Awards and Recognitions

2018

Community Star
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 that support rural health collaboration, communication, education, or innovation.

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.

2017

Helen M. Lewis Service Award
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 at the 2018 Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2015

Featured by the Rural Assistance Center
Kentucky Homeplace was included as a program in Rural Health Models and Innovations by the Rural Assistance Center (RAC). The program is also featured in RAC's Community Health Worker Toolkit Program Clearinghouse.

2014

Health Impact Award
Presented by Congressman Hal Rogers, Kentucky Homeplace received the Health Impact Award for its Improving Diabetes Outcomes (I DO) education initiative. 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.

2013

Featured in Health People 2020
Kentucky Homeplace was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 initiative for their work to improve colorectal cancer screening rates. Read more about Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Through Tailored, Community-Based Approaches.

2008

Outstanding Rural Health Program Award
Kentucky Homeplace 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.

2007

Advocacy Award
Kentucky Homeplace received Health Kentucky’s annual Advocacy Award.

2005

Models that Work
Kentucky Homeplace was one of 13 programs selected as “Models that Work” by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. These programs were featured on the Kentucky Educational Television series, Be Well Kentucky.

Article published in Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association
Kentucky Homeplace Director, Fran 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-reviewed Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association.

2004

A. Paