Community Engagement and Research

Empowering Local Solutions for Health

The Community Engagement and Research Core connects community, clinical, and academic partners in community-engaged research to address priority health needs and improve health outcomes in Kentucky and Appalachia. 

Perry Co. students walking at the Healthy Mile Inauguration, 2019
Health and Wellness with Joshua Paschal
Joshua Paschal smiling on the football field.


Joshua Paschal is a student, football player, and cancer survivor here at UK. This summer, he's joined us for an internship and is making a series of videos promoting health and wellness.  Check out his first video about how face coverings keep us safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Community Seed Grant Recipient Uses Personal Health Journey to Motivate Others in Diabetes Prevention
Mary Beth Castle leads a Fall into Fitness diabetes education and prevention event in Johnson County, Ky.

After retiring as a teacher and learning she was pre-diabetic at age 57, Mary Beth Castle lost 81 pounds and began a new career as a Community Health Educator in Johnson County, Kentucky. A Community Seed Grant from the CCTS allowed her to continue and grow the "Fall into Fitness" diabetes education and prevention outreach events, where participants get their A1C levels checked and take a self-paced walk together. Anyone who is pre-diabetic gets a personal phone call from Mary Beth, inviting them to participate in a free, CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program.

CLIK Participant’s Report on Eastern Kentucky Water Affordability Crisis Receives National Attention
The Curs Crum Reservoir in Martin County, Ky., on Oct. 2, 2018.

 

Martin County has been experiencing a water crisis for decades, with the 8th highest cost of water in the state. A participant of the CCTS Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky co-authored a report how residents, many of whom can’t afford their water bills, are impacted.  

Making a Difference

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Participants in the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

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ROI on Appalachian Translational Research Network Grants

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Appalachian Counties Impacted by the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

Community Engagement News

  • Behind the Blue logo
    • Oct 13 2020

    Dr. Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research, oversees the university’s vast medical and nonmedical research efforts. On this episode of "Behind the Blue," she discusses the many areas UK's Office of Research is prioritizing, including greater diversity and inclusion, the increasing commitment to opportunities for undergraduate research, returning research efforts to higher capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

  • Portrait of Dr. Gia Mudd-Martin
    • Oct 10 2020

    Mudd-Martin is testing the effectiveness of two interventions aimed at encouraging healthy behaviors such as physical activity, healthy eating and smoking cessation for the populations of rural areas of Bourbon, Rowan, Nicholas and other nearby counties

  • Dr. Lovoria Williams
    • Sep 10 2020

    Lovoria Williams, Ph.D., co-director of integrated special populations for the CCTS and associate professor in the College of Nursing, is collaborating with faith communities to address these health disparities among minority and medically underserved populations in both Appalachia and predominately African American communities in Lexington.