LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Katie Ellis, program and administrative coordinator for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, was recently recognized as the 2010 National New Professional by the Community Development Society. This award is presented in acknowledgment of superior contribution to the field of community development and the Society. 

Ellis accepted the award during the Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference which was held in New Orleans, La. She was nominated by Ronald Hustedde, Ph.D., of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute at University of Kentucky, and Deborah Markley, Ph.D., of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship provided an additional letter of support.

“This honor is truly a reflection of Katie’s hard work and passion for building stronger, healthier communities. We are proud of her achievements,” said Mary Jo Dike, chief operating officer for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The Community Development Society presents this award based on the following criteria:

  • Promotes active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives;
  • Engages community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action;
  • Incorporates diverse interests and cultures in the community development process; and disengages from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community;
  • Works actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders and groups within the community; and
  • Is open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.

Before joining the Foundation earlier this year, Ellis served as a program coordinator for the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute at the University of Kentucky.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a non-profit, philanthropic organization focused on addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. Through grants, research and educational forums, the Foundation supports the development of health policy with a current focus on improving fitness and nutrition for children and families, youth smoking and substance abuse prevention, health care for low-income, uninsured or rural populations, and integrated mental health and medical services. The Foundation was established in May 2001 as a result of the settlement agreement between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Anthem, Inc. after its merger with Kentucky Blue Cross Blue Shield. For more information, please visit www.healthy-ky.org.

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Media Contact:
Mary Jo Dike, Phone: 502-326-2583, E-mail: mdike@healthy-ky.org