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Coordinator Fontana facilitates access and equity

Lauren Fontana used to spend her days living in code. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE in computer science in engineering, she designed programs for the health care industry. But in 2004, she felt compelled to take a different path. “As I was sitting in a cubicle, writing code every day,” she tells me, “here was this huge movement of people in 16 states voting on whether I could get married. And I kind of thought, ‘What am I doing?’”

Since 2004, Fontana has done quite a lot: she obtained a law degree, moved to Colorado, worked for the State Supreme Court, became a legal advocate for incarcerated people and became a civil rights attorney. Building off her work in individual litigation, Fontana now hopes to “look broader,” tackling the “big issues” of accessibility and discrimination in higher education.

As an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Affirmative Action coordinator, Fontana uses her flexible expertise to work with employees, supervisors and hiring committees across both campuses in order to ensure our work lives are more equitable. Fontana sat down with Today to tell us what justice means to her, and to explain how the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is working toward it. 

Could you describe what a day in the life of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Affirmative Action (AA) compliance coordinator looks like?

Every day is different. On the ADA side, sometimes I’m talking to supervisors about working with employees to come up with accommodations that work for the employee, who needs the accommodation, and for the work that needs to be done. Sometimes I’m talking to employees who are requesting accommodations in the first place, learning more about what their needs are, and learning what we can do in order to actually accommodate them so that they can do the job.

Lauren Fontana speaks with CU Denver Today

What do conversations about employee accommodations typically involve?

We have a form that the employee takes to their doctor that asks a standard series of questions, essentially determining if the employee has a disability that’s covered by the ADA. The employee works with their doctor to figure out what might be the best possible solution, and then they bring that either to me or to their supervisor, and we figure out if what they’ve proposed works in terms of their business unit functioning.

It’s sort of a puzzle between the employee, the doctor, the supervisor and me figuring out what’s going to enable the employee to do their job in a way that works for the department and works for them.

Are there things about the ADA that you wish people understood better?

A lot of people view accommodation as “cheating,” whether accommodation means giving a student more time to take an exam, or giving an employee an extra break because of a medical condition. There’s pushback around the idea that accommodation isn’t fair.

“Equality” is giving everyone the same thing, no matter what. “Equity” is giving everybody what they need to have a fair shot, to level the playing field. I wish we could get away from this idea that giving someone an accommodation is like giving someone an unfair advantage; it’s not – it’s enabling them to do the same thing that someone who doesn’t need an accommodation can already do.

I know that you have a background in law, but how did you get started in ADA and AA work?

Before I came to CU I was a civil rights lawyer in private practice. I also taught in the civil rights clinic at the University of Denver’s law school for a couple of years. I got to the point where I didn’t want to litigate anymore, but I still wanted to use my civil rights and legal background, so I ended up here in a civil rights investigator position. That was a perfect transition.

What inspired you to work in equity and civil rights?

I was an engineer before I became a lawyer. I was a software engineer, and in the 2004 election, 16 states had anti-same-sex marriage state constitutional amendments on the ballot, including my home state of Ohio, and Michigan, where I was living at the time. As I was sitting in a cubicle, writing code every day, here was this huge movement of people voting on whether I could get married. And I kind of thought, “What am I doing? Nobody cares about this code that I’m writing.” So I decided to apply to law school.

I wanted to do gay rights policy work, but then I realized that was too close to home. So I ended up shifting toward advocating for people with other marginalized identities that I don’t necessarily have. I was more productive as an advocate for other folks.

Lauren Fontana speaks with Callie Rennison, Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator

Around your civil rights and equity work, do you have a particular philosophy? Is there a quote you point to and say, “That’s the kind of justice that I’m working toward?”

The specific quote is so important to me that it’s tattooed on my arm – is “Silence is betrayal,” which is from a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech about the Vietnam War.

The gist of it, to me, is that if you’re not speaking out for other folks, you’re really not doing anyone any justice. And that can look like different things. So, if someone else doesn’t feel safe, or doesn’t have the emotional capacity, or just doesn’t feel like they should have to advocate for themselves, then that’s the time to step in.

