Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist NiCole Keith, PhD, was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology at the group’s 2021 annual meeting. Dr. Keith works to make physical activity more accessible to everyone.
The National Academy of Kinesiology is an honorary organization composed of people who have made significant contributions to the field of kinesiology and physical education. Members are nominated by their peers and voted on by members of the Academy.
Dr. Keith was a keynote presenter at the annual meeting and presented the New Fellow Response on behalf of her class of new fellows at the induction ceremony.
Dr. Keith has dedicated her career to positively influencing health outcomes for socioeconomically-challenged community residents and specializes in community-based participatory research with a focus on health equity. She co-created the Physically Active Residential Communities and Schools (PARCS) program which provides exercise opportunities for thousands of adults and children living in Indianapolis’ inner-city communities.
Dr. Keith was the 2020-2021 president of the American College of Sports Medicine and is the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance vice president. Her current research examines ways to improve physical fitness and health as individuals age.
In additional to her role at Regenstrief, she is the associate dean of faculty affairs and a professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Human Services at IUPUI.
About Regenstrief Institute
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, the Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.
Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission.