee health... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Collaborating with Providers to Integrate Food Insecurity Screening in to Electronic Health Records
When health care providers assess patients for food insecurity they can help overcome stigma, increase nutrition status of patients and potentially reduce preventable health conditions. Wirh WIC Innovation Grant funding, Tri-County Heath Department is offering small sub grants and training to providers to integrate the Hunger Vital SignsTM screening tool into their electronic health records (EHR). This initial pilot demonstrates interest among providers and the feasibility of food insecurity screening integration into EHRs.

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Greta Macey

Tri County Health Department
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Melanie Morrison

Tri-County Health Department
Melanie Morrison is a Registered Dietitian and Outreach Coordinator with Tri-County Health Department's (TCHD) WIC program in Colorado. She completed her Dietetic Internship with TCHD and worked as dietitian and supervisor at one of TCHD's WIC offices for five years. Currently, as... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Colorado Child Health Survey Dual Mode Incentive Pilot (CHSe)
The CHS was initiated in 2004 to fill the health data gap that existed for children ages 1-14. In recent years, due to survey fatigue and the shifting modes of communication, the number of CHS completes has been drastically decreasing. In 2018, in order to account for these shifts the CHS was offered in a dual mode, meaning, participants could complete the survey over the phone or electronically. Additionally, an electronic incentive was offered to completers.

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Alison Grace Bui

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Alison Grace Bui is a Public Health Data Coordinator in the Health Statistics and Evaluation Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She attended Drexel University where she earned her Masters of Public Health, concentrating on environmental and... Read More →
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Anne Peterson

CDPHE
Anne Peterson, MPH, is the Maternal and Child Health Data Analyst in the Health Surveys and Evaluation Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She attended the University of Nevada Reno where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Science... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Community Driven Data and Storytelling
In a community driven process, data tracking indicators are selected side by side to the stories told to understand the data. By combining data and storytelling, we don't let a number or story stand in isolation but build a broader understanding of the issues that many audiences can buy in to - from policy makers to business owners to residents. 

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Emily Holcomb

The Civic Canopy
Emily Holcomb COORDINATOR, PROJECTS AND NETWORK INITIATIVES Emily is a Coordinator at The Civic Canopy, skillfully supporting projects and initiatives to strategically plan, implement, evaluate, and learn. Through cultivating openness, inclusivity, and transparency, Emily equips groups... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Creating a Plan to End the Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Epidemics in Colorado
This abstract describes the process of creating a plan to end the HBV and HCV epidemics in Colorado.

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Sarah Rowan

Denver Public Health
Sarah E. Rowan, MD is a physician and Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine at Denver Health and the University of Colorado Hospital. Her research involves diagnosis and engagement in care for HIV and hepatitis C.
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Karam Ahmad

Colorado Health Institute
Karam Ahmad is a Policy Analyst the Colorado Health Institute. Karam earned his master’s in public health degree from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2016, with the focus in epidemiology. Before joining CHI in spring 2017, Karam was a GIS analyst for the Animal and Plant... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Designing a Stakeholder Engagement Methods Toolkit To Assist Researchers in Conducting Equitable and Well-Informed Public Health Research
A team at the University of Colorado is designing a toolkit of methods to support and promote bidirectional longitudinal engagement between healthcare researchers and their stakeholders.

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Suzanne Millward

Suzanne Millward is a PRA and Project Manager for the D2V program with advanced training in public health and human behavior. Suzanne has been employed as a researcher for over 10 years in fields including healthcare, anthropology, and user experience. Her passions include applying... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Experience of Primary Care Practices Work with Health Extension Programs in EvidenceNOW Southwest
The Regional Health Connector (RHC) Program in Colorado strives to created a more connected health system in order to address community health needs. Through the EvidenceNOW Southwest project, we had the ability to evaluate the RHC Program from the perspective of the primary care practices. We found that a closer relationship with an RHC was associated with a higher ability for practices to link patients to community resources and to address their social needs.

