Campus News

Health Corps Here to Support UK Community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2021) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto shared the message below with the campus community about UK Health Corps.

Dear Campus Community,

As we prepare for a new academic year, I want to remind you: the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students are, as always, our top priorities.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we created a modern public health infrastructure on our campus. At the core of that is UK Health Corps — a group of staff who has served as the backbone of our efforts to keep our community safe. Health Corps supports our entire community — faculty, staff and students.

Health Corps remains fully operational this fall.

As in the past, all members of our community should contact Health Corps at 218-SAFE or for assistance if they test positive for, or are exposed to, COVID-19.

As contact tracers, wellness connectors, academic coordinators and more, UK Health Corps staff have undergone extensive training, allowing us to make it as easy as possible to be safe on our campus. Students, faculty and staff can — and should — continue to utilize the important services they provide. You can learn more about Health Corps here.

Remember, as we prepare to welcome our students to campus in just a few weeks, vaccines still represent our best hope in defeating this virus. We want to reach an 80% vaccination rate at the University of Kentucky, and we are making progress toward that critical goal.

We recommend completing one of these options to help keep our campus safe.

Not sure how to self-report? Watch this video for step-by-step directions.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 859-218-SAFE (7233) or send an email to


Eli Capilouto


As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.