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Helen Burnside Named Director of the Denver Prevention Training Center

Friday, February 16, 2018

Denver Public Health has appointed Helen Burnside, MS, as the new Director of the Denver Prevention Training Center. Burnside has worked at the Denver PTC since 2008 and brings more than 15 years of experience in the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and HIV field. Burnside succeeds Terry Stewart who retired in 2017 after serving as director of the Denver PTC for 10 years.

Founded in 1979, the Denver PTC is a program of Denver Public Health, a department of Denver Health, funded to educate health professionals about sexual health, HIV, STD, and patient navigation. As director, Burnside will oversee all aspects of the Denver PTC’s national training and capacity building assistance programs for health care organizations such as federally qualified health departments and state and local public health departments. She will also be responsible for quality assurance of service delivery across the Denver PTC, and for aligning the team’s work with national HIV/STD prevention efforts.

“It is a privilege for Denver Public Health to house the Denver Prevention Training Center, a program that is driving STD/HIV prevention and care improvements across the nation,” said Bill Burman, MD, executive director, Denver Public Health. “Helen’s expertise in the field and passion for quality improvement will help the Denver PTC diversify its services and funding sources, leading to improved health outcomes in Denver and across the United States.”

Another area of focus for Burnside in developing the Denver PTC’s national presence is to steward growth of the National Sexual Health Conference, as it moves from Denver to Chicago in 2019. This conference is held every other year to address the nation’s sexual health.

Burnside acquired a master’s of Community Health from the University of Montana and is trained in LEAN quality improvement. Previously, she led the National Coordination Center where she served as a liaison between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of STD Prevention and the eight regional STD prevention training centers. More recently, Burnside led the Denver PTC HIV Capacity Building Assistance program in national HIV prevention efforts. Her experience includes more than a decade as a trainer focused on HIV prevention in clinical care settings.

About the Denver Prevention Training Center

Founded in 1979, the Denver Prevention Training Center (Denver PTC) provides innovative training, consultation and information to healthcare professionals and their organizations. The Denver PTC has the unique advantage of being a program within a public health department (Denver Public Health) that resides within a large comprehensive healthcare system (Denver Health and Hospital Authority). We operate in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health with whom we share an interdisciplinary staff and faculty. The program is supported by a cooperative agreement with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.