(LOUISVILLE, Ky - December 3, 2019) Dr. Karen W. Krigger has been named the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair for Urban Health Policy at the University of Louisville (UofL). She was recommended by Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the UofL School of Medicine.

Krigger, M.D., MEd, FAAFP, AAHIVM(S), is the Director of Health Equity at the UofL School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and also a professor with the Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine. She has focused much of her work on addressing health inequities and disparities through primary care services in underserved areas, youth violence prevention education, and HIV and chemical dependency treatment. Since 1992, she has helped organize the annual Redeemer Lutheran Church West End Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair, arranging for medical, nursing, dental, and pharmacy students to offer free health screenings and community services. Along with students from the UofL Health Sciences Center, she provides primary care services on a monthly basis at the church through the Health Equity Learning Project.
Dr. Krigger earned her M.D. and a MEd from UofL. She is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Kentucky Medical Association, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a current member and past board member and co-chair of the American Association of HIV Medicine. Dr. Krigger was honored this year as the Health Minister of the Year by Norton Healthcare's Office of Church and Health Ministries.

Dr. Krigger joins the Foundation's additional endowed chairs, Ty Borders, Ph.D., Institute for Rural Health Policy, Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky (UK); Christopher E. Johnson, Ph.D., Health Management and System Sciences, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, UofL; and Matthew Bush, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, UK.

The Foundation's endowed chair positions were established in 2001, at the Foundation's inception. The chair in urban health policy is located at UofL, while the rural health policy chair is located at the UK. The chair positions are jointly held by faculty located in each university's medical and public health schools. Among other duties, these endowed chairs work with the Foundation to coordinate and share research relevant to the Foundation's mission and policy focus areas.

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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 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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