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Institute for Health Innovation


Generate technologies and create awareness surrounding innovations that have the potential to significantly improve patient care with the Health Care Commercialization Certificate online at NKU. In this 100% online program, you will learn how to translate fundamental research and development into medical products, services, and procedures that are cost-effective, efficient, and consistent. If you are interested in this program there are scholarship funds available, for more information click here or email Doug Ladd at


Focus Areas

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    Social Determinants of Health

    IHI works on addressing Social Determinants of Health through programs and projects like the Opportunity House, NKU CARE Closet, and Geek Your Health events.

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    Chronic Illness: Substance Use Disorder

    Since 2018, Chronic Illness has been a main focus of the IHI's initiatives. As Kentucky continues to rank toward the bottom of health outcomes in the United States, this focus is critical to addressing population health issues facing our communities.

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    Future Health Leaders

    IHI and NKU are uniquely positioned in northern Kentucky to create a pipeline to reduce the future healthcare worker shortage and bring underserved and minority students into healthcare programs. We develop new ways to prepare students for an increasingly technological and collaborative role through our programs for students.

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    Accelerating Innovation

    In collaboration with community and business partners, we leverage our expertise to support health innovation centers of excellence in the Northern Kentucky region and provide funding opportunities for NKU staff research through programs like Faculty Fellows.

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    The Collaborative for Program Evaluation and Implementation Science harnesses the power of data to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities using improvement science. Our work meets the unique needs of our partners, who want to advance their programs or policies to transform individual lives, systems, and communities. An interdisciplinary working group, we have the knowledge, expertise, and experience to serve as your evaluation and research partner with particular subject matter expertise in public health, healthcare, and health innovation.

NKU’s Collaborative for Economic Engagement

IHI Highlight: EDA UC Grant

Northern Kentucky University received a $1.1 million three-year grant from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) University Center program. The grant will support NKU’s innovative efforts in expanding its Human Services and Addiction program, aiming to reduce health disparities in the underserved communities.

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NKU’s Institute for Health Innovation receives grant to support new community health worker program

The $2.9 million three-year grant will support NKU’s innovative efforts in expanding its Human Services and Addiction program, aiming to reduce health disparities in the underserved communities.

How NKU tackles substance use disorders in rural Northern Kentucky

Tammy Barrett-Wolcott recalled a student from Carroll County who had been using marijuana every day for as long as she could remember – probably since 10 years old. She had very low self-esteem, always put her head down when she came to class and refused to participate in group therapy.

Beshear, 4 local firms launch effort to bring $10M lab to NKY

The commonwealth of Kentucky is looking to invest $10 million in a new shared research and development lab in Covington, and four local companies are collaborating with the city to help move the effort forward.

Reserve the Health Innovation Center for your next event

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The Institute for Health Innovation

The Institute for Health Innovation makes many of the spaces in the Health Innovation Center available for internal and external events from informal receptions to conferences and healthcare field trips. The HIC provides a wide range of spaces to accommodate your event with the amenities you need to make your event run smoothly and look amazing.

Institute For Health Innovation