Leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation in health and wellbeing.

Core Team



IDEAS xLab Innovation Team

Louisville, KY (Home Base)    |    New York, NY (Curatorial Office)

We are proud that a majority of staff, governance and leadership are comprised of Women, People of Color or LGBTQ+ and represent different faith traditions.


Ayelet Danielle Aldouby | Curator (New York, NY)

Based in New York, Ayelet is a public art and social practice curator focusing on the tools of social practice as manifested in the intersection of art and health. Ayelet has curated numerous public art projects commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown NY among others and as the special projects curator for RU implemented art projects in the NY public school system, and in civic and corporate settings.

As a mentor for artists, Ayelet believes it is instrumental for artists to expand their role in society by creating an impact beyond the traditional "white box".

Hannah Drake |  Project HEAL Cultural Producer (Louisville, KY)

Hannah Drake is an artist-advocate with an inspirational message. Frequently asked to speak throughout the country, she brings message of hope and deliverance believing that poetry can ignite true transformation.  Hannah is a veteran performer whose credits include the legendary Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem. Before joining IDEAS xLab, Hannah spent many years as Pastoral Administrative Assistant to Dr. F. Bruce Williams at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Smoketown. (Louisville, KY) In her role with IDEAS xLab, Hannah acts as a lead artist for Project HEAL and other community-related initiatives. She is a currently a Hadley Creative, a fellowship program between the community Foundation of Louisville and Creative Capital (NYC) Visit Hannah's website to learn more.

Theo Edmonds | JD, MHA, MFA | Chief Imaginator + Co-Founder  @theoedmonds  (Louisville, KY)

Born and raised in the Appalachian coalfields of southeastern Kentucky, Theo is a futurist, artist, poet and social entrepreneur. A former healthcare executive and champion clogger, he was named as one of "50 People Changing the Face of the South" by Southern Living Magazine. He is Vice Chair of Americans for the Arts' Private Sector Council, Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board's Cultural/Social Impact Committee, lead design advisor to CenterLink's work with the CDC to create a national LGBTQ Center of Excellence model and co-leader for Louisville's successful 2016 bid to be named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner.

Josh Miller | COO + Co-Founder  @j_jmiller (Louisville, KY)

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Josh is an artist, cultural futurist and the co-founder and COO of IDEAS xLab with a background in business, art administration and editorial production. 

Josh was selected for Louisville Business First's Forty under 40, is a marathon runner, the Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board's Communications Committee, a TEDx speaker, an Advisor for the Derby Diversity & Business Summit and Sneaker Ball Committee Chair, and co-led Louisville's Culture of Health Prize application in 2016.

He explores the world through photography (and a lot of running), documenting his journey through


Chris Radtke | Curriculum Development (Louisville, KY)

Chris is a practicing artist, Commissioner on Louisville Metro's Commission on Public Art, and co-founder of Zephyr Gallery--the second longest running artist cooperative in America. She has been a valued advisor to IDEAS since it's inception, and joined the team to launch IDEAS xLab and further develop roles for artists as innovation consultants. Chris is beginning to conceptualize a unique arts innovation program for artists of her generation to partner with the Health & Wellness Sector's Aging Industry. 

Notes on Self is Chris' ongoing series of installations that quietly, nearly imperceptibly respond to their environment. Gradually shifting and changing over time, they blur the boundaries between sculpture and drawing.

Mallika Sabharwal, UofL Medical Student & Social Justice Scholar with IDEAS xLab

As an undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Mallika Sabharwal volunteered at the Equal Access Clinic, a student-run free clinic that provided medical care to underinsured communities in North Florida. Patients were often uninsured, homeless, or undocumented immigrants. Learning how the clinic addresses non-medical barriers she designed a social services resource manual for volunteers to refer to patients, like local GED classes and federal aid program enrollment. Before starting medical school, she worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health through the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program.Currently a second year medical student at the University of Louisville, Mallika is an active member of Students for a National Health Program, advocating for equitable and affordable healthcare for vulnerable populations.

Primary Research Partner



The name of our school is a clear indicator that we are a distinctive school of public health.  Public health is more than restaurant inspections, flu shots and managing health departments.  It is identifying emerging health threats and risks, monitoring health factors and status, understanding how people seek and respond to health information and preparing responses to events that can affect the public's health.

While we embrace the traditional tasks and roles of public health specialists, we recognize that protecting the public's health today requires much more.  It requires a new approach that integrates how information about the public's health is acquired, evaluated, acted on and disseminated, and how these affect the public and its health.  It requires preparing our students for careers in the 21st century by using 21st century knowledge and techniques.

Our vision is to be an internationally recognized center of excellence for the creation, sharing, and application of knowledge for the public's health. In achieving our vision:

o   We will extend the domain of public health to include all factors in the public's health.

o   We will pursue health information sciences as an inseparable aspect of public health.

o   We will work for close integration of individual health, health care, and public health.



CIK serves as a transdisciplinary collaborative for population health improvement, policy and analytics, and it is in the process of building research infrastructure to support a variety of transdisciplinary projects that engage academic partners, clinical partners, and community partners in improving the health of the Commonwealth. Educational activities are expected to flow from the growing infrastructure with activities such as an expansion of health administration instruction, a community health worker training program, seminars on health targeted topics, and new academic tracks in comparative effectiveness research and health policy. The primary operations of the institute include community-based research, health policy support and education, and data warehousing and analytics. 


 CHOT conducts research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Our research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders to guide academic research. This cooperative model ensures that the research is both meaningful and applicable to the healthcare industry and provides immediate decision support for CHOT members.