Richard HammanAURORA, Colo.– As Thanksgiving approaches, the Colorado School of Public Health joins leading U.S. public health organizations around the nation in thanking local “public health heroes” for their contributions to improving and protecting the nation’s health throughout the year. These everyday heroes include diabetes researcher Richard Hamman, MD, DrPH.

On November 22 as the nation recognizes the sixth annual Public Health Thank You Day, Colorado celebrates Richard Hamman, the school’s founding dean and the 2010 John Snow Award recipient.

“I am honored that you believe my work and that of my colleagues has started to make a difference,” stated Hamman in response to the award presentation.

Hamman received the award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) and United Kingdom’s John Snow Society during the APHA annual meeting in Denver earlier this month. Each year the international organizations co-grant the award to a researcher for his or her enduring contributions to the improvement of human health and disease prevention.

“I have had a wonderful career studying the epidemiology of diabetes – both in youth and adults. As our knowledge of the risk factors for adult-onset Type 2 diabetes has expanded, we have been able to show that type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed,” said Hamman.

Diabetes has become a world-wide epidemic, occurring in developed and developing nations. According to Hamman medical advances now extend and improve the lives of people living with the disease. Nevertheless, rates continue to increase and Hamman believes the solution requires research to inform individuals and policy makers of what can be done to limit the risks of the disease.

As part of National Public Health Thank You Day, the school congratulates Dean Hamman on the recent award and recognizes it as a symbol of his scientific contributions to understanding and preventing the disease of diabetes.

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The new Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region’s health and well-being. Collaboratively formed by the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues, including chronic disease, access to health care, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.

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