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Ashlie Brown

Colorado Health Institute
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Paige Backlund Jarquin

Colorado Health Institute
Paige Backlund Jarquín, DrPH, MPH, is Senior Program Manager for the State Innovation Model (SIM) Extension Service. She joined the Colorado Health Institute in April 2016. Paige supports Regional Health Connectors and their host organizations throughout Colorado, as well as workforce... Read More →
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Sarah Lampe

CEO, Trailhead Institute
We are a public health institute who serves the public health community through collaboration and innovation
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Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Exploring the Academic Impact of School-Based Health Centers in Colorado
By removing major barriers to health care, school-based health centers (SBHCs) have the potential to increase the likelihood that a student remains in high school and continues to graduation. In this study, we examine the relationship between within-school access to a SBHC and high school graduation rates between 2006 and 2017 for the state of Colorado.

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Marisa Westbrook

Marisa Westbrook, MPH, is a PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences at CU Denver. Her research interests include structural interventions for health equity, community engagement, structural competency, and critical public health pedagogy.
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Safa Mechergui

University of Colorado Denver
Safa Mechergui is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.
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Sara Yeatman

University of Colorado Denver
Undergraduate public health educationSchool-based health centersReproductive health
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Lisette Martinez

University of Colorado Denver
Lisette Martinez is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - First, You Measure: A New Model for Scoping Unmet Demand and Prioritizing Solutions
Many people in Colorado, especially those with lower incomes, face inequities in finding specialists when they need care. The Colorado Health Institute developed a model to estimate how much care is needed among Coloradans who are privately-insured, publicly-insured, and uninsured. The findings highlight the gaps and identify the extent to which new care delivery approaches — such as e-consults — can be part of the solution.

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Jeff Bontrager

Colorado Health Institute
Jeff Bontrager, MSPH, serves as Director of Research and Evaluation and joined the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) in 2005. Jeff oversees CHI’s evaluation portfolio and leads the multi-year evaluation of the Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation. Jeff also coordinates... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Health eMoms reaches toddlerhood: Operational successes and Preliminary Data from the First Two Years of the Program
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health eMoms maternal and child health data system, which launched in April of 2018, has been successful in recruiting mothers and collecting new information on maternal and child experiences throughout the perinatal period and early childhood. Weighted data from the first survey for the 2018 birth cohort have just become available and will be shared at Public Health in the Rockies.

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Ashley Juhl

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Ashley Juhl is a Maternal and Child Health epidemiologist in the Health Surveys & Evaluation Branch in the Center for Health and Environmental Data at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In her role, Ashley conducts analysis and interpretation of population-based... Read More →
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Rickey Tolliver

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
State Health Department
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Sarah Blackwell

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Sarah Blackwell is a Panel Survey Methodologist in the Center for Health and Environmental Data at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). In this role, Sarah conducts operations for the eFollow-Up survey to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Increasing CT Screening Rates Within a Family Planning Program; a Quality Assurance Project
An internal QI taskforce was established to perform an assessment using internal data. The following problems were identified; current opt-in philosophy, current clinic work flow, visit types excluded from CT screenings and cost of additional lab testing. Staff training and education was provided and the program changed to an opt-out philosophy of screening. Clinic flow was revised so that targeted clients were automatically routed to the bathroom and educated on self swabbing.  All RN/express visits followed this same routing process. Every targeted client’s FIRST visit of the year, regardless of the visit type received screening. Cost was initially a perceived barrier. However sustainable grant funding was secured to cover the cost of labs for those uninsured.

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Mindy Johnson

Tri County Health Department
WHNP at the Tri-County Health Department in the Sexual Health Clinic
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Lauren Mitchell

Tri County Health Department
Dr. Lauren Mitchell is the Nurse Manager for the Sexual Health Program at Tri-County Health Department where she has worked for over 15 years. Lauren is a registered nurse and has a Doctorate in Nursing from University of Colorado. She is a certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator and... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Issues and Opportunities for Reducing Opioid Use in Rural Colorado Primary Care
IT MATTTRs Colorado collected qualitative data during baseline key informant interviews from primary care team members about OUD and MAT.  These data give insight as to what clinics in rural Colorado are currently doing when to treat patients with OUD, what levels of knowledge of OUD and MAT are among various practice roles, and what individuals report hearing about opioid abuse and misuse within these communities.

