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Sustainable Development

UK has been involved in many international projects that have aided communities in the development of their local resources, while preserving their environmental and cultural assets. The outcomes of these projects have created solutions that will last generations.

2001 USAID, coordinated by the AIHA – Developed educational programs in health care management and communications

1965 to present – Kentucky Ecuador Partners was founded in 1964 through the Partners of the Americas was founded in 1964 as the "people-to-people" component of the Alliance for Progress. Today, it is a private, nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization working to promote broader citizen participation, train community leaders, mobilize hemispheric collaboration, and strengthen grassroots organizations.

2002 to present – UK created “Shoulder to Shoulder Global,” an organization involving faculty, staff, and students in a range of activities in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, including the management of a year-round health clinic.

2005 - UK developed an agricultural extension project in Serbia to train rural and community development workers on regional economics, community economic development, rural development action plans, entrepreneurship, and communications skills.

2007 AIHA’s Twinning Center and PEPFAR - UK formed a partnership with the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication, ZAMCON, a media training institute. The partnership is managed by USAID in Lusaka. 

2009 - The Dissemination and Implementation Sciences Consortium (DISC), created by UK’s College of Communication and Information, responds to demands for increased knowledge application and accountability in healthcare and other practice settings. DISC projects include:

  • Conducting a study to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in the South Pacific (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • Developing a school-based intervention program in South Africa to reduce intimate partner violence
  • Conducting a study of the feasibility of creating a program in rural India to prevent youth alcohol use and risky sexual behavior
  • Adapting, implementing, and evaluating an HIV/STD intervention in Liberia (funded by the National Institute for Child and Human Development)
  • Conducting a feasibility study of adapting a US substance abuse prevention program to Thailand

The International Public Policy and Management Institute, housed in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, provides custom training programs for international professionals, government officials, and employees of local public enterprises, primarily in Asia.