Better health for Kentucky. Together.
The Institute for Health Innovation (IHI) at NKU pioneers solutions to the health challenges facing Northern Kentucky. We drive change that directly addresses urgent unmet health needs.


What We Do

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Linking Community

Building on NKU’s rich tradition of community engagement, the IHI seizes the opportunity to work with communities to change and improve lives by addressing population health challenges. The Institute believes we can solve the biggest, most important health challenges facing our communities by engaging with the people directly impacted.

Working Together

The Institute's focus on working together is a key piece of NKU’s commitment to forging partnerships to address population health initiatives. When we come together, we can uncover breakthrough solutions to our society's most challenging population health problems.

Innovative Solutions

Working with our campus and community partners, we are making investments in health entrepreneurship, innovation, and education. We encourage our community to envision the future of healthcare and help us transform what we do to better equip, empower, and most importantly, inspire health workers of tomorrow.


 Focus Areas



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Please join us for An Evening of Hope: Shining a light on removing barriers to education for children and youth experiencing homelessness.


Statistically, Josh Shipp should be dead, in jail, or homeless. But his success as a preeminent author, speaker, and global youth empowerment expert is living proof of the power of one caring adult. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for the documentary TV series on A&E that followed his groundbreaking work with youth and families.

He has written two national bestsellers to date, “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans” – winner of the Nautilus Gold Award for Parenting & Family – and “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.”
Guest Speaker - Dr. Robert Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro is the director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He directs the hospital child abuse team and specializes in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Dr. Shapiro’s interests include diagnosing and treating victims of child abuse and neglect, implementing child abuse prevention strategies within primary care medical practices and facilitating a public health response to childhood adversity (ACEs) and building child/family resilience.
Event EMCEE - Thomas Cox

Thomas Cox, MS, TM has over 30 years of experience working with parents and teens in a variety of settings; as a family mediator, a youth and family minister, and a chemical dependency counselor and administrator. In 2019 he launched Tri-D Center to provide problem solving training, programs and services. Thomas has also been a professional comic for the last 12 years, and been a host and emcee for several programs and groups.

Welcome Center Garage Parking - $8.00 / EILA Credits Available / Help support FUEL NKU Pantry by bringing a non-perishable breakfast item!


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Flyer for upcoming thrift shop on Wednesday, November 27

Geek Your Health


Geek Your Health hosts themed fitness events around popular television shows, comics, films, and video games. You’ll “let their geek flag fly” at each of these events. Wear fandom themed workout gear and talk about the fandom before, during, and after the events!


Shape Up Like Spider-Man
November 24,  4 – 5 pm 
Fort Thomas Armory
950 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Learn to move like Spider-Man with this functional fitness class from the parkour professionals at Swift Movement Studio in Cincinnati! This introductory session will teach you the essential skills needed to safely traverse obstacles. Improve your strength and confidence while learning new skills by stepping outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be swinging like Spider-Man before you know it!

Registration Required: RSVP


Game of OMES
December 3, 12 - 1 pm
SU 105

Are you feeling stressed by the ending of Game of Thrones? Maybe you still haven’t fully recovered from The Red Wedding. Wherever you are in your journey to the Iron Throne, join Health, Counseling and Student Wellness for Game of OMES, a Game of Thrones themed workshop focused on stress
reduction and mindfulness techniques. This workshop will focus on teaching you a variety of calming techniques so you can take on finals like Arya Stark taking on White Walkers in the Battle of Winterfell. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to say to your stress, “Not Today”. No previous
mindfulness experience required. This is a non-dragon event (though exceptions will be made for direwolves named Ghost).

Registration Required: RSVP

 Featured Faculty & Staff


David Tataw

    Dr. David Tataw is the Interim Director of School of Allied Health in the College of Health and Human Services. Trained in public health, health management, and social sciences, he has been in higher education for more than twenty years. He came to NKU in 2016 as the inaugural Associate Dean for the College of Health Professions. His research and scholarship has largely focused on health management, community health, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.       

    With help from an IHI Branch award, Dr. Tataw and other faculty in the College of Health and Human Services are developing the evidence base for a home  grown Health Careers Ladder Program to serve High and Middle School students in the Covington Independent school district. The long-term goal is to develop a Northern Kentucky Health Careers Ladders Program (HCLP), which will promote the development of a culturally diverse health workforce by increasing participation of Under Represented Minorities (URMs) and other economically, and educationally disadvantaged populations in the health labor force in Northern Kentucky and the greater Cincinnati region.

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