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


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Linking Community

No greater opportunity exists to change and improve lives than addressing population health challenges. The Institute is taking on the biggest, most important health challenges facing our communities.

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 transforming health science education to better equip, empower, and most importantly, inspire health workers of tomorrow.

 


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Events


Jammin' on Our Planners

Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
HE 221

Between classes, work, and just LIFE(!), managing your time can make the struggle real. Get real time-management strategies and a FREE planner for making sure you stay on track for finals and beyond.

LUNCH INCLUDED!

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Owen County Community Meeting

Monday, April 29, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Owen County Public Library, 1370 Hwy 22 East, Owenton, KY 40359

Concerned Community Member?

The Owen County Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative invites you to discuss Substance Use in Owen County.

Updates on 2019 Health and Human Services Grant:

  • Owen County Data
  • Strategic Plan Initiatives 
  • Funding & Next Steps

Presented by: Northern Kentucky University, Owen County Schools, Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition, Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Three Rivers District Health Department, and Northkey Community Care.

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Support Group

Thursday, May 2, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Erlanger Branch Kenton County Public Library
401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, Kentucky 41018

Teacher, mom, disability advocate, and researcher, Molly Sawyer, MSEd, will share her experiences and insights as an NAS parent.

The Institute for Health Innovation at Northern Kentucky University and the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Coalition of Kentucky (NASCKY) are proud to partner on the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Support Group. Parents, grandparents, and other guardians of children diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome are invited to attend.

Breakfast provided
Free parking available

RSVP to Carolyn Noe at noec2@nku.edu for our catering headcount.

Molly Sawyer

 Featured Faculty & Staff


 

Dr. Danielle McDonald is the assistant chair and an associate professor of criminal justice in the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, & Organizational Leadership.  She is currently serving as the program coordinator for Criminal Justice.   Dr. McDonald began teaching at NKU, in 2008, after teaching for two years at Plymouth State University, in New Hampshire.  She has taught a variety of classes, while at NKU including: Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Race, Gender & Crime, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Alternatives to Incarceration, Sex, Drugs, & Crime as well as Corporate Crime.  Dr. McDonald utilizes service learning and student philanthropy pedagogy to encourage students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what they are observing and/or experiencing in the community.  These community partnerships have led to students working directly with nonprofits to address the needs discussed in class.  Over the years, students have given thousands of hours of their own time as well as their talent and treasure to address the needs they witnessed firsthand in their community.Dr. McDonald earned her Ph.D. in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. from Virginia Tech in sociology with an emphasis in criminology, and B.A. degrees in sociology and psychology from West Virginia University. Dr. McDonald has experience evaluating substance abuse programming in the correctional system as well as community-based programs for prevention and post release from the criminal justice system.  Her research interests include the areas of community corrections and reentry, female inmates, juveniles, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, as well as service learning and student philanthropy.

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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