On December 5, CU Denver | Anschutz Provost Roderick Nairn announced Elaine Morrato, DrPh, MPH, CPH as interim dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. Morrato steps into the role following David Goff’s departure from the school and university in November to lead the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Morrato will guide the school through its transitionary period while the national search for a new dean is being conducted.
In an email to all ColoradoSPH students, faculty and staff, Morrato said, “I am extremely honored to have been appointed to this position, and look forward to working with you all in the months ahead. My mission will be to help the school continue to build on its current momentum, while also ensuring we are set up for a smooth handoff to new leadership.”
Many already know Morrato as ColoradoSPH’s Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, a role she assumed in June 2015. As Associate Dean, Morrato is a key member of the school’s executive leadership team as well as the school’s lead liaison working with all three of ColoradoSPH’s partner universities—the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado—to strengthen external partnerships and opportunities with regional public health and health systems communities across Colorado and into neighboring states.
She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where she directs their Pragmatic Trials and Dissemination & Implementation Research core and the new Innovation-Corps training program.
Morrato has been a faculty member on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus since 2006 and is currently a full-time tenured associate professor in the department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy at ColoradoSPH. She also has secondary appointments in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacy at the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Certified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, she is an accomplished teacher, mentor, leader and lecturer with more than 25 years in experience with both public and private sector population health. She’s collaborated with Medicaid, mental health agencies, the Food and Drug Administration, and hospital and health care systems in improving the effective dissemination and implementation of evidence into practice, and was recognized as a leader who is training the next generation of leaders in clinical preventive services by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
A nationwide search is currently being conducted for the ColoradoSPH Dean and applications are being accepted until Jan. 9.
Guest Contributors: Tonya Ewers, Director of Communications & Alumni Relations, ColoradoSPH and Kara Price, Business & Communications Specialist, ColoradoSPH