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Celebrating the Leopold Korn and Michael Korn Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease

On May 23, more than 20 guests gathered to celebrate the Leopold Korn and Michael Korn Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease. President Bruce and Marcy Benson, Chancellor Elliman, and CU Foundation CEO Jack Finlaw all attended to thank Marcia and Dick Robinson for their generosity.

Marcia and Richard Robinson have strong roots in Colorado. They have dedicated time and resources to health care, and to building centers and structures at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Robinsons have been married for over 60 years and have two children, Ellen and John, and two grandchildren. Dick and his brother, Edward, co-founded Robinson Dairy in 1975.

Early investors in the CU Cancer Center, the Robinsons’ ongoing commitments helped establish the center and fueled early research and patient care efforts. Today, the CU Cancer Center is nationally renowned and raising the standard of care around the country.

Their support for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at CU Anschutz is expanding educational opportunities for students and ensuring the continued success of the center.

Marcia and Dick, along with the Adelstein family, established the Leopold Korn and Michael Korn Professorship in Parkinson’s Disease in 2007. With a recent philanthropic gift, the Robinsons transformed the professorship into an endowed chair. They hope their recent philanthropy will help faculty at CU Anschutz better treat, and ultimately prevent, this neuromuscular disease.

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CU School of Medicine partners with CSU to open medical school branch

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The University of Colorado School of Medicine is in the planning stages of establishing a medical school branch in Fort Collins in partnership with Colorado State University.

The partnership aims to create a training program that builds on the strengths of both universities, joining CU School of Medicine’s leading medical education and research programs with CSU’s expertise in human, animal, and public health. The partners expect to enroll the first students in the program in 2021.

“We are pleased to forge this partnership with CSU to expand the opportunities for medical education in the state of Colorado,” said Donald Elliman, Jr., chancellor for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “Together, we are able to offer an education based on outstanding programs at both campuses and to improve the quality of health care for all in Colorado.”

CSU President and Chancellor Tony Frank, PhD, said: “As university leadership, we have long contemplated and discussed bringing together our two world-class medical education programs at CSU and CU. In the last year and half, our teams have worked together on this project, and I am enormously proud of everyone who has worked so diligently to make it a reality.”

The CU School of Medicine, based on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, already has a branch campus in Colorado Springs, where about 24 students per year participate in their third- and fourth-year rotations and education. Each year, the School of Medicine matriculates 184 students into its MD program.

Initial plans for the new branch call for maintaining current enrollment levels in the CU School of Medicine, with the possibility of expansion of the class size in the future. The first class in the CSU program would include about a dozen students, who would be conducting all four years of their studies on the Fort Collins campus. Eventually, the branch could enroll as many as 48 students per year. Students at the branch would earn medical degrees from the CU School of Medicine.

One of the first tasks is for the CU School of Medicine to hire an assistant dean for its Fort Collins branch. The School also will recruit faculty and prepare the documentation required by the School of Medicine’s accrediting body, which must approve the branch before it can open.

Suzanne Brandenburg, MD, professor of medicine at the CU School of Medicine, is coordinating the process of establishing the medical school branch. She has already been working to recruit providers in the Northern Colorado medical community because a successful medical education program will depend on outstanding clinical learning opportunities.

“At the new medical school branch, students will learn in and from the local community alongside other health professionals.” Brandenburg said. “With this expansion, we hope to capitalize on the diverse expertise at CSU, to frame health care broadly, instilling in medical students a comprehensive view of our impact on society, considering not just the patient but also communities, populations and the planet.”

Brandenburg also serves as director of interprofessional education on the Anschutz Medical Campus, focusing on educating students across health professions to effectively work in teams and tackle the complex health care problems of patients and society.

CSU and CU have collaborated for many years on health education and research, with partnerships in the Colorado School of Public Health, the CU Cancer Center, and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. In addition, several graduates from CSU each year matriculate to the CU School of Medicine.

