LOUISVILLE, Ky, March 10, 2021 - Views regarding the pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine in Eastern Kentucky are the focus of a free webinar hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky March 19. Speakers will explore differences and similarities across rural and urban/suburban areas and the state at large, as well as actions for improving and supporting health in the region.

The one-hour webinar is free, but registration is required. Additional event presenters include the Kentucky Medical Association and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

Covid-19 and Health Equity: Views from Eastern Kentucky
Friday, March 19, 2021 1:00 pm EDT
Register here.


  • David J. Bensema, MD, MBA, FACP, Infectious Disease Branch Manager, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Samantha Bowman, Community Health Worker with Kentucky Homeplace
  • Maria Braman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc.
  • Emily Messerli DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Immunization Branch Manager/COVID19 Healthy at Work/School Advisor, Kentucky Department for Public Health

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.

For questions about the webinar or the Health for a Change series, contact Rachelle Seger, rseger@healthy-ky.org.

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.

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