Children's Hospital Colorado

Community Health and Disease Prevention at Children's Hospital Colorado

About Community Health and Disease Prevention research

The Community Health and Disease Prevention area focuses on studying the translation of what has been shown to work in clinical laboratories into “real-life” clinical practice, both within the hospital or clinic and in the community. Such research often involves evaluation of the effectiveness or cost effectiveness of a health care intervention or barriers to implementation of such an intervention. It may consider health outcomes from multiple perspectives, including those of health care providers, patients, and health care systems. Dr. Allison Kempe, pediatric primary care at Children's Hospital Colorado.

In addition, it includes research focusing on how to prevent diseases or morbidities, including such areas as obesity, dental caries and injury prevention. Research priorities for this emphasis area include vaccine preventable diseases, comparative effectiveness research, obesity prevention, oral health, children with special health care needs, injury/violence prevention, maternal/fetal health, mental/behavioral health and asthma.

Under the Community Health and Disease Prevention umbrella is the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR). COR is a multi-disciplinary research program that brings together the resources, methodologies and researchers to conduct research focusing on improving outcomes for children with a focus on community health and disease prevention. COR shares a building and administrative infrastructure with the University-wide Colorado Health Outcomes Program (COHO). It also shares resources cores in comparative effectiveness research, qualitative research, practice-based research network research and a biostatistics/analytic core specific to outcomes and health services research. In addition to housing state of the art research efforts, COR also supplies consultative and educational services for Children's Hospital Colorado faculty who wish to conduct research in this area.

Contact information

Leader: Allison Kempe, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Director, Children's Outcomes Research Program, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Director, Primary Care Research Fellowship

Program point of contact:
Ellen Sullivan
COR Program Coordinator