Mark Stetter, DVM, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU, said: “We’re looking forward to working even more closely together to help train physicians for Colorado through this collaboration. There are still an incredible number of details to be worked out, from building out our facilities here in Fort Collins to hiring faculty and assuring that all the programs are accredited and aligned. It’s a complex process, but I’m excited to be a part of it.”

The process of building out the fourth floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center, opened at the corner of College Avenue and Prospect Street in Fort Collins in 2017, to accommodate classrooms and administrative offices is underway, while the medical school has begun creating the new curriculum. Existing faculty from both CSU and CU will be teaching at the branch and new positions will be hired as needed.

 

About the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine work to advance science and improve care. These faculty members include physicians, educators and scientists at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System. The school is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system.

 

About Colorado State University

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities, with annual research expenditures above $300 million. The CSU System includes the flagship campus in Fort Collins as well as CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Global. In Fort Collins, CSU currently enrolls about 33,000 students, including 4,000 graduate students and 580 in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, and has more than 1,800 faculty members working in eight colleges. CSU’s DVM program consistently ranks among the top three veterinary medicine programs in the nation.

More information is available at www.colostate.edu.

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Cannabis use among older adults rising rapidly

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Cannabis use among older adults is growing faster than any other age group but many report barriers to getting medical marijuana, a lack of communication with their doctors and a lingering stigma attached to the drug, according to researchers.

The study, the first to look at how older Americans use cannabis and the outcomes they experience, was published this month in the journal Drugs & Aging.

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Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

“Older Americans are using cannabis for a lot of different reasons,” said study co-author Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “Some use it to manage pain while others use it for depression or anxiety.”

The 2016 National Survey of Drug Use and Health showed a ten-fold increase in cannabis use among adults over age 65.

The researchers set out to understand how older people perceived cannabis, how they used it and the positive and negative outcomes associated with it.

They conducted 17 focus groups in in senior centers, health clinics and cannabis dispensaries in 13 Colorado counties that included more than 136 people over the age of 60. Some were cannabis users, others were not.

“We identified five major themes,” Lum said.

These included: A lack of research and education about cannabis; A lack of provider communication about cannabis; A lack of access to medical cannabis; A lack of outcome information about cannabis use; A reluctance to discuss cannabis use.

Researchers found a general reluctance among some to ask their doctors for a red card to obtain medical marijuana. Instead, they chose to pay more for recreational cannabis.

Lum said this could be driven by feeling self-conscious about asking a doctor for cannabis. That, she said, points to a failure of communication between health care providers and their patients.

“I think [doctors can] be a lot more open to learning about it and discussing it with their patients,” said one focus group respondent. “Because at this point I have told my primary care I was using it on my shoulder. And that was the end of the conversation. He didn’t want to know why, he didn’t want to know about effects, didn’t want to know about side effects, didn’t want to know anything.”

Some said their doctors were unable or unwilling to provide a certificate, the document needed to obtain medical marijuana. They also said physicians need to educate themselves on the latest cannabis research.

Some older users reported positive outcomes when using cannabis for pain as opposed to taking highly addictive prescription opioids. They often differentiated between using cannabis for medical reasons and using it recreationally.

“Although study participants discussed recreational cannabis more negatively than medical cannabis, they felt it was more comparable to drinking alcohol, often asserting a preference for recreational cannabis over the negative effects of alcohol,” the study said.

The researchers also found that despite the legalization of cannabis in Colorado and other states, some older people still felt a stigma attached to it.

“Some participants, for example, referred to the movie `Reefer Madness’ (1936) and other anti-marijuana propaganda adverts that negatively framed cannabis as immoral and illegal,” the researchers said.

The study adds to the growing literature on the diversity of marijuana use patterns in older adults, said co-author Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology and director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

“Older adults who use marijuana are ingesting it in a variety of ways for multiple purposes,” she said.  “This and other papers from the same project show growing acceptance of marijuana use for medical purposes by older adults, and a clear desire to have their primary health providers involved in educating them about options and risks.

Lum agreed.

She said Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational marijuana, provides a unique laboratory to gauge public attitudes toward cannabis.

