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.

Featured Project:

Owen County Recovery Support


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What We Do

Venn diagram with IHI in the middle surrounded by linking community, working together, and innovative solutions.

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



Geek Your Health Campus Events

Disney Pure Barre Pop-Up - Canceled

Thursday, January 16, 12 - 1 pm in SU 302

Pure Barre is popping up at NKU! Join Pure Barre Ft. Wright for a FREE 45 minute pop up class featuring your favorite Disney songs. Bring a mat, a water and a friend and lift, tone & burn!

Please register

Balancing the Force

Tuesday, January 21, 1-2 pm in HE 221

Workshop participants will learn about balancing the ‘Forces’ of school, work, & personal life and will create their a personal ‘Jedi’ code to help integrate competing priorities in their lives.

This event is free to attend and snacks, desserts, and drinks will be provided!

Please register

Geeking Out for Mental Health

Monday, January 27, 12 - 1 pm in HE 221

Come learn how being a geek can improve your mental health! Learn specific strategies for using your geek tendencies to help you cope with life, the universe, and everything!

This event is free to attend and a free taco bar and drinks will be provided!

Presented by Dr. Chrisha Anderson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, academic researcher of fandom and mental health, and lifelong fangirl.

Please register

Jedi Training

Tuesday, February 25, 6:45 - 7:45 pm in Studio 3 at Campus Recreation

Grab a lightsaber and learn the ways of the force! Participants are taught maneuvers for lightsaber combat. Lightsabers are provided if you do not have one.

This event is free to attend!

Please register

Don't Become a Zombie, Develop Healthy Sleep Hygiene!

Wednesday, March 18, 12 - 1 pm in HE 221

Do you wake up in the mornings feeling like the undead? Do you feel like you are aimlessly walking around campus on minimal sleep? Staying up late to battle academic work or fighting to keep your eyelids open too late because you’re on social media? This workshop may be your best bet to combat sleep concerns! We’ll discuss and explore main themes around healthy versus unhealthy sleep hygiene and provide space for you to make a plan of action against your zombie self. You don’t have to feel like the Walking Dead after this workshop.

Please register

Anime Ride

Wednesday, March 18, 7 - 7:45 pm in Studio 1 at Campus Recreation

Beginner's cycle class while listening to anime music.

This event is free to attend!

Please register

Intro to Cross Stitch

Thursday, March 19, 7 - 8:30 pm in SU 302

Learn to cross stitch with Fat Quarter! We'll make an inspirational design as we expand our crafting skills. Event is free, but space is limited.

An event focused on intellectual health as part of our semester on the eight dimensions of health:

Please register

Dungeons & Dragons Fitness Class

Tuesday, April 14, 6:45 - 7:30 pm in Studio 3 of Campus Rec

Roll the die and take the challenge! Introductory Circuit Training

Please register

How to Brew a Calming Draught to Prepare for OWLs

Tuesday, April 28, 12 - 1 pm in SU 109

We all know that there is a lot of pressure going into finals week. Getting good grades determines a lot in some cases: whether it’s being able to move forward in a particular curriculum or getting the GPA you need for graduate programs. With these thoughts in mind, are you dreading finals week and feeling unprepared? Or are you struggling with feelings of anxiety as you look ahead to the big exams? There’s a brew for that (and not of the alcohol kind)! This workshop will have built in time to make a plan of action as we move into finals week. We’ll also cover what test anxiety is and how to be best prepared for exams. We will also explore self-care and coping strategies to combat feelings of anxiety and worry about your upcoming exams. With all the right ingredients planned, we can concoct a potion for success!

Please register

Geek Your Health Community Events

Shape Up Like Spider-Man

Saturday, February 1, 10:30 - 11:30 at Boone County Main Library

Learn to move like Spiderman with this functional fitness class from the parkour professionals at Swift Movement Studio in Cincinnati! This intro session will get you climbing, jumping, & equip you with essential skills to safely traverse obstacles. You'll be swinging like Spiderman before you know it! Ages 18 and up.

Please register

Train Like the Avengers

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 - 11:30 am at Boone County Main Library

Want to be as strong as The Hulk? Fly around like Iron Man? Run as fast as Captain America? Or fight like Black Widow? Now you can learn the basic skills of strength training combined with the style and finesse of high intensity (HIIT) combat. Co-sponsored by NKU. Please register. Iron Rig Fitness Center Owner and Marine Corps vet will be leading the class.

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 Featured Faculty & Staff


David Tataw

    Dr. Mark Wasicsko Ph.D.  Professor and Bank of Kentucky Endowed Chair in Education, has been at NKU since 2005. Prior experiences include serving as science teacher, professor, department chair, dean, and provost. His teaching includes courses in fundamentals of mindfulness, transformational leadership, best practices for college teachers, and lifespan development.

His major interest is investigating the human characteristics (dispositions) that allow some people to foster more positive changes in others and in the institutions in which they work. Positive change agents are effective not only because of what they know and do but because of who they are shining through their knowledge and skills. Simply put, effective helping professionals--counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, and leaders--are first and foremost effective people.

For over 40 years he has applied his interest to the areas of preparing helping professionals and enhancing their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. In addition to teaching credit courses, he frequently conducts workshops and lectures on selecting/hiring “gruntled” colleagues, and helping people enhance their mindfulness and dispositions. Here is a more detailed CV for Mark.

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