Locals Join Community Health Advisory Board | Local News


The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced Tuesday it has appointed five new members, including two from Hardin County, to its community advisory board.

Lincoln Trail District Health Department Director Sara Jo Best and Health Promotion and Public Information Officer Terrie Burgan join other health officials from across the state at within the board, which is responsible for providing advice and recommendations regarding the overall policy direction and fulfillment of the foundation’s mission to its board of directors.

The other three new members are Leigh Ann Ballegeer of Paducah, the Reverend Kent H. Gilbert of Berea and Joel Thornbury of Pikeville.

According to a press release, the board members are residents of Kentucky determined to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians. Members also serve as a liaison between the work of the foundation and their respective communities. They have renewable three-year terms.

Best began her career in healthcare in 2002 as a community health educator. She was appointed department director in 2013. In addition, Best is president of the Kentucky Health Directors Association, was a member of the Kentucky Public Health Association, and served on the board of directors of Passport.

Over the course of his career, the release says Best implemented four new public health programs – health education, preparedness, harm reduction and health equity – received approval from three local environmental health ordinances. , added three harm reduction syringe service sites and helped earn smoke-free prescriptions in Bardstown, Radcliff, Elizabethtown, Hodgenville and Hardin County.

Burgan is responsible for all health education and awareness programs in the district. According to the statement, her previous roles in the health service include clinical director, management of immunization programs for women, infants and children, family planning, and immunization of children and adults; and coordinator of maternal and child health. His public health career spanned 23 years, including 10 with the Lincoln Trail District.


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