U of L researchers from various departments help combat COVID-19 Friday, Apr 3 2020 

–By Eli Hughes

The University of Louisville announced April 3 the actions its researchers are taking to respond to COVID-19, which includes actions from the school of medicine, the school of public health, the school of social work and J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

These U of L departments are manufacturing kits used in COVID-19 testing, manufacturing personal protective equipment, disinfecting N-95 masks and working on ways to contact trace the spread of the virus.

“There is an incredible amount of work and I am really proud of researchers we have here who have really responded incredibly well to this crisis and the need for all of these types of activities,” said Kevin Gardner, the executive vice president of research for U of L, in the April 3 U of L trustee’s meeting, which was held virtually.

The Speed School has partnered with the School of Medicine to create and distribute swab kits. The lack of these kits is a limiting factor to widespread COVID-19 testing, so U of L hopes that this contribution can make it possible to increase the amount of testing.

Researchers at the Speed School are also manufacturing face shields, which medical professionals can use to protect themselves when they are in contact with COVID-19 patients. These masks will be distributed not only to hospitals in Kentucky but across the country to places where the virus is spreading more rapidly such as New York.

U of L has also developed a process for sanitizing N-95 masks, which are the medical-grade masks that have been valuable resources since the beginning of this outbreak. Gardner has said their facilities will be able to sanitize 10,000 N-95 masks a day.

The Schools of Public Health and Social Work are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by helping with contact tracing. This means they are helping identify who might have come into contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

This action can help prevent the spread of the virus by quickly isolating those who have been in contact with the virus.

More information on U of L’s research can be found on the U of L research website.

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Center for Creative Placehealing is changing work culture Monday, Sep 16 2019 

By Matthew Keck —

The Center for Creative Placehealing is looking to transform the University of Louisville’s work culture into a positive one.

“More than 80% of America’s healthcare expenditure is on largely preventable (non-communicable) diseases like depression,” states the U of L School of Pubic Health website.

Theodore Edmonds, director of the CCP and U of L School of Public Health professor, is leading the change in workplace culture at U of L.

“Our research at the University of Louisville indicates that if Cultural Wellbeing is scientifically supported in way that increases hope, trust and belonging, then individual employee performance improves across multiple key performance indicators and drives new innovation as well as inclusive growth at organizational, community and market levels,” said Edmonds.

CCP defines creative placehealing as an evolutionary approach to population health research and development that centers innovation on creativity and culture. This means that they focus on how work culture impacts the mental health of those within the workplace.

The CCP program focuses on the five C’s of placehealing, which are: commerce, compassion, culture, creativity and collaboration. These areas allow CCP to develop solutions for making the workplace a more positive and enjoyable experience.

“Cultural Wellbeing is the state of an organization or community which feels inclusive for its diverse members in a way that supports their full, individual participation in the goals of the group,” said Edmonds. “This type of inclusion can be measured as a construct of hope, trust and belonging.”

A goal of theirs is to cultivate underrepresented talent such as African-Americans, women, LGBTQ, Latinx and other groups. Innovative solutions like labs and research help the CCP create better environments for this to be possible.

Employees, health providers, self-insured employers, government and communities are the groups that CCP aims to help.

“The Center for Creative Placehealing provides an inclusive, efficient, intellectual space for developing culturally-responsive solutions with and for communities, consumers, and employees. Deliverables include cultural strategies, innovation labs, research support and scalable health communications initiatives,” says the U of L School of Public Health website.

The CCP has partnered with the Louisville Metro Government and St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank to lead to Culture Well-Being 2020 initiative. Louisville will be the first city in the U.S. to have scientifically measured corporate inclusion using primarily health research.

The U of L School of Public Health has launched a start-up fund to support the CCP’s research and development program.


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