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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Johns Hopkins After-Care Clinic: An Interprofessional Collaboration

Friday, March 15, 12:30 pm
Owen Electric Cooperative
8205 US Hwy 127 N, Owenton, KY 41086

Learn about the development, improvement and delivery of care for individuals with health disparities through innovative clinical
interventions targeting social determinants of health. Discover how communities can utilize interprofessional collaborative care and
partnerships to impact population health.

Dr. Rosalyn W. Stewart is Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins
University in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, the School of Nursing, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Medical Director of Care Coordination and Resource Management at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Stewart is a true leader in the development, improvement, and delivery of care for individuals with health disparities. A true leader in the development, improvement, and delivery of care for individuals with health disparities, her work has led to the development of innovative team-based comprehensive care that includes social workers, educators, advanced practice providers, and community health workers.

Includes lunch.

Rosalyn Stewart

A Global Perspective on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Monday, March 18, 6 pm
102/104 Health Innovation Center

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a major cause of death worldwide. While resource-rich countries have access to a wide variety of treatment options, resource-limited countries may have less access to education about HIV and treatment options may be limited. This lecture will review the current state of HIV in the United States and then contrast that with countries in sub-Saharan Africa including Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, and South Africa.

Speaker: Jason Blackard, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Medical Student Research Initiatives, University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine

Introduction and local perspective from Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department.

Free and open to all. Reception following the presentation.

Jason Blackard

 Featured Faculty & Staff


 

Suk-hee Kim

Dr. Suk-hee Kim

Dr. Suk-hee Kim is always thinking of new and different ways to engage with the Northern Kentucky University community.Kim, an assistant professor of social work in the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership, recently led a class focused on gerontology—the very first of its kind in NKU’s history. The class is the second phase of the Rising Hope for Aging Project—a fundraiser hosted through Impact NKU during the spring semester of the 2015-16 academic year.Undergraduate and graduate social work students spent last semester getting to know residents at The Golden Tower, a low-income housing unit located in Covington for seniors typically 65 years and older, which is one of NKU’s Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved (NACU) partner sites.Kim, who spent much of her childhood with her grandparents, has always felt a connection to older adults—especially those at The Golden Tower.“Growing up closely with my grandparents greatly influenced my values. I have a deep respect for them and for older adults in general,” Kim says. “I met so many brokenhearted people with health problems and life obstacles, including people with disabilities and histories of substance abuse. I heard about their lack of family, community connection, and the support that they need. I knew that they needed so much support to meet their basic unmet needs and help to increase their quality of life. Most people understand hope as wishful thinking. I believe hope keeps us alive and helps us laugh more and care for and trust one another. My students and I knew now was the time to give our people hope.”With this in mind, Kim built the gerontology class from scratch. She worked closely with students to introduce them to the growing field and discuss the impact on aging individuals in the northern Kentucky area. Students made weekly visits to residents at The Golden Tower throughout the entire semester.More than 70,000 social workers with expertise in aging will be needed to serve the older adult population by 2020, according to The National Institute on Aging.

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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