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UK Researcher’s Study of CRUSH Anti-Smoking Campaign Makes Top LGBT News

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2015) -- An anti-smoking campaign targeting members of the LGBT community and evaluated by University of Kentucky College of Nursing researcher Amanda Fallin was recently cited as a Huffington Post “LGBT Wellness Story of the Week.”


The Huffington Post Gay Voices article appearing July 18 mentions results of a study testing the impact of CRUSH, a social branding campaign designed to reduce smoking rates in LGBT adults. According to the data, members of the LGBT community are more likely to smoke than their heterosexual counterparts. CRUSH is a bar-based intervention using aspirational branding, social events and targeted media to reduce the rates of smoking in this highly susceptible population. The study, titled "Social Branding to Decrease Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young Adult Smoking," was published in the August issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the scholarly journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. 


More than 2,300 cross-sectional surveys measuring bar patrons' exposure to the CRUSH campaign were collected from Las Vegas bars and nightclubs two times and two years apart. More than half (53 percent) of respondents reported exposure to CRUSH, 60 percent said they “liked” the campaign and 86 percent understood the intent of the smoke-free campaign. Among participants who understood the purpose of the campaign, those with the highest level of exposure to the campaign correlated with a 37 to 48 percent decrease in odds for current smoking. The study also found a decrease in smoking rates between the first and second year of data collection.  


Fallin serves as assistant research professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Her work focuses on tobacco control policy in disparate populations. She and research colleagues published the results of study in the August edition of Nicotine Tobacco Research. 


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UK Extension Advice for Dealing With Flood Debris

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 15:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2015)  Recent heavy rains and flooding left behind a trail of damage and debris in many areas of the state. While community leaders may be ready to tackle the task of cleaning up and rebuilding, it is important to keep human and environmental health in mind before getting started.


“Kentuckians face a number of health and safety issues and compliance hazards when dealing with how to handle and properly dispose of storm debris,” said Amanda Gumbert, extension water quality liaison for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “It may seem like a monumental task, but there are some guidelines to help.”


The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection emphasizes those cleaning up should consider all demolition debris from homes or buildings as potentially asbestos contaminated material. Gumbert said that means the debris needs to stay in a wet condition from demolition to final disposal.


“You can take debris to a permitted construction or demolition landfill, or a contained landfill,” she said. “Don’t burn debris from homes or businesses, including plastics, structural materials, roofing, insulation, siding, appliances, carpet, furniture and other household items.”


Burning construction and demolition debris can release harmful compounds into the air that can threaten human health, especially in people with asthma or compromised immune systems.


When possible, recycling is the preferred disposal method for many kinds of debris, including appliances. All household garbage and residential waste must go to a contained landfill.


While burning vegetative and woody debris is permitted, local governments strongly encourage people to recycle these things by composting, shredding or chipping to reuse as mulch.


“If you are going to burn vegetative debris, you need to contact your local fire department first,” Gumbert said. “They should oversee the burning and ensure you have adequate fire breaks. You also have to remove all trash, tires, construction and demolition debris prior to burning.”


Removing stream obstructions like fallen trees or debris also requires special considerations. Landowners should use a one-step removal process to pull or lift out storm debris and place it outside the floodplain. Only operate heavy equipment from the stream bank to scoop or lift out material, and only perform work from outside of the flowing section of streams. It will be necessary to maintain vegetation growing along stream banks to reduce erosion.


For more information about how to dispose of storm debris, contact a local office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service or the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.




MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707.

UK's Nall Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 30, 2015)  University of Kentucky alumna and former extension professor Martha Nall received prestigious recognition recently from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The organization presented its Distinguished Service Award to Nall at a ceremony during the association's 106th Annual Conference and Expo in Jacksonville, Florida.


Nall, who is nationally certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS), began her service to  AAFCS in 1969 while an undergraduate at UK. She served as vice president of the association's student section. Her service to the organization has continued in recruitment, leadership, development, and strategic planning. Most recently, Martha has served as a leader in planning and conducting the AAFCS National Leadership Academy to involve and integrate young professionals into association activities on the affiliate and national levels.


“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Nall. “I have been fortunate to work with many outstanding leaders in the profession who guided, supported and inspired me throughout my career.”


Nall, who resides in Lexington, retired from UK in 2012 as professor in program and staff development, Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A graduate of the School of Human Environmental Sciences, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, she earned her degree in home economics vocational education.


Nall's 40-year career with the UK Cooperative Extension Service encompassed various roles in home economics/family and consumer sciences extension, extension program and staff development, and community and leadership development. She has been active with the college alumni association since 1976, and currently serves as vice president of the Ag & HES Alumni Association. Nall was inducted into the School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.



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HDI Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act with New Video

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 14:09


Produced by the UK Human Development Institute


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2015) — Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is debuting its new video, “Customized Employment in Kentucky,” which will premiere at Lexington’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ADA Thursday, July 30. 

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.
The video will premiere in Lexington at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, to be held Thursday, July 30 at LexArts, 161 North Mill Street. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., the program begins at 1 p.m., and the video will be shown at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however, the organizers ask that you RSVP to or call 859-252-4931. 

As part of the celebration, the Lexington Human Rights Commission will host a panel discussion celebrating 25 years of the ADA featuring Christina Espinosa, a project administrator at HDI. The panel discussion will begin at 1 p.m. at LexArts. Panelists will reflect on the good things that have happened in the last 25 years, on the challenges individuals with disabilities encounter today, and how we can overcome them.
Sara Tinker, employment specialist for Down Syndrome of Louisville’s Career Solutions, says, “I think the great thing about customized employment, if you’re really doing it in its truest form, and you’re looking at an employer’s unmet needs and what their interests are, and you’re look at an individual’s strengths and what they have to contribute, but then also paying attention to things like natural support, an employment specialist, all they really have to do, is act as a resource and then get out of the way.
“Employment First is a philosophy that employment be the first and preferred outcome for adults who receive services in the disabilities service system… it’s the idea that adults in our society go to work. That’s what you do after school,” said Katie Wolf Whaley, project director of the Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project at HDI.
For those who can’t make it to the premiere, the video can also be viewed above or on HDI’s YouTube channel:




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky Accepting 2015 Applications

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:43


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2015) — The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK), which provides research and leadership training, funding, and technical support for community research projects, is accepting applications for its 2015 class. Applications materials are due Aug. 17 for approximately 10 available slots. 


