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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.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 27, 2021) – Each year, the University of Kentucky’s Students Participating as Ambassadors for Research in Kentucky (SPARK) gives a select group of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds a unique, hands-on research opportunity to prepare them for graduate study in health-related fields.


Award: First Place -      $250

              Second Place - $100


Award: $500PurposeThe purpose of the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) Equity Changemaker Award is to recognize the efforts of University of Kentucky graduate students, professional students, and ost-doctoral scholars in advancing health equity through research and training. Annual awards will be made to individuals whose research seeks to understand health disparities and inequities and whose mentorship has contributed to the next generation of health equity scholars.
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The Power and Paradox of Health Equity as an Approach Tuesday December 8, 2020 11:00am-12:00pm Registration: CHET is pleased to announce the next guest for this year's virtual speaker series, Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor. Dr. Kelly Pryor will give a talk entitled, "The Power and Paradox of Health Equity as an Approach" on December 8th from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Dr. Kelly Pryor operates at the intersection of equity research and practice.
On October 16, 2020, our Director Dr. Nancy Schoenberg shared the following message regarding acknowledging Native Peoples and Place: Dear Colleagues, This week, we have commemorated Indigenous People's Day. As noted by the Smithsonian Institution, “Generations of Native people throughout the Western Hemisphere have protested Columbus Day.
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As part of CHET’s speaker series, Dr. Edith Williams will be providing a virtual research talk, “"Lupus Out Loud: Journey Into a Health Disparity” Tuesday September 29th from 11:00-12:00 via Zoom. You can register here:

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Greetings, We are delighted to attach our first CHET newsletter. Inside, you will find information about our activities and perspectives, new Core Faculty members, and upcoming events. It is more essential than ever to come together to transform climates, policies, and practices through innovative research and training.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2020) — The American Academy of Nursing has selected three University of Kentucky College of Nursing faculty members, Camille Burnett, Lovoria Williams and Sharon Lock, to be inducted into its 2020 class of Academy Fellows.   


Congratulations to Dr. Danelle Stevens Watkins, Assistant Vice President for Research in Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Graduate Studies in the UK College of Education, and CHET Core Faculty member for being chosen to lead the newly established UNITE Research Priority Area.

Racism is a public health threat that undermines health equity. We re-commit to our anti-racist research and training mission and collectively maintain that the egregious injustices perpetrated against Black people--historical and current-did not arise nor will they cease overnight. We have been working to raise the visibility of the goal of health equity through numerous other means-- our training, research, and community outreach.

You can read our full statement at the link below.

The University of Kentucky—Washington University Diabetes Research Center released a call for Collaborative Pilot & Feasibility Awards. Grants of up to $40,000 for one year will be awarded. Grants must be submitted to Dr. Philip Kern ( by 5pm on September 11, 2020. The anticipated funding start date is December 1, 2020.
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On June 23rd from 11:30am-12:30pm Dr. Jennifer Gomez of Wayne State University will host a webinar, “Anti-Black Violence & The University: How Institutional Courage Can Pave The Way For True Equality in Academia”

Jennifer Gomez, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development at Wayne State University

You can join the meeting here: Meeting ID: 826 1284 1714 Password: 223199

Read more here: BY LINDA BLACKFORD Not long after coronavirus appeared on our shores, we learned about its capricious nature, sometimes manifesting as a head cold, sometimes as a lethal disease. As the count went up, public health experts soon reported that a disproportionate number of the worst COVID-19 deaths were in the Black community. For example, Blacks make up 13 percent of the U.S. population and 23 percent of reported deaths.
We would like to congratulate our former graduate research assistant Myles Moody for earning his PhD in Sociology and accepting a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in the Sociology Department at the University of Alabama-Birmingham!

Several CHET representatives recently wrote an Op-Ed for the Lexington Herald Leader addressing the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 among the Black population in Lexington. The article, “Racism, injustice are ‘pre-existing conditions’ that lead to racial disparity in COVID-19 cases” can be read online at and will be available in print Monday May 4th.

The authors are:

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2020 SPARK Program Call for Applications 

Release date: 3/09/2020 
Application deadline: 3/26/2020 

CHET is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Students Participating as Ambassadors for Research in Kentucky (SPARK) program. SPARK is a dynamic collaboration between the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) for undergraduate students interested in developing research expertise and projects in health equity.

The Department of Psychology is hosting Devin Banks, MS for a talk entitled, "Addressing Health Disparities in Substance Use: Cultural and Methodological Considerations." Devin Banks is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and focuses on the prevention of disparities related to substance use and sexual risk behavior among the socio-demographically disadvantaged.

The Center for Health Equity Transformation 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. Graduate students from all disciplines, including social sciences, public health, biomedical informatics, health policy, and others, are welcome.