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​​The State University Partnership (SUP) is a research program between Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) leadership and university research centers to expand Cabinet research capacity, support development of evidence-based policy and foster a research community in the commonwealth.

State University Partnership Program

The SUP program promotes collaboration with Kentucky public universities, extends Cabinet research capacity and supports program evaluation and policy development. The Office of Data Analytics (ODA) works across CHFS agencies to develop a comprehensive research agenda advancing research meaningful and applicable to the Cabinet and the citizens it serves. 

Through the SUP program, ODA is able to develop a robust research library to support data-driven policy and increase understanding of the challenges and issues affecting CHFS programs and services. 

The SUP program supports university researchers through data-sharing agreements, research and grant development and serving as a central point of contact for the Cabinet. University researchers interested in non-funded project opportunities can get started any time by following steps outlined in the section How to Become a Partner. Funded partnerships are available on a biennial basis and awarded following a formal application process and strenuous review prior to selection.

State University Partnership Research Briefs

State University Partnerships are a collaboration between CHFS and Kentucky’s public universities to produce research that expands our understanding of how to improve the health and wellbeing of Kentuckians. These partnerships provide a forum for researchers and government leaders to learn from one another and apply research insights to effective policies and programs.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus for Patients Among Medicaid Beneficiaries in Kentucky

Enhancing Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Kentucky Medicaid Recipients

University of Kentucky Healthcare’s Office of Opioid Safety

Behavioral Health Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Kentucky Medicaid Recipients

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Beyond Birth

Medication Prescribing to Children Insured by Kentucky Medicaid

Longitudinal Analysis of Type 2 Diabetes in Medicaid Beneficiaries

Preparing for Value-Based Purchasing Quality Metrics for All Hospitals in Kentucky

How to Become a Partner

There are several ways to become a partner in the CHFS SUP program. The most common is to request data for a non-funded partnership. Data requests can be submitted via email to ODA

State universities may apply for funded partnerships during the next application cycle. For application instructions and additional information please email the CHFS SUP program

Contact Us

Please email CHFS SUP​ with questions related to the State University Partnership Program.