“From a physician’s standpoint this study shows the need to talk to patients in a non-judgmental way about cannabis,” she said. “Doctors should also educate themselves about the risks and benefits of cannabis and be able to communicate that effectively to patients.”

The study co-authors include: Julie Bobitt; Melissa Schuchman; Robert Wickersham; Kanika Arora; Gary Milavetz and Brian Kaskie.

 

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Spring Commencement 2019 by the numbers

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The 996 degrees conferred marked the largest-ever spring graduating class at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Jubilant students, sporting graduation gowns, sunglasses and hard-earned diplomas, gathered in ceremonies across campus for CU Anschutz Spring Commencement last week.

The main, all-campus commencement ceremony took place at Boettcher Commons under sunny skies on May 24.

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Graduates toss their caps into the air in celebration after the main commencement ceremony at Boettcher Commons.

Families and friends joined in the celebration to honor 996 new graduates in our schools and colleges.

Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown:

Graduate School: 114

  • Master of Science degrees: 58
  • Doctor of Philosophy degrees: 48
  • Master of Science in Clinical Science: 8

School of Medicine: 204

  • CHAPA: 43
  • Master of Science in Medical Science: 3
  • MD: 158

College of Nursing: 277

  • DNP: 19
  • Master of Science in Nursing : 59
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 199

Colorado School of Public Health: 170

  • Master of Public Health: 168
  • Doctor of Public Health: 2

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: 137

  • Doctor of Pharmacy: 137

School of Dental Medicine: 94

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery: 79
  • Master of Science in Dental Medicine: 15

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Pro cyclist forges new path after traumatic brain injury

Lauren De Crescenzo national champion

At a road cycling race three years ago in Los Angeles, Lauren De Crescenzo’s life changed forever. The pro cyclist was leading a teammate in a down-the-stretch sprint when she flipped over her handlebars at the finish line, landed on her head and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

De Crescenzo was airlifted to a hospital, where the doctors induced a coma for six days. She was then transferred to Craig Hospital in Englewood and she spent five weeks there. When she woke up in the hospital, she had no memory of her fall; her dad had to explain to her what happened. Her spinal injury, it turned out, was just millimeters from leaving her with paralyzed legs.

To say De Crescenzo is determined would be an understatement.

She started studying for the GRE while in the hospital; she just wanted to focus on anything that wasn’t her injury. She enrolled at the Colorado School of Public Health in fall 2017 and graduated last week at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus with a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology. She had an interest in public health before her accident, minoring in global health during her time as an undergraduate at Emory University.

Lauren De Crescenzo at graduation
Lauren De Crescenzo celebrates receiving her master’s degree from the Colorado School of Public Health at commencement on May 23.

Just this month, De Crescenzo won the USA Collegiate National Time Trial Championship in Georgia.

Asked how long it took to get back on a bike, De Crescenzo said, “Not as long as my parents hoped. I tried to quit, and it lasted about three weeks.” She didn’t want to look at a bike at the rehab center, but a friend, Timmy Duggan, slowly convinced her to get back on a bike.

Duggan, a racer who also suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2009, was her inspiration for her epic comeback. In 2012, he went to the Olympics.

“I’m not ruling it out,” says De Crescenzo, said of her own Olympic aspirations.

Another long-term goal is to be an injury epidemiologist, and she is well on her way. She wants to work in traumatic brain injury prevention as well as possibly conduct research into helmet safety.

Severe depression became a very real consequence of her injury.

“Any big physical trauma comes with mental trauma. That was a big part for me,” she said. “There needs to be an even bigger focus on the emotional, cognitive side effects.”

Going back to school helped her tremendously. Her self-identity changed; before her accident, she thought of herself just as a pro cyclist. Going to school helped her redefine her life and focus her energy on her studies. Her master’s capstone looked at a disease classification manual and how it recorded TBI-related ER visits and hospitalizations.

