Berman named director of the Center for Global Health & medical advisor for the Global Health Institute


Partnership created between the Colorado School of Public Health and Children's Hospital Colorado

Steve Berman

Stephen Berman, MD, professor of pediatrics at The University of Colorado School of Medicine and endowed chair holder in general pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, has been named director of the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and medical advisor for the Global Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado.

"The Center for Global Health with the Global Health Institute has an opportunity to make a major contribution to improving the health and welfare of the world's poorest populations and become one of the world's leading global health programs," said Berman.

While the Center will maintain its current programs, Berman will develop several new initiatives that focus on family and child health. These will include developing and testing new interventions to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in some of the poorest areas of the world and promote health and wellness through economic development, nutrition programs and child development interventions. The Center is applying to become a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in order to have a greater worldwide impact in these areas. According to Berman, "having the support of one of the finest Children's Hospitals in the world will be extremely beneficial to our initiatives."

"By working collaboratively we will address the need to promote sustainable economic development in the poorest areas of the world in ways that will provide opportunities for families to improve their economic conditions, provide educational opportunities to their children, and reduce excessive maternal and child mortality," said Berman.

The planned Global Health Institute at Children's will complement these programs. The Institute will streamline processes by becoming the centralized point of contact at Children's to support international activities. Activities include partnering with one or more organizations to build capacity within identified international communities and deliver on-going clinical services such as continuing consultative support, training and education. Support will also be given to the evacuation of children in need, either because of a natural disaster or individual need basis.

"Berman is the ideal leader for the exciting collaboration with the Center at the School of Public Health and to advise on Children's Hospital Colorado Global Health Institute," said Amy L. Casseri, JD, Children's chief strategy officer and senior vice president.

The center also recruited Eric Simoes, MD, and Susan Niermeyer, MD, who join Berman in developing the new initiative. Berman follows Calvin Wilson, MD, who stepped down as center director in 2010.

Berman is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health and holds an endowed chair in academic general pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. He is a practicing primary care pediatrician and has held many prestigious positions in the world of pediatrics including consultant to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization on Control of Acute Respiratory Infections; national chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Health Financing; director of health policy and state medically indigent programs at the University of Colorado; and president of Colorado Bright Beginnings. From 2000 to 2001, Berman was president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

About the Colorado School of Public Health

The new Colorado School of Public Health is the first and only school of public health in the Rocky Mountain Region, attracting top tier faculty and students from across the country, and providing a vital contribution towards ensuring our region's health and well-being. Collaboratively formed by the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado School of Public Health provides training, innovative research and community service to actively address public health issues, including chronic disease, access to health care, environmental threats, emerging infectious diseases, and costly injuries.