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Linda Zittleman

University of Colorado - Department of Family Medicine
LLinda is a Senior Instructor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, co-Director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN), a practice-based research network in eastern Colorado, and staff for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She has extensive... Read More →
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Kristen Curcija

University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine
Kristen Curcija, MPH, is the project manager for IT MATTTRs (Implementing Technology and Medication Assisted Treatment Team Training in Rural Colorado). She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Benedictine University, a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State Un... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Mapping Interventions and Information Systems for Clinical-Community Linkages: a Pilot Framework for Childhood Obesity
Comparative effectiveness (CE) studies for managing childhood obesity require the integration of clinical- and community-based data to understand their complementary roles in supporting improved health outcomes. This abstract describes the process we underwent for selecting multisectoral data partners as part of the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) project. Participants who attend the session will be able to describe a framework for evaluating the feasibility of linking clinical and community data related to childhood obesity interventions.

Speakers
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Ken Scott

Denver Public Health
Ken Scott is an epidemiologist at Denver Public Health, where he also completed a fellowship in applied public health informatics. Dr. Scott completed a PhD in epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health and a MPH degree at the University of Washington.
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Megan Harrison

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Megan Harrison, MPH, RDN Fellowship Assignment: Denver Public Health as part of the Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI) funded through CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity (DNPAO) As a PHIFP fellow, Megan supports efforts to build data capacity for comparative... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Pain, Patients and Opioid Prescribing Policies: An Examination of Problematizations and Effects
Amidst a growing opioid overdose epidemic, federal agencies and the state of Colorado have developed policies and laws to change opioid prescribing practices. This study examines the ways in which these policies represent the problem driving the opioid overdose epidemic through suggestions of what needs to change, and explores the implications of these problem representations for chronic pain patients prescribed opioids.

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Shane Mueller

Shane Mueller is a PhD student in the Department of Health & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. His research interests include substance use disorders, stigma, chronic pain and policy. Shane received his MSW from the University of Denver.


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Quality Improvement: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in the Nurse Home Visit Program
This poster illustrates a quality improvement project of implementing an evidence-based intimate partner violence (IPV) screening and intervention practice in the nurse home visit program. Women are disproportionately affected by IPV. Because the home visit program lacked an evidence-based IPV training and protocol, mothers and their children served by the program faced increased risk for IPV related adverse consequences. The Knowledge to Action framework guided the implementation and the evaluation of this project.

Speakers
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Vicki Swarr

Tri-County Health Department
Vicki Swarr graduated in 1987 from the University of Northern Colorado with her Bachelor's in Nursing and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Colorado University in 2014. In 2010, Vicki earned a Certificate in Maternal Child Health through the Rocky Mountain Public Health Education... Read More →
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Masayo Nishiyama

Denver Public Health


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Results of a County Health Department-University Collaborative Radon Kit Distribution Program in Low Income Communities
This abstract will present the baseline results of a county health department-university collaboration to implement a radon awareness and kit distribution program to low income communities.

Speakers
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Judith Martin Scott

Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr. Judith Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at the Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She teaches Community and Population Health in the nursing curriculum, and her research addresses aging in place for older adul... Read More →
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Dr. Joseph Lee

Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Dr. Joseph Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He teaches courses on community health and program planning and evaluation in the Health Promotion curriculum. Dr. Lee’s research addresses needs... Read More →
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Linh Tran

UCCS
Linh is a 2019 graduate of the UCCS Bachelor’s Health Sciences degree program with a focus on health and wellness promotion. She currently works as a medical records and billing records specialist at Globelink and as a licensed medical and community interpreter at Southwest Diagnostic... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Self-Reported and Medical Professional Diagnosed Depression in Rural Colorado: Findings from the San Luis Valley Community Health Survey
The abstract presents results from the San Luis Valley Community Health Survey (SLVCHS). The analysis focused on depression-related questions and their association with demographic variables. Results are intended to inform future mental health programs and interventions in the San Luis Valley.

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Jini Puma

University of Colorado Denver
Jini Puma, PhD received her doctorate from the University of Denver in Quantitative Research Methods in 2007. Dr. Puma is currently a clinical assistant professor with the Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC) at the University of Colorado Denver in the Colorado School... Read More →
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Emily Bergling

Colorado School of Public Health
I am a currently a Doctorate of Public Health student focusing on Community and Behavioral Health. Before beginning my program, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and my Masters of Public Health at Boston University. I have previous experience in community... Read More →


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Suicide in Southwest Colorado
This abstract gives a brief description of suicide risk factors in Southwest Colorado, and discusses methods to be used to characterize suicides, attempts and methods in La Plata County.

