Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky

About Us

The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky is a 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, directors, and administrators. There are up to 12 slots available for the 2018 class.

2018 Funding Announcement

Download the 2018 CLICK RFA

Frequently Asked Questions:

We have compiled a document answering common questions, with examples. You can view it here.

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.

Proposed Training Sessions

  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Accessing and Mining Public Datasets / Data Visualization
  • 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

Training Location and Schedule

March 19, 20, and 27, 2018.
April 3 and 10, 2018. *
Mid-Point Meeting: Fall 2018 (TBA)
Time: 8 am – 4 pm
Location: UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Hazard, KY
(* - Training dates may be subject to change)


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


If you have questions regarding this training program, please contact:
Beth Bowling, RN,, ( 606) 439-3557 ext. 83545