The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky(CLIK) aims to improve community research capacity to address health disparities in communities, particularly Appalachia.

Established in 2014, through a partnership of the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program, and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, the intensive four-week training provides:

  • Training in research and leadership
  • Funding for community research projects
  • Technical support for up to one year as participants implement community research projects

Up to 12 slots are available annually, with priority given to leaders from Appalachian Kentucky and to projects related to key areas of research interest, including:

  • 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)
  • Prevention and treatment of substance abuse

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A poster presentation at the Kentucky Rural Health Association’s 19th Annual Conference in Bowling Green, KY.

Also presented at the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Equity Conference in New Orleans, LA.