College of Public Health students graduating

CPH Oustanding Alumni Award

2015-2016 CPH Outstanding Alumnus

Keith Knapp, Ph.D

Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities, has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The award recognizes Knapp as a transformative leader who has improved standards of care for Kentucky’s aging population by championing innovative models of elder care.

As president and CEO of Christian Care Communities, Knapp has led the design and development of senior living communities like The Homeplace at Midway, Kentucky’s first Green House residence and Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, an assisted senior care community with the Helping Hands respite center for Alzheimer’s care.

Knapp also served as a member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s Institute for Aging, advising and supporting program and policy development aimed at improving elder care at the state level.

2014-2015 CPH Outstanding Alumna

Dr. Yousuf J. AhmadApril M. Young, Ph.D, MPH
Dr. April Young, an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department of the College of Public Health at UK, graduated with her master's degree in health behavior and epidemiology from the University of Kentucky in 2010. Young received a doctoral degree in health behavior and epidemiology from Emory University in 2013.

Dr. Young's research interests have included vaccine acceptance, substance abuse, HPV and HIV. She has studies populations as near as Appalachia and as remote as Nairobi, Kenya.  Her current research focus is on the application of social network analysis to the behavioral aspects of infectious disease transmission.

In addition to her accomplishments as a researcher and scholar, Dr. Young has a strong desire to teach and mentor students, and this was the most important factor in her decision to pursue a career in higher education. 

"Dr. Young has an incredibly bright academic future,” Richard Crosby, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the UK College of Public Health, said. “Her eagerness and dedication is surpassed only be her sharp intellect.”

2013-2014 CPH Outstanding Alumnus

Dr. Yousuf J. AhmadYousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH, MHSA, MBA, FACHE
Dr. Yousuf J. Ahmad is the President and CEO of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, a division of Catholic Health Partner (CHP). Prior to this role, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Network Transformation Officer for the Central Division of CHP. He has the responsibility to transform the delivery and implementation of primary and specialty care throughout the Central Division including physician offices, hospitals, home health, long-term care, and other services.  Dr. Ahmad also lead the Mercy Health market in preparing for healthcare reform initiatives including the development and execution of the region’s first and only Accountable Care Organization (ACO), the advancement of its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) project, and Population Health Management. He provides executive oversight over key services lines and Mercy Health Physicians and serves on its Advisory Board. 

Dr. Ahmad joined CHP in 2004 as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO) for its Southwest Ohio region, Mercy Health Partners. Shortly thereafter, he assumed the roles of Divisional Senior Vice President for the Cincinnati and Springfield markets of CHP and President of Mercy Health Physicians. He has extensive experience in the areas of managed care, multi-specialty group practice, hospitals, and integrated delivery health system.

Dr. Ahmad is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) an active member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and American Public Health Association (APHA).  

Dr. Ahmad holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Health Administration and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.