Now in its second year, CLIK aims to engage and empower leaders, organizations, and communities to reduce health disparities, leverage funding and better use data to improve services and programs. The intensive five-week program is designed for community leaders who play a key role in data-based decision making related to health and health care. Participants will be supported in developing and implementing a project with a “real world deliverable” that builds organizational and community capacity.


Training sessions led by UK faculty and staff and community partners will address evidence-based practices, how to assess community health, grant writing, budgeting, accessing and using public datasets and program evaluation.  The sessions will be held at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Ky., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. from Oct. 13 to Nov. 10, 2015.


Each participant’s organization will also receive a $2,500 grant for their participation in this competitive program and completion of their proposed project. The participant’s organization must have 501c3 status or a designated lead fiscal agency (health agency or non-profit) to receive and manage the grant award. 


Priority will be given to leaders from Appalachian Kentucky and to projects related to cancer prevention (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation), reducing obesity and sedentary lifestyle, prevention and management of chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and prevention and treatment of substance abuse. CLIK is offered through a partnership of the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health, the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.


2014 CLIK Class

The inaugural 2014 CLIK class included leaders from health services, education, and community organizations:


Sandy Bowling, LKLP (Leslie, Knott, Letcher, and Perry) Community Action Council

Project: Promoting Healthy Living by Increasing Physical Activity


"The whole program was beneficial—from being there with other people and talking through ideas, to interviewing techniques, research, and formulating my program. The networking was extremely beneficial and the teachers were so informative. There wasn't a portion of it that was not beneficial. And I came back excited, and I think that helped my staff get excited, and that helped get our clients excited. We're in the third quarter of our program and I've seen a big difference in physical activity among  my clients."


Neva Francis, Kentucky One Health- St. Joseph Martin

Project: St. Joseph Martin/Floyd County Health Department Diabetes Partnership


“I am so glad I was accepted into the inaugural class of Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky; however, I hesitated to apply to CLIK for various reasons, such as programs often don’t live up to the hype. The CLIK program did live up to the hype and it was one of the most intense, fun-filled programs I have had the privilege of being a part of in my 37 years in health care.  The sessions were packed with a wealth of usable information and the instructors had a passion for what they do and it came through in their presentations.


The funding received for participating in the CLIK program was also very beneficial for Saint Joseph Martin.  It afforded us the opportunity to expand our collaborative effort with the Floyd County Health Department diabetes program by supplying all participants with test strips.

"I would encourage all leaders to participate in this outstanding program.”


Sandy Hogg, Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative

Project: Worksite Wellness Program Focused on Diabetes


"I personally benefited from participating in the CLIK program due to the leadership development that I received from the training.  At Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative we do lots of research projects and I have been able to show other staff members how the process works.  The staff have all become so excited about the health and wellness staff development that CLIK help us put together.  The chatter around the office continues to be around the number of steps each one has taken that day.  If I could encourage everyone to take this leadership training I would recommend it highly."


Stephen Richardson, Knott County Board of Education

Project: Improving Oral Health Among K-2 Students


"This was the most intense and useful leadership program I've been through. The more I learned, the more my project changed and evolved. I changed the way I thought about my project because I want them to brush their teeth today, but my real concern is what happens to them when they get out of high school -- so they can get a job and feed their families. You've got to take care of your body and your teeth. And this is formulating community partnerships so it's not standing alone. I'm really excited about seeing what comes out of it. The parents love it. "


Haley Siler, Barren River District Health Department

Project: Improving Nutrition for SNAP Recipients through Cooking Skills


"The experiences afforded me by the CLIK program helped me grow in my work as performance management coordinator for Barren River District Health Department, which covers eight counties and a primarily rural population. CLIK expanded on many areas of data management and evaluation that I had worked with and helped me better reframe my experiences and the new lessons in the context of rural community health. Working in a small cohort over several meetings also afforded the opportunity to see what lessons others learned to then apply for myself and when working with others in my community. Most importantly, the CLIK gave me the chance to work directly in my community, applying skills myself. My job experiences previously have often involved helping “behind the scenes” while others do the actual work in the community. Seeing the challenges and rewards of direct contact with my community has been my favorite part of the CLIK program."


Kelsey Tackett, Floyd County Schools

Project: Successful Women and Appalachian Girls (SWAG) Present: Take on the Greenhouse


"The girls really enjoyed the hard labor that they experienced in the greenhouse. There was a lot of talk about gender norms and how my SWAG girls really don't ever have the opportunity to be this hard working or hands on. For the most part the girls were very eager to progress in the greenhouse on a weekly basis. When the school year starts we will return to the greenhouse to continue to make it a manageable and usable space in addition to working on gaining more knowledge on how to improve our green thumbs! I do have to say that it did start conversations about health and the greenhouse space. Additionally, SWAG girls took small plants and tomatoes to work on nurturing at their homes during the summer. I'm excited to see what next steps we can take in order to improve our health, school and program!"


For questions regarding the program, contact Beth Bowling at or 606-439-3557 ext. 83545.



Media Contact: Mallory Powell,


UK Joins Citywide Partnership to Gain Safe Community Accreditation

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2015) — The University of Kentucky has joined Commerce Lexington, as well as local businesses, public health agencies and officials, and organizations, in an effort to designate the City of Lexington as an official Safe Community through the National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program.


City leaders, including University of Kentucky assistant vice president Anthany Beatty, announced the partnership July 27 after a Chamber of Commerce meeting attended by Deborah Hersman, president and chief executive officer of the National Safety Council and former chair of the National Transportation Safety Board. Hersman, who investigated the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in 2006, traveled to the Bluegrass Region to discuss the Safe Communities initiative with local leaders.


The Safe Communities America model is a proven approach to reducing preventable injuries and deaths by enhancing established safety programs and working across entities to make communities safer. In Kentucky, injuries including car accidents, suicide and drug overdose are the leading causes of death in people younger than 45. In Kentucky, Madison County, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University have already been designated Safe Communities. Lexington elected officials, public health professionals, educators and business leaders are working together to bring Lexington into the Kentucky Safe Communities network.


In 2013, the University of Kentucky bestowed Hersman with an honorary doctorate of humanities for her leadership, compassion and transportation safety recommendations in the aftermath of one of Kentucky’s worst disasters. The Kentucky Injury and Prevention Research Center, a branch of the UK College of Public Health, coordinated Hersman’s current visit to Lexington.


Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (NCS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.


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UK Study Shows Prescription Drug Law’s Effectiveness

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:27

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 28, 2015) – Since Kentucky’s landmark prescription drug abuse legislation took effect in 2012, the Commonwealth has seen a significant decline in the number of prescriptions for the most commonly abused medications, doctor shopping has decreased by more than 50 percent, and more Kentuckians are seeking treatment for prescription medication addiction.


