Colorado Trust Awards $3 Million to Colorado School of Public Health

The Colorado Trust has announced a $3 million gift to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to endow a chair in Native American health at its School of Public Health.

The Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health will address key health issues facing Native American residents in the state. The gift also will be used to accelerate the work of CAIANH scholars and researchers in a number of areas, including mentoring and providing educational opportunities to individuals who wish to work as healthcare professionals in their tribal communities; programs promoting prevention and healthy lifestyles; integration of diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and health promotion services that improve the quality of patient care; and the acquisition of data to inform decisions and policies that improve program success in Native communities.

Spero M. Manson, distinguished professor, associate dean of research, and director of CAIANH, will be the inaugural chairholder. Earlier this year, Manson was selected to serve on a panel of experts in the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative, which seeks to leverage genomics, informatics, and health information technology to advance biomedical discoveries and personalized medicine.

"We are proud to help create a sustained, concerted effort to improve the health outcomes for American Indians in Colorado," said Colorado Trust president and CEO Ned Calonge. "Under the leadership and expertise of Dr. Manson and his colleagues, we believe significant, long-lasting progress can and will be made in advancing the health and well-being of American Indians living throughout the state."