LOUISVILLE, Ky., January 6, 2020 - Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, director of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) in the Kentucky Department for Public Health, has been elected 2021 chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky's Board of Directors.

Lasley-Bibbs has more than 25 years of public health experience. At OHE, she works to increase awareness of health disparities, enhance patient-provider communication, improve cultural and linguistic competency in health services delivery, and improve the coordination and utilization of research and outcome data to strengthen leadership in addressing health inequities. She has presented OHE's work at numerous local, state, and national conferences and works across state government cabinets to address health disparities and inequities. Lasley-Bibbs also is president of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Kentucky State University and a master's in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She also is a graduate of the physician assistant program at the University of Kentucky.

"Reducing Kentucky's health disparities is core to the Foundation's mission, and Vivian's expertise in this area has brought great insight to our understanding of how these inequities occur and accumulate, as well as both the person-level and system-level changes we need to make to improve health equity," said Ben Chandler, CEO. "We're so grateful for her willingness to guide our efforts to ensure that the Foundation's work leads to better health for every Kentuckian."

The Foundation also announced additional Board officers as follows:

Clifford T. Maesaka, Jr., of Louisville, as Vice Chair; Maesaka retired from Delta Dental of Kentucky, Inc., in 2017, after serving as the company's CEO for 22 years. He served for many years on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry, and endowed a charitable foundation at Delta Dental. Dr. Maesaka holds a DDS degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, an M.B.A. degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the Foundation's Board since 2016.

Tim Hatfield, of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, as Treasurer; Hatfield is Community CEO of Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center. He has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience. He previously served in the same role at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty and as Interim CCEO at Man ARH in Man, West Virginia. For 14 years, he also headed up the physician recruitment efforts for the ARH system. He previously was assistant vice president for Pikeville Medical Center. He received his BA in Accounting from Pikeville College and his MBA from Morehead State University. Hatfield was recently elected as a Board Member for the East Kentucky Homeless Shelter and also to the One East Kentucky Board of Directors. He has spent this entire career working with others to build bridges of partnerships to enrich the healthcare delivery system in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. He is a member of ACHE and works closely with the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Larry Prybil, of Lexington, as Secretary; Prybil, PhD, LFACHE, is a community professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He has held senior executive positions at two of the nation's largest nonprofit health systems, including 10 years as CEO for a six-state division of the Daughters of Charity National Health System (now Ascension Health). In addition, Prybil is a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he served as associate dean and senior adviser to the dean in the College of Public Health. He has served on the governing boards of hospitals, health systems, state hospital associations, the American Hospital Association and other nonprofit and investor-owned organizations. Dr. Prybil earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa's College of Medicine and is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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 $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.healthy-ky.org.

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