Current Research

UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Research

Kentucky Homeplace
Kentucky Homeplace provides access to medical, social, and environmental services for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Research focuses on the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Kentucky Homeplace program regarding its ability to improve continuity of healthcare for participants, assist previously unserved persons in accessing the healthcare delivery system, and identify barriers to health care as well as finding potential solutions.

Read more about Kentucky Homeplace on our website.

Area Health Education Center Summer Health Career Camp
The Health Career Enrichment Camp is a two-week, hands-on day camp designed to increase awareness of healthcare careers among 9th and 10th graders. The camp is co-hosted in partnership with Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. Research centers on evaluating the efficiency of the UK CERH/Southeast AHEC Health Careers Enrichment Camp in encouraging students’ interests in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. 

Read more about the AHEC Summer Camp on our website.

Employee Wellness Program
This wellness program was implemented to determine the process and health impact of a new worksite wellness program to be offered to employees at a small rural worksite in Appalachia. During the first two phases, our research intent was to plan, implement, and evaluate a one-year employee wellness program to deliver wellness educational content and activities, along with the measurement of health baselines and progress monitoring using key measures. In phase III, findings will be disseminated to participants, small businesses and organizations throughout the rural community served by the UK CERH.

Research Partnerships
The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health has a long history of partnerships with other colleges, programs and centers within the University of Kentucky, as well as external partners within our communities and other universities. In addition to diversity in partners, the UK CERH also plays a variety of roles in each research project. In some, we serve as a connection to the community and may only be initially involved to introduce the researcher to the area and people. In others, we have a very active role in which our project managers facilitate the proposed projects within the community, and in many cases, our faculty and staff are in principal or co-principal investigator roles. Regardless of our partner, or our role, we make sure we remain true to our research objective, which is to improve the wellbeing and effectiveness of healthcare for rural Kentuckians. We do this by ensuring each project aligns with our research mission of conducting rural health research related to health disparities, health outcomes, health policy, health care delivery systems and workforce needs.

Learn more about our research and partnerships in our Annual Report.