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Governor Ernie Fletcher Makes Appointments to the Get Healthy Kentucky! Board
Press Release Date:  September 28, 2004
Contact:  Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller

16 Members Appointed by the Governor and First Lady Glenna Fletcher to Serve as Special Advisor

Frankfort, KY: The Office of Governor Ernie Fletcher has announced today the appointment of sixteen members to the Get Healthy Kentucky! Board. Secretary of Health and Family Services James Holsinger will serve as Chairman of the Board and First Lady Glenna Fletcher will serve as Special Advisor. The Get Healthy Kentucky! Board was created to address the health issues facing citizens across the Commonwealth.  

“Kentucky has a number of serious health issues that we must confront,” stated Governor Fletcher. “We must start addressing our health issues to help move Kentucky forward. That is why I am proud to appoint these folks who will work with us to come up with an effective plan on how to tackle these important issues.”

Members of the Board include:

Senator Jack Westwood – Crescent Springs – State Senator

Representative Tanya Pullin – South Shore – State Representative

Sarah Johnson Wilding, R.N. – Frankfort – Registered Nurse

Adewale Troutman – Prospect – Director, Louisville Metro Health Department

Douglas Scutchfield, M.D. – Lexington – UKMC College of Public Health

Teresa A. Barton – Frankfort – Franklin County Judge/Executive

Stu Silberman – Lexington – Superintendent, Fayette County Public Schools

Michael Buchanon – Bowling Green – Warren County Judge/Executive

Evelyn Montgomery Jones, M.D. – Paducah – Physician, WellSprings Institute

John A. Strosnider, D.O., FACOFP – Pikeville – Vice President & Dean, Pikeville College School for Osteopathic Medicine

Larry R. Davis – Grand Rivers – Public Health Director, Marshall County Health Dept.

James D. Crase, M.D. – Somerset – Physician, Urgent Treatment Center

Lon E. Lafferty, M.D. – Inez – Private practice Physician

R. Stewart Perry – Lexington – INS Agent

Gerald F. Sturgeon, M.D. – Louisville – Private practice Physician

Over the past month, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has hosted a number of forums throughout Kentucky to gain input regarding Kentucky’s health issues. Nine regional forums were held throughout the month of August to both gauge community support to fight obesity on the local level and solicit input on how best to address barriers to good health.

Governor Fletcher pledged during his campaign for governor that he would be dedicated to the health needs of Kentuckians and encourage preventive measures be taken. The Get Healthy Kentucky! Board will gather public input and develop a plan on how Kentucky should go about meeting goals set in the Healthy Kentuckians 2010 report – a report on the state’s health needs that includes reduced smoking, reduced use of illegal drugs, increased immunizations, increased access to dental care and improved pre-natal care.

“Kentucky ranks low in many health indicators and we want to work to improve our rankings,” said First Lady Glenna Fletcher. “More importantly, we want to develop and implement ideas to improve the health status of our fellow citizens so they can lead longer, more productive lives.”       

The board will serve as the guiding force in pulling together several health and wellness efforts currently underway in the state into a stronger and more coordinated effort. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will provide support and staffing to the Get Healthy Kentucky! Board.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005