These findings, among others, are part of a yearlong study conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy’s Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy and compiled in a report to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).


Gov. Steve Beshear joined Attorney General Jack Conway, lawmakers and health industry officials today to announce the report.


The study specifically researched and analyzed the impact of state law known as House Bill 1, which was passed in a special session by the 2012 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Beshear.


“House Bill 1 was a bipartisan effort designed to help us fight the epidemic of prescription drug abuse in Kentucky, and it’s doing exactly that,” said Gov. Beshear. “Since the law was enacted, not only have we seen a decline in doctor shopping and prescriptions for heavily abused medications, pill mills have closed and the provider community at large has become more educated and committed to using best practices for prescribing these commonly abused medications.”


Gov. Beshear said he and lawmakers are realistic and realize relapse is part of the disease of addiction, and “as a community, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat drug abuse to reduce its devastating toll on our families.”


House Bill 1 included multiple strategies to prevent the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs; expanded Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER), Kentucky’s prescription monitoring system; and required that pain management facilities be owned by a licensed physician. 


Specifically, the bill mandated that practitioners and pharmacists register with the KASPER system in an effort to reduce the number of patients receiving similar prescriptions from multiple doctors.


According to the study, since House Bill 1 was implemented:


·        More individuals are seeking office-based addiction treatment.  

·        The number of patients “doctor shopping” declined by 52 percent.

·        24 non-physician-owned pain management facilities have ceased operation.

·        The number of opioid prescriptions to doctor-shopping individuals dropped by 54 percent.

·        5 million KASPER reports were requested in 2014.

·        Each weekday, providers request more than 20,000 KASPER reports.

·        For the first time in six years, Kentucky overdose deaths declined in 2013.

“The results of this study are proof of what can happen when we put people above politics,” Attorney General Jack Conway said. “Gov. Beshear, Senate President Stivers, House Speaker Stumbo and I worked across party lines to craft and pass a piece of legislation that is saving lives in Kentucky. For the first time in recent memory, the numbers are moving in the right direction, and we’re a better state for taking this action that has become a national model.”


“House Bill 1 was an example of the legislative process creating an effective and practical solution to a real problem,” Senate President Robert Stivers, of Manchester, said. “But the war on drugs is ever-evolving. It is important that we as lawmakers act as quickly as we can to identify and prevent new drugs from spreading in our communities.”


“This report validates the efforts we have made to reverse an epidemic that is killing or crippling tens of thousands of our citizens and is hurting us all in ways large and small,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who sponsored House Bill 1 in 2012. “As House Speaker, and during my time as Attorney General, I have re-dedicated myself to making sure the state does all it can to put the dealers and rogue doctors behind bars and to get addicts the treatment they need to escape their deadly cycle. Our work has been hailed as a national model, but as I have said many times, drug abuse is an ever-changing battlefield. We can never afford to let our guard down.”


House Bill 1 requires that when a complaint is received about inappropriate controlled substance prescribing, the Attorney General, Kentucky State Police, CHFS and the appropriate licensure board collaborate and share information for administrative and law enforcement purposes.


From House Bill 1’s passage in July 2012 to March 2015, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure took 196 controlled substance prescribing disciplinary actions against 142 physicians, ranging from emergency orders of suspension or restriction, to license suspensions or surrenders and revocations. The Board also has the ability to restrict a physician’s ability to prescribe controlled substances through the use of an Agreed Order.


“The Board has remained diligent in carrying out the provisions of HB1 and has been pleased with the results of the legislation and the regulations that were implemented as a result,” said Mike Rodman, executive director of the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. “Due to the legislation, physicians throughout Kentucky are utilizing the KASPER system appropriately to monitor their patients and make informed decisions on their prescribing practices.  In addition, the education requirements mandated by HB1 have provided physicians with important educational opportunities to learn about pain management, addiction and the KASPER program.” 


Gov. Beshear said that a recent report by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy showing that Kentucky overdose deaths increased in 2014, after leveling off in 2013, indicates the persistent challenge of reining in substance use and abuse.


“One overdose death is one too many, and the information from this 2014 report is further proof of our ongoing challenges to help put those Kentuckians facing addiction back on their feet,” Gov. Beshear said. “But the provisions in House Bill 1 are working. We further enhanced Kentucky’s fight against this scourge in the 2015 legislative session with the passage of Senate Bill 192, our historic anti-heroin legislation.”


Gov. Beshear said all officials must continue to educate the public on the dangers of drug use and abuse, and continue to commit appropriate resources to the strategies the state has taken to reduce the devastating toll of addiction on families and communities.


The study’s executive summary and full report are available in the KASPER Studies and Surveys section of the KASPER public website:


For more information about the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UK College of Pharmacy, visit

New Shared Use Path Connects Commuters to Campus, City

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:06


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 29, 2015) — At the University of Kentucky and across Lexington, car-free transportation options have continued to grow in popularity due to increased accessibility and affordability. Today, UK President Eli Capilouto, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and others celebrated the opening of a new shared use path at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, connecting bicyclists and pedestrians from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and downtown.


Located on the western edge of The Arboretum Woods, the path links Shady Lane to University Court, providing a safe and efficient connection for dozens of commuters cycling and walking along this corridor daily. 


“UK is undergoing a dramatic physical transformation, including the redevelopment and improvement of our parking and transportation infrastructure. We’re taking a holistic approach to provide a diverse range of safe options for our campus and surrounding community,” said President Capilouto. “The new shared-use path through The Arboretum connects us to surrounding neighborhoods and provides a safer, more convenient access point for bikers commuting to campus."


Until now, cyclists commuting along the Bellefonte bicycle route, the oldest bicycle facility in Lexington, faced limited and difficult options for traversing The Arboretum and Alumni Drive. The shared use path will allow those commuters to travel through The Arboretum Woods to campus and then downtown along an established network of dedicated bicycle facilities, with safe crossings of busy intersections and without having to negotiate the walking paths in The Arboretum.


“The new Arboretum path adds to our growing network of paths and trails for cycling and walking,” Mayor Gray said. “From the Legacy Trail to Town Branch Trail to Brighton Rail Trail and all points in between, Lexington is connecting the pieces to make it easier to bike or walk around town. The city is adding more bike lanes, colored lane markings and road signage to improve the safety of bicycling.”


To promote safety for all commuters along this corridor, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG), a founding partner of The Arboretum, instituted new way-finding and safety-related pavement markings and signage to guide cyclists between the Bellefonte route and the new shared use path, along with a new pedestrian crosswalk where the path intersects with Shady Lane.


An additional component of the project was an improvement to the connection from University Drive to Hiltonia via the Baptist Health campus. This part of the project creates better connectivity to the west and provides safer access for cyclists traveling between the Rosemont Garden and Southland Drive corridors and campus/downtown.  Baptist Health was a key partner for this aspect of the project.


Both the Bellefonte route and shared use path are located in Lexington's 4th District, represented by Councilmember Susan Lamb.


“We are excited to have this new path, providing a safer route for bicyclists who travel to the University of Kentucky from and through the 4th District," Lamb said.


In 2011, the UK Bicycle Advisory Committee identified the Arboretum Woods connection as a priority project. The connection was also identified as a priority project on the LFUCG Greenways Master Plan, the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the UK Campus Bicycle Plan.


"Through our Transportation Master Plan, we've really been focusing on finding alternative ways for people to reach campus," said Lance Broeking, director of UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS). "And so this path is really just an extension of some of those efforts to create commuter paths for the community and the university community in order to find unique ways to get people out of single occupancy vehicles and still have access to campus."


Broeking says PTS has seen a "huge increase" in the number of bicyclists on campus over the last several years. In September 2008, PTS, with the help of the Sustainable Campus Internship Program, repeated a 1998 Cordon Count Bicycle Study of bicycle traffic and cyclist behavior on campus. The count and the resulting data assist PTS in making decisions about bicycle use on campus. Approximately 60 surveyors counted bikes at 14 checkpoints around major entrances to campus. The data showed that bicycle use on campus had grown 37 percent in the decade since the previous study. Once considered just a warm weather way of commuting, more and more individuals are now using bicycles as their primary source of transportation.


“A shared use path that traverses The Arboretum has been in discussion since at least 2001. With The Arboretum Advisory Board’s approval, in 2013, plans to develop a path through the woods commenced," said Molly Davis, director of The Arboretum. "One of the board’s concerns was that the path’s ultimate location should cause the least possible damage to the existing trees in this 16-acre remnant of Inner Bluegrass Upland Forest. While construction projects always have impacts to the existing environment, we hope that this project will improve the bicycle and pedestrian environment for UK and the wider community, and provide a needed connection from neighborhoods through UK’s campus and beyond, while causing the least damage to our treasured Arboretum.”


The design of the new facility carefully considered the ecological significance of the woodland remnant it crosses and was constructed to remove as little vegetation as possible and to protect the root systems of the trees adjacent to the path.


“From a sustainability perspective, this project was both complex and challenging,” said Shane Tedder, sustainability coordinator for the university. “We had to balance the benefits of potentially shifting more commuters out of cars with the impacts of building in the unique and sensitive ecological conditions of the Arboretum Woods and the concerns of neighboring residents. I am hopeful that the scales will tip in favor of the health, environmental and economic benefits that come from the path.”


Once commuters arrive on University Court, they can cross Alumni Drive onto University Drive's bicycle lane or shared sidewalk. From there they can access main campus or downtown Lexington through a number of bicycle lanes, shared use trails, sharrows (shared lane arrow) or shared sidewalks. Once the Alumni Drive realignment is complete, cyclists and pedestrians will also have access to campus and downtown from Tates Creek Road through a shared use path and bicycle lane, and from Nicholasville Road through a bicycle lane shared use path.


Commuters expect the path will offer convenience and save them time when traveling to and from campus and downtown. For Sue Troske, a research coordinator for the Institute for Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy in the UK College of Pharmacy, the path also offers comfort and safety. 


"It feels a lot safer because there aren’t cars and there are no potholes," she said. "You don’t have to deal with traffic; you can kind of think, 'okay what am I going to do today?' You can kind of get set up for your day."


On her new route, Troske can even pick up her weekly share of organic vegetables from the UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project.


"It's right on my way home to pick up my CSA on Thursdays," she said. "So I pick up all my vegetables on my bike and then pedal home."


"This path kind of parallels Nicholasville Road but creates a warm and inviting opportunity that while it's primarily designated as a commuting path, it really is an enjoyable ride as well," Broeking said.


In addition to the Arboretum Woods Shared Use Path, the UK campus boasts 8 miles of bike lanes, 3.5 miles of sharrows and 3 miles of shared sidewalks. Once recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly University, UK's status was upgraded to a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University this year. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,, or Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398,

College of Health Sciences Faculty Receive Highest Award from ASHA

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2015) —Two University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences faculty members will receive the highest award given by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Robert C. Marshall, and Joseph C. Stemple, professors in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will be recognized with the Honors of the Association at the ASHA annual convention, which will be held in in November in Denver. 


The Honors of the Association recognizes members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the association bestows. The Honors of the Association recognize individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the field of speech, language and hearing professions.


Marshall and Stemple are the first from Kentucky to receive the Honors of the Association.

“This award of national prominence demonstrates the excellence of our faculty,” said Scott M. Lephart, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The fact that Drs. Marshall and Stemple are the first recipients from the Commonwealth further underscores the importance of the work we are doing at the College of Health Sciences. Our faculty is making a local, statewide, and national impact.”


“It’s a tremendous honor for Drs. Marshall and Stemple that exemplifies one of the highest levels of achievement in communication sciences and disorders,” said Anne Olson, division director Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Dr. Marshall’s career in aphasia and Dr. Stemple’s career in clinical voice disorders have been experienced through multiple lenses: clinical, academic, and research. Thus they understand the impact of speech and language disorders from both the human and scientific dimensions. As colleagues, we are proud of them, but more importantly we are thrilled for our graduate students in speech language pathology who have the opportunity to learn from true giants in their respective fields.”


Marshall’s selection was based on his years of sustained research, scholarship, teaching and service activities within the profession that spanned from the public schools, to the Veterans Administration and academia in Oregon, Rhode Island and Kentucky. He has held clinical and leadership positions in all employment settings and is widely regarded for his scholarly expertise in aphasia.


“Receiving the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Association is a high point of a very satisfying professional career. I am humbled by this award,” Marshall said. “I am grateful to my sponsor, Dr. Lee Ann Golper, my co-sponsors Drs. Kathryn Yorkston and Rosemary Lubinski, and the many professional colleagues who supported my nominations. I feel blessed to have been taught by those who overlooked my weaknesses and nurtured my strengths and inspired by my patients, students, professional colleagues, and employers. These forces, along with the support of my family every step of the way, have been the ‘wind beneath my sails.’ I feel very blessed to have had a job in which going to work every day was something to truly look forward to.”


Stemple’s selection was based on his unique ongoing research, scholarship, teaching and service activities within the profession, that include his development of centers of excellence for voice care, voice research and educational opportunities, his prolific publication record, including textbooks and scholarly manuscripts, as well as his international reputation as a dynamic presenter on issues related to the voice across the lifespan. 


The UK College of Health Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate/professional programs in: Athletic Training, Clinical Leadership and Management, Clinical Nutrition (in collaboration with the College of Medicine), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Human Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Rehabilitation Sciences.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

UK Human Development Institute Releases 'Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome' Book

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 28, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute recently released "Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome: A New Parent’s Guide to the First Month” by Stephanie Hall Meredith and Nancy McCrea Iannone to offer support and accurate, reliable information to the new parents of a baby with Down syndrome.


The book, released July 28, covers topics like breastfeeding, adjusting to a diagnosis, preparing siblings, understanding medical issues, preparing for the future, and, most importantly, it shares diverse stories about the daily lives of families whose children have Down syndrome at different ages. The book also features beautiful images by noted photographers, Kelle Hampton, Matthew Day, and Conny Wenk.


“Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome” is available for free digitally at, a program hosted by the Human Development Institute, and printed copies are available for purchase from the publisher, Woodbine House.


This book is critical for new parents first learning about a diagnosis during a moment that can sometimes be overwhelming and vulnerable. Accurate and up-to-date information can be key in making sure children with Down syndrome get the support, medical care, and services they need right from the start to get the best outcomes for a lifetime. The book is based on “Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome,” which has been distributed worldwide to nearly 15,000 families, medical providers, and Down syndrome organizations since 2010.


According to Kristy Anderson, mom of a newborn with Down syndrome, “This book is an invaluable resource for parents who are embarking on the journey of raising a child with Down syndrome. It was helpful for me to read a practical book that addressed the range of emotions, worries, and questions I had about my sweet baby. And, it’s written by experienced parents — the best experts of all!”


Sarah Cullen, family support director at the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) says, “’Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome’ is an exceptional resource for families and will be included in every MDSC First Call welcome package! The pages are full of essential information, practical suggestions and key resources, woven together with compassion and support. This book will undoubtedly be the gold standard for families of newborns with Down syndrome.”


Campbell Brasington, genetic counselor at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, adds, “This new parent guide is an incredible resource for new parents that gently guides them through the first days and weeks after their new baby’s diagnosis … As a genetic counselor, it is important to me to have accurate, balanced, and up-to-date resources to give to new families that also show parents the amazing potential of this new life. This new handbook fits that bill and then some.”


Tax deductable contributions can help the Human Development Institute continue offering these important digital resources free.  More information is available at




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UK Theatre to Settle 'The Dispute' at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 27, 2015) — To cheat or not to cheat? That is the question 14 University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance students and faculty will try to answer as they take the stage next month at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present "The Dispute."


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters to everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.


"We're so excited to be a part of this. The festival is open to lots of different types of theatre from professional to amateur, drama to comedy, solo artists to large ensembles. This year we'll be getting our feet wet in hopes to come back again," said Kaitlyn Noble, who is both performing as part of the cast and serving as a marketing intern for the production.


UK Theatre has given an old story new life in its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Their adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s "La Dispute" places the story on the wedding day of a runaway bride.


In this limited engagement performance, two scientists attempt to uncover the truth about fidelity — can a person truly be faithful in love? In this comical adventure, four children raised in total isolation are introduced to each other to prove that cheating is not a default human instinct. Told through the magic of a future technology, a worried bride and her wedding party watch the story unfold and learn what it really takes to love another person.


Bringing "The Dispute" to life is a cast and crew of UK 12 students under the guidance of UK Theatre Chair Nancy Jones, who is serving as director of the production, and Associate Professor Tony Hardin, who is serving as the production designer. The group held a week of long rehearsals in May to get the cast familiar with the piece. They now will have about two more weeks of rehearsals before heading to Edinburgh and then only one day in the space to run it before they open Aug. 11. The cast and crew of students featured in "The Dispute" include:

· theatre sophomore Nicolás Acosta, from Bogotá, Colombia;

· theatre and arts administration junior Jessica Agro, from Bowling Green, Kentucky;

· theatre senior Shalisha Brace, from Hazard, Kentucky;

· theatre sophomore Emily Cole, from Chicago, Illinois;

· theatre and arts administration senior Liz Ellis, from College Station, Texas;

· theatre senior Shermaine Johns-Dorsey, from Louisville, Kentucky;

· theatre senior Peter LaPrade, from Marietta, Georgia;

· theatre and elementary education junior Hannah Nall, from Louisville;

· theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Kaitlyn Noble, from Corbin, Kentucky;

· integrated strategic communication and English senior Kelsie Potter, from Worthington, Kentucky; 

· theatre senior Daylin Tone, from Burbank, California; and

· theatre junior Madeline Williamson, from Coronado, California.


"The Dispute" will be staged four days, Aug. 11-14, at Greenside @ Royal Terrace, as part of the festival. After Edinburgh, UK Theatre hopes to tour the show in the U.S. To follow the cast and crew's Edinburgh experience, check out their Facebook page at and Twitter page at


Noble, who is excited for the experience to be part of a production on such a popular international stage, believes the trip is a great opportunity to build skills for her career. "It's a great resume builder for after college. It shows that we've had several opportunities in our training."


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the World War II. Not being part of the official program of the International Festival didn’t stop the performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows on the "fringe of the festival" anyway – coining the phrase and the festival's name Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Year after year, more and more performers followed the early troupes' example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend. Almost 70 years later, the festival has grown tremendously. In 2014 there were 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.


The UK Department of Theatre at the College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;


The Time to Prepare for Ragweed Season and Fall Allergies is Now

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 27, 2015) — Who would think that an innocent looking tiny green flower would produce copious amounts of pollen, making us miserable with a stuffy, runny nose, itchy throat and eyes? This member of the daisy family is the culprit for hay fever, also known as ragweed allergies.


Ragweed season rears its ugly head in late summer through November with pollen counts at its highest levels in mid-September in most regions of the U.S. Some people with hay fever also develop asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing.

People whose parents or siblings have allergies to plant pollen are more likely to develop ragweed allergies. Also, people who have allergies to dust, animals, grass or mold tend to develop allergies to pollens, and people who already have an allergy to one type of plant pollen tend to develop allergies to other pollens.


