Community Engagement

Center for Health Equity (CHE)
Collaboration with the Center for Health Equity, ensures that faculty and students have opportunities for addressing public health issues through an equity lens. The CHE was established in June 2006 by Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Childhood Asthma Campaign - Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
Following a series of presentations on the medical and public health aspects of asthma, as well as group activities and facilitated discussions, the Asthma BCT Community Advisory Council (CAC) developed a health communication campaign promoting the use of an evidence-based asthma action plan (AAP). The campaign’s primary target audience consists of parents and guardians of children with asthma in West Louisville (WL). CAC plans to reach out to local health care providers serving WL residents to promote the incorporation of the AAP into their routine clinical practice. To facilitate this process, an interactive web-based AAP will be developed. The asthma campaign will run between March and April 2018, during the allergy season in Louisville.

Depression Campaign - Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
Following an expert presentation on depression, facilitated discussions, and voting exercises, the Community Advisory Council developed a multifaceted health communication campaign called Depression is Real. This campaign was targeted towards African American residents of West Louisville that suffer from depression. The goal was to increase referrals to and utilization of services for depression among West Louisville residents.

Health Literacy Campaign - Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
With funding from Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky researchers are developing culturally-tailored and context-specific health literacy materials for the management of chronic diseases of West Louisville (WL) populations. WL residents suffer substantial health disparities, as documented in the Health Equity Report issued by the Center for Health Equity in 2014. These disparities are so pronounced that the average life expectancy for WL residents is seven years less than Louisville Metro residents overall.

HIV Campaign - Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
SPHIS public health faculty and students, community members, and health care and public health professionals developed the ‘We’re in Control Now’ campaign. This campaign utilized community-based participatory research in an effort to raise awareness about free HIV testing and dispel stigma sometimes associated with HIV. The community is invited to join the conversation on social media using #CTRLNow

HIV Stigma - UofL Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research (CCTSJR)
Earlier in 2017, the University of Louisville CCTSJR began funding research that partners community-based organizations and researchers of all stripes to engage in scholarship with “real-world” impact. One such project brings together University of Louisville researchers and the House of Ruth (an AIDS service organization focused on housing and support for people living with HIV) for a unique arts-based approach to raise awareness about HIV and the concerns of older African Americans living with HIV disease. More specifically, this group works with actors and a group of older HIV positive African Americans (age 50 and older) to develop monologues focusing on the experiences of the HIV positive.

Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH)
The Kentucky Department of Public Health is the main agency of state government mandated to maintain and enhance population health. HPBS faculty play roles in KDPH as mentors of advisory groups, carrying out consulting and evaluation duties, and supporting opportunities for students to engage in state health promotion campaign. 

Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA)
The KHA has been a strong and essential partner for the school. Through this partnership statewide initiatives have been formed in the areas of infection prevention and emergency preparedness. These activities have resulted in national attention and improved outcomes for patients and healthcare response systems. Additionally, this partnership has led to research projects that benefit all Kentuckians.

Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA)
The KPA is an umbrella organization of psychologists that provides education and advocacy for mental health professionals. Shared activities with KPA and SPHIS include training in disaster mental health, public health education about mental health, training in health and mental health advocacy, and the coordination of the commonwealth's Disaster Response Network, an American Psychological Association directive that maintains licensed, volunteer psychologists who support disaster response efforts.

LGBTQ Health Equity and Access
Following implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Kentucky Voices for Health (KVH) sought to discover the experiences of Kentucky’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities when signing up for health insurance and using health care. KVH asked researchers from the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky to conduct a qualitative study with LGBTQ communities from across the state from October to December 2015.

Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW)
Collaborative activities with LMPHW span a wide spectrum including training, education, public events, research, student activities and staff support. Regular interactions among SPHIS personnel and LMPHW continue to yield innovative approaches to public health and garners local and national attention. 

Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC)
Many West Louisville youth experience and are affected by violence. In hopes of addressing this tragic community issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the University of Louisville School of Public Health and the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) $5.7 million to establish a Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. Researchers and their partners are in the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating various forms of social media to reach youth with messaging from the social norming campaign, and will connect them to resources and services available locally. The initiative is aimed at reducing violence among youth living in West Louisville.

For more information on these projects contact the Department for Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at

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