Opening This Fall 2018
Northern Kentucky University will open the new Health Innovation facility to support an integrated portfolio of programs to prepare health care professionals and to provide solutions to the population health and wellness challenges of the region and Commonwealth. These training programs and research activities will respond to the transformational changes presently taking place in the health care industry.
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SPACES FOR LEARNING, COLLABORATION & PRACTICE
NKU’s Health Innovation Center will transform regional health care. To ensure the Center’s success, we have designed three main types of spaces within this state-of-the-art facility: space for learning, space for collaboration and space for practice.
SPACE FOR LEARNING

The idea behind the learning spaces is to disrupt traditional lecture style classes. Students can listen to online lectures at home and then spend class working together to solve problems. The spaces for learning include state-of-the-art monitors and projection ability providing a top-tier learning environment. 

SPACE FOR COLLABORATION
The spaces for collaboration are intentionally designed spaces for students and faculty to use for group meetings, community engagement events, or just as a place to relax after a day of classes. These spaces facilitate innovation and learning as students from multiple disciplines work together in teams.

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space for PRACTICE
With technology and thoughtfully designed space, we can simulate real-life health care situations like interviewing a patient, reading an X-ray, or administering an injection. The building will be home to the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Simulation Center. 

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BUILDING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN OUR COMMUNITY

The Health Innovation Center will house cross-disciplinary programs that break down silos to create solutions to existing problems.
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CHRONIC ILLNESS IS NOT GOING AWAY

  • Bottom 5: Where Kentucky falls in a ranking of the healthiest states (America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report)
  • Kentucky has the 7th highest number of deaths due to heart disease
  • #2: Kentucky’s ranking in the country for the highest rate of drug deaths (America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report)
  • Total cost of illicit drug use on the U.S. economy estimated at $193 billion per year (America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report)
  • Obesity remains high (up 157%) and rates of cardiovascular and drug deaths have increased nationally (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

CONSUMER-DRIVEN DEMAND
 

  • Economic growth is impacted by healthy citizens
  • U.S. expected to spend $5.5 trillion in health care by 2025—an increase of $2.1 trillion in under a decade (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
  • An additional 15.6 million trained professionals are needed before 2022 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 51,664: New health care workers needed in our region between now and 2020 (NKU Center for Economic Analysis and Development)

 

AREAS OF EMPHASIS
 

  • Facilities provide active learning, experiential-based, simulated environment for health care practice, health related decision making and applied biomedical research.
  • Areas of emphasis for the health innovations center based on faculty expertise and community need include:
    • Consumer Health Initiative
    • Workplace Wellness/Productivity Management
    • Decision Science/Human Resource Support/Consumer Driven Health Insurance
    • Applied Brain Research/Drug Delivery & Toxicity/Nano Technology
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TOGETHER, WE CAN CREATE CHANGE
We are proud of our rich history, but we are firmly focused on impacting tomorrow. At NKU, we thrive by doing things a little differently. 
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NKU was the proud platinum sponsor of the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit for Education and Community. When we come together, we can uncover breakthrough solutions to our society's most challenging population health problems.

On November 10, 2017, NKU kicked off its academic year focus on health inequity with the Ohio River Valley Addition Research Consortium's (ORVARC)  first conference, which centered on evidence-based research in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

 

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