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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.

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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.


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 Featured Faculty & Staff


Dr. Jennifer Lape Kaiser
Dr. Jennifer Lape Kaiser is an Assistant Professor in the Kinesiology program.  She is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) for the state of Ohio and also a certified personal trainer.  Dr. Lape Kaiser’s research focuses on the use of exercise for mental health and addiction recovery.  In her clinical practice, she has worked primarily with clients who have a history of trauma and addiction and is passionate about bringing accessible and alternative treatments to the recovery community.  Currently, she is partnered with a residential treatment program in Northern Kentucky to conduct research on the attitudes toward, and preferences, for exercise in the residential treatment demographic. 
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