We work with the hardest hit communities in northern Kentucky, bringing hope and providing solutions for chronic illness. Our programs serve as a national model of collaboration in improving the population health by:
Kentucky is nearing twice the national average in the rate of drug-related deaths per year and ranks as one of the bottom five states in almost every measure of health and poverty. During NKU’s 2015-2016 academic year, the issue of opioid addiction and the heroin crisis came into sharp focus with the visit of Sam Quinones to our campus. His book, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, detailed the scourge of opioid addiction in the United States and spotlighted Northern Kentucky’s own struggle with the epidemic.
After Mr. Quinones’ visit, NKU drew on the strength of its passionate faculty and collaborated with other regional universities, governmental organizations and research and policy institutes to launch the Ohio River Valley Addition Research Consortium (ORVARC) in 2016. On November 10, 2017, NKU kicked off its academic year focus on health inequity with ORVARC’s first conference, which centered on evidence-based research in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). In attendance were researchers, advocates and policy-makers, all of whom discussed ways to address the growing addiction epidemic, specifically as it relates to NAS.
The Owen County Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative is a proposed consortium of Northern Kentucky University (NKU), the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKY ADD), Three Rivers District Health Department, Northkey Community Care, Owen County Drug Prevention Coalition, and Owen County Schools. The mission is to develop a strategic plan for essential evidence-based early intervention and treatment for new substance users as well as to shrink the behavioral and medical healthcare gaps in the eight-county Northern Kentucky region for those seeking treatment and support for substance use disorders.
Geek Your Health hosts themed fitness events around popular television shows, comics, films, and video games. You’ll “let their geek flag fly” at each of these events. Wear fandom themed workout gear and talk about the fandom before, during, and after the events!
Presented by the Institute for Health Innovation and Campbell County Public Library.
Stranger Things 80's Dance Fitness
October 27, 2 – 3 pm
Newport Public Library, Presidents Room Lower Level
901 East 6th Street
Newport, KY 41071
Dance your way through fitness with a workout that combines dance moves with high intensity fitness moves to create a cardiovascular exercise you will love so much, you’ll forget you’re working out. Even better, you’ll get down to classic 80’s prom songs inspired by Stranger Things. Bring water and your favorite nerdy or 80’s inspired workout clothes. Presented by VIBE Dance Fitness and NKU.
Registration Required: RSVP
Shape Up Like Spider-Man
November 24, 4 – 5 pm
Fort Thomas Armory
950 S Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Learn to move like Spider-Man with this functional fitness class from the parkour professionals at Swift Movement Studio in Cincinnati! This introductory session will teach you the essential skills needed to safely traverse obstacles. Improve your strength and confidence while learning new skills by stepping outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be swinging like Spider-Man before you know it!
Registration Required: RSVP