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We're hiring! CHET is currently recruiting a senior scientist to join our team. Check out the details at the following link: 

Dr. Justin Moore and Dr. Kristen McQuerry

CHET primary faculty member Justin X. Moore, PhD, is co-leading a summer programming workshop for high school students called Biostat Prodigy. This 5-day immersive workshop on statistical programming is co-led by Kristen McQuerry, PhD, associate professor in the College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in partnership with Fayette County Public Schools. 

Yolanda Jackson (standing in the center) meets with focus group participants at First Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky.

Yolanda Jackson worked for years as a clinical dietitian and University of Kentucky lecturer in dietetics and human nutrition before she decided to pursue a PhD in health communication —a field she describes as a “missing link” for making a positive impact in public health.

Dr. Elizabeth Rhodus

CHET primary faculty member, Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD, MS, OTR/L, was appointed to the Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Advisory Council through an executive order issued by Governor Beshear on October 3, 2023.

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We're hiring! CHET is currently recruiting a research analyst and  Field Engagement-Program Coordinator to join our team. Check out the details at the following link: 

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The University of Kentucky’s Research Scholars Program (RSP) has welcomed its fourth cohort made up of six faculty whose expertise spans a broad range of research foci. The program is aimed at advancing research by promoting the success of a diverse group of faculty.

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Cheavar Blair, PhD, completed his doctorate in physiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2017. In 2022, he was recruited back to the department as an assistant professor in the research title series.


We are pleased to announce that CHET is partnering with the mHealth Application Modernization and Mobilization Alliance (MAMMA) to fund two $25,000 grants focused on mHealth projects that help to improve health equity.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2024) – The University of Kentucky SPARK (Students Participating as Ambassadors for Research in Kentucky) Program has named its 2024 cohort.

Drs. Shyanika Rose and Delvon Mattingly

The University of Kentucky recently received a $19 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) to fund a new center on tobacco research.

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CHET primary faculty member, Dr. Delvon Mattingly, will serve as a panelist for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s Health Equity Trainee Showcase. Dr. Mattingly, along with the other panel members, will provide an overview of his research and address questions from the audience.

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On Friday, October 13th, CHET celebrated five years of fostering innovative, transdisciplinary, and impactful health equity research in the Commonwealth. There was a terrific turnout, with nearly 100 attendees enjoying a variety of health equity speakers, refreshments, and musical performances.

Health equity speakers included:

GME winners

The following individuals were honored at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Awards Convocation on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023. Winners included those in Bowling Green, Lexington, Morehead, and Northern Kentucky.

Biomedical Education

Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
Jamila Tucker, MS

Laurie McLouth

The inaugural cohort of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Scholars includes University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researcher Laurie McLouth, Ph.D.

From left to right: Dr. Rachel Wilson, Lisa Williams, Renee Gallagher, and LeAnn Barber

Burnout is a problem in any profession, but it is rampant in health care. This national problem has been evident recently as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many learners, practitioners, faculty, and staff to the limit.

CHET’s 2023 Health Equity Pilot Grants were awarded to Jessica L. Burris, PhD, (left) and Yuqing Zheng, PhD, (right).

The University of Kentucky’s Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and the Food as Health Alliance (FAHA) awarded pilot funding to support two faculty members’ research projects to identify, reduce and eliminate health disparities.

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CHET recently developed a report covering the progress and achievements of the first five years of the Center, titled “Transforming Health in the Commonwealth: The First Five Years of the Center for Health Equity Transformation.” The report includes comprehensive coverage of the health equity research conducted at CHET, as well as an overview of the training programs and health equity programmi

2023 SPARK Webinar Flyer

A recording of CHET's Aug. 29, 2023 SPARK Applicant Webinar is available below. We are grateful to those who attended and engaged with us.

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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Behavioral Science and Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) are excited to welcome four exemplary researchers to campus.