Healthy WAY


Healthy WAY (Wellness in All Youth) is a leadership development and research training program designed to empower rural Kentucky high school students with skills to identify and develop solutions to health and social issues at the school and community level.  Student-led teams have the opportunity to work with school personnel and community partners to address real world concerns youth are facing today that impact their health and well-being.  Project funding, hands-on research experience, technical support and research mentoring are available to student teams selected for this competitive program.

Healthy WAY was established in 2019 as a signature program of the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health and is modeled after a successful pilot project, Healthalachia, a 2017-18 student-based research initiative conducted in a joint partnership between the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC).

Click on the drop-down menu on the right to learn more about funding, eligibility, training topics and projects that have been completed by Healthy WAY graduates.