Kentucky Rural Health Assn. gives first newspaper writing awards; Kentucky Health News writer wins for previous work

Tara Kaprowy, the chief writer for Kentucky Health News, won one of the first awards given by the Kentucky Rural Health Association for newspaper writing.

Kaprowy won the prise for best series in a non-daily newspaper for her five-part series in The Sentinel-Echo of London titled “How Healthy Are We?” The August 2010 series examined how Laurel County compared to state and national averages for tobacco use, obesity, access to health care, and so on.
Ivy Brashear, formerly of The Hazard Herald, won prize for best story in a non-daily paper for her April 6, 2011, article, “Health study has Perry near the bottom,” about a Population Health Institute study that ranked Perry’s health status as 115th among the state’s 120 counties. There were no daily entries; each winner received a plaque and $100 prize.
These types of reports can be done by any news outlet in Kentucky, because plenty of data are available on sites such as For a look at Kaprowy’s series, go here.
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