Speakers
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Shannon Shropshire

San Juan Basin Public Health
Shannon is an Assessment and Planning Specialist at San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH). She is actively involved in the SJBPH Public Health Improvement Plan as well as several suicide prevention outreach projects.


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - The Relationship Between Access to a School-Based Health Center and County-Level Teen Fertility in Colorado
This study functions as an analysis of fertility trends in the state of Colorado along with the establishment of school-based health centers (SBHCs). Factors such as; the allocation of limited resources, lack of affordable health care services, and cultural perception toward adolescent childbearing among disadvantaged subpopulations in the Colorado could be associated with disproportionate fertility rates in the state.

Speakers
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Jean Scandlyn

University of Colorado Denver
Jean Scandlyn, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Departments of Health and Behavioral Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, downtown Denver campus. A medical anthropologist, her research interests focus on adolescence and early adulthood, health care in... Read More →
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Marisa Westbrook

Marisa Westbrook, MPH, is a PhD student in Health and Behavioral Sciences at CU Denver. Her research interests include structural interventions for health equity, community engagement, structural competency, and critical public health pedagogy.
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Lisette Martinez

University of Colorado Denver
Lisette Martinez is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.
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Sara Yeatman

University of Colorado Denver
Undergraduate public health educationSchool-based health centersReproductive health
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Safa Mechergui

University of Colorado Denver
Safa Mechergui is a public health undergraduate student at CU Denver.


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session - Tribal Epidemiology Centers: 20 Years and Counting . . .
Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) were established in 1996 under the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) amid growing concern about the lack of adequate public health surveillance and data for disease control for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Currently, there are 12 TECs across the US that provide a variety of services in partnership with other public health authorities including surveillance and technical assistance. This presentation will focus on the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center programs how these programs contribute to solving AI/AN health disparities and strengthening public health capacity within tribal communities in New Mexico, Southern Colorado and Western Texas.

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Carolyn Parshall

Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board


Thursday August 29, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

6:00pm

 
Friday, August 30
 

6:30am

Morning Yoga
Friday August 30, 2019 6:30am - 7:30am
Lakeside Suite

7:00am

Breakfast
Friday August 30, 2019 7:00am - 8:15am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

7:00am

Registration
Friday August 30, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm
Conference Center Lobby

8:30am

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials Sponsored Keynote Session: Charles Brown, MPA: Why Equity Matters: From the Urban Core to the Rural Countryside
This thought-provoking presentation will be centered at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. WIthin that context, it will highlight the importance of justice and fairness in the eradication of health inequities, and creation of more safe, healthy and livable communities for all present and future generations—from the urban core to the rural countryside. In an attempt to encourage a collective understanding of the underlying or root causes of inequalities and oppression within our society, this presentation will include candid discussions on the impact of historical and contemporary injustices on low-income and communities of color, as well as a discussion on the importance of justice and fairness within the procedures, processes and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. In answering why equity matters, this presentation will highlight how our collective goal of health equity has been and remains challenged by issues ranging from systemic racism to voter suppression to residential redlining and segregation to gentrification to crime and to implicit bias, police harassment and use of force. The presentation will end by encouraging and challenging everyone to act on a select number of key strategies to move ALL communities forward together.

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Charles T. Brown

Equitable Cities, LLC



Friday August 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:45am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

10:00am

Community Engagement: Giving a Voice to Your Residents  
In this session, you will learn about the Built Environment Action - Superfund Neighborhoods (BEA-SN) program in Pueblo, Colorado and how program staff are utilizing the community's voice and knowledge to improve the built environment and system and policies within three EPA designated Superfund neighborhoods.  You will learn what community engagement methods were useful to gather community input, what partnerships were instrumental in program success, and how community residents and stakeholders lead the program initiative.

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Alexis Romero

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment
Built EnvironmentHealth DisparitiesCommunity EngagementFacilitation Training


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Castle Peak 1/2

10:00am

Examining Disparities Among Children Removed from Early Care Settings Due to Behaviors Adults Find Concerning
There are no representative data on suspensions and expulsions (S/E) in early care and learning settings across Colorado, although national evidence suggests that children are disproportionately removed according to their age, race/ethnicity and gender.  The Early Care and Learning Resources Study fills this gap, with preliminary findings suggesting that suspension practices are widespread and preventative resource utilization is low. Suspension and expulsion represent a critical issue for the behavioral health needs of children in Colorado.

