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Monday, May 20th 9:00 am - Tuesday, May 21st 5:00 pm, IBS 155
Organized by CU Population Center, Earth Lab, IUSSP Panel on Migration-Climate-Health

Climate change is influencing human migration patterns, while also impacting human health. Innovations in the integration of social and ecological data are essential to move forward these critical research frontiers, as well as to investigate other human dimensions of global environmental change. This conference will move forward understanding of successes, challenges and the potential of social and ecological data integration. Participation by both social and natural scientists is essential in this endeavor.

Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes by natural disasters -- an estimated one person every second.1 Recent IPCC reports suggest some extreme events will become more intense as global temperatures warm.2 Human movement in response to climate extremes have critically important implications for human health in both sending and receiving regions as new health challenges emerge and health systems are increasingly taxed. Climate change also has documented impacts, itself, on human health such as increased heat-related deaths.

During this 2-day conference, Day 1 will open with inspirational speakers reviewing innovations, challenges and needs in socio-ecological data integration with a focus on climate change as related to migration and human health. Afternoon research panels and a poster reception will provide important empirical examples. Day 2 will build on this foundational knowledge in topically-focused working groups aimed to set research agendas, build collaborations, and/or work toward high-impact scientific publications.

Applications are required to ensure adequate space and to identify key thematic areas for working groups. Limited funds are available to support travel expenses. In your submission, please include your CV and describe your interest in the conference including its relation to your research agenda or interests. If interested in presenting your research, please also include an extended abstract. Also please note if funding is required. Participants and presenters will be selected based on research alignment with conference objectives, quality of abstract. Attention will also be paid to maintaining a diversity of representation by discipline, geography, career stage and socio-demographics.

Submit materials by March 18th, decisions will be made by March 22nd.

Questions? CUPC Director:

Application to CUPC Program Manager:

This conference is supported and organized by the University of Colorado Population Center, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, as well as CU Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science, Grand Challenge and Earth Lab. The conference is also supported by Grant 5R13HD078101‐03 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and has benefited from the NICHD‐funded University of Colorado Population Center (Project 2P2CHD066613-06) for research, administrative and computing support. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government


1 Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. 2 Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 

Sponsored By: CU Population Center, Earth Lab, IUSSP Panel on Migration-Climate-Health

Wednesday, May 15th 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, IBS 155B
Velma McBride Murry, Vanderbilt University

Title: Scaling up Evidence-Based Programs in Community Settings: Balancing Fidelity and Real-World “Adjustments” to Model Implementation

Abstract: Program developers must provide additional information to help facilitators make appropriate modifications to cultural contexts and social trends. However, modifications cannot interfere with effectiveness. In this talk, Dr. McBride Murry will discuss how to maintain fidelity to theoretical foundations and core components while modifying experimentally-proven programs to meet participants’ needs.

Bio:  Dr. McBride Murry has conducted research on African-American parents and youth for over a decade and identified proximal, malleable protective factors that deter emotional problems and risk engagement in youth. Using this information, she designed and implemented a randomized control trial (RCT), family-based preventive intervention program, the Strong African American Families Program, that has demonstrated efficacy in dissuading youth from engaging in health compromising behaviors. More recently, she completed a 3-arm RCT of the Pathways for African American Success program, which is the first developmentally and culturally tailored technology-based program developed specifically for African American families. Professor McBride Murry’s overarching goal is to disseminate her experimentally proven programs (EPPs) for uptake in community-based organizations, schools, primary health care settings and faith-based organizations, and examine their efficacy in real-world settings.  

At CU Boulder, Dr. McBride Murry serves on the Advisory Board of Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a globally-recognized online registry of EPPs.

Monday, May 13th 9:00 am - Wednesday, May 15th 2:00 pm, IBS 155A
Center for Resilience and Wellbeing

Center for Resilience and Wellbeing in Schools Team will lead this three-day training offered to State and District partners throughout the Rocky Mountain Region

During this three-day training, school-based, district-based and state-level mental health professionals will build an understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma in schools and the pathways to resilience that can be fostered in schools.  This training focuses on four areas: designing intentional environments to proactively plan for safe, supportive achievement-oriented schools; building skillful interactions that support students’ social and emotional development and adult-youth relationships; understanding and using practices that support adult wellbeing and resilience; and deepening understanding of culturally responsive practices.

Tuesday, May 7th 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, IBS 155B
Katie M. Combs

Title: Evaluation of a Sexual Health Training For Child Welfare Workers in Colorado:

AbstractElevated rates of early pregnancy among youth in foster care are well documented. For youth in foster care, traditional systems of prevention may be problematic, as they often experience disruptions in relationships with their schools, families, and communities. This quasi-experimental study evaluated whether a sexual health training impacts Colorado child welfare workers’ knowledge, attitudes, and communication with youth in foster care regarding reproductive and sexual health topics.

Monday, April 22nd 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, IBS 155B
Wendy Wolford (Cornell University)

Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

Vice Provost for International Affairs Interim Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development 

Abstract: In 2010, political leaders of three countries—Brazil, Japan, and Mozambique—announced an ambitious trilateral collaboration intended to re-make the Mozambican savannah. Political and business leaders hailed ProSavana as an innovative project that would apply Brazil’s success in agricultural modernization to one of the poorest countries in the world. Drawing on interviews with project personnel and agricultural research scientists in Mozambique as well as on archival material from the colonial period, I examine two different parallels: the first between Mozambique and Brazil, the second between colonial and post-colonial Mozambique.

