Improving the health of rural Kentuckians.

2023 KRHA Annual Conference Presentations: 

A. Carman -Identifying Actionable, County Specific Social Determinants of Health Data for Kentucky Counties - Angela Carman

A. Malott - Kentucky Rural Health Association Immunize Kentucky Coalition (IKC) - Amber Malott

Access to Healthcare and Mental Health Services - Miranda Sue Terry, Billy Pitts, Shay Glover

Appalachian Research Day TCD3 -Increasing Access to Healthcare During Disasters Utilizing Drone Technology - Frances Feltner, Bart Massey, Chris Stiles, Mace Baker

CHW Response - What We Do When the Waters Recede: Community Health Workers Response and Long Term Recovery in Eastern Kentucky - Chyna Smith, Carole Frazier, Michaela Amburgey, William Mace Baker

Healthcare Workforce: Deficits, Resolutions, and Outcomes - Teresa A. Rincon, Dianna Vice - Pasch

J. Stephens -The Power of Partnerships - Julie Stephens

K. Sanders -Kentucky Rural Health Association Kentucky Hepatitis Academic Mentorship Program (KHAMP) - Kathy Sanders: 

K. WilliamsGetting Old is Not for Sissies... Mental Health Challenges in Older Adults - Keri Williams

KRHA-AHEC -Finding Funding and Preparing the Pipeline - David A. Gross: 

L. Lee -Kentucky Medicaid 101 - Lisa Lee

Larry Weaver -Refresh, Renew, Refocus - Larry Weaver

M. Coleman - Rural Veteran Access to Healthcare - Matt Coleman: 

A. McKinley - National Policy Update - Alexa McKinley: NRHA - 

Raising Hope for KY Farmers - Beck Whipple, Cheryl Witt, Susan Jones: 

 K. Isham -Health Care Coverage in Kentucky and the US - Susan Bernstein, Kerry Isham: S. Bornstein

S. Schuster - How Can I Advocate Well? Making Your Voice Count As an Advocate for Policy Change - Sheila A. Schuster: 

T. Nikolai - A Roadmap for Better Hypertension Control: Approaches & Tons to Address the "Silent Killer" - Tim Nikolai: 

What About Rural KY? - Sydney P. Howard

2022 KRHA Annual Conference Presentations:

KEYNOTE: A Resilient Mind- John Jennings


A View from the Hill Rural Health Policy Updates -Carrie Cochran, NRHA

Kentucky Opioid Community Healing- Alicia Bowman

Cancer Rehab Across KY- Audrey Stockwell

Engaging Rural High School Students in a New Program that Meets the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities- Frances Feltner

From Addition to the Front Line- Jessica Winchester 

How to Use Digital Channels to Reach Underserved Populations- Colin Jeffries

Immunization Outreach Website and Toolkits- Patricia Ellis

Innovative Pharmacy Solutions for Whole-Person Behavioral Health Care- Jill Rhodes

Recovery Ecosystem Index-Andrew Howard

Vaccinate with Confidence- Amy Herrington

KHAMP Presentation- Allison Hobbs, Tracy Gowan

State Legislative Update- Teresa Cooper, Ashley Gibson

Baptist Health Rural Health Clinic Addresses the Social Determinants of Health by Ultilizing a Mobile Healthcare Clinic - Candace Mansfield, Sara Stringfield 

The 2022 KRHA Poster Session hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, showcased a diverse array of research projects and programs related to rural health. Poster topics included:

  • Passing Policy in Appalachia: A Look into Smoke-Free Policy Work in Eastern Kentucky
  • We Got Through It Together: The Impact of Telehealth During COVID on Hepatitis C Treatment in Complex and Rural Patients at Academic Medical Center
  • Crossroad of Inpatient and Outpatient Care: Identifying and Caring for Patients with Hepatitis C While Inpatient for Endocarditis Treatment at an Academic Medical Center
  • Expanding the Web of Hepatitis C Treatment Uptake Across an Academic Medical Center
  • Assessing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, And Depression In Caregivers Of Children With Sickle Cell Disease
  • Recommendations for Evaluation and “Rule Out” of Suspected Cases of Pulmonary M.tb in Kentucky
  • The Odds are Stacked Against Them: Use of Medication-Assisted Therapy in the Recovery Process
  • An Innovative Approach to Conducting a Community Health Assessment Using Real-Time Data to Make Informed Decisions to Tackle Today’s Health Issues in a Rural Western Kentucky County
  • Lessons Learned from Medical Teams During Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief


Dan Martin Award

Recognizing dedication to rural health


In June of 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association began a new tradition.  At the organization’s annual conference, it announced the first recipient of an award honoring a lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky; this recipient was Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville.  The annual award now bears his name and is given each year to an individual who has provided many years of service to rural Kentuckians.  The individual’s contributions might be in areas of direct patient care, health professions education, health administration, health promotion or public advocacy. 


  • 2020 - Ernie Scott
  • 2019 - Susan Jones
  • 2018 - Dr. Mary Jane Humkey
  • 2017 - Loretta Maldaner
  • 2016 - Fran Feltner
  • 2015 – Joseph E. Smith
  • 2014  - Dr. James Norton
  • 2013 -  Dr. Steve Davis
  • 2012 – Susan Starling
  • 2011 – Dr. Baretta Casey
  • 2010 – Bob Brooks
  • 2009 – Dr. Carroll Brooks
  • 2008 – Dr. Emery A. Wilson
  • 2007 – David Bolt
  • 2006 – Dr. O.A. Cull
  • 2005 – George E. Walz
  • 2004 – Dr. Rice Leach
  • 2003 – Dr. Dan Martin

Click here: Dan Martin Award For Lifetime  Contribution to Rural Health in Kentucky to nominate a deserving individual

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