UK CERH is accepting proposals for Healthy WAY student research initiative

The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) is accepting proposals for high school student groups to participate in our Healthy WAY research initiative. Healthy WAY encourages student led teams to work collectively on an identified problem, by reviewing local data, trends, and research to develop a strategic plan of action with key stakeholders in their schools and communities. 

School safety is the focus area for 2019-2020, our inaugural year. Because each school is unique, school teams will identify a specific safety issue that is a priority at their school. This is a competitive process requiring each high school student group to complete a request for proposal. Up to five projects will be selected from the Kentucky Appalachian counties. 

The UK CERH research team will review all submissions, and score projects using the scoring guide attached to the request for proposals. The selected proposals will be notified by October 4, 2019. Each selected student group will be awarded $1000 to implement their project. Schools are expected to be the fiscal agent for the award.

UK CERH will provide a training workshop for the selected student groups. The workshop is designed to help students identify resources and skills to enhance their proposals. The location of the workshop will be determined based on a location or locations that are convenient to the selected schools. Projects will be implemented between October 2019 and April 2020. The UKCERH will provide monthly check-ins with each group and a mid-point in-person meeting. Student groups will be expected to present their research at an event hosted by the UK CERH.

Click here to download the RFP. Proposals should be emailed to by September 27, 2019. [Please note: The deadline has been extended to October 8, 2019.]