Community Leadership of Kentucky Accepting Applications for 2019 Cohort

CLIK 2017 Cohort
CLIK 2017 Cohort

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2018) – The Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK) is a four-week intensive leadership development program offered in Hazard, Kentucky, to enhance research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders, directors, and administrators who are working to reduce health disparities, especially in Appalachian counties. Applications are due Dec. 18, and available here. Up to 12 seats will be available for the 2019 class.

The mission of CLIK is to partner with and empower community leaders to implement local solutions to health problems. Priority is given to leaders from Appalachian Counties in Kentucky and to applicants who propose projects consistent with the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science's Community Engagement Program’s areas of interest, including cancer prevention (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation), reducing obesity and sedentary lifestyle, chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease) prevention or management and substance use disorder prevention and treatment.

Participants will receive research and programmatic training in assessing community health needs, quality improvement, ensuring evidence-based practice, human subjects protection, grant writing, budgets, survey development, program evaluation, data analysis, accessing and mining public datasets, data visualization and advanced public speaking.

Training sessions will take place at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, in Hazard on March 18, March 19, March 26, April 1 and April 9.  Following the training dates, mentoring and technical assistance will be available throughout the year as participants’ projects are implemented and completed. Meals and snacks will be provided during training hours. Participants will be encouraged to work on their individual projects, network and meet with mentors during the breakfast and lunch sessions.  Interested applications should review the list of tentative training dates to ensure availability should you be selected.

  • CLIK Orientation Advanced Public Speaking Workshop   Monday, March 18, 2019, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
  • Program EvaluationData Analysis, Survey DevelopmentHuman Subjects Protection,  Accessing and Mining Public Datasets & Data Visualization Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
  • Quality ImprovementEnsuring Evidence-Based Practice, & Assessing Community Health Needs Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
  • Designing and Implementing a Solid Budget & Grant Proposal Writing Monday, April 1, 2019, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
  • Project Presentations & Celebration Lunch Tuesday, April 9, 2018, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  
  • Mid-point Meeting & Project Updates Fall 2019, date and time to be announced  
  • Graduation & Project Presentations UK CCTS Spring Conference 2020 Lexington, Ky., date to be announced

CLIK is offered by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, and the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program.

Read more about the work of previous CLIK participants:

Please contact Beth Bowling at with any questions.


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