(LOUISVILLE, Ky - September 16, 2019) The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named Public Health Director Scott Lockard of the Kentucky River District Health Department a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion for leading his team to help Perry County enact a smoke-free workplace ordinance. Perry is the first county in Eastern Kentucky to go smoke-free, and one of only six smoke-free counties in the state.

The fiscal court passed the ordinance on June 18 and it went into effect immediately. The ordinance prohibits smoking and the use of e-cigarettes in all indoor and outdoor places of employment and indoor public places.
"Scott and his team showed patience, persistence and a determination to do the legwork to get the right policy passed in Perry County," said Fran Feltner, Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health. "This law will greatly reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke for all residents of the county and may also reduce the smoking rates."
 
The health department worked closely with Shannon Smith, state director of government relations for the American Heart Association, to educate the community and fiscal court members about the health benefits of the ordinance.
 
"With the help, guidance and support of Scott and his team, especially Sherrie Stidham, we were successful in building the powerful partnerships needed to pass this ordinance, which is backed by many health organizations and citizen advocates," Smith said.
 
Following passage of the new ordinance in Perry County, the city of Hazard also strengthened its smoke-free policy to comply with the county-wide ordinance.
 
Lockard and the department are 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
 
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