Her injury put everything into perspective. “Compared to the emotional pain of almost losing everything, physical pain almost doesn’t have an effect on me. The physical pain is temporary and doesn’t seem so bad anymore.” In talking with Duggan she had someone to relate to and didn’t feel so alone. “I wish there was a way for every healthcare professional and researcher to talk to someone who has gone through it because it’s hard to understand the emotional turmoil that it puts you through.”

When asked what she would like to tell someone who has also suffered a TBI, De Crescenzo said, “Never give up. It’s going to get better, and don’t be afraid to get help if you need it.”

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CU Anschutz faculty awarded for outstanding achievement

Fourteen faculty members at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus received accolades recognizing outstanding accomplishments in teaching, leadership and service, research and creative activities and faculty mentoring. The faculty awards were presented at the May 24 commencement ceremonies.

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Lilia Cervantes, left, won the Sabin Award, while Margaret Wierman, center, and Mark Earnest, right, won Sewall Awards.

Winning the Sewall Award for exceptional contributions of leadership and vision to CU Anschutz were two faculty members: Mark Earnest, professor of medicine-internal medicine in the School of Medicine’s Department of General Internal Medicine, and Margaret Wierman, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics in the Department of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes.

Lilia Cervantes, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, won the Sabin Award for exceptional contributions to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the health of the citizens of Colorado.

The President’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected by graduating students in each school or college. The Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Awards are nominated by students and selected by a committee of students, faculty and administrators.

2019 Faculty Award Winners

President’s Excellence in Teaching:

David Ecker, School of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)

Cerise Hunt, Colorado School of Public Health (Community and Behavioral Health)

Ty Kiser, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Clinical Pharmacy)

Tammy Spencer, College of Nursing

Alan Sutton, School of Dental Medicine (Restorative Dentistry)

Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition:

Christina Aquilante, Graduate School (Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Teresa Connolly, College of Nursing

Thomas Greany, School of Dental Medicine (Restorative Dentistry)

Danielle Royer, School of Medicine (Cell and Developmental Biology)

Robert Scheinman, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Sarah Schmiege, Colorado School of Public Health (Biostatistics and Informatics)

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The much unloved electronic health record gets its say

Indira Sriram, PhD, and Robin Harland, who are graduating in this year’s University of Colorado School of Medicine class of MD students, with Steven Lowenstein, MD, MPH, professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for faculty affairs, wrote an article published on May 10 by the Journal of Hospital Medicine from the perspective of the much unloved electronic health record (EHR).

Here’s an excerpt: “We need to have an honest chat. My name is EHR, although you may call me Epic, Athena, Centricity, or just ‘the chart.’ You may have called me something worse in a moment of frustration. However, I do not hold grudges. I am your silent, stoic partner, a ubiquitous presence when you are at work, and sometimes even when you are at home.”

The article is a thoughtful and entertaining way to reconsider how to incorporate the EHR into our clinical care. One bit of proffered advice is crucial and timeless: “Though your practice is increasingly imbued with technology, there is still space to stop and hear your patients’ stories, as physicians have done for centuries. Listen. Make eye contact. Touch. Stop typing.”

Contributed by the CU School of Medicine.

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Bioethics during times of war: Where are we today?

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World War II came with cruelties the world had never seen. The atrocities committed by medical providers in Nazi Germany permanently shaped present-day medical ethics.

These morals are the foundation for physicians’ duties to protect their patients regardless of when or where they practice. The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus hosted a recent event that focused on preserving this morality, and how it is being challenged in present day.

‘Demanding morality’

The event, “Medicine and Morality in Times of War,” was attended by about 125 faculty, staff, students and members of the general public. It was part of a larger 2019 Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics (HGCB) program, which comprised of nine events across all four CU campuses during the federally designated “Week of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust,” April 29 to May 3. The CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities has been hosting the program since 2016.

The event began with a haunting musical performance by two members of the Anschutz Campus Orchestra, and was followed by opening remarks by Matt Wynia, MD, MPH , director of the Center for Bioethics.

