Hazzard, Kay (June 26, 2023) — Matthew Coleman was appointed director Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) as if University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH)Effective July 1, 2023.
KORH was established by federal law in 1991 to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health care. The program provides a framework for connecting small rural communities with local, state and federal resources while developing long-term solutions to rural health issues.
Coleman has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare and public education sectors and has served in various roles at KORH since 2021, including rural project manager and rural program specialist.
In his new role as KORH director, Coleman will oversee several federally funded programs, including the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program, the Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program, the Kentucky Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, and other diverse services and activities to veterans, emergency management leadership, rural health clinics. and critical access hospitals.
We are delighted to welcome Matt to his new role as a strong leader with the education, knowledge and experience to bring leadership to KORH and UK CERH as we strive to improve the health and well-being of the Commonwealth,” said Fran Feltner, Director of UK CERH, which serves as the federally appointed KORH.
“During my time at CORH, I have been fortunate to work with a great team and collaborate with hospitals, clinics and many community partners. “I look forward to building on this foundation to continue to engage with rural stakeholders with a focus on advancing rural health in the region,” Coleman said.
Coleman A master’s degree in Equity Administration from Cumberland University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Morehead State University. He lives in Beattyville, Kentucky, with his wife, Glenna, and their four children.
About the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health: The University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health was established by state law in 1990 to address health disparities in rural Kentucky and the unique challenges faced by our community. Its mission was, and still is today, to improve the health and well-being of rural Kentuckians. For more than three decades, the Center has partnered with communities, providers, students, and individuals to achieve this mission through health professions education, health policy research, health care services, and community engagement.
About the Kentucky Office of Rural Health: Established in 1991, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) is a federal-state partnership authorized by federal law. UK serves as Kentucky’s federally designated Rural Health Office of Excellence in Rural Health. KORH’s mission is to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health care. The program provides a framework for connecting small rural communities with local, state and federal resources while developing long-term solutions to rural health issues. KORH helps clinicians, administrators, and consumers find ways to improve communications, financing, and quality of health care by ensuring that funding agencies and policymakers are aware of the needs of rural communities.