Mission Statement

UK HealthCare CECentral (CECentral) delivers high-quality live and enduring continuing professional development activities to healthcare professionals, emphasizing evidence-based practice, adult learning principles, and innovative web-based technology with the goal of promoting the adoption of healthcare practices that have been demonstrated to improve community health and patient outcomes.

Vision Statement
UK HealthCare CECentral aims to be the premier provider of continuing professional development for healthcare professionals in Kentucky and to expand continuously the reach of our educational resources nationally and worldwide.

UK HealthCare CECentral exists to provide healthcare teams continuing professional development activities that increase knowledge, competence and performance levels leading to better patient-centered care, improved patient safety, enhanced clinical outcomes and improved community health.

What We Value

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Evidence-based, results-focused, unbiased educational content
  • Learner-friendly methods of content delivery
  • On-demand access to information
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Team-based learning
  • Continuous quality improvement in both team-based patient care and educational methodology

Content Areas
UK Healthcare CECentral generates content in both live and enduring formats based on identified needs and practice gaps, both local and national. These are derived from learner feedback, literature review, health data, and faculty expert opinion. The content preferentially targets inter-professional audiences and addresses explicitly the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies. Currently, there are enduring materials addressing over 40 content areas. Particular foci include cancer, diabetes, mental health, opioid misuse, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, public health, trauma, geriatrics, and HIV/STD treatment and prevention. Live programming heavily emphasizes the needs of primary care providers.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Public Health Practitioners
  • Other health care professionals, as appropriate

Types of Activities

  • Regularly Scheduled Series (Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conferences, Journal Clubs, and Tumor Boards)
  • ECHO sessions
  • Live local, regional, national, and international symposia, conferences, simulations, and Internet activities
  • Enduring webcasts, podcasts, and mobile device-enabled activities
  • Performance Improvement CE (Multi-Specialty MOC Portfolio Program Sponsor for Part IV Credit)
  • Multi-modal longitudinal programs combining above techniques

Expected Results of the Program
As a result of participating in CECentral activities, we expect the healthcare team to incorporate the targeted evidence-based practices into their daily activities, improving their competence and clinical performance. As a result, we expect patient outcomes to improve. To assess these results, we employ a commitment to change process consisting of self-reported behavioral change in all activities. In addition, in selected activities, practice or performance changes and their relationship to change in patient or community health status are directly assessed. For example, as an ABMS Portfolio Program Sponsor, we require prospective and repetitive data collection and reporting of performance data to support effective assessment of the impact of the interventions on clinical care for two or more improvement cycles.

Approved by Advisory Board on 8/19/14.

Our Leadership

Kimberly D. Northrip, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor, UK College of Medicine
Director, UK HealthCare CECentral

Evan Tune

Associate Director, UK HealthCare CECentral

About UK HealthCare

Established in 1957 as the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, UK HealthCare is considered one of the nation’s finest academic medical centers. Beginning with the opening of University Hospital in 1960, patient care services were provided to Central and Eastern Kentucky. More recently, clinical services were consolidated and reorganized as UK HealthCare to better address the needs of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. UK HealthCare facilities include UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, UK Transplant Center, UK OB/GYN, the Kentucky Clinics, 80 specialized clinics and 143 outreach programs. A team of 9,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals are dedicated to high-quality patient care.

As part of an academic medical center, teams work together with the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Sciences, Dentistry and Public Health to ensure Kentuckians and others receive the highest quality health care as well as the latest health care information. The unique capabilities of this multispeciality group practice enable UK HealthCare providers to collaborate in multiprofessional teams to manage complex medical and surgical cases to improve patient outcomes. Such teams are useful for managing complex medical and surgical cases. As one of two Level 1 Trauma Centers in Kentucky and the first healthcare facility in Central and Eastern Kentucky to obtain distinction as a Primary Stroke Center, UK Chandler Hospital cares for the most critically injured and ill patients in the region. UK HealthCare health professionals, staff and students take pride in achieving excellence in patient care, education, research and community service.

About the University of Kentucky

Founded in 1865 and located in Lexington, the University of Kentucky is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s flagship institution of higher education. As a land grant institution, the University is dedicated to enriching people’s lives through excellence in teaching, research and service and plays a critical leadership role for the Commonwealth by promoting human and economic development that improves lives within Kentucky’s borders and beyond.

The University consists of 16 colleges, plus the Graduate School. With 93 undergraduate programs, master’s degrees in 120 fields, doctoral degrees in 61 programs, and four professional programs, the colleges include: Agriculture, Food and Environment; Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Communications and Information Studies, Dentistry, Design, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work. The University boasts more than 80 national rankings for academic excellence. Total enrollment is nearly 28,000 students, representing all Kentucky counties, every state in the nation, and 117 countries. About 2300 full-time faculty and 9,900 fulltime staff are employed by the University.