The Colorado Health Foundation pledges continued support

As the state’s first and only school of public health nears its one-year anniversary, The Colorado Health Foundation is showing its ongoing support of this emerging regional public health leader. The foundation is giving the Colorado School of Public Health more than $2 million to expand programs and recruit top faculty.

“The Colorado School of Public Health is a key partner in our effort to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation,” said Anne Warhover, president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation. “As the emerging regional leader in public health education, research and services, the Colorado School of Public Health will inspire practitioners, educators and students of public health to work collaboratively to improve the health of Coloradans.”

The Colorado School of Public Health opened its doors to students on July 1, 2008. It currently enrolls more than 300 students. Since opening, the school has expanded programs and research projects and has developed critical community connections. The Foundation’s generous support allows the Colorado School of Public Health to better connect research and education to programs that impact the health of Colorado communities.

“The Foundation has made a critical investment in the future of Colorado’s health,” stated Dean Richard Hamman. “By supporting the School, we are now better positioned to improve the health of Colorado citizens by training the next generation of researchers and health professionals.”

The anniversary also brings the arrival of a new Chair of Health Systems, Management and Policy. Adam Atherly, PhD., comes from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Atherly’s main area of research is health economics, with an emphasis on the economics of aging and consumer decisions regarding health plan choice and health. Atherly also recently completed an evaluation of the Medicaid “Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Act (“HIFA”) expansion funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The national search to recruit top public health faculty like Atherly, and the future Chair for Environmental & Occupational Health, was made possible by The Colorado Health Foundation’s support. The $2,058,509 grant was facilitated by the University of Colorado Foundation. It follows initial support from the Foundation of $1.25 million in 2006 to help start the Colorado School of Public Health.

About The Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. The Foundation invests in the community through grants and initiatives to health-related nonprofits that focus on these goals, as well as operating medical education programs to increase the health care workforce. The Foundation’s assets of more than $900 million include an investment portfolio as well as an ownership interest in Denver’s HealthONE hospital system. For more information, please visit

About Colorado School of Public Health
The 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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