“Every topic in bioethics is affected by the nationalist, socialist regime in Nazi Germany,” he said. “It is a long painful shadow. This program is intended to bring forth the legacy of healthcare in the Holocaust and how it still affects how we think about so many aspects of bioethics.”

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Speakers at the event included, from left, Janine Young, Zaher Sahloul and Ved Nanda.

William Silvers, MD, followed up with words of thanks for the continuation of the Holocaust Remembrance week programming at CU Anschutz, and Rabbi Joseph Friedman of DAT Minyan gave a foreword of solemn praise.

“In times of war, the law falls silent,” Friedman said. “Conversations that are happening in this room are meant to ensure that the world demands morality.”

‘A stain on humanity’

Two national leaders in international human rights each gave a 20-minute talk highlighting current ethical issues and how they juxtapose with the Holocaust. These presentations were followed by two local experts offering 10-minute commentaries as panel respondents.

The first speaker, Zaher Sahloul, MD, is a Syrian-American physician who has witnessed doctors in his native Syria committing war crimes. He has run multiple medical relief missions into Syria and along its borders to aid civilians and refugees. At times he worked underground to decrease his chance of being bombed by a regime run by his former medical school classmate, Bashar al-Assad.

“Medical facilities cannot be built because they are specifically targeted,” he said of his experience treating patients in Syria. “ ‘Never again’ is happening again and again. We need to pay attention and stop the atrocities happening across the world. It is a stain on our humanity.”

Len Rubenstein, JD, gave the second talk. A professor at Johns Hopkins University who has spent two decades engaged in research and advocacy concerning the protection of medicine and medical ethics in war, he gave specific examples of how the values that came from WWII have started to erode.

“Following the war, it was declared that providers should treat a patient regardless of their political affiliation,” he said. “Suffering people across the world have started to lose access to care because providers don’t want to be associated with terrorism, a word that is very loosely defined in the eyes of the law. We have to go back to the principle of humanity.”

‘Thoughtful responses to moral dilemmas’

The first respondent, Janine Young, MD, called attention to the refugee crisis and how it could mirror how Jewish refugees were treated.

“We’re affecting entire generations of children,” said Young, citing her experience as medical director of the Refugee Clinic and co-founder of the new Human Rights Clinic at Denver Health. “We need to recognize them as humans who came here for a better life.”

She works with many patients in Colorado who have been displaced by the Syrian Civil War and other conflicts in Latin America, Africa and Asia, providing direct clinical care, developing medical screening guidelines, performing research and advocating for undocumented immigrants.

The second respondent, Ved Nanda, MA, LLB, LLM, namesake of the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Denver highlighted specific hardships that physicians face in war-torn countries.

“Doctors are victims,” he said. “They are targeted, along with hospitals and ambulances. These acts are committed by governments and the people who are fighting them, all over the world.”

The closing panel discussion featured all four speakers on stage fielding questions from the audience and explored the delicate interconnectivity of global politics and medicine.

“We have to take care of the vulnerable,” said Sahloul. “We have a responsibility as providers to uphold this morality through the test of time.”

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Commencement through the eyes of ambitious Nursing students

Nursing students are an adventurous group. At least that’s the impression you’ll get from reading this compendium of 2019 graduate features produced by the College of Nursing.

From the epic story of an ice climber to the idealistic goals of a non-traditional student to a student whose ambitions have been shaped by working in a girls’ home for sex-trafficking victims, get to know this group of fascinating graduates.

Here is the Spring Commencement special section: https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ucdenver/cunursing_graduation19/

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Police say ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ in the event of active harmer

As first responders described key ways people can stay safe on campus, especially in the event of an active harmer, CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola addressed the elephant in the room: last week’s shooting at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch.

“It’s heartbreaking to watch what’s gone on again in Colorado, but I applaud your willingness to listen to this presentation,” he told a group of about 30 in a classroom in Education 2. “Some of this stuff sounds a bit extreme, and I hope you never need it, but you might find how it applies to even a very simple encounter you might have at work or at home.”

