Panel of Community and Academic Partners

Mar 17 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Research Committee
with representation from the UK College of Health Sciences, College of Public Health, College of Social Work and the College of Medicine

This seminar series will explore and discuss the intersection between science, community culture and traditions, policy and politics on the long-term health, healthcare, community participation, and quality of life of individuals living in rural communities. Not only will the challenges and barriers be discussed, but also the local supports and “Bright Spots” that are examples of how to get the job done.


What is rural and rural well-being?

March 17, 2021: Panel of community and academic partners
Jason Jones. Director of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury
Scott Lockard, Kentucky River District Health Department Director
Ramona Carper, Assistant Professor at UK College of Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy


For questions or additional information:

Melissa Slone,
Dr. Patrick Kitzman,

Jason Jones is a staff member for the UK Human Development Institute as an advocacy specialist and as the project coordinator for Kentucky Works Partnerships in Employment as well as the Southeast ADA Affiliate for Kentucky. Advocacy for people with paralysis is very personal to Jones, who was a four-sport athlete in high school before an accident involving the high-jump resulted in his becoming a quadriplegic in 1990. Jones co-founded the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury (KCSCI) in 2012. The purpose of the KCSCI is to gather individuals with SCI from around the Commonwealth to join in the discussion of critical quality of life issues that are important to everyone.

Ramona Carper, PT, DPT is an Assistant professor at the UK College of Health Sciences. Her areas of teaching include ethics and physical therapy administration. Prior to her appointment in the college, she spent 20+ years working in a rural outpatient physical therapy facility where she gained additional experience in settings including acute care, school-based pediatrics, SNF, home health and onsite industry. She was also involved in management, having functioned as a clinic director and co-owner of the business. She is also active in the American Physical Therapy Association, where she currently serves the Kentucky chapter as the legislative chair and has previously served as the chapter president.

Scott Lockard is the Public Health Director of the Kentucky River District Health Department (KRDHD). He has over 30 years’ experience in public health. Prior to coming to KRDHD, he served as the Director of the Clark County Health Department for 12 years. He has also served as adjunct faculty in the College of Social Work at Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. He is a 2006 graduate of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute and a 2011 graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute. He is a past president of the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Kentucky Health Departments Association.