The Foundation's Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion Award recognizes individuals and organizations working to improve the health of the people living in their communities or the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky through policy change.

Honorees receive a framed certificate, and are publicly recognized by a Foundation official. Honorees also are eligible to be named the Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion of the Year. This winner is announced at the annual Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum and the Foundation makes a $5,000 cash award in their name to a Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) organization of their choice that is working to advance health policy in the Commonwealth.


The nominee should be an individual or organization that has advanced policy (private corporate, or local or statewide public) ─ or work that will lead to policy change, that is or would be instrumental to achieving improvement to community or statewide health in Kentucky.

The policy should focus on one or more of the following:

  • one or more specific health issues
  • access to health care
  • health equity or public health
  • adding a health perspective to a non-health policy

Nominees must represent a nonprofit, for-profit, educational or government entity that resides or does work in Kentucky. Those not eligible for awards include political causes, organizations working for religious purposes, and organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, disability, military or marital status in hiring. Nominees may not have received this award in the prior two years.

Nominations are accepted at any time during the year. All nominations are reviewed and winners are chosen by a team of Foundation staff and selected Community Advisory Committee members. Up to two honorees may be selected monthly. See complete award qualifications and nomination requirements here.

Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion Award

Nomination Form

Please send two (2) letters of endorsement and up to five (5) additional pages of background to Alexa Kerley at with the nominee name in the subject line. Nominations also may be mailed to: Alexa Kerley, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40223.