For years, minorities have been underrepresented in science, and Wellness Health & You - WHY is helping to bridge this gap.
Through participants like you, we're able to give members the opportunity to volunteer for research and help influence the direction of research.
A decade after our initial launch, we renamed KWHR to Wellness Health & You (WHY) to be more inclusive of all people across the United States. We created WHY to help meet the growing needs of both minority communities and researchers seeking to address health issues in these communities.
WHY conducts a yearly survey of self-reported symptoms, health behaviors, prevention practices, and access to care. Following this baseline survey, we offer members additional surveys depending on their answers to the initial survey. We then partner with scientists and investigators to help ensure our member's (confidential and secure) data can be used to understand all aspects of health.
Inclusivity is a great way to improve the overall understanding of health. We value the differences among people because these differences can illuminate how health changes over time and varies among communities. We seek a diverse range of experiences and voices, which is why we need YOU to take action, and take part in Wellness Health & You.
OUR PARTICIPANTS ARE WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!
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Meet The Team
Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH
Inaugural Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky. She serves as Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina.
Heather Bush, Ph.D.
Focuses on health outcomes research, with an emphasis on injury and violence, especially as it applies to women’s health and student populations. Heather leads Wellness, Health & You (WHY, formerly KWHR)
Research coordinator for WHY who helps develop health content for the website and facebook page, answers participant emails, and coordinates meetings with interested researchers across campus. Kelsey believes in the WHY mission because it is a great way to get people involved and participating in research at any age!
Amanda Fallin-Bennett, Ph.D.
An active early-career tobacco control scientist with a focus on tobacco use and disparate populations. She has led projects related to tobacco use, policy and prevention for vulnerable populations: in tobacco growing states; and among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, college students, and bar-going young adults.
A Community Health Worker who works to recruit women into the research database Wellness Health and You and for a cohort of sexual and gender minority women (WHY Queer and WHY POC.) Lateisha networks within the community by meeting with our community leaders and attending LGBTQ* community organized events and meetings.