(LOUISVILLE, Ky – May 27, 2016) — The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is seeking nominations for two seats on its Board of Directors and three seats on its Community Advisory Committee (CAC), both of which drive the policy and community investment work of the Foundation to address unmet health care needs of Kentuckians.
Nominations are due July 22.
While Board members represent the interests of Kentucky’s medically underserved and include individuals working in the health policy, health care services and health care finance fields, the Board also is seeking members not employed by health care organizations, and who can bring varying perspectives to the Foundation’s health policy change and health care innovation work. The District 4 Board nominee must be a resident of Jefferson County; the At-Large Board nominee may be a resident from anywhere in the Commonwealth.
The CAC, which advises the Board and appoints some Board members, is seeking new members from areas of the Commonwealth currently not represented: the Purchase, Buffalo Trace, Gateway, FIVCO, Big Sandy and Cumberland Valley Area Development Districts (ADDs). The greater Lexington area currently is overrepresented. The CAC is seeking two additional members who are Executive Directors or Trustees of organizations working to address the unmet health care needs of Kentucky. As with Board nominees, the CAC is seeking members with expertise outside the health care field, such as in business, law and education.
Service on the Board or CAC is an opportunity to help improve the health of Kentucky through policy changes, grantmaking and other means, while creating lasting connections with other individuals who have different backgrounds but similar interests. The Foundation is both a grantmaking and an operating foundation. It seeks to develop and inform health policy, improve access to care, reduce health risks and disparities, and promote health equity. An endowed Foundation with no requirement to raise funds, it has invested more than $24 million in health policy research and demonstration grants since its inception in 2001. The Foundation currently operates under a 2012-2017 strategic plan; it is anticipated that the Board and CAC will be developing a new strategic plan during 2017, making this a particularly exciting time to join.
The Foundation has a highly skilled and dedicated staff to manage day-to-day activities, enabling the Board and CAC to focus on strategic direction and efforts to improve the Foundation’s programs. The CAC advises the Board and takes a leadership role in community engagement and strategic planning efforts. Board service also offers opportunities to engage in setting policy direction in governance, strategic planning, health policy, and communications work of the Foundation, and providing oversight to financial and programmatic investment practices.
Although the Foundation operates on a calendar year fiscal year (January – December)CAC terms begin November 14, and Board terms begin December 5. An Orientation for new members is offered in February, prior to the first quarterly meetings of the new year.Both Board and CAC member terms are for three years and members can serve up to two consecutive terms. Both meet four times each year, typically in Louisville; committee meetings usually occur four times per year as well. Board and CAC members always attend the annual Bost Health Policy Forum, scheduled this year for September 19 in Lexington. Members are expected to participate actively in quarterly, in-person meetings and to participate, by phone or in person, in a working committee.
Call for Nominations
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $25.5 million in health policy research, advocacy and pilot project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by informing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter and on Facebook, or visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth