(LOUISVILLE, Ky - September 6, 2019) Longtime Louisville health care executive Alice O. Bridges has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for her work to incorporate more effective responses to childhood trauma in schools and other systems, and to improve community opportunities for better health.
"Alice has been an integral member of the Bounce Coalition in Louisville, a collection of more than 18 area organizations that are collaborating to infuse trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into the organizational cultures, practices and policies of school staff and out-of-school organizations such as the YMCA," said Allen Montgomery, vice chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors.
As a core member of the Louisville team that won the "Culture of Health" prize, a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designation, Bridges expanded her work in health care companies to help create community-wide measures that enable everyone to live a healthier life, Montgomery said.
Another successful program for which Bridges is credited is the Health Connections Initiative, a program designed to provide comprehensive, home-based supports to low-income hospital patients with the most complex conditions and the highest risk of readmission. She secured a $1.5 million grant to fund the initiative which "employed a multidisciplinary team to help patients better manage their medical conditions and connect with resources needed to thrive," said Sherri Craig, division vice president for public policy with CHI Saint Joseph. The program "addressed social determinants of health, everything from transportation to lack of access to healthy foods, and connected patients to a primary care provider," Craig said.
"Alice Bridges is a connector and a doer," Montgomery said. "She makes things happen in Louisville, and the community is healthier because she brings together and supports efforts to give residents the tools and opportunities they need to be well."
Bridges currently is principal at AOB Consulting where she helps organizations collaborate with residents and community partners to improve health and well-being so that all people flourish. Prior to that she served as Vice President of Healthy Communities at KentuckyOne Health and its legacy organization, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare, beginning in 1986. She has served in an array of roles from marketing/communications to philanthropy, mission integration and community health. From 2016 to 2017, she was president of the Rotary Club of Louisville, the 14th largest Rotary Club in the world.
Bridges is now eligible for the Gil Friedell Health Policy Champion award, which comes with a $5,000 grant from the Foundation to a Kentucky-based nonprofit of the winner's choice. The winner of that award will be announced on Sept. 23 at the Foundation's Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum in Lexington. Nominations for the Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion Award are accepted at any time. See details on the Foundation's website.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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 more than $27 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.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth