Nominations are being sought for award recognizing lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky; deadline is June 17

In June of 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association began an award honoring a lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky. The first recipient was Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville. The annual award now bears his name and is given each year to an individual who has provided many years of service to rural Kentuckians. Last year’s recipient was Joseph E. Smith of the Kentucky Primary Care Association.

KRHA is seeking nominations for this year’s award. The nominee’s contributions might be in direct patient care, health professions education, health administration, health promotion or public advocacy. To nominate someone, please download the nomination form here and e-mail it directly to or to her at the Office of Rural and Community Health, 2195 Harrodsburg Rd., Suite 125, Room 1213, Lexington KY 40504-3504, or fax to (859)323-1043. The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 17.

The award committee ranks the candidates using established criteria and makes a recommendation to the KRHA Executive Committee, which selects the honoree, if someone is deemed appropriate. The award will be presented at the KRHA annual conference Aug. 25-26 in Bowling Green. Any KRHA member who would like to serve on the Dan Martin Award Committee should email “There are many dedicated, compassionate people at work in rural health in Kentucky and we look forward to being able to give them some well-deserved recognition,” Asher says. “Now is your chance to help us thank someone that you think deserves recognition. We need and appreciate your input.”

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