Community Engagement

Community Engagement and Research
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The overall goal of the Community Engagement and Research Program is to connect lay, practice, and academic communities as partners in community-engaged research to address priority health needs of Appalachian populations in Kentucky, contributing to improved health outcomes.

The Community Engagement and Research program is supported by a central office at UK and two field offices located within the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (Hazard, KY) and St. Claire Regional Medical Center (Morehead, KY). Both field offices are located in Appalachian Kentucky and are staffed with a clinical faculty liaison and a research study coordinator. 

To request assistance from the Community Engagement Core please click on the following link, Community Engagement Service Request Form, and complete the REDCap request form. Services that can be requested through completing the survey include:

  • Study coordination support from either or both of the 2 CCTS Community Engagement field offices (Hazard or Morehead);
  • Research consultation on community engaged grant applications, project implementation, and/or research dissemination;
  • Identification of collaborative partnerships with community organization, practice-based research networks;
  • Identification of collaborative opportunities within the Appalachian Translational Research Network
Practice-Based Research Networks
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Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) represent groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. The Kentucky Ambulatory Network, the University of Kentucky’s first PBRN, was founded in 2000 and serves as a model for PBRN development. The KAN has been extensively involved in development of new PBRNs based at UK with membership across the state. Three additional PBRNs are based at UK – in Dentistry, Public Health, and Rehabilitation Medicine. Each UK-based PBRN has a unique mission and infrastructure. Taken together, they constitute a "meta-network" of university faculty, researchers, healthcare providers, government agencies, and community members mobilized to address chronic health issues and improve the health and well-being of the citizens of Kentucky.
Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN)
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The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) is committed to addressing the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia by enhancing research collaborations to speed the translation of scientific discoveries to health improvements for this region. Initial members consist of University of Kentucky and its partners, East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, and West Virginia University.
Community Leadership Institute Of Kentucky (CLIK)
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The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky is a 4-5 week leadership development training program offered by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, and the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program. The Institute is designed to enhance community research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders (e.g., directors, administrators, and other persons who play a key role in using data and decision making). There are 8-12 slots available for the 2016 class.