New health policy institute to address Kentucky’s health issues and disparities

KentuckyOne Health contributes $4 million for the new initiative

As Kentucky struggles to overcome health risks such as obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco and drug use, as well as social factors like unemployment, poverty, and violence, the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) is announcing a plan to address health disparities across the state. The school will establish the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, pending UofL Board of Trustees approval, with support via  a three-year $4 million investment from KentuckyOne Health.  The institute will serve as a transdisciplinary collaborative for population health improvement, policy and analytics.

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