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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.


Northern Kentucky Community Resources

A comprehensive list of support services in Northern Kentucky, ranging from addiction support to youth services. 

Visit the Google Spreadsheet

Featured Project:

Owen County Recovery Support


HRSA Grants

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



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 Featured Faculty & Staff


Tracey Bonner

Tracey Bonner is an Associate Professor of Dance & BFA
Dance Coordinator in SOTA. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Inclusive
Excellence committee for the College of Arts & Sciences, is an at large
member of Faculty Senate, and is Allied Zone student advocate on NKU’s campus.

The development of inclusive excellence in dance regarding body image, access,
equity, race, gender identity and the redefining of humanity through the arts
is a primary goal. Her work with Health Innovations at NKU is some of her
favorite work including Norse Violence Prevention Center, and a pilot program
with Dr. Curran in Neuroscience investigating the benefits of dance to students’
mental health.

As an artistic academic, her greatest interest is providing a voice
for the unheard human spirit and creating art to providing a place to belong.
She maintains a long-standing career as an artist, arts advocate, artistic
leader, and entrepreneur. She is an active freelance choreographer, director,
master teacher, and performer, and is the Chief Strategy Officer for her family
company, DenMax, LLC. Throughout the variable aspects of her work and life, she
is a consummate artist at heart. You can view her concert and theatrical work,
or book her privately on her website:, follow her blog:
#kickballchangeyourlife. or on Instagram: traceydancesnsings

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