‘We’re not going to wait’

The lunch-hour talk, “When Presented with a Deadly Threat,” covered how to prepare for possible threats, recognize potential threats and various options of actions during a threat. Also, the first responders offered general safety tips and described the actions people can expect from law enforcement as they arrive on the scene of an emergency.

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CU Anschutz Police Chief Randy Repola makes a point during the active harmer presentation on May 13.

Joining Repola were University Police colleagues Detective Neil Stark, Officer Chris Withrow and Cory Garcia, emergency preparedness coordinator.

Stark said law enforcement officers learned much from the Columbine High School massacre in 1999 on how to respond to active harmer situations. “Police officers are now trained to just go to the threat and stop it. We’re not going to wait outside.”

He added, “You can see how fast the STEM School shooting was put under wraps – quite quickly – because the officers went in.”

Ways to stay safe

The presenters highlighted measures taken to improve security at CU Anschutz:

  • The classroom security project, which has upgraded security in all classrooms in the Education buildings and one of the Research buildings. Equipped rooms have at least two panic buttons, a strobe light, severe bleeding control kit, electronic door locks and opaque film and reinforced windows.
  • The campus community should program key numbers into their cell phones: 303-724-4444 for University Police and 303-724-4999 for Emergency Management; and bookmark the websites www.cuanschutz.edu/police and www.ucdenver.edu/alertsinfo
  • All CU Anschutz students, faculty and staff are automatically registered to receive emergency alerts to their university-issued email addresses.
  • Students, faculty and staff may register their personal cell phone number (as “cellular”) to receive emergency alerts by text. To register, go to cuanschutz.edu/police/alerts/emergency-alert , click the “Text Alerts” drop down in the menu and follow the directions.
  • In the event of an emergency, university-owned desktop computers, laptops and tablets connected to the university domain will receive a “pop-up” alert.
  • To stay connected via social media, follow @CUAnschutzAlert on Twitter and “like” @CUDenverPoliceDepartment on Facebook.
  • Enroll in the Bleeding Control classes offered at least once a semester at CU Anschutz.

Get the ‘Safe Zone’ app

They also recommended that all members of the campus community add the free “Safe Zone” app to their phones. The app shares your phone’s location with the campus’s response team, helping responders find you quickly in the event of an emergency. It allows the user to make a one-touch emergency alert, First Aid alert and a help call.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Be aware of your surrounding (exits, doorways, hallways, etc.)
  • Note the location of emergency wall phones, quick reference guides, etc.
  • Program 303-724-4444 in your cell phone
  • Sign up to receive CU Alerts! text messages
  • Wear your ID badge
  • Add the CU Anschutz information line telephone number to your cell phone: 877-INFO-070
  • Get the free “Safe Zone” app for your cell phone

The police representatives also showed the FBI’s “Run. Hide. Fight” video on surviving an active shooter incident.

Things students, faculty and staff should do on a daily basis:

  • Get to know your surroundings by taking a different stairwell, hallway or other alternate route to your workplace. Also be aware of your surroundings by avoiding use of earphones.
  • Always wear your campus badge and politely question people who appear in your work area without one.

The presenters also explained the conceal-carry weapons policy that applies to CU Anschutz. In general, they advised campus community members to check with the HR department, your supervisor and specific weapons policies and procedures in your workplace location.

CARE, FaST teams

The first responders also covered the CARE (Campus Assessment, Response & Evaluation) and FaST (Faculty and Staff assessment) teams. CARE is a behavior assessment and referral resource for students, while FaST – 303-315-0182 or email FacultyStaff.Assessment@ucdenver.edu – is a similar resource for faculty and staff.

Repola said there is no typical profile that applies to a shooter or other harmer, but it’s often discovered post-event that the harmer gave indications of escalation or planning before the tragedy. “There is no such thing as a false alarm, and the CARE team and FaST team treat those as confidential (reports),” he said. “The idea is early intervention – get the person the help they need and protect the community.”

When something doesn’t seem right, Stark said, “trust your gut. Call us and let us check it out. Your gut is usually right.”

 

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