CHET Awards Recognize UK’s Health Equity Champions

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2022) — Every year, the University of Kentucky’s Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) recognizes the efforts and voices of UK students, trainees and faculty members who are addressing health inequities.

CHET is now accepting applications for its CHET Undergraduate Essay Competition, CHET Equity Changemaker Award for Graduate Students, Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars and CHET Equity Changemaker Award for Faculty. The deadline to apply for each award is April 22.

The CHET Undergraduate Essay Competition invites undergraduate students to submit an essay that is focused on the intersection of health and racism and illustrates the importance of health equity.

The CHET Equity Changemaker Award for Graduate Students, Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars and the CHET Equity Changemaker Award for Faculty are awarded to individuals whose research seeks to understand health disparities and inequities and whose mentorship has contributed to the next generation of health equity scholars.

With support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Medicine, the Markey Cancer Center, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the College of Arts and Sciences, CHET’s mission is “to synergize innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful research and training to improve the health of the most vulnerable residents of Kentucky and beyond." Learn more about CHET here.


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 $501 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.