33rd International Nursing Research Congress

July 21, 2022 - 8:00 am to July 25, 2022 - 4:00 pm


The Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) research team will be presenting at the 33rd International Nursing Research Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 21-25, 2022, a Sigma event. The conference will include over 800 nurse researchers, students, and clinicians pursuing evidence-based research. This year's theme is "Transforming Global Nursing Knowledge Through Research, Scholarship, and Innovation". Sigma conference presentations are competitive with a rigorous screening/vetting process for abstracts.

BH WELL will present the following podium presentations:

1. Oral versus long-acting injectable antipsychotic...

2022 Virtual Kentucky Tobacco Control Conference

April 14, 2022 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

BH WELL tabled at the 2022 Virtual Kentucky Tobacco Control Conference held on April 14, 2022. Our booth had 103 visitors with a variety of documents viewed 116 times. 

Comic Evaluation with Prize Drawings- When Things Fall Apart: Rise Above

April 6, 2022 - 12:00 am to July 6, 2022 - 12:00 am

Read the Comic  Evaluate Comic Print Comic

BH WELL is conducting a comic book evaluation with prize drawings! Would you like to help us evaluate this comic book and be entered into a drawing done once every two weeks for a chance to win one of six $ 20 Amazon gift cards between April 6th to July 6th, 2022?

Are you 18 years of age or older...

Quit and Win 2022 at NorthKey

March 24, 2022 - 11:00 am to May 2, 2022 - 5:00 pm

This study challenges individuals to stop tobacco use for 30 days. Those who successfully stop will be entered into a prize drawing. Gift cards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Recruitment for the study was completed in 2 visits to NorthKey in March 2022. A return visit will take place May 2, 2022 where contest participants will be tested again for carbon monoxide levels.


Quit and Win 2022 at New Vista

March 21, 2022 - 6:00 am to April 28, 2022 - 1:00 pm

This study challenges individuals to stop tobacco use for 30 days. Those who successfully stop will be entered into a prize drawing. Gift cards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each location. Recruitment for the study was completed in 2 visits  to New Vista in March 2022. A return visit will take place April 28, 2022 where contest participants will be tested again for carbon monoxide levels.


Behavioral Health and Tobacco Dependence Treatment Workshop Series

January 19, 2022 - 12:00 pm to June 15, 2022 - 1:00 pm


BH WELL is hosting monthly lunchtime seminars related to behavioral health and tobacco dependence. The seminars will take place via Zoom and include a 30-minute teaching followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The topics include:

  • Tobacco Use and Mental Illness: Addressing the Hidden Epidemic.

Presented by Dr. Zim Okoli

January 19, 2022, 12-1 PM EST

Recording ...

Mental Health Awareness Panhellenic Event

December 8, 2021 - 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm

BH WELL faculty member, Dr. Lee Anne Walmsley, spoke to 60 students involved in sorority life at UK. She discussed mental health awareness and the importance of self-care. Students made blankets and took the "gratitude challenge" as a self-care activity. The "gratitude challenge" involves students writing what they are grateful for and why. This could be family, friends, pets, good weather, opportunities, etc. Evidence shows that the "why" of this activity is the key. Regularly practicing gratitude in this way increases positive emotions and makes one feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. See what the students...

Sigma's 46th Biennial Convention

November 6, 2021 - 8:00 am to November 10, 2021 - 4:00 pm

Ohoud Alosais and Dr. Zim Okoli presented at Sigma's 46th Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, IN November 2021. Sigma is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning, and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education, and research. According to, "More than 2,000 Sigma members and global leaders in nursing, including many past Sigma presidents and CEOs, joined us as we came together in person and online to celebrate our heritage over the last 100 years, to remember those we've lost, and to look toward the future that Sigma nurses will help create...

APNA 35th Annual Conference

October 13, 2021 - 9:00 am to October 16, 2021 - 5:00 pm

APNA Conferences BH Well Program

BH WELL participated in the American Psychiatric Nurses Assocation's (APNA) 35th Annual Conference held virtually October 13-16, 2021. Approximately 1,200 people were in attendance. The conference included 133 education sessions and 142 poster presentations.

BH WELL presented the following:

Virtual Podium Presentations:

1. Enhancing behavioral health promotion through tailored comic books: When Nicotine Attacks-Fight the Crave.


UK Curiosity Fair

October 12, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

BH WELL participated in UK's Curiosity Fair on October 12, 2021 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM​ EST in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. The BH WELL table had about 60 visitors who were offered a chance to practice gratitude, grab some goodies, and take the “BH WELL” challenge. Whether it’s during a pandemic, prepping for an exam, or just walking through life, we all deserve to BH WELL! 

The Curiosity Fair is a tabling-style event with groups from a variety of disciplines such as science, humanities, and the arts. The purpose of the event is to (1) show that learning is fun! and (2) showcase diverse areas of research and scholarship at UK. The event promotes curiosity by engaging...