VUMC Headshot.jpg

Congratulations to Dr. Meredith Duncan, CHET' Biostatistics Core Coordinator, who recently published an article in The Lancet Healthy Longevity entitled, "Association between HIV and incident pulmonary hypertension in US Veterans: a retrospective cohort study." 

CHET Core Faculty member Dr. Rafael E. Pérez-Figueroa and CHET Faculty Affiliate Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli recently published an op-ed in the Lexington Herald Leader entitled, "Forty years after AIDS appeared, it’s still an epidemic of silence, neglect and death.""June 2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S., a disease caused by the HIV virus.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2021) – A new University of Kentucky College of Medicine study will examine how policies that restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol cigarettes impact health disparities among vulnerable populations. 

A five-year, $2.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will support the study on how local policies impact at-risk groups – including communities of color, low-income populations and youth – that are more likely to use flavored tobacco products.

Dr. Zhao , Dr. Luecking

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 14, 2021) – The University of Kentucky’s Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) has awarded pilot funding to support two faculty members’ research aimed at identifying, reducing and eliminating health disparities.

2021 Awardee Photo_0.png

Congratulations to Shuoli Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, and Courtney T. Luecking, PhD, MPH, RDN Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Health and Nutrition in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition who received 2021 CHET Pilot Awards. 

CHET Student MHM Flyer.png

A recording of CHET's April 30, 2021 National Minority Health Month event, "Achieving Health Equity: Student Research on Black Health" is available below. We are grateful to our panelists, moderator, and those who attended and engaged with us.

Show Up for Solidarity Poster 1.72 (1).png


On Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 2pm-5pm, partners from the Office for Student Success, Office for Institutional Diversity, International Student and Scholar Services and Student Government Association are hosting a two-part event centered on solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and across communities.

CHET Faculty MHM Flyer.png

A recording of CHET's April 19, 2021 National Minority Health Month event, "Promoting Maternal Health Equity: A Panel Discussion" is available below. We are grateful to our panelists, moderator, and those who attended and engaged with us. 

The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET, welcomes applications for a graduate research assistantship focused on innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful health equities research. CHET’s focal research involves preventing and improving outcomes from cancer, substance use, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes/obesity in vulnerable, traditionally underserved populations.
April 2021 - OutsidetheMargins Queer and Trans POC event.jpg
Outside the Margins: Queer and Trans People of Color and the Pandemic
April 20, 2021 12:00pm
Research shows that sexual and gender minorities experience

We are delighted to release the latest issue of our quarterly CHET newsletter. Inside, you will find information about our activities and perspectives, personnel, and events. If you have not already, please join the 160+ proud CHET affiliates by contacting Ms. Ariel Arthur (

You can view past newsletters here:

Queer Monologues Graphic.png

The College of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the LGBTQ* Advisory Committee present: "Queer Monologues"

Screen Shot 2021-03-25 at 3.39.05 PM.png

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2021) — Since 2018, the Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Scholars Program has supported the training of exceptional, underrepresented pre-docs, post-docs and assistant professors at the University of Kentucky who are committed to health equity research.

March 18, 2021The horrific attack in Atlanta that has resulted in the murder of eight people, six of whom were of Asian descent and seven of whom are women, sends yet another bell of alarm in a nation already besieged and undermined by division and hate. We have been witnessing an escalation of xenophobia and violence, with this recent act of terrorism serving as one of many examples and byproducts of anti-Asian American racism. It is also of critical importance to point out that misogyny occurs at the root of many violent forms of extremism, including white supremacy.
2021 CHET Pilot Flyer.png

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2021) — The Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) at the University of Kentucky is now accepting applications for its health equity-focused pilot grants through April 1. The awards are open to health equity studies affecting vulnerable groups or populations affected by health disparities.

Dr Ford Flyer.jpg
CHET is pleased to partner with the College of Public Health and the Center for Innovation in Population Health for the next virtual event in their series on creating an anti-racist culture in academia. Chandra L. Ford, Ph.D. Professor of Community Health Sciences, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health at the UCLA Jonathan & Karin Fielding School of Public Health. Dr.
CHET is excited to share that the Substance Use Priority Research Area (SUPRA) is hosting Dr. Alice Cepeda from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on March 18th at 1:00pm.Dr. Cepeda focuses on the social epidemiology of drug use and the related health risk behaviors affecting urban Mexican-origin populations.
Curran Flyer FINAL.jpg

The University of Kentucky’s TRIPPPLe Team Alliance, Center for Health Equity Transformation, and the Center for Advancement of Pharmacy Practice are delighted to host Dr. Geoffrey Curran from the University of Arkansas who will be presenting on “An Overview of Hybrid Effectiveness – Implementation Designs”.

Makenzie Barr Headshot.jpg
Congratulations to Makenzie Barr, PhD, RDN, LD, Assistant Professor of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for receiving a CHET Just-in-Time award for her project, “A Qualitative Community Based Participatory Research Approach to Identifying Community Supported Interventions for Laurel County Kentucky.”The goal of her project is to identify feasible evidence-based program options of interest to rural Kentuckians that target improvement of health outcomes.Dr.

Anita F. Fernander, Ph.D., ABPBC Diplomate/Fellow, Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and Chair of CHET's Core Faculty, and Lovoria B. Williams PhD, APRN-BC,FAANP, FAAN, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and CHET Core Faculty member recently penned an op-ed for the Lexington Herald-Leader on February 11, 2021 entitled "The same Ky. communities most harmed by COVID-19 now face a lack of vaccine access." A brief excerpt and links to the full article are below.