Seasonal allergies develop when the body's immune system in a genetically susceptible person becomes sensitized and makes allergic antibodies to something in the environment that causes no problem in most people.


Some things you can do to avoid or limit contact with ragweed pollen are:


·      Wash your hands often

·      Limit time outdoors when ragweed counts are high and avoid mid-day when counts peak

·      Windows closed, air conditioning on

·      Wear a dust mask if working outside

·      Don't wear outdoor work clothes inside to avoid bringing pollen in the house

·      Clean and replace HVAC filters often using HEPA filters which remove at least 99 percent of pollen and other particles

·      Use a clothes dryer rather than outdoor clothes lines


Climate can affect the level of pollen particles, which in turn influences symptom severity. Kentucky has recently experienced an unusual amount of rainfall, and pollen counts can actually soar after rain. Ragweed pollen thrives during cool nights and warm days. Mold grows quickly in heat and high humidity.


There is little we can do about the weather, but preparing for ragweed season now might avoid misery later. Some allergy medicines should be taken one to two weeks before ragweed season begins. Ask your allergist which medicine(s) you should take, and begin your regimen now.


Your health care provider may also recommend allergy shots. The shots contain a tiny but increasing amount of the allergen you're sensitive to. Over time, your body becomes used to the allergen and no longer reacts to it. Alternatively, sublingual drops for ragweed are also available, although this treatment will only treat ragweed allergy.


Dr. Beth Miller is division chief of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Kentucky and director of UK Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Clinics.


This column appeared in the July 26, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader


UK Police Release Photos of Person of Interest in Theft Case

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky Police are asking the public for assistance identifying a person and vehicle of interest in a theft case on UK's campus.  Police have released photos of a woman who may be connected to the theft of jewelry and cash from offices in the Main Building, which houses the university's administrative offices.


Police say security cameras show the person of interest entered the front door of the Main Building around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, and took the elevator to the third floor where she entered an office and stayed approximately three to five minutes.  She left that office and took the stairs to the second floor where she entered another office and stayed about two to three minutes before leaving.  The woman left the building and got into a gray or silver Ford Expedition. Police have released a photo of the vehicle as well.


On July 8, jewelry worth more than $10,000 was reported missing from a lady's purse in one office, and $32 in cash was reported taken from another purse in the other office.


UK Police are asking for any information about the identity of the woman or information about the vehicle in the attached photographs.  Anyone with information is asked to contact UK Police at 859-257-8573.


McCorvey Talks About Alltech Haitian Harmony Choir on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 19:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  UK Opera Director Everett McCorvey describes his recent visit to Ounaminthe and Dondon, Haiti, where he worked with the Alltech Haitian Harmony Choir. 


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.


UK Crime Bulletin: Motor Scooter Thefts

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2015) — In the interest of safety, the University of Kentucky Police Department has issued the following Crime Bulletin for the UK Campus regarding a recent rash of motor scooter thefts.


·         The University of Kentucky Police Department received a report of a stolen motor scooter from outside of Woodland Glen II on July 12, 2015.

·         The University of Kentucky Police Department received a report of two stolen motor scooters from outside of the College of Nursing building on July 21, 2015.

·         The University of Kentucky Police Department received a report of a stolen motor scooter from outside of W.T. Young Library on July 21, 2015.


University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.


If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police 859-257-8573.


The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:


·         If you see something, say something; report suspicious activity to UK Police immediately. For emergencies, call 911.

·         Whenever possible, avoid thefts of opportunity. Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables.

Maintain a thorough record of your valuables, to include photographs, serial numbers, makes and models, etc.

'No Worries' — ACE Staging Two More Performances of 'Lion King Jr.'

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2015) — As Timon and Pumbaa would say, "Hakuna Matata." You still have two more opportunities to catch "The Lion King Jr." presented by the University of Kentucky Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE). The musical, based on the Disney film, will take the stage 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


"The Lion King" has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world for more than 20 years. This regional premiere of "The Lion King Jr." brings to life Simba, Rafiki, Nala, the Lioness Pride, Scar and the animals of the African savanna on their unforgettable journey. The coming-of-age tale, featuring ACE's Broadway Bound middle school/high school cast, is appropriate for audiences of all ages.


ACE was created in 2009 as a preparatory performing arts program for young students in Lexington and the surrounding communities. The academy provides training and instruction in performing arts and encourages excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion among its students. ACE is a department of UK Opera Theatre.


Tickets for "The Lion King" are $10 for children (12 and under) and $12 for general admission. To purchase, contact the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, visit online at, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to purchase upon transaction.


UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

A UK Home for Health Care: Family and Community Medicine Clinic Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2015) – Few people think of a health care facility where they go to see their physician as a 'home,' but that's exactly the kind of environment Dr. Jonathan Ballard, medical director for the University of Kentucky's Family and Community Medicine (FCM) Clinic, and a team of health care providers strive to give every patient that walks through the clinic doors. Their efforts to make the care and comfort of every patient, from the beginning of life through the golden years a priority, has earned UK Family and Community Medicine the national recognition of being a 'Patient Centered Medical Home.'


The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced recently that UK Family and Community Medicine has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.


The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients' experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient's care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.


"NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "Recognition shows that the University of Kentucky Family & Community Medicine has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time."


To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the practice demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.


The UK Family and Community Medicine is a primary care clinic recently relocated to the UK HealthCare Turfland location on Harrodsburg Road. The pristine new space, roughly the size of two football fields, provides ample free parking, is easy to navigate.


The clinic employs faculty physicians, resident physicians, nurses, psychologists, and patient care coordinators who are divided up into teams. Each patient is assigned to a team, led by a personal clinician, that follows them in all aspects of their care throughout their life. The staff are trained to assist with insurance, referrals, and other issues within the health care system that can often be difficult for patients to navigate.


"The system as a whole works to function more efficiently to streamline care and provide a more positive experience for the patient which is first and foremost in everything we do," Ballard said.


Arnold and Earlene Cool from Lancaster, Kentucky, became patients because they followed their physician, Dr. Ginny Gottschalk, from her Danville practice to Lexington, and their bond with the doctor has only intensified since that time because of their positive experience with her and UK Family and Community Medicine.  


Initially, Arnold Cool accompanied his sister to an appointment at the clinic and Gottschalk came out to the waiting room to say hello.


"She is a wonderful, caring doctor and I was really touched that she took the time to come out and speak to me," Cool said. "The facility is gorgeous and the care and efficiency of the staff is outstanding. There are no long lines and we don't have to wait long to be seen. We're very impressed with the clinic."


