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IHI and NKU are uniquely positioned in northern Kentucky to create a pipeline to reduce the future health care worker shortage and bring underserved and minority students into health care programs. We are imagining new ways to prepare health science workers for an increasingly technological and collaborative role through our programs for students.
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Health Science Book Club

The Health Science Book Club sends students health-focused and age-appropriate books for grades 2-4 with related activities and a 3D printed toy each month. All books sent out are free.

Students receive a journal with reflection prompts and are encouraged to read these books and complete these activities with their families to enjoy a fun summer of reading!

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Discovery Kits

Discovery Kits

Local elementary schools can receive a box containing STEM+H lesson plans and activities that abide with educational guidelines in their school district. All the resources are free and are aimed at relevant areas within fields including social determinants of health.

Program designed to address the absence of innovative health education for K-5 grade students and a lack of affordable resources for teachers. A Discovery Kit will contain a lesson plan tailored to the appropriate grade level and will consist of a topic related to healthy habits, biomedical engineering, the human body, or social determinants of health. In addition to lesson plans, the Discovery Kit will have tangible materials for the classroom to conduct an activity that relates to the content and reinforces the information presented. All kit materials are being created by NKU faculty and staff across multiple departments to ensure program delivery is effective and accurate. KY Academic Standards for Health Education and State Testing Curriculum are also being identified and addressed so students are gaining relevant content and skills.

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Field Trips & Cadaver Experience

Students in middle and high school are invited to the Health Innovation Center to spend a day exploring the range of health careers. For High school students, we provide two central experiences, either in the Simulation Center or the Cadaver Lab. In each experience, students will rotate through sessions with different presenters discussing their careers and taking part in hands-on activities including a medical emergency in the St. Elizabeth Simulation Center.

For Cadaver Lab experiences only, students enter the prosectorium and gain hands-on experience with human autonomy and physiology.

Other topics discussed include Radiologic Science, Nursing, Pre-Med, Health & Technology, and Respiratory Care, social work, and clinical counseling. Other field trips include a collaboration with the biological sciences department where students can observe a cadaver lab in action.

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Geek Your Health

The Institute for Health Innovation hosts themed physical and mental health fitness events around popular television shows, comics, films, and video games. Wear themed outfits and talk about the fandom with other participants to unleash your inner geek!

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In collaboration with the Center for Simulation Education and the College of Health and Human Services, the Institute for Health Innovation has launched an American Heart Association CPR, AED, and First Aid certification course program.

This certification is free for all participants. This project increases the number of high school students, faculty, and CPR certified staff. The certification can be included in High School Credits, Certifications, and Boy & Girl Scout Badges.

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Outreach Committee

The outreach committee seeks to unite NKU departments to effectively streamline services provided to local K-12 students. By coming together, we seek to ensure the programming is effective and meeting our collaborative goals.

For more information email Carolyn Noe at

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Summer Camp (High & Middle Schools)

A week of free day camps for middle and high school students. Students have the opportunity to meet with other kids their age throughout the Tri-state area and learn about different future health careers whilst being immersed in the NKU campus.

Students spend their time in sessions with different presenters to learn about these careers and feel what it’s like to be a college student.

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College Ready

Incoming NKU students who have graduated high school receive these free boxes in the summer between their senior year of high school and freshman year of college to ease their transition. Boxes include invaluable college tips, on campus resources, and how to be an adult.

Boxes also include NKU swag!

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Science Cafe

Teen and Youth Science Café

A series of free, fun events for youth and high school students to talk with local scientists and NKU faculty about current cutting edge ideas in health, science, and technology over food and refreshments.

Teachers are invited to start a café with the help of the Institute for Health Innovation. Youth leaders, with the help of an adult mentor, plan and run the café themselves.

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NKU Care Closet

Care Closet

NKU’s on campus clothing closet. All clothes are free, all students must do is swipe their NKU All-Card. Clothes include business attire for interviews, internships, and student teaching, and casual ware for hanging out around campus. Students are allowed to come twice an academic year and take up to three tote bags of free clothes.

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