LEXINGTON— The Kentucky Rural Health Association (KRHA), which is dedicated to improving the health status of rural Kentuckians through education and advocacy, has announced the 2016 Dan Martin Award recipient, Dr. Fran Feltner.
Dr. Fran Feltner is a Perry County resident and currently serves as the director of the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard. A native of Leslie County, she has served the residents of Kentucky’s rural counties for nearly 40 years. She has served as a nurse in clinics and hospitals and as a health educator and researcher. Dr. Feltner has played a key role in developing and implementing innovative solutions to problems and challenges of rural Kentuckians in many ways, but most notably with the development of the Kentucky Homeplace, a nationally-recognized community health worker model. The evidence-based program, under Dr. Feltner’s leadership, has shown positive health outcomes for low-income Kentuckians facing diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Feltner’s steadfast leadership and compassion are just two of the many qualities that have led to the success of this program and the many other projects under her direction.
The Dan Martin Award is provided to an individual who has provided a lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky. Named after the first awardee, this award honors an individual who has contributed many years of service to direct patient care, health professions education, health administration, health promotions or public advocacy. Candidates are selected based upon their 1) life-long contributions to rural health in Kentucky 2) role in developing or implementing innovative solutions to problems and challenges 3) profession type and 4)member of KRHA.
Susan Zepeda, former President/CEO of the Foundation for A Healthy Kentucky, nominated Dr. Feltner and allowed KRHA the opportunity to present the award at the 14th Annual Howard Bost Health Policy Forum on September 20, 2016. KRHA would like to extend a special thanks to the Foundation for the opportunity to present the award.
Kentucky will continue to benefit from the efforts of Dr. Feltner for many years and it is with great honor that KRHA recognizes her service and contributions for a healthier Kentucky.
For more information about the Kentucky Rural Health Association visit www.kyrha.org or for more information on this award and release, contact Tina McCormick, Executive Director – [email protected] – (270) 577-1707.