LOUISVILLE, Ky, February 5, 2021 - Kentucky's Covid-19 vaccine decisionmakers will share updates and progress regarding distribution of the vaccine to residents of the Commonwealth during a free webinar open to the public next week.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host Public Health Commissioner Steven J. Stack, M.D., and Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray, who is chairing a new task force on the Covid-19 vaccine distribution, at the webinar on Wednesday, February 10, from 2 to 3 pm.
The webinar is part of the Foundation's Health for a Change capacity-building training series, created to support nonprofit leaders across the Commonwealth to advance pressing health issues. Programs are free, but registration is required.
An Update on Kentucky's Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Progress
2 pm to 3 pm (ET), Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Dr. Stack was was appointed commissioner of public health by Gov. Andy Beshear in February 2020. For more than 20 years Dr. Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies. In 2006, he became the first emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the youngest AMA president since 1854. Dr. Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including Saint Joseph East, Lexington, Saint Joseph, Mt. Sterling, and Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. He has more than 18 years of emergency medicine administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
On January 14, Gov. Beshear appointed Sec. Gray to lead a new task force to support vaccine distribution. Gray is the former mayor of Lexington. At the start of his career, Gray earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and then came home to help grow his family’s construction firm, Gray Construction, accepting a Loeb Fellow appointment at Harvard along the way. Gray Construction is today ranked among the top 5 US builders within major industry sectors including manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, and distribution.
Since the task force was named, Kentucky has opened several new vaccine sites, including the first regional distribution site at the Kentucky Horse Park, which opened Feb. 1. Dr. Stack and Sec. Gray also recently announced a new Find-A-Vaccine website and call center to help Kentuckians determine whether they are currently eligible for the vaccine, find sites that are administering vaccines, and sign up for updates and notifications. (Visit kycovid19.ky.gov and click on the gold "vaccine" bar, or call 855-598-2246. A TTY is available for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing only: 855-326-4654.)
For questions about the Foundation's Health for a Change program series, contact Rachelle Seger, firstname.lastname@example.org.