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or


UK Executive Healthcare Leadership Program is Thriving

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2015) — When a new program reaches its second year, it officially can be referred to as an annual event. By the time it reaches its third year, it is very likely on its way to sustained success. And, by the time that program is ready to begin its seventh year, you would have to call it 'a smash hit.'


Such is the case for the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program offered through the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), now gearing up for year seven. The program is run through a partnership involving the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the UK College of Public Health, and UK HealthCare.


Over its first six years, the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program has graduated 168 participants from UK's various health colleges, including 38 during its 2014-15 cohort. The program continues to thrive and includes not only UK Healthcare professionals but a wide range of other health care leaders representing external organizations, including critical access hospitals throughout Kentucky.


This certificate program offers health care executives a cutting-edge curriculum tailored to health care organizations while exposing attendees to a wide range of business and managerial skills to strengthen their work environment.


"Now more than ever, leadership in health care requires more than understanding clinical medicine, or financial and business strategy," said Jay S. Grider, medical director of UK HealthCare Pain Services and professor of anesthesiology, who earned his Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate five years ago. "The successful organization will be led by those who are fluent in both languages and as such, requires understanding of the nuances of how efficient, cost-effective, evidence-based care is provided. UK's Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program is a huge first step in contemplating this journey."

The director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, Joe Labianca, believes the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program benefits health care professionals now and in the future.


"As the U.S. health care system shifts from a fee-for-service model toward a more value-based model that emphasizes improving patient care quality while simultaneously more effectively controlling operating and capital costs, health care professionals will need a  heightened knowledge of fundamental business practices in order to advance both their organizations and their careers," said Labianca who is also chair of the Department of Management in the Gatton College. "This program is designed to help these professionals envision the change that will be necessary in their organizations and learn the basic tools to begin acting on that required change."


The Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program offers a broad spectrum of topics that focus on specific business skills related to the health care environment including business finance, health care economics and strategic marketing. There are also multiple topics related to management including project management, supply chain management, strategic management, negotiation and conflict management, managing with emotional intelligence and managing value chains. Additional topics include decision making, ethics, customer service, team development, leadership models and communications.


"This was a great opportunity to work with leaders from across the enterprise to gain new skills and apply our thinking to real challenges facing UK HealthCare," said Sarah Heck, assistant director of strategy for UK HealthCare and a graduate of the program. "Over the course of the program, I was able to grow as a leader and bring back what I was learning to my team."


Paula Chipko, director of strategy for UK HealthCare, was one of the first set of attendees in the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program.


"It was exciting to network with others at similar points in their careers," Chipko said. "In addition, at the completion of the program we were offered opportunities to work on enterprise level problems, which demonstrated the value that UK HealthCare leadership saw in the program. Overall, an excellent experience, which has proven very valuable to me."


UK HealthCare Chief Medical Officer Bernard Boulanger said, "What makes this program unique is that it includes doctors, nurses, physician assistants and administrators in one cohort. The change to a value-based model needs to be driven by a greater interaction and silo-breaking across a wide variety of health care professionals."


Boulanger works in collaboration with Labianca on course development. Instructors leading the program's courses include faculty from the Gatton College, the College of Public Health, and UK HealthCare.


Labianca added, "Programs that are targeted only to one set of professionals can't generate the momentum needed to radically alter the way that health care is being delivered as effectively as a program that brings these professionals together to tackle common problems as we do."


The result, according to Labianca, is that graduates are sparked to initiate change that will have a meaningful impact on their organizations as well as colleagues' and patients' lives and well-being.


The Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program includes 10 all-day  sessions taught in a highly engaging learning environment and is held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on UK's campus. The schedule, which averages two sessions per month, begins Dec. 16 and concludes on May 11, 2016. In addition to the variety of topics to be covered, guest speakers will be featured.


It is expected that 40 professionals, yet to be selected, will make up the 2015-16 class.


For more information regarding the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program, contact Labianca or Debbie Reed, program coordinator for the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, at 859-257-8780, or Sarah Bentley, chief of staff, CMO/CNE Offices, UK HealthCare at 859-257-6467.




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe,; 859-257-3200.




UK HealthCare Employees Gathering Supplies for Flood Victims

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 17:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 22, 2015) — UK HealthCare employees are collecting supplies to assist with relief efforts in Johnson County after flash floods swept through the area July 14.


On July 22 and July 23, faculty, staff and employees at UK HealthCare are encouraged to donate rescue and cleanup supplies at one of four locations on the medical campus. Donations will be transported to the Johnson County Relief Center, which is assisting members of the Flat Gap community who were affected by the flood. More than 150 homes were destroyed by the floodwaters, with hundreds more damaged by water and debris. After two people died from drowning in floodwaters, officials continue to search for several residents of Flat Gap who were reported missing during the flood.


Jessica LaRue, a native of the flood-prone city of Inez in Martin County, realized the immense devastation of the July 14 flood through photos and posts on Facebook. LaRue works in the Department of Pediatrics at UK HealthCare, and coordinated the donation drive in collaboration with the help of UK HealthCare administrative leadership.


Items requested for the relief effort include:


·      Fans and extension cords

·      Water hoses

·      Laundry detergent

·      Pillows

·      Towels

·      Washcloths

·      Blankets

·      Large trash cans

·      Heavy-duty trash bags and work gloves

·      Coolers

·      Boots

·      Large zip lock bags and paper plates


Drop off stations are located in the North Lobby of Pavilion H in the UK Chandler Hospital from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for night shift employees at the Pavilion H Information Desk from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 22 and July 23. Donations will be accepted at a station in Room CC401B on the fourth floor of the Markey Cancer Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. UK Good Samaritan employees can drop off donations at the administrative offices on the ground floor.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

BLOG: A Time to Celebrate Higher Education

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:10

Following is a blog from John Thelin, professor of educational policy studies and evaluation in the University of Kentucky College of Education and co-author with Richard W. Trollinger of the book Philanthropy and American Higher Education, published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan. In his own words, Thelin weighs in on the current state of American colleges.


July 22, 2015


Only in America. Higher education in the United States is an extensive, exciting venture in which going to college is indelibly linked to the American Dream of opportunity and achievement. Americans have great expectations that our colleges and universities can simultaneously promote equity and excellence. It’s a heritage worthy of our celebration – and of our continued resolution to work on this unfinished business. 

