Colorado School of Public Health at CSU to hold College Health Colloquium April 6

A professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences from Boston University’s School of Public Health will be the keynote speaker at Colorado State University’s College Health Colloquium April 6. The colloquium will be held during National Public Health Week April 5-11.

Dr. Bill DeJong will give an “Overview of College Health” from 11 a.m. –noon in the Lory Student Center Room 213/215. Dr. DeJong teaches courses in intervention planning, program evaluation and health communications. He was awarded the first College Leadership Award by the American Public Health Association’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Section in 2000, and received the Outstanding Contribution to the Field Award from the Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues in 2008.

Other speakers at the colloquium include:

– Dr. Gregory Eells will speak about “Integrated Health Systems: Overview and Research” from 1-2 p.m. and “CSU Program and Research Opportunities” from 2-3 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 213/215. Dr. Eells is the director of Counseling and Psychological Services and the associate director of Gannett Health Services at Cornell University. He has served on the governing board of the Association for University College Counseling Center Directors and is currently president of that organization.

– Dr. Nicole Speer will speak about “Suicide and Comorbidities” from 3-5 p.m. in Lory Student Center Room 213/15. Dr. Speer is a research associate in the Mental Health Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. She is the co-principal investigator of a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for “Mental Health First Aid for College Students: A Multi-Campus Randomized Control Trial.”

"This colloquium will highlight important topics in college health, including the integration of medical and counseling services, suicide prevention and evaluation and treatment of mental health problems in college students,” said Anne Hudgens, dean of students at CSU and moderator of the event. “The colloquium is timely because of the integration of Hartshorn Health Service and the University Counseling Center into the CSU Health Network, the increase in students on campus with more complicated mental health issues and the increase in suicides within the CSU community in the past few years. We are fortunate to have nationally recognized experts to discuss these issues, and we will also review our own statistics, policies, services and opportunities for collaborative research at the CSU Health Network."

The colloquium is being sponsored by the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University, the CSU Health Network and the Institute of Applied Prevention Research. CSU’s graduate degree program in public health is integrated with the Colorado School of Public Health which includes the University of Colorado Denver health sciences programs and the University of Northern Colorado’s community health units. It is the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain region. Students are able to draw from the resources of all three campuses in completing a master of public health degree.

The CSU program offers master’s of public health students seven areas of study including animals, people and the environment, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, global health and health disparities, health communication, health and exercise science and public health nutrition. Dual degrees include the masters of public health/doctorate of veterinary medicine which is coordinated with the CSU veterinary teaching program.

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For more information about the College Health Colloquium visit Attending the informational sessions is free and open to the public. To attend the lunch, please RSVP to Kendra Bigsby at or (970) 491-5800.

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