GUEST BLOGGER Dr. Urbina: “The Department of Public Health and Environment is Hungry for Change”

The Hungry for Change 10,000 plate campaign was a great opportunity for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to partner with Hunger Free Colorado to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger, which impacted an estimated 900,000 individuals in our state in 2010.  CDPHE staff and visitors contributed nearly 200 plates, displayed in our lobby during all of February.

Our Prevention Services Division sees the impact of hunger on communities and individuals in many of our programs that focus on health promotion and disease prevention programs for children, youth and adults.  The health issues related to hunger, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and development delays for children, are challenges facing our communities and a focus of our work.  Raising awareness about the issue of hunger and its impact on Coloradans hopefully will bring more resources for solving the issue of hunger in our state.  Thanks to the CDPHE staff, clients and visitors that added their voices to the Hungry for Change campaign.

Christopher E. Urbina, MD, MPH

Chris Urbina, M.D., M.P.H. is the executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  He is an associate professor of the Colorado School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

At the Department of Public Health and Environment, in addition to his role as the executive director, Dr. Urbina is also responsible for the supervision of the Director of Environmental Programs, Director of Public Health Programs, Director of Community Relations, and the Chief Operating Officer.

Outside of the department, Dr. Urbina is a member of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Center for Public Health Practice Advisory Committee.

Dr. Urbina received his medical degree from the University of  Colorado School of Medicine, his bachelor’s in biology from Stanford University and his masters in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  In 2010, in 5280 Magazine, he was selected as one of the ”Best Doctors in Public Health and Preventive Medicine,” and he received “Excellence in Public Health Practice” from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2009-2010.  He is board certified in family practice and preventive medicine.




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