A distinctive strand in this American mixture of idealism and realism is philanthropy. We are a nation of donors and joiners. This was true in 1815 as it is in 2015. And our colleges and universities are center stage in both giving and receiving. According to the Council for Aid to Education in 2014, charitable giving to American colleges and universities reached an historic high level. Colleges raised $37.45 billion. Not only was the amount high, the trajectory showed acceleration and growth, posting just about an 11 percent% increase in giving since 2013. Harvard, as befits its stature as the oldest and wealthiest institution, led the way by raising $1.16 billion – part of its $6.5 billion fund raising campaign. Stanford already had completed its own five-year campaign to raise $6.5 billion. Looking across the landscape of American higher education and society, one finds reaffirmation of “Giving and Sharing” as an enduring – and endearing – American tradition. 

Prosperity brings problems – and responsibilities. We are left with serious questions on how and where to channel this generosity. Such questions of policies and practices intersect with national concerns over schisms in American life and education, known as the “opportunity gap.” And, ultimately this leads to such related issues as the rising costs and prices of going to college. Philanthropy and private giving, of course, are crucial in any serious consideration of student financial aid. All these deliberations lead to periodic reflection on why as Americans we emphasize going to college – and paying for college. 

It includes a voice that makes “the case against college” – again! Maybe going to college is not such a great idea. Kevin Carey of the New America Foundation has received a great deal of press coverage for his writings and talks about “The End of College.” Three years ago the entrepreneur Peter Thiel put up money that paid outstanding high school students to pursue paths and projects away from a college campus. Now, a flurry of articles report about bright, enthusiastic high school students who consciously reject going to college. A conspicuous example is Alex William’s proclamation of “Saying No to College” in the New York Times that includes a caption proclaiming that for high achievers, “College is for suckers!” This “case against college” may be heretical to our higher education orthodoxy. But it is not new. From 1870 to 1890 enrollments at most colleges declined even though the national population grew. College presidents were perplexed about the loss of appeal “going to college” held for young Americans. The School of Hard Knocks trumped the College of Liberal Arts if you were an inventor or an investor. Ambitious young Americans wanted to get on with their pursuits and profits. They saw four years of college as lost time and wasted opportunity. 

Even the learned professions of medicine and law seldom required a college education – or even a high school diploma. And, for most 18-year-olds whose parents were farmers or shop keepers, you had to stay home to help with the family business. Tuition was not an obstacle because it was incredibly cheap – seldom more than $100 per year. When college presidents made desperate offers to attract students by lowering tuition and waiving entrance examinations, there were few takers and lots of empty classroom seats. College officials failed to understand that for most American families the loss of a child’s earnings was a more important consideration than even no tuition charge in making a decisive case against college. 

But that was then and this is now. The current advocates for the case against college may be correct in pointing out that a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs did not need a college degree to be successful. What this ignores is that the overall strength of American higher education in the 20th century has been less spectacular yet important -- namely, to educate for civil society and expertise. 

It was true not only for preparing young people for law and medicine, but also pharmacy, engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, teaching, social work, clergy, nursing, accounting, forestry, public health and other professionals – and to help educate them to be concerned professionals and informed citizens that would lead and staff new organizations in the public and private sector. 

Let’s reconsider Steven Jobs’s memorable 2005 Stanford commencement speech as Exhibit A in the case against college. First, Jobs did not opt not to go to college. He went to Reed College and dropped out – a very different life choice than not going to college at all. Second, even after dropping out, he stayed close to the Reed College campus – its students, faculty, resources and opportunities – all to his educational and vocational gain. Third, his explanation for dropping out – disorientation and uncertainty – probably were signs that a liberal education was prompting him to consider and confront complex questions of purpose and place. Perhaps Reed College was “doing its job” for Jobs? 

Above all, doesn’t it seem strange and conveniently safe that Steven Jobs gave his inspirational talk to Stanford graduates who momentarily were about to receive their coveted Stanford degrees? I wager that most in that audience were delighted with Jobs’s message urging them to pursue their dreams – and equally delighted that they were buoyed by the experience, friendships, faculty and learning -- and degree -- on all counts that going to college had made opportune. The Steven Jobs inspirational talk would have been more daring as a “case against college” had he chosen to deliver it to 16-year-olds at, e.g., an underfunded inner city public high school where students are trying to make plans about adult life and options without a lot of advantages. But he didn’t – and for good reason. That’s because we know that going to college and earning a college degree usually enhances one’s opportunities and options – and earnings. 

Whether in 1880 or 2015, the historical message is that there are good reasons to go -- or not to go -- to college. And, given the diversity of American higher education, the choices are complicated by the options of where to go – such as two-year vocational vs. four-year liberal arts college or small campus versus large flagship state university -- land what to study – and for what end – an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or perhaps prelude to an advanced degree or certificate. We also have in the United States a long tradition of some professions such as performing arts and major league baseball where one need not have a college education. The recent articles do not make the case against college – they make a case, or several cases, depending on an individual’s situation and goals. 

In sum, the fervent articles denigrating college unwittingly make indirect and direct cases of numerous good reasons to go to college. Why, of course, the exceptional genius does not need the delay of required courses. But even an icon such Mark Zuckerberg did gain from going to Harvard by finding the name and inspiration for “Facebook” – not from Philosophy 101 but from the booklets distributed during freshman orientation week. How to calculate the net worth of that informal collegiate experience? And for the multitude of bright, talented committed high school graduates who were not selected for Peter Thiel’s highly selective program, might not there be a thoughtful choice about college that just might provide some good learning and opportunities? 

Kevin Carey’s forecasting of “The End of College” correctly identifies such recent innovations as internet courses tied to the certification of “badges” as new forms which may reduce the appeal that a traditional campus may have to a substantial number of potential students. Important to keep in mind, however, is that higher education has always coexisted with and confronted new ways of delivering instruction and awarding course and degree credit. So, my own observation is that we enter an era which is more aptly characterized as the “Change of College” rather than its evaporation or demise. 

The net result is that we do not have “The Case” against college – but the more subtle, provocative question of many cases for and against going to college as befits a complex, diverse and credentialed American society. Maybe going to college is not such a great idea. Maybe not going to college is not such a great idea. 

No matter how one answers such questions, there’s little doubt that the American tradition of philanthropy will shape our responses as we once against connect past and present as participant-observers in continually re-examining American higher education. We face what I call a “Future Tense Imperfect” in which our colleges and universities – and their supporters – are concerned and not complacent. Now that’s cause for celebration! 

*(Note: the author thanks the editors of Inside Higher Ed for granting permission to draw from materials the author wrote in his Jan. 11, 2013 article.)