Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky Announces 2015 Participants


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2015) — Eight community leaders have been selected to participate in the second annual Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK). The program empowers community leaders and organizations to reduce health disparities, leverage funding, and use data to improve services and programs.


CLIK participants are selected through a competitive evaluation based on proposals for "real world" project that build organizational and community capacity. Over the course of four weeks, they receive training in grant writing, utilizing public data sets, ensuring evidence-based practices, survey development and assessment, community health needs, budgeting, and evaluation. Their organizations also receive a $2,500 grant and ongoing technical support for their CLIK projects. The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Program jointly offer the program. 



The 2015 CLIK participants, organizations and projects include:


  • Shannon Adams, Kentucky Rural Health Information Technology: Project Affecting Care Transitions 
  • Jill Conway, Hospice of the Bluegrass: Med Order Scope of Treatment (MOST) Form Advanced Planning Education
  • Emily Cornett, Discover Downtown Middlesboro: Analyzing the Impact of Trail Usage on Impacting Health Outcomes in Middlesboro
  • Ashley Harkins, Kentucky River District Health Department: Stick it to Diabetes
  • Brittany Martin, Big Sandy Healthcare, Inc.: Community Coordinated Diabetes Screening and Outreach Project in Martin County
  • Sarah Osborne, Leslie County Schools: Get Fit Academy
  • Kelli Thompson, Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative: Ensuring Growth is Our Business
  • Holly West, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital: Using the Social Influences Resistance Model to improve youth tobacco and substance-abuse prevention and control: Is it effective?


Read about a 2014 CLIK participant, Stephen Richardson, whose project addressed childhood dental health by bringing tooth brushing into Knott County classrooms.


For more information about CLIK, contact Beth Bowling at or (606) 439-3557 ext. 83545. 


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