Campus News

UK Health Corps is Here to Help

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2020) — As previously announced, the newly developed University of Kentucky Health Corps support team is committed to serving the campus community as students return for the fall semester.

The team is made up of 16 new dedicated staff members ranging from communicators to outreach coordinators, case managers and tracers, as well as wellness connectors and an academic coordinator. As the semester begins, they will receive and relay student testing results. For students who do test positive for COVID-19, UK Health Corps team members will coordinate closely with state and local health officials to ensure students have the information they need to stay safe and compliant. Health Corps is also answering questions from faculty and staff about their health needs.

Lance Poston, executive director for Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships in the Office for Institutional Diversity, is the project manager for UK Health Corps.

“It's going to take all of us to do this successfully, and that means following all those CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) advice points that we're reiterating: wash your hands often, wear your mask, stay six feet apart, and check in with your symptoms on a daily basis. And, I think, that sort of vigilance from all of our campus community members is what will really make us successful this fall,” said Poston.

The UK Health Corps team is based out of the Hilary J. Boone Center, where they have repurposed the space into a hub for outreach and support for a healthy campus restart.

“We are still that dynamic space for learning and growing, and we’re so happy that you’re going to be a part of that with us this year, whether you’re doing that in person or online,” Poston shared.

For any questions, big or small, students, faculty and staff can reach out to the Health Corps team at 859-218-SAFE (7233) and healthcorps@uky.edu.

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.