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'Behind the Blue': Jennifer Hunter, Alex Elswick Are Leading UK’s Efforts to Harness UK Extension to Fight Opioids, Addiction

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2020) — The University of Kentucky and its College of Agriculture, Food and Environment continue to build on their tradition of helping the people of Kentucky in myriad ways. As an example, UK’s Cooperative Extension Service is bringing new energy and resources to bear in tackling the state’s opioid crisis and other addiction issues.

On this week’s edition of the “Behind the Blue” podcast, Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications talks with Jennifer Hunter and Alex Elswick about how their work with extension partners in all 120 counties of the Commonwealth is making a real difference.

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The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.