Awards and Recognitions


Kentucky Homeplace was recognized during National Rural Health Day 2018 by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) as a Community Star, which honors individuals and organizations working in and serving rural communities and supporting rural health collaboration, communication, education, or innovation. Read more here:

Hosparus Health Innovation Award
Kentucky Homeplace received the Medistar Award’s Hosparus Health Innovation Award, which is presented to an organization that has developed a new procedure, device, service, program or treatment that improves the delivery of care. 


Kentucky Homeplace received the Helen M. Lewis Service Award, which is given to an individual or an organization that has made exemplary contributions to Appalachia through involvement with and service to its people and communities. The award was given on April 6, 2018, at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Cincinnati Ohio. 


Rural Assistance Center
Kentucky Homeplace has been featured as a successful “Model in Innovations” by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC). 

Kentucky Homeplace is also featured in RAC's Community Health Worker Toolkit Program Clearinghouse.


“Health Impact Award” Presented by Congressman Hal Rogers
Kentucky Homeplace received the Health Impact Award for its Improving Diabetes Outcomes (I DO) Campaign. Funded by a grant from the Anthem Foundation, I DO is a nurse-led outreach initiative coordinated by community health workers to educate diabetics about their disease.


Featured on Health People 2020
Kentucky Homeplace has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 initiative for their work to improve colorectal cancer screening rates.

Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Through Tailored, Community-Based Approaches.


Received the National Rural Health Association’s Outstanding Rural Health Program award, which recognizes a community, regional or statewide program that facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems.


Kentucky Homeplace received Health Kentucky’s annual Advocacy Award.


Kentucky Homeplace was one of 13 programs selected as ‘Models that Work’ by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. The programs were featured on Kentucky Educational Television’s ‘Be Well Kentucky’ series.

Feltner’s research note, “Kentucky Homeplace Defeat Diabetes Screening Test: An Analysis of Rural Kentucky’s Challenge to Overcome the Growing Diabetes Epidemic,” was published in the peer-reviewedJournal of the Kentucky Medical Association.


Feltner received the University of Kentucky’s A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award in recognition of her fiscally efficient management. She also testified for the first of what became multiple occasions before congressional subcommittees in support of federal patient navigation bills.


The program’s director, Fran Feltner, M.S.N., RN, was honored with the Southern Health Association’s Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award “in recognition of (her) contributions to public health.”

The Southeast Kentucky Community Access Program, a spin-off of Kentucky Homeplace, was one of eight initial winners of the Innovations in Prevention Award, given by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Received the Kentucky Public Health Association’s Group Award "in recognition of valuable services in community health."


Kentucky Homeplace’s orientation toward the provision of culturally appropriate health services was documented in a case study in the National Rural Health Association’s peer-reviewedJournal of Rural Health.

The program was a semifinalist for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government “Innovations in American Government” award.


The program was established by the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health and funded by the Kentucky General Assembly to address health disparities in rural portions of the state.