Alumni

Michael Howard

Michael Howard
Location: Madisonville, Kentucky Cohort Start Year: 2016 Project Topic: Health Care Access Population Served: Rural Communities
Vice President for Education and Research
Baptist Health Madisonville
COALITION BUILDING TO RAISE THE TIDE IN RURAL WELLNESS

FOCUS
I live in rural western Kentucky, which is a particularly unhealthy part of a particularly unhealthy state. Our focus is on harnessing our existing community resources across all areas from economic development to education to health care. We will build a coalition of partners who will be able to work together to address the socioeconomic barriers that are preventing some of those in our communities from accessing and fully utilizing health care and other social programs that can positively impact their well-being and quality of life.

MORE ABOUT MICHAEL
I’m the VP for Education and Research at the unusually large medical center in my hometown. I just moved back here after a career in biomedical research and academia. My position here and the support of my hospital allows us to be the engine that helps to spark a change that will bring the Culture of Health to rural Kentucky and allow us to be an example of what rural communities can become.

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