Speakers
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Carsten Baumann

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Carsten Baumann, MA serves as Manager of the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit and External Evaluations at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and teaches and consults on economic evaluation nationally. He is primarily responsible for the design and implementation... Read More →
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Jessica Ruch

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jessica Ruch is an Evaluator and Quality Improvement Analyst with the Early Childhood Evaluation Unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She received her M.A. in International Development at the University of Denver, specializing in gendered human rights... Read More →
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Elly Miles

Elly Miles is a Research Fellow in the Colorado Department of Human Service’s Office of Early Childhood and a PhD student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Denver. She is broadly interested in researching the biobehavioral health of vulnerable children and families... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Torreys Peak 2

10:00am

HIV and Viral Hepatitis Testing and Linkage to Care for Individuals Enrolled in Opioid Treatment Programs in a Substance Use Disorder Clinic in Denver
We will review a universal HIV and viral hepatitis testing and linkage to care program for individuals enrolled in an opioid treatment program within an outpatient substance use disorder clinic at Denver Health and Hosptial Authority in Denver, Colorado.

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Sarah Rowan

Denver Public Health
Sarah E. Rowan, MD is a physician and Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine at Denver Health and the University of Colorado Hospital. Her research involves diagnosis and engagement in care for HIV and hepatitis C.
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Kevin Kamis

Researcher, Denver Public Health
Kevin is a researcher at Denver Public Health where he coordinates implementation projects around HIV and viral hepatitis testing and engagement in care. Kevin is a volunteer HIV test counselor. He received his Master of Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Health... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

10:00am

Partnership of WIC Program Management: Bringing Health Equity to Rural Colorado
In an effort to provide equitable, quality service statewide, the Colorado WIC Program arranged a pilot partnership of Bent, Las Animas and Huerfano Counties with Pueblo County WIC. Areas of WIC specific program duties were assumed by Pueblo County WIC, while maintaining other program roles in the respective counties. Anecdotal lessons learned and available data will be shared for consideration when shaping a partnership framework that can be applicable across many areas of Public Health.

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Nicole Cawrse

Denver Health
Nicole Cawrse completed her bachelor’s in nutrition and Dietetics from Bowling Green State University, Ohio in 2011 and her master’s in nutrition with a focus on research from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio in 2012. She became a Registered Dietitian in September of 2012... Read More →
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Chelsea Hollowell

Pueblo Department of Public Health & Environment


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
Castle Peak 3/4

10:00am

PrEP Infrastructure in Colorado: Growing Capacity and Community
Since 2015, Colorado became one of a handful of states across the U.S. to quickly establish and expand a robust system for affordable access to PrEP, the daily pill that helps prevent HIV. By examining the specific landscape in Colorado, this session will unpack the way in which providers, community agencies, and sexual health advocates collaborated in order to create a successful statewide program that continues to grow and would benefit from new partners.

Speakers
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Christopher Zivalich

Colorado Health Network
Christopher Zivalich is the Public Health Intervention Program (PHIP) Manager at the Colorado Health Network, one of the largest HIV treatment and prevention organizations in the state. PHIP makes pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, free and accessible to over 700 Coloradans. As one... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 3

10:00am

Rural Public Health Workforce Models: Collaborations for Impact
The oral public health workforce is an integral component in the development of a unified voice for public health, health equity and social justice. Regional Oral Health Specialists (ROHS), in collaboration with rural health departments, provide an integrated health approach to decreasing disparities. Attendees will learn about the ROHS model via a panel discussion. ROHS will showcase how oral public health has increased access to mental health services and chronic disease prevention and management.

Speakers
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Kelly Keeffe, RDH, BA

Garfield ROHS, Community Health Services
Kelly Keeffe, RDH, BA, Garfield ROHS, Community Health Services--Kelly Keeffe works with the Community Health Services non-profit organization as one of Colorado’s four Regional Oral Health Specialists. Kelly collaborates with several community-based organizations, health and human... Read More →
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Rachael Motzkus, RDH, NCHD ROHS

Northeast Colorado Health Department
Rachael Motzkus, RDH, NCHD ROHS has been an active dental hygienist since 2001 specializing in general practice with an emphasis in public health over the past ten years. Currently, Rachael is one of the four Regional Oral Health Specialists for the Colorado Department of Public Health... Read More →
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Julie Nutter, RDH

