About the Institute for Community Engagement

The Institute for Community Engagement supports engaged scholarship across KU Medical Center. Engaged scholarship is practical work with community partners beyond our walls that propel communities and academia forward. Engaged scholarship advances KU Medical Center's mission: it is a mode of teaching, a method of research, an approach to clinical care and a form of service.

The Institute directs many initiatives, but it does not manage all KU Medical Center outreach activities. The Institute facilitates further success for outreach initiatives by providing collaborative resources for relationship-building, grant and research assistance, and communications support to KU Medical Center faculty, staff and students.


Our Mission

KU Medical Center works with communities to improve health across the city, state, region and world. We do that by:

  • Enhancing educational opportunities to prepare students of all ages for their careers in health and science;
  • Strengthening Kansas' health care workforce;
  • Conducting research with communities to improve public and community health; and
  • Advancing access to health care in medically underserved areas.

Institute Leadership

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Ryan Spaulding, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement; Director of the Institute for Community Engagement

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Michael Kennedy, MD, FAAFP, Joy McCann Professor for Rural Health Education; Associate Dean for Rural Health Education, School of Medicine; Director, Office of Rural Medical Education; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Faculty Director for Murphy Academic Society; Medical Director for the Institute for Community Engagement; Medical Director of Student Health Services; Associate Professor, Family Medicine

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Joyce Grayson, Director, Rural Health Education and Services

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Eve-Lynn Nelson, Director, KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth

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Mary Beth Warren, Interim Exec. Director of C.E. and Professional Dev., and Statewide AHECs

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Andrea Shaw, Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development, and Director of Operations

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