Justice also, more importantly, involves amplifying other people’s voices. Particular marginalized communities can say all they want without being heard. So, if I can use my position of privilege – and I have lots of positions of privilege, even if I have marginalized identities too – to say, “Hey, let’s listen to this marginalized community,” then that’s also eliminating the silence.

What are the most common misconceptions around affirmative action?

I think the most common misconception is that affirmative action is a “quota system” –  it’s just not.

In the context of employment, the whole idea is that if we’re not discriminating against people, then the pool from which we’re selecting employees should look pretty similar to the people we select. That’s just probabilities. The reasoning behind having an affirmative action plan is that, absent discrimination, we should have a representative number of all marginalized groups.

This idea is that, historically, employees and students have been predominantly, if not all, white. If we keep doing what we’ve always done, that’s what we’re going to get, leaving out vast quantities of people who deserve to be here.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT EQUITY?

If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, Title IX, or harrassment, please reach out to the Office of Equity.

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If you weren’t an equity coordinator, what would you be?

I would be a farmer. I would grow all of the vegetables, and that’s what I would do all day. We’re working on expanding our garden at the moment, because the first year we planted, everything got killed by bindweed. So, we’re building raised beds – we have two of them, out of the 10 we plan to have. That’s what grounds me.

What gets you up every morning, and what keeps you up at night?

In the summer, I get up early to play in the garden before work. But really, what gets me up is being able to come up with creative ways to solve problems, and that process – particularly here. This whole office is very collaborative; I talk to my colleagues all the time. Having that sense of community around social justice issues is really motivating to me.

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trial commencing for Elipse Balloon

Enrollment for ENLIGHTEN, a United States clinical trial for the Elipse® Balloon – the world’s first and only procedureless™ gastric balloon for weight loss, has started at University of Colorado Hospital at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

The study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Elipse Balloon in 400 individuals. It is administered by Allurion Technologies, a leader in the development of weight loss therapies. The study will be conducted at up to twelve sites in the United States. Dr. Shelby Sullivan, associate visiting professor of gastroenterology at the CU School of Medicine and a specialist in endoscopic bariatric weight-loss procedures is leading the trial in Colorado.

“We are excited to be the only center in Colorado enrolling patients in the ENLIGHTEN study, the first completely procedureless gastric balloon for weight loss,” Sullivan said. “A device like this which doesn’t require a procedure will lower the barriers for patients who need help with weight loss.”

The Elipse Balloon received its European Union CE mark in 2015 and is currently available in more than 40 weight loss centers in countries across Europe and the Middle East. Over 4,000 individuals have already been treated. Unlike other weight loss balloons, the Elipse Balloon is placed and removed without surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia. It is swallowed in a capsule during a brief, outpatient office visit and remains in the stomach for approximately four months, after which it opens and passes naturally from the body.

“We are looking forward to adding to our global clinical trial experience with the Elipse Balloon,” said Ram Chuttani, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Allurion. “Starting ENLIGHTEN is the first step toward bringing our flagship product to the United States where we can build upon the success we have had abroad.”

“The Elipse Balloon has the potential to revolutionize the way obesity is treated in the United States,” added Shantanu Gaur, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Allurion. “Millions of Americans are struggling to lose weight, and they are calling for new options that are safe and effective. The ENLIGHTEN study is the next step in meeting this consumer need.”

The Elipse Balloon is made of a thin, flexible polymer film. The device is swallowed in a capsule and filled with liquid through a thin delivery catheter, which is then detached. The balloon remains in the stomach for approximately four months, after which it opens, allowing it to empty and pass naturally from the body without the need for a removal procedure.

A pilot clinical study and recent 135-patient clinical trial conducted outside the United States in overweight and obese individuals demonstrated an average weight loss of 29 to 33 pounds, approximately 15% of total body weight. Participants also saw improvements in their triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and quality of life.

Study visits will occur at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Interested participants can learn more about the study, eligibility and how to register at http://balloontrial.com and http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03261453.

