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. 

CLIK Recipient Brittany Martin Screening for Diabetes
POSTPONED: Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the UK Center for Clinical and Translation Science have postponed the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK) training dates scheduled for April 2020.  Out of concern and caution for the safety and health of our CLIK participants, faculty, mentors, and staff, we are adhering to the advice of our public health officials, the CDC, and Governor Beshear related to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of health experts, with tentative plans to announce alternate CLIK training dates and an additional application window later in 2020.  Applications that are submitted by the original application deadline of March 13, 2020, will be held for review at a later date.  If you have questions, please contact CLIK Coordinator Ashley Combs at or 606-439-3557, ext. 83449.

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Participants in the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky


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Appalachian Counties Impacted by the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

Community Engagement News

  • Vape pen and cartridge in palm of a hand
    • Feb 11 2020

    Melinda Ickes, PhD, winner of the CCTS Comic Book Challenge and former CCTS pilot recipient, was interviewed in a "WKYT Investigates"epid segment about fighting the youth vaping epidemic.

  • At UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, they are working on memory loss and Alzheimer's disease. (WKYT)
    • Feb 7 2020

    Doctors and researchers at UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging are looking for treatments for memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, and thousands of volunteers are playing a key role in finding answers. Volunteers at Sanders-Brown do as little as a few hours a year to help research, but the contribution is significant.

  • Ickes, center, was selected as winner of the CCTS Science Communication Comic Book Challenge. She is joined by Joel Thompson, PhD, research development director, and Bryan Sanders, marketing assistant and illustrator.
    • Jan 10 2020

    Ickes’ research about youth e-cigarette use will come alive in a comic book illustrated by Bryan Sanders.