Kentucky Homeplace Receives Health Innovation Award

Kentucky Homeplace received the 2018 Hosparus Health Innovation Award during IGE Media’s 12th Annual MediStar Awards on Oct. 30 at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. 

For more than a decade, IGE Media, publisher of Medical News, has recognized innovation, advocacy, leadership and excellence in healthcare through the annual MediStar Awards. 

The Hosparus Health Innovation Award, presented to Kentucky Homeplace, recognizes an organization that has developed a new procedure, service, program or treatment that improves the delivery of care. Director Mace Baker accepted the award on behalf of Kentucky Homeplace. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for the work that Kentucky Homeplace Community Health Workers do in their communities. This year Kentucky Homeplace will celebrate 25 years of service to the residents of Kentucky," he said. "During this time, tens of thousands of Kentuckians have received assistance through the program. The need for Kentucky Homeplace has never diminished; in fact, it has continued to grow every year. We are very proud of the difference our program makes in the lives of our clients and their families.”  

In 1994, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) established Kentucky Homeplace to help medically underserved residents access the medical, social and environmental services and resources they need. Today, Kentucky Homeplace’s geographic area has expanded to include over 30 rural Eastern Kentucky counties.  

Kentucky Homeplace employs over two dozen Community Health Workers (CHWs) that are selected from the communities in which they live. CHWs provide an important bridge between patients with the greatest needs and the primary care physicians and health providers in their communities.

Homeplace’s training investments in the CHW team have enabled each member to earn certification in evidence-based health education curriculums. These include: 

  • Chronic Disease Self-Management 
  • Mental Health First Aid 
  • The American Heart Association’s HeartSaver CPR  
  • Diabetes Self-Management 
  • The Athletics and Fitness Association of America's Walk with Ease 
  • The Department for Community Based Services’ Benefind Assisters 

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