(LOUISVILLE, Ky - January 15, 2018) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is expanding its outreach into communities throughout the state with the addition of 28 new members to its Community Advisory Council. The Council now numbers 49 members.

Of the new members, 27 formerly were members of the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation, which united with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in early December.

The Community Advisory Council advises the Foundation's Board of Directors on overall policy and strategic direction. Foundation Council members also serve as liaisons with Kentucky communities, putting the Council at the center of the strategy shared by both the Foundation and the Friedell Committee to expand community engagement statewide.

Dr. LeChrista Finn, an associate professor at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, is the newly named chair of the Council; she has served on the Council since 2014. The new vice chair is Tim Marcum, regional director of planning at Baptist Health in Louisville.

Marcum has served since 2014 as well. 
"Council members, new and existing, are among the most mission-minded health- and health-policy advocates in the Commonwealth of Kentucky," Finn said. "I am grateful that members of the Friedell Committee have stepped up, once again, to work toward a healthier Kentucky."

The 28 new Council members are:
 
  1. Constance Alexander, Murray; writer, consultant, and civic journalist
  2. Charlotte Beason, EdD, Louisville; retired executive director of the Kentucky Board of Nursing
  3. Dennis Chaney, Bowling Green; Barren River District Health Department Director
  4. Tracey Clark, Hopkinsville; Executive Director, Jennie Stuart Health Foundation
  5. Danny Duncan Collum, Shelby County; writer and professor, Kentucky State University
  6. Al Cross, Lexington; University of Kentucky professor and journalist, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and publisher of Kentucky Health News
  7. Colette Crown, Lexington; former administrative coordinator for the Friedell Committee
  8. Barbara Hadley-Smith, Frankfort; retired government and private sector communications executive
  9. Ann Hagan-Grigsby, Louisville; Chief Executive Officer of the Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc.
  10. Richard Heine, PhD, Lexington; former executive director of the Friedell Committee
  11. Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, Lexington; retired executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches
  12. Rev. Terry Lester, London; retired pastor at First Baptist London
  13. Sylvia Lovely, JD, Lexington; president, Sylvia Lovely & Associates
  14. Kathryn Mershon, Louisville; independent hospital and health care professional
  15. J.D. Miller, MD, Lexington; retired Appalachian Regional Healthcare executive
  16. M. Raynor Mullins, DMD, Lexington; Emeritus Faculty, Dental Public Health, University of Kentucky
  17. Judy Myers, PhD, Lexington; faculty member at Indiana University Southeast School of Nursing
  18. Mark Neikirk, Highland Heights; executive director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Kentucky University
  19. Marty Newell, Whitesburg; COO, Center for Rural Strategies
  20. John Rosenberg, JD, Prestonsburg; director emeritus of Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Ky., Inc. and vice chair of the Kentucky Public Advocacy Commission
  21. Sheila Schuster, PhD, Louisville; executive director of the Advocacy Action Network
  22. Doug Scutchfield, MD, Lexington; professor at University of Kentucky College of Public Health
  23. Rich Seckel, Lexington; executive director of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center
  24. Susan Stokes, Louisville; owner Access Community Assistance, Inc., former Kentucky state representative
  25. Lisa Tobe, Louisville; executive director of Wildflower Consulting
  26. Tom Walton, Louisville; executive in residence, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  27. Pat Withrow, MD, Paducah; cardiologist and director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah (the only new Council member who did not come from the Friedell Committee)
  28. Charlotte Whittaker, Hartford; President of AARP Kentucky, former executive director, Ohio County Senior Services
These members join Finn, Marcum and the following existing Council members:
 
  1. Nancy Addington, Elizabethtown; retired as director of the Area Agency on Aging at the Lincoln Trail Area Development District
  2. Tracey R. Antle, Russell Springs; COO of the Cumberland Family Medical Center
  3. Angela Carman, DrPH, Berea; assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health
  4. Roger Crittenden, JD, Frankfort; retired circuit and district court judge
  5. Sandra Duverge, Louisville; Health Equity Program Manager at Passport Health Plan
  6. Fran Feltner, DNP, Hazard; director of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
  7. Deborah S. Fillman, Owensboro; retired director of the Green River District Health Department
  8. Liz Durst Fowler, Lexington; president and CEO of Hospice of the Bluegrass
  9. Amanda Goldman, Lexington; system director of quality & wellness Catholic Health Initiatives and director of diabetes & nutrition care at KentuckyOne Health
  10. Randy Gooch, Nicholasville; director of the Jessamine County Health Department
  11. Laura Hancock Jones, DMD, Morganfield; dentist at Union County Family Dental
  12. Michael Keck, Science Hill; vice president at Five Talents Financial Group
  13. Keith Knapp, PhD, LaGrange; associate professor at Bellarmine University
  14. Sherry Lanham, Beattyville; director of the Lee County Family Resource Center
  15. Matthew Minier, Louisville; director of student success at the Southern Seminary
  16. Wynn Radford, Hopkinsville; retired insurance agent
  17. Robert Slaton, EdD, Georgetown; health care consultant
  18. Melissa Slone,Hazard; Research Inter-Disciplinary Director for the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health
  19. Johnny White, Russellville; organizational development manager at Constellium

Note to reporters and editors: High-resolution photographs of Community Advisory Council member are available from Alexa Kerley, akerley@healthy-ky.org.


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Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org

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