Chaffee ROHS, Chaffee County Oral Health Program Director, Chaffee County Public Health & Environmental Health
Julie Nutter, RDH, Chaffee ROHS, Chaffee County Oral Health Program Director--Julie Nutter is the Chaffee County Regional Oral Health Specialist at the Chaffee County Public Health Department in Salida, Colorado, and works to integrate oral health in many programs. She provides oral... Read More →
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Kari Plante, RDH

SJBPH ROHS, Dental Navigator, San Juan Basin Public Health
Kari Plante, RDH, SJBPH ROHS, Dental Navigator--Kari Plante is the Regional Oral Health Specialist of Southwest Colorado and Dental Navigator at San Juan Basin Public Health. She developed a successful coalition of dental experts, organizations, businesses and interested citizens... Read More →
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Jenni Lansing, RDH, MPH, MBA

Oral Health Workforce Coordinator, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Jenni Lansing, RDH, MBA, MPH, is the Oral Health Workforce Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Jenni works to support the Regional Oral Health Specialists (ROHS) and the oral public health workforce. She helps promote interprofessional collaborations... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 1

10:00am

The Roadmap to Creating Colorado’s 21st Century Public Health System
This session will detail the public health transformation efforts to date, introduce Colorado’s public health transformation roadmap and what comes next as we work to create the public health system that works for everyone, everywhere in Colorado.

Speakers
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Theresa Anselmo

Executive Director, Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
Ms. Anselmo’s resume includes 15 years in public health, and over 25 years in the dental field. In addition to her licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is master’s prepared in public health, and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has served... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Braga

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Anne-Marie Braga has worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for over a decade to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the state. Currently, she serves as the Director of Local Public Health Partnerships where she coordinates state and... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 4

10:30am

A County Taking on Mental Health
The Douglas County Mental Health Initiative engaged in formal performance management methods that not only supported strategic planning, but generated unanticipated and measurable increases in partner trust and team cohesion.

Speakers
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Patty Boyd

Tri-County Health Department
Patty received a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University, completed a dietetic internship with the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts’s and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked in hospital management for many years... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Castle Peak 1/2

10:30am

Advancing the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger Through Increasing Participation in Child Nutrition Programs 
The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger lays out a shared vision to maximize participation in federal child nutrition programs. In 2019, the Colorado Department of Education School Nutrition Unit conducted a needs assessment to investigate the current needs, gaps, assets and opportunities to increase student participation in child nutrition programs.  This session will showcase CDE’s work to ensure individuals impacted by child nutrition programs help drive the solutions to improve program reach and effectiveness.

Speakers
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Abby Laib

Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment
Abby Laib, M.S. is the lead evaluator for the Cavity Free at Three program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Abby has several years experience planning, implementing and managing evaluations, as well as, working with stakeholders to effectively utilize... Read More →
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Carrie Thielen

Carrie Thielen coordinates training, outreach/marketing and grant programs for the Colorado Department of Education, School Nutrition Unit. Carrie serves as the Project Director of the Blueprint to End Hunger Planning grant aimed at increasing participation in and access to child... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Castle Peak 3/4

10:30am

Data + Partnerships = Strategic School Health and Wellness Plans
This session will highlight two critical components for improving student and school health: data and partnership. Presenters will provide examples of how HKCS and Smart Source have been used to improve health outcomes for young people. Additionally, presenters will share examples of rural school and community collaborations that have positively impacted planning efforts. Lastly, attendees will have the opportunity to explore ways to develop interdisciplinary connections for achieving shared goals.

Speakers
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Emily Shore

RMC Health
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Christine Mulitauopele

Colorado School of Public Health
Christine Mulitauopele joined the Colorado School of Public Health in 2018 as a Community and School Specialist, working specifically with Smart Source and Healthy Kids Colorado Survey. In this position, she supports the administration of both survey efforts and provides technical... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Torreys Peak 2

10:30am

Evaluation of a Team-Based, Comprehensive Curriculum in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder for Rural Primary Care Practices
An evaluation of the IT MATTTRs Practice Team Training curriculum on medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder for rural primary care practices indicates effective reach across full practice teams, positive impact on self-rated ability to provide care, and professional value of training. The training is relevant to practices with and without an MAT waivered provider.

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John F. Thomas

Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Director, ECHO Colorado; Director Telemedicin, Children's Hospit
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Christin Sutter

Christin Sutter is a Community Liaison for the High Plains Research Network. Christin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.  
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Kristen Curcija

University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine
Kristen Curcija, MPH, is the project manager for IT MATTTRs (Implementing Technology and Medication Assisted Treatment Team Training in Rural Colorado). She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Benedictine University, a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State Un... Read More →
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Linda Zittleman

University of Colorado - Department of Family Medicine
LLinda is a Senior Instructor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine, co-Director of the High Plains Research Network (HPRN), a practice-based research network in eastern Colorado, and staff for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. She has extensive... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
Colorado Rockies Ballroom

11:15am

Formative Research to Develop an Improved Referral System to Address Food Insecurity in Mesa County
This session describes qualitative formative research conducted in partnership with Mesa County’s Quality Health Network (QHN) to inform design and implementation of the new Community Resource Network (CRN). Findings presented during the session will include barriers and facilitators to food insecure individuals’ enrollment in government food assistance programs and use of other food access resources, as well as primary care providers’ and staff members’ knowledge and attitudes related to food insecurity. We will also describe lessons learned regarding how to effectively collaborate with software developers to ensure research findings feed into system design.

Speakers
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Andrea Nederveld

University of Colorado
Dr. Nederveld is an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics trained/boarded physician who lives and works in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is committed to primary care research that improves the health of individuals and communities by establishing cross-sector understanding and collaboration... Read More →
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Elena Broaddus

My background includes working with outdoor education youth programs and conducting global health research focused on maternal and child health and food security and nutrition programs. In my current position with the Department of Family Medicine I coordinate PEACHnet—a new practice-based... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Castle Peak 3/4

11:15am

HIV in the Mile High: Forming a Task Force to Reach Fast Track Cities Initiative Targets in Metro Denver
This abstract describes HIV epidemiology and needs assessments in Metro Denver as well as the development and current state of the 5280 Fast-track Cities Task Force to end the HIV epidemic in Metro Denver.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Kamis

Kevin Kamis

Researcher, Denver Public Health
Kevin is a researcher at Denver Public Health where he coordinates implementation projects around HIV and viral hepatitis testing and engagement in care. Kevin is a volunteer HIV test counselor. He received his Master of Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Health... Read More →
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Sarah Rowan

Denver Public Health
Sarah E. Rowan, MD is a physician and Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine at Denver Health and the University of Colorado Hospital. Her research involves diagnosis and engagement in care for HIV and hepatitis C.


Friday August 30, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Torreys Peak 3

11:15am

The CPHA Health Equity Coalition: The Time for Action is Now. 
In 2017, CPHA established a Health Equity Coalition. The coalition is unique to CPHA because it is comprised of both CPHA members and community members with interest and knowledge in equity. The coalition operates through the mission of advancing health equity and justice in Colorado through education, community engagement, advocacy,  leadership development, and innovative cross-sector solutions. Come learn about the work of the coalition and how you can contribute to achieving equity.

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Ashley Wheeler-Bell

Denver Public Health
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Jason Vitello

DPH/CPHA
Jason Vitello is the Behavioral Health Coordinator for Denver Public Health and Director for Health Equity for the Colorado Public Health Association. He is also a social worker and therapist who has provided advocacy, mentorship, case management and clinical services to historically... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Torreys Peak 1

11:15am

Whole-Person Health: Healthcare’s Role & Responsibility to Address Social Determinants of Health
Healthcare receives 80% of the health dollar and effects 20% of health outcomes. This session will describe two efforts to increase healthcare's impact by implementing social needs screening, community navigation and aligning the community around gaps in social needs. Implementation learnings, preliminary outcomes and a vision for the future will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Jantz, MSW, MPH

Kathryn Jantz, MSW, MPH

Accountable Health Communities Model Director, Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Kathryn is the Accountable Health Communities Model Director at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. In this position, she is responsible for social determinants of health and population health strategies across all lines of business. Kathryn has more than 10 years of experience in health... Read More →
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Kirsti Klaverkamp

Denver Regional Council of Governments
Kirsti is program manager for the Accountable Health Communities at Denver Regional Council of Governments. She holds a Master of Social Science degree in community health and a bachelor’s degree in biology and Hispanic studies. Kirsti began her career in direct services, collaborating... Read More →


Friday August 30, 2019 11:15am - 11:45am
Torreys Peak 2