The Department of Communication's Dr. Don Helme and Dr. Nicky Lewis are part of the group awarded the HEAL research grant that funds a multiyear study supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This grant will go to testing the integration of prevention, overdose treatment, and medication-based treatment in communities hard hit by the opioid crisis. The ambitious HEALing Communities Study aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over 3 years in participating communities.
Congratulations to Dr. Diane Francis, funding recipient from the UK CURE COVID-19 Pilot Program for her proposal “Communication Inequalities and COVID-19 Outcomes Among African Americans.” Learn more about the program at https://www.ccts.uky.edu/about-ccts/cores/pilot-funding-core/covid-19-pilot-funding-program
Congratulations to Dr. Nicky Lewis, who was awarded the Early Career Research Award by the Sports Communication Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA) at their 2020 convention.
Student Awards/Deans List
On April 20th we held another online celebration for our student award winners and our dean's list recipients from the last year! This year's Outstanding Student Award winners are:
Outstanding Junior: Benedicta Wiafe
Unprecedented times call for creative solutions. The 2020 Kentucky Conference on Health Communication was scheduled for the first week of April, just when the pandemic hit the U.S. in full force. With only weeks to prepare, the entire conference was shifted to a fully virtual platform. Over 2.5 days, there were 280 attendees, 200 presenters, and 185 posters. In total there were 115 universities and organizations, 31 states (plus the District of Columbia), and 9 countries represented!