Wendy Wolford is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Cornell University and is a Sociology professor.  She is also the Interim Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development.  Her work addresses issues within and between the political economy of development, agrarian studies, social mobilization, land reform, and political ecologies of conservation. 

A light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored By: Program on International Development, Geography

Tuesday, April 16th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Education 2 South Auditorium, CU Anschutz Medical Campus
Multiple speakers, includes CSPV's Beverly Kingston

Please join IBS's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) at the Uniting to Prevent School Violence event in Denver on April 16.  

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School ​shootings, this event will explore what we have learned about preventing school violence since the Columbine tragedy, what questions remain and – perhaps most importantly – what is preventing us from implementing what we have learned to end these tragedies?   Designed for scientists, school leaders, public health professionals, community members, public safety professionals, and decisionmakers, this symposium will provide knowledge and tools to help us work together to advance violence prevention using a public health approach.   Presented by the Center for Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Colorado School of Public Health and its Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER), and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder. Questions? Contact​
Sponsored By: Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Center for Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the Colorado School of Public Health and its Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER)

Thursday, April 4th 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, IBS 155B
Dr. Eduardo S. Brondizio, University of Indiana

Title: Agency, Agents, and Flows at the Rural-Urban Interface in Changing Amazonia:  A Grounded Complex System Perspective

Abstract: During the past 50 years, the Amazon has experienced the co-evolution of central development planning, conservation agendas, global market forces, as well as local social movements, demographic changes, local innovations, and changing expectations of rural and urban populations. Building upon longitudinal research carried out in the region during the past several decades, I propose an interpretation of regional transformation from a ‘grounded complex system perspective’.

The interplay of regional-level changes and the transformation created by local agents is discussed, on the one hand, from the perspective of changing regional infrastructure, governance arrangements, and climate and environment, and on the other hand, from the ground-up, i.e., focusing on the responses and contributions of households and communities to shape the direction of change and the future of the region as a whole. I will pay particular attention to the mechanisms connecting household decisions in rural and urban areas, to changing infrastructure, commodity markets, and forms of mobility. I will then reflect briefly on the challenges of governance and sustainability posed by these changes.

Bio: Dr. Brondizio is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He is also Co-Chair, Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019). 

Thursday, April 4th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, IBS 155A
Eric C. Brown

Title: Community-based Prevention of Youth Antisocial Behaviors: An International Perspective

There is a growing emphasis on community-based initiatives to prevent antisocial behaviors such as alcohol and drug use, juvenile delinquency and violence, and other high-risk behaviors, among youth. But this emphasis has had mixed results. This lecture presents the reasons for failure and success of community-based prevention, and takes an international perspective in illustrating how different countries have used these initiatives as a mechanism to embrace prevention science and implement interventions for the health and well-being of their youth populations.

Bio:  Dr. Eric C. Brown, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, where he directs the Department’s Master of Science Program in Prevention Science and Community Health. Prior to coming to the University of Miami, Dr. Brown was a faculty member with the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work where he worked on school- and community-based preventive interventions, most notably the Community Youth Development Study, which is a longitudinal community-randomized trial of the Communities That Care prevention system, developed at the University of Washington.  

Dr. Brown works on the development, implementation, and testing of community-based preventive interventions in the United States and in Latin America. He currently is the Principal Investigator of a project to design and implement a Communities That Care-based prevention system for reducing youth alcohol use in Zacatecas, Mexico; and is a Co-Investigator on the Evidence2Success prevention system in Miami, Florida.

Additional projects of Dr. Brown’s include: the adaption and implementation of Communities That Care for use in Chile, Colombia, Panama, and Brazil; the evaluation of the Steps To Respect bullying prevention program; and the evaluation of the Raising Healthy Children program.

Dr. Brown’s research interests center around the application of advanced research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention programs and implementation systems. He currently teaches Implementation Science, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Prevention Science. He is a member of the Society for Prevention Research International Committee and was the recipient of the 2013 International Collaboration Award from the Society for Prevention Research. 

Thursday, March 14th 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, IBS 155
Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina

Title: The Importance of Social Factors in Young Adult Health

Abstract: This research talk will present various research findings on the importance of social factors as determinants of young adult health.  Harris will first present an argument for the importance of studying health and disease risks among young people who are thought to be otherwise quite healthy.  She will then provide illustrative findings on the importance of social factors in the development of health and well-being in young adulthood, including the role of social isolation and social integration in social networks, trajectories of health and human capital across adolescence and early adulthood, the differential effects of social mobility among white and minority young adults, and social genetic effects. The implications of her findings identify specific early life stages in which interventions to improve health and reduce disparities would be most effective.

Bio: Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, social genomics, and life course processes. Dr. Harris is Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) in which she is leading multidisciplinary research on the social, environmental, behavioral, biological and genetic linkages in developmental and health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood. Her publications appear in a wide range of disciplinary journals including demography, genetics, family, epidemiology, biology, public policy, survey methodology, and medicine. She was awarded the Golden Goose Award from the US Congress in 2016 for federally funded research that leads to major breakthroughs in medicine, social behavior, and technological research. Dr. Harris is past president of the Population Association of America and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored By: Population Program
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