Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

Enhancing Capacity & Building Relationships for Local Solutions

The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK) is a leadership development training program offered by the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program and the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health. The Institute is designed to enhance community research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders, directors, and administrators.

Now Accepting Applications for CLIK 2024!

Deadline: March 18, 2024

We invite community and organizational leaders, administrators, directors, and other key program staff to apply for our 2024 CLIK Cohort. Up to ten applicants will be accepted. 

Program Goal

The overall goal of the program is to assist community leaders associated with organizations that engage and empower communities to reduce health disparities, leverage funding, and learn how to use data to improve services and programs.

Program Requirements

To accomplish the goals of the Institute, the full participation of each individual selected is necessary. To successfully complete the Institute, participants must:

  • Attend all training sessions and present their project during the graduation session.

  • Bring in real world projects to ensure that there is a “real world deliverable” that builds organizational and community capacity.

  • Provide a brief 6-month and 1-year progress report.

Training Sessions Include:

  • Grant Proposal Writing

  • Accessing and Mining Public Datasets

  • Quality Improvement/Ensuring Evidence Based Practice

  • Survey Development

  • Assessing Community Health Needs

  • Program Evaluation/Data Analysis

  • Designing and Implementing a Solid Budget

  • Advanced Public Speaking


Each participant’s organization will receive a $2500 grant for their participation in this competitive program and completion of proposed project. Priority will be given to leaders from Appalachian counties in Kentucky (  In addition, priority will be given to applicants who  propose projects consistent with the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program’s areas of interest including:

  • Cancer prevention (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation)

  • Reducing obesity and sedentary lifestyle

  • Chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease) prevention or management

  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment

Brittany Martin, Diabetes Warrior
Brittany Martin

Not every young adult feels compelled to remind Grandma to check her blood sugar, but Brittany Martin, a CLIK graduate, is not a typical young adult. The 26-year-old Hazard native served as diabetes coordinator for Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition in Prestonburg, where she worked developed a community screening program to prevent, detect, and treat diabetes.

Read The Lane Report's profile on Brittany! »

CLIK Impact

41 Participants

of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

17 Appalachian Counties

Impacted in FY17

$70,000 Earned

in External Funding and In-kind Donations

Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK) News


  • Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD

    • Director, Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky
  • Beth Bowling, RN

    • Rural Project Manager, Community Engagement & Research
    • (606) 439-3557 ext. 83545