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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


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.