The Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center's work focuses on families with children who live in persistently poor counties in 15 states. The RCPNC's goal is to help these families by increasing their participation in USDA-FNS Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition assistance programs.

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Research conducted at this Center will expand the breadth of knowledge available about the organization, coordination, strategizing, and efficiency of health services and policies in impoverished and underserved rural communities. Our specific aims are to:

  • Advance understanding of effective means of organizing health services, facilitating access, and improving population health in rural America, especially in areas with low median household incomes, high poverty and unemployment rates, and low educational levels.
  • Disseminate research findings to inform health policy makers, health system managers, and providers about how to better organize and deliver health services, with the ultimate goal of reducing inequities in care and improving population health in rural communities.

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Downtown Revitalization in Southeast Kentucky

CEDIK, in partnership with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, the Kentucky Main Street Program, and Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation have initiated a project that will address downtown revitalization within the Kentucky Promise Zone. This project has four main goals:

  • Economic Diversification – building vibrant downtowns with emphasis on retail, professional services, and surrounding export-based small businesses.
  • Job Creation – both direct and indirect job creation. Direct new jobs in retail and professional services as well as indirect job growth due to a higher quality of place and attraction of new residents into the area.
  • Capital Investment – private and public capital. Investment in infrastructure, transportation, buildings, and public spaces as well as investment in new business start-ups are expected.
  • Workforce Development – incorporate entrepreneurial training and soft-skill development for high-school aged youth.

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Kentucky Policy, Systems and Environment (PSE) Project

Dr. Daniel Kahl is the lead on this multi-year, multi-disciplinary project. The project team is a collaboration with CEDIK, the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Kentucky Nutrition Education Program, and Kentucky Cooperative Extension. There are four primary activities to this grant:

  • Conducting PSE assessment in eight priority Kentucky locations (each year) identified as areas and neighborhoods where high percentage of the SNAP-Ed target population reside.
  • Enhance understanding and operation of food systems by identifying local food providers/grocer needs, challenges, and best practices.
  • Develop self-assessment tools and processes to engage SNAP Ed participants and community members to identify and improve elements of local PSE.
  • Provide Extension agents training for supporting and sustaining PSE assessment and change efforts.

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