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People in the News: Knapp honored by UK College of Public Health; Hong wins academic excellence award

Dr. Keith Knapp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Care Communities, has been awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

The prestigious award recognizes Dr. Knapp as a transformative leader who has improved standards of care for Kentucky’s aging population by championing innovative models of elder care.

Dr.  Keith Knapp (Photo Provided)

Dr. Keith Knapp (Photo Provided)

As President and CEO of Christian Care Communities, Dr. Knapp has led the design and development of such innovative senior living communities as The Homeplace at Midway, Kentucky’s first Green House residence and Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, an assisted senior care community with the Helping Hands respite center for Alzheimer’s care.

Dr. Knapp also served as a member of Gov. Steve Beshear’s Institute for Aging, advising and supporting program and policy development aimed at improving elder care at the state level.

Dr. Knapp became a student in the UK College of Public Health as an already established leader of Kentucky’s long-term health care industry. He graduated with his doctorate from the Graduate Center for Gerontology in 2005 and continues to serve in an instrumental role as an advisor to graduate students and lecturer.

Christian Care Communities is Kentucky’s largest faith inspired non-profit provider of senior living communities and long-term care. Its communities and programs are in Bowling Green, Corbin, Grayson, Hartford, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Nicholasville, Owensboro and Taylorsville.

UPK author Hong wins academic excellence award

Zhaohui Hong, University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author and economic historian, has been honored with the 2015 Academic Excellence Award from the Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS) for his new book, “The Price of China’s Economic Development: Power, Capital and the Poverty of Rights.”

Hong, the director of the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet and the co-director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society, published the book as part of UPK’s Asia in the New Millennium series, which is edited by Shiping Hua, the Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies at the University of Louisville.

George Hong

George Hong

Established in 1987, CHUS is an international academic organization of Chinese and Chinese-American history professors in the U.S. and American history professors who are teaching and studying Chinese history. The association seeks to promote scholarly exchange among its members as well as among colleagues in both China and the United States and to contribute to the advancement of Chinese historical studies and Asian studies. The Academic Excellence Award is awarded to the top book in the field each year.

In “The Price of China’s Economic Development,” Hong assesses the sociocultural consequences of the economic reforms begun under Deng Xiaoping in 1978. He charts the effects of these broad changes — from agrarianism to industrialism, from isolation to internationalism, and from centralized planning to market-based economics — on the lives of ordinary citizens.

He argues that social progress should be measured qualitatively, with justice its ultimate goal and fair allocation of resources and opportunity as the main index of success. This sophisticated analysis introduces English speakers to the varied and significant work of contemporary Chinese scholars and substantially enriches the international dialogue.

Hong was recognized at the annual conference of the American Historical Association held in Atlanta, Georgia. The award was presented by the president of CHUS, Xiaobing Li, who is the author of “Voices from the Vietnam War” and “A History of the Modern Chinese Army,” and co-author of “Voices from the Korean War,” all published by UPK.

Sheppard-Jones named director of Human Development Institute

The University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research has appointed Kathleen Sheppard-Jones as the new director of the Human Development Institute (HDI), a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at UK.

Sheppard-Jones received her doctoral degree in educational psychology from UK in 2002 and has worked with HDI since 1996. She previously served as training director for the institute. In that role, she built relationships with faculty and staff across colleges at UK and beyond.

Kathleen Sheppard-Jones

Kathleen Sheppard-Jones

In addition to her director responsibilities, Sheppard-Jones is also principal investigator across a variety of grants and contracts around quality supports for people through the lifespan. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling.

”HDI promotes the inclusion, independence and contributions of people with disabilities across the lifespan,” said Vice President for Research Lisa A. Cassis. “As one of 67 UCEDD programs across the nation, this mission is accomplished through research, education, information sharing, leadership and advocacy — across the Commonwealth and the nation. With 45 projects and over 200 staff, Dr. Sheppard-Jones’ background and experience building interdisciplinary collaboration will ensure HDI is part of the research agenda that improves life outcomes for all Kentuckians and particularly addresses disparities for those with disabilities.”

“I’m extremely honored to be HDI’s executive director,” Sheppard-Jones said.”We have huge challenges ahead of us, but I cannot imagine a better team of dedicated and innovative professionals, self-advocates and families with whom to share this journey. Together, we will forge ahead to promote a society that is inclusive for all, and help to erase health disparities for Kentuckians with disabilities. The University of Kentucky is an environment that will enable us to conduct state of the art translational research, provide training to interdisciplinary students who will be the leaders of tomorrow, and collaborate with communities to demonstrate service models that result in meaningful life outcomes.”

Staff report

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