Image Source: Allurion Technologies

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Mapping the Body art exhibit

An excited buzz replaced the usual quiet at the Health Sciences Library on Feb. 8, as students, faculty and staff from both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus joined for a first-of-its-kind art and poetry exhibit.

“Mapping the Body: Poetry & Anatomical Art,” a collaborative exhibit that combined creative writing and body parts, was the brainchild of two English professors and an anatomy professor. Organizers hope to see the collaborative project continue with future students.

A different kind of collaboration

In 2016, Danielle Royer, PhD, associate professor and the vice director of the Modern Human Anatomy master’s program at the CU School of Medicine, hosted Nicky Beer, PhD, an associate professor of English in the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and her poetry class.

Angela Dueñas, Nicky Beer, PhD, Brian Barker, PhD, and Danielle Royer, PhD, organized the event.

“We showed the class through the lab,” said Royer. “The event was a powerful experience. Afterwards, I reached out to see if they were interested in a joint art exhibit with us at some later point.”

Brian Barker, PhD, also an associate professor of English in the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Beer wanted to give their creative writing students a chance to imitate poetry they were studying in class.

“We were reading poetry about cadavers and the morgue,” said Beer. “Our students really took to it and wanted to try it themselves. Since CU Anschutz is just down the road, we knew we had the opportunity to work with students in the sciences and do something really cool.”

Creativity in the sciences

Each modern anatomy student created a piece of art inspired by the human body. A creative writing student from CU Denver was then paired with a CU Anschutz student and wrote a poem motivated by the artwork.

The 21 mixed-media pieces of art lined the walls of the Health Sciences Library Gallery, with 13 of them accompanied by poems. At the opening reception, the creative-writing students shared their poetry to a packed room.

CU Denver student Miriam Ordonez poses by her poetry.

Steven Vigil-Roach, student in the CU Denver College of Liberal Arts of Sciences, wrote a poem entitled “After the Diagnosis.”

– “On Sunday we said goodbye, one last prayer and I cried for hours after, knowing I was so near the end I didn’t want to go home, even the children were afraid to sleep. The whole truth seemed far too tangled up in the rest of everything, one endless tangle I wasn’t sure if prayers would help any of us sleep.”

“When I heard about the project, I knew I wanted to be involved,” said Vigil-Roach. “I love it when the scientific crosses paths with the creative. Interdisciplinary projects are a great opportunity to push boundaries and take new perspectives. Personally, I draw a lot of inspiration from the sciences, and so this was the perfect opportunity for me to have a foot in both worlds.”

Funding the humanities

Organizers received a “President’s Fund for the Humanities” CU system grant for the exhibit. Modern Human Anatomy graduate student Angelique Dueñas helped secure the funding.

The exhibit will be displayed until March 30. It will return in August to the Fulginiti Pavilion for the start of the 2018-19 school year, with many students and organizers saying they hope the project will continue beyond next year.

SEE THE EXHIBIT

Catch this exhibit at the Health Sciences Library until March 30.

New traditions 

“Collaborative works are so great for students,” said Vigil-Roach. “It brings the student community together. I think projects like this help dispel the notion that the creative and the scientific exist in separate spheres when they in fact overlap and coexist in wonderful ways,” he said.

 

“We look forward to continue bridging academic disciplines,” said Royer. “We get special exposure for our students, while showcasing our talent to coworkers, fellow students and community members.”

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Depression and fatigue increase women’s risk of work-related injuries

Women who suffer from depression, anxiety, and fatigue are more likely to be injured at work, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine led by researchers from the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The study found that these health factors significantly affected women’s risk of injury but not men’s risk.

“The findings of our study demonstrate that keeping workers safe requires more than your typical safety program. It requires an integrated approach that connects health, well-being, and safety,” said Dr. Natalie Schwatka, the study’s lead author and assistant professor in the ColoradoSPH’s Center for Health, Work & Environment and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

The authors collaborated with Colorado’s largest workers’ compensation insurer, Pinnacol Assurance, to examine the claims data of 314 businesses from a range of industries. Close to 17,000 employees ranging from executives to laborers were represented in the study. The researchers found that men were more likely to sustain a work-related injury but behavioral health factors, like poor sleep and anxiety, did not directly affect their risk of injury. Women were more likely to report experiencing mental and behavioral health issues and these conditions increased their risk of getting hurt on the job. Almost 60% of women with a work injury reported experiencing a behavioral health condition before they were injured, compared to 33% of men.

