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At the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health (CPH), everyone belongs here.

The Winter 2023 edition of CATalyst, the official magazine of the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health and dedicated to the memory and legacy of Dr. F. Douglas “Scutch” Scutchfield, showcases a variety of success stories including alumni, events, faculty, staff, programs, students, researchers, community, partners, and more.

“At CPH, we train health champions,” says Heather Bush, acting dean of the College of Public Health. “Students who find their home here tell us they discover a sense of place within our programs. It is not because of our classrooms, building, or even curriculum. It is our people and the relationships that form as we work for the health of others, together, as a community.”

Themed "You Belong Here", this newest edition of CATalyst highlights public health impact through multiple categories including academics & student excellence; robust research; service to public health; collaboration & partnerships; community impact; careers and workforce development, alumni success, and more.

“After reading this issue of CATalyst, you will find that our people come to public health from many pathways,” says Bush. “Each one of us belongs here. We belong here because we share a commitment to making a difference. We belong here because we believe that the health of others deserves champions. We belong here because we know that prevention is possible. You belong here, too.” 

In this issue, stories include (shown in order in the magazine): 

  • Remembering Dr. Douglas “Scutch” Scutchfield – A Public Health Champion, Hero, and Humanitarian (full story)
  • Getting “pumped” at the inaugural Pump It Up celebration event (full story
  • Students choosing their own path in the BPH program (full story
  • Alum Ahmad Alexander championing public health in the U.S. Army (full story
  • Alum George Zhang leading two St. Vincent Health Hospitals (full story
  • Student Ashley Wright finding public health through family and faculty (full story
  • Bringing safe, clean water to communities in Kenya through a practicum experience (full story
  • Helping UK students’ well-being as a public health mission (full story) 
  • Alum Kirk Strack and building on 26 years in healthcare and finance at UofL Health (full story
  • Helping people find recovery housing with new searchable website (full story
  • Alumna Kia Bryant recognized with the 2022 Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence award (full story
  • First-generation and international student Princess M. Agbozo recognized as 2022 Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer (full story
  • Exploring transformation through a new podcast: Shift, Shift…Bloom! (full story
  • Bringing public health education to communities in Ecuador through Shoulder to Shoulder health brigade (full story
  • Dr. Heather Bush stays home and named new Acting Dean (full story
  • Janie Cambron tapped to lead practicum and workforce development through service and partnerships (full story
  • CPH being a natural home for first-generation students (full story
  • Merging fields of epidemiology and environmental health in new department (full story
  • Response to the Eastern Kentucky floods and our commitment to the region (full story
  • Partnering with practitioners to engage communities through CASPER (full story

For those who would like to receive a copy, contact Christopher Carney, Director of Marketing and Communications at or write to UK College of Public Health, 111 Washington Avenue, Suite 113, Lexington, KY 40536.

ISSUU's electronic version is available here.