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


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



News



Events


Life in Space

Tuesday, October 22 6 - 7:30 pm
Griffin Hall Digitorium

Free and open to all!

Shannon Walker was selected by NASA in 2004 as part of the 19th class of astronauts. She holds a BA in Physics, an MS and a PhD in Space Physics from Rice University. Walker began her professional career with the Rockwell Space Operations Company at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that lasted 163 days. 

 

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Flyer for Life in Space depicting Shannon Walker in a NASA space suit, juggling fruit in space, and in the International Space Station.

Astronaut Meet & Greet

Tuesday, October 22, 5 - 5:30 pm
Griffin Hall Digitorium

Free and open to Girl Scouts in Grades 6 - 12!

Shannon Walker was selected by NASA in 2004 as part of the 19th class of astronauts. She holds a BA in Physics, an MS and a PhD in Space Physics from Rice University. Walker began her professional career with the Rockwell Space Operations Company at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in 1987 as a Robotics Flight Controller for the Space Shuttle Program. In 2010, she served as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that lasted 163 days. 

 

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Flyer for Astronaut Meet and Greet depicting Shannon Walker in a NASA space suit, juggling fruit in space, and in the International Space Station.

Geek Your Health - Campus Events

 

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!

Presented by the Institute for Health Innovation, Campus Recreation, and Health, Counseling, and Student Wellness.

 

Pokémon Go Walk

September 25, 12 – 12:45 pm

Meet at Abraham Lincoln Statue in front of Nunn Hall

Visit Pokestops and Gyms on this one-mile route around campus. We’ll stop periodically to spin stops while we walk and catch ‘em all!

RSVP

 

How to Cast Your Own 'Patronus' in Tough Moments

September 30, 12 pm

SU 302

Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough you will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life. Does that sound familiar? Kind of sounds like depression, anxiety, negative thoughts, self-doubt, etc. Sometimes it feels like our negative thoughts and feelings are just circling around in our brain waiting for their chance to strike out and zap all
of our happiness away from us. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool you could use to drive them away just like the wizards and witches from the Harry Potter series have?  It’s not as outlandish as you might think. With practice, you can teach your body go through the process of relaxation even under tough circumstances.

Let’s make wands and learn to cast your own Patronus.

RSVP at: wolframc1@nku.edu

 

Marauders Mappning Your Career

October 1, 11 am - 12 pm

HE 221

Are you moving toward your career goals? How can you intentionally chart your own path? Using inspiration from Harry Potter, we’ll work through career mapping exercises together to look at where we are and where we’re going.

RSVP at: noec2@nku.edu

 

Jammin’ on Our Planners

October 3, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

HE 104

Between classes, work, and just plain old life, managing your time can make the struggle real. Learn about real time management strategies and get a Free Planner for making sure you stay on track this semester and beyond.

RSVP

 

Anime Cycle Class

October 22, 6:30-7:15pm

Campus Recreation Studio 1

Learn the basics of cycling while listening to your favorite Anime songs!  All levels are welcome, as you can control your own intensity.

Registration not required.

 

Geek Your Health - Community Events

 

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!

Presented by the Institute for Health Innovation and Campbell County Public Library.

 

Harry Potter Yoga

September 29, 2 – 3 pm 

Newport Public Library, Presidents Room Lower Level
901 East 6th Street
Newport, KY 41071

Come with your inner magic and wands at the ready! Join us for an easy and playful yoga flow that will ignite your personal patronus. No previous wizarding yoga experience required, but just the willingness to participate and bring your magic to life! Presented by NKU, Campbell County Public Library and The Yoga Bar.

Registration Required: RSVP

 

Stranger Things 80's Dance Fitness
October 27,  2 – 3 pm 

Newport Public Library, Presidents Room Lower Level
901 East 6th Street
Newport, KY 41071

Dance your way through fitness with a workout that combines dance moves with high intensity fitness moves to create a cardiovascular exercise you will love so much, you’ll forget you’re working out. Even better, you’ll get down to classic 80’s prom songs inspired by Stranger Things. Bring water and your favorite nerdy or 80’s inspired workout clothes. Presented by VIBE Dance Fitness and NKU.

Registration Required: RSVP

 


 Featured Faculty & Staff


 

Gabriel Sanders

Dr. Gabriel Sanders is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science at NKU. As an exercise physiologist and sports scientist, Dr. Sanders research focuses on testing and monitoring student-athlete's daily physiological and mechanical workloads utilizing wearable microsensor technology. The high-tech devices in which he utilizes include accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and global positioning systems (GPS). The devices record hundreds of daily physiologic and mechanical workload data points that must be filtered and analyzed on a daily and weekly basis. 

In collaboration with the sports medicine and strength and conditioning staff at NKU, the athlete monitoring protocols take place every day for certain athletic teams across an entire season. The primary goal of the research collaboration is to identify physiologic or mechanical workloads that are harmful or beneficial in an attempt to reduce injuries, improving performance, and enhance student-athlete health and well-being throughout their career at NKU. The collaboration with athletics has resulted in an expanded student-athlete monitoring program at NKU and over ten peer-reviewed publications in the last two years alone. Dr. Sanders believes this daily monitoring approach shows great potential to translate to individuals in the general population as a way to improve physical activity and boost healthy lifestyles. 

Scott Fennell, Director of the Center for Environmental Restoration, has been with NKU since 1999. In addition to directing the CER, Scott’s primary responsibilities are managing the Northern Kentucky Stream and Wetland Restoration Program, an in-lieu fee compensatory mitigation program, and serving as its principal restoration engineer. Prior to coming to NKU, Scott was an environmental engineer and scientist working primarily in brownfields assessment and remediation. Scott has a BS in chemical engineering and a masters degree in environmental science, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky.
Scott Fennell, Director of the Center for Environmental Restoration, has been with NKU since 1999. In addition to directing the CER, Scott’s primary responsibilities are managing the Northern Kentucky Stream and Wetland Restoration Program, an in-lieu fee compensatory mitigation program, and serving as its principal restoration engineer. Prior to coming to NKU, Scott was an environmental engineer and scientist working primarily in brownfields assessment and remediation. Scott has a BS in chemical engineering and a masters degree in environmental science, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky.
Scott Fennell, Director of the Center for Environmental Restoration, has been with NKU since 1999. In addition to directing the CER, Scott’s primary responsibilities are managing the Northern Kentucky Stream and Wetland Restoration Program, an in-lieu fee compensatory mitigation program, and serving as its principal restoration engineer. Prior to coming to NKU, Scott was an environmental engineer and scientist working primarily in brownfields assessment and remediation. Scott has a BS in chemical engineering and a masters degree in environmental science, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky.
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