Yet, Dr. Schwatka cautions that further research is needed to understand why there are differences in women’s and men’s risk of work-related injuries. Overall, workers who had an injury in the past were more likely to be injured again, regardless of their gender.

“There a number of social and cultural factors that may explain why women reported having more behavioral health concerns than men did. Men generally admit to fewer health concerns,” said Dr. Schwatka. “And women may face different stresses at work and at home. It’s something that is worth exploring in future research.”

This study is part of a broader, longitudinal research project ColoradoSPH researchers conducted with Pinnacol Assurance to understand the relationship between employee health and workers’ compensation and whether integrated safety and health promotion programs at work improve employee health. Researchers from Segue Consulting, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Integrated Benefits Institute also contributed to this study.

Guest contributor: This story was written by Avery Artman, communications manager for the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health. Contact her at avery.artman@ucdenver.edu

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2018 W-4 release delayed due to tax rate changes

The passage of Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017 has implications for University of Colorado faculty and staff’s paychecks. Among them: Slightly larger paychecks and a delay in the release of the 2018 Form W-4.

Paycheck amounts

When viewing their January paychecks, many employees noticed that they were larger than usual. “That’s because the recently passed tax bill changed tax rates for many income levels, typically resulting in larger paychecks,” said Sharon Bishop, director of payroll for Employee Services.

2018 W-4 delay

Tax changes passed in December also delayed the IRS’s release of the 2018 W-4 until Feb. 28.

The W-4 allows employees to determine the amount of federal income tax withheld from their pay. Employee Services recommends that all employees check their W-4 and make any needed adjustments at the start of each year – especially if an employee got married, had a child or experienced other changes that would affect their tax status.

Ben Franklin and bitcoins

The IRS delay means employees and new hires can continue using the 2017 W-4 for 30 days after the new one is available. Employees who claimed tax-exempt in 2017 will have their exemption extended until Feb. 28.

Bishop encourages faculty, staff and student employees to continue to review the federal and state withholdings on their paychecks until the IRS releases the new W-4 form and online withholding calculator. Employee Services will share news of its release through campus communications channels.

“I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of the IRS calculator tool to see how change to the tax laws will affect them,” Bishop said. “It will help to make sure you will not owe taxes when you complete your 2018 tax return.”

When released, the IRS withholding calculator will be available at IRS.gov/W4App. The IRS anticipates that this calculator will be available by the end of February.

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June monthly pay date returns to last day of month

University of Colorado employees who are paid monthly will now receive their June paycheck on the final business day in June, instead of the first business day in July.

The change comes after State of Colorado Controller Robert Jaros released an alert stating that a 15-year-old state directive, which delays all monthly paid state employees’ June pay to the first business day in July, no longer applies to higher education institutions.

Payday“The payroll and finance teams are happy to have this change, but, I imagine, not as happy as all the monthly paid employees,” said Sharon Bishop, Director of Payroll for Employee Services. “We’ll no longer need to adjust any automatic payments that come out of our bank accounts on the last day of the month for our June pay.”

The one-day pay shift was implemented in 2003, when Gov. Bill Owens signed into law Colorado Senate Bill 03-197. The change eliminated one of the state’s 12 monthly pay cycles during fiscal year 2002-03, and saved the state $90 million in general fund expenditures, according to the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting.

There is no change for employees who are paid biweekly.

To view 2018 monthly and biweekly paydays, click here.

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Aurora Public Schools to open STEM school next to CU Anschutz

The next generation of health professionals will soon be learning in a STEM-focused school next door to the world-class CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

Aurora Public Schools (APS) recently announced that the Fitzsimons Innovation Campus will be home to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school for grades 6-12. The school is scheduled to open during the 2019-20 school year to sixth-graders. A new grade will be added each subsequent year.

