August 16, 2018
The Thursday Letter
Project Achieve
MPH alumna Jess Clouser is currently the manager of Project Achieve , an initiative funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She recently sat down with Dr. Greg Davis of WUKY to talk about the program, which is based in the UK Center for Health Services Research.

International Visitors Focus on Rural Health
On behalf of the Rural and Underserved Health Research Cente r , Dr. Tyrone F. Borders , Director, hosted eight individuals from Algeria, Ukraine, Egypt, Cambodia, Liberia, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia who were recommended by their embassies to the US to participate in a three-week program focused on health care among marginalized populations, including rural residents. The individuals were part of the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. Because of their interests in rural health and health care, they asked to learn more about the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center’s (RUHRC) work and how it informs policymakers’ decisions. They met with senior executives at NIH and HRSA prior to traveling to the University of Kentucky and RUHRC. Several prior members of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program have gone on to become prime ministers or presidents of their home countries.

News coverage: Kentucky Health News

Pictured: Dr. Richard Ingram (back row, left) and Dr. Ty Borders (back row, second from left) with the international representatives.
Legal Perspective on Vaccines
Taylor R. Elliott , PharmD/MPH dual degree student, is a co-author of the article "No-Fault’ Federal Liability Coverage for Health Care Providers" published in the Legislative Focus section of Pharmacy Times .


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Research and Reports
$1M NHLBI Grant Award
Dr. Jing Li , associate director of the UK Center for Health Services Research and current DrPH student in the Health, Management and Policy concentration, has received a $1 million grant award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for a study which aims to address difficulties and inefficiencies in the diagnosis and approach to syncope, a temporary loss of consciousness.