The new school, in partnership with the Denver School of Science and Technology, will provide APS students with a robust STEM program and access to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and its pioneering research labs.

Enhances quality of life

CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman said having a STEM school next door provides outstanding opportunities for the medical campus. “Not only does it give our faculty, staff and students another avenue for community outreach and health education, but the addition of a school in our immediate neighborhood will positively affect the quality of life for our nearby residents now and into the future,” he said. “Coupled with other new amenities such as a food market, hotel and light rail, the school will contribute to a stronger community for those who work and live here.”

Students and educators at the school will enjoy the easy proximity to internships, externships and job-shadowing opportunities. CU Anschutz has a long history of exposing students from neighboring communities to potential health care careers.

Opportunity, impact for students

Superintendent Rico Munn said APS, which has enjoyed partnering with the Community-Campus Partnership at CU Anschutz, is committed to providing opportunity and impact for its students. “We are eager to grow the next generation of APS doctors, researchers and medical professionals who will be inspired to learn, work and give back to our community,” he said.

At the new STEM school, students living in northwest Aurora will be given preference for enrollment. Then, enrollment will open up to other APS students.

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Benefactor Story Wall Introduces New Set of Donors

Recognizing a culture of philanthropy on campus

Philanthropy is a significant driver of top talent and innovation at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and a rotating display in the Research 2 building aims to showcase the incredible generosity of our donors. The benefactor story wall near Etai’s features just a handful of the many stories that highlight the culture of philanthropy on our campus. The wall presents an opportunity to pause and reflect on the generosity that ensures our campus’ continuing excellence.

Ballard Spahr LLP

Members of this Denver law firm rallied around their friend and colleague, Roger P. Thomasch to support the CU Cancer Center, where Thomasch was treated until his death in 2017.


Sissel & Findlow Family Endowed Chair

Inspired by the care their grandson received at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, the Sissels created an endowed chair to support research around regenerative medicine in hope of finding solutions and helping future generations who experience the complicated disease.


 

James C. and Elisabeth C. Dudley Lung Cancer Program

A historic gift made by Elisabeth Dudley in 2015 is transforming lung cancer research and keeping top talent at the helm. The James C. and Elisabeth C. Dudley Lung Cancer Program stands as tribute to a longstanding friendship between Paul A. Bunn Jr., MD, his patient and Elisabeth’s late husband James Dudley, and the entire Dudley family.


Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Jo Battock

Concerned by the lack of financial aid available to students today, the Battock’s created a new endowment scholarship named in memory of Dr. Battock’s father, Benjamin Battock, MD (’29).


 

Marc Allen Sisk, DDS, Memorial Scholarship Fund

When Marc Sisk passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2009, at the age of 39, his classmates Jamie Johnson and Lisa Carlson Marks joined with Marc’s parents and family to establish a fund in his memory.


The benefactor story wall features a new set of stories each year which are a visual reminder of the incredible generosity of our benefactors over the years. In 2017, the wall was introduced to the CU Anschutz community and included: The Colorado Health Foundation, Daniel and Janet Mordecai Foundation, Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation, Gates Frontiers Fund and George B. Boedecker, Jr. and the Boedecker Foundation.

Click here for more information on benefactor recognition at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unintended birth rates decrease

Thanks in large part to a team of researchers on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, a state program heralded for dramatically reducing Colorado’s teen birth and abortion rates gained a funding boost, allowing the public health initiative to continue.

Dr. Marcelo Perraillon
Dr. Marcelo Perraillon helped spearhead this project.

Chosen from a pool of highly qualified applicants, Marcelo Perraillon, PhD, an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health, and his team were tasked with crunching the numbers of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI). Their goal: to show lawmakers the program’s fiscal worth in addition to its public-health value.

Their mission was accomplished. The independent analysis indicated the program was responsible for more than half of the drop in births from 2009 through 2015 and up to nearly $70 million in potential and actual cost-savings for state and federal programs.

Colorado Family Planning Initiative

“The CFPI was originally funded by an anonymous donor,” Perraillon said of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment initiative. “This special program was created to help curb unintended pregnancies. We wanted to use the report to inform decision-makers about the impact of the initiative on cost savings and health outcomes.”

The CFPI’s chief goals are to provide physician training, operational support and low- or no-cost long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs). Launched in 2009, the program provided about 32,000 LARCs, which include IUDs and hormonal implants, in its first six years.

Once implanted in a female candidate, these devices are 99 percent effective and can prevent pregnancies for up to 10 years. This method doesn’t require a monthly prescription, constant monitoring by a physician or a reminder to take it, decreasing chances for unintended pregnancies. So, where’s the pitfall? Its price tag.

“LARCs are substantially more expensive than other methods,” said Perraillon. “A lot of low-income women cannot afford this option, and must use cheaper, less-reliable options, such as condoms or birth control pills. It puts them at a higher risk of unintended pregnancies.”

Although there are public health programs in which women can receive low-cost or no-cost IUDs, their waiting lists can be long, leaving economically disadvantaged women at higher risk of becoming pregnant.

Crunching the numbers

To create convincing evidence, Perraillon and his team prepared an extensive report.

Melanie Whittington
Student Melanie Whittington, PhD, assisted in estimating the reduction in unintended pregnancies.

Melanie Whittington, PhD, a student when she was involved in the project, assisted in estimating the percent reduction in unintended pregnancies. The other team members included Richard Lindrooth, PhD; Mark Gritz, PhD; and graduate students Rose Hardy, MPH, and Shannon Sainer, MSW.

“I’ve always been interested in health economics,” said Whittington. “It’s fascinating to uncover how policy can impact public health. This project was a great example of how we can help provide evidence to lawmakers to make Colorado a better place.”

In 2007, the abortion rate for 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado was 11.4 abortions per 1,000 women. During the program, the rate dropped nearly by half, from 10.3 in 2009 to 5.4 in 2014. The unintended pregnancy rate dropped 40 percent, from 35 per 1,000 teens in 2009 to 21 in 2014.

Uncovering the cost savings

Perraillon and his team needed to consider the potential savings from the many different state-funded programs that assist mothers. These programs range from providing prenatal care all the way to putting a child through preschool.

“When you run an experiment, interpreting the data is fairly straightforward,” said Perraillon. “You have a control, and you have an experimental group. But when you are using observational data, things can get very complicated very quickly.”

Through sophisticated techniques for analyzing observational data, Perraillon and his team found that the CFPI helped save Colorado between $66.1 million and $69.6 million.

“It is important to note that the creation of the CFPI alone did not cause all the reduction in birth rates,” said Perraillon. “There are other factors that influence birth rates, including unemployment rates. Our analysis had to take these and other factors into account.”

However, the evidence clearly suggested the program influenced a decline in birth rates and an increased cost savings for the state. The Legislature allocated funding for the program, allowing Colorado to continue a nationwide model for family planning.

“I think just by the numbers, you can tell this effort was very successful,” said Perraillon. “I’m very pleased with the outcome of our findings.”

 

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University brand review and survey

The University of Colorado’s Brand Identity Standards Board is undergoing a review of CU’s brand identity system, including naming, logo system, colors and typeface. Our goal is to ensure that our brand remains relevant and functional – in both application and experience – given the changes in technology and audience behavior that have taken place since its implementation in 2011.

Take the CU brand survey.

“To be successful, brands must stay relevant, engaging and authentic. Regular checkups and feedback ensures that CU’s brand meets the needs of today, as well as those of tomorrow.”

“To be successful, brands must stay relevant, engaging and authentic. Regular checkups and feedback ensures that CU’s brand meets the needs of today, as well as those of tomorrow,” said Jeff Exstrum, creative director for University Communications.

Your feedback is vital to CU’s long-term brand health. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to share your experiences working with our brand, as well as your thoughts and suggestions on how it could be improved. For consideration, please respond by end of day Friday, February 9.

Thanks for your assistance. If you would like more information or have any questions about this project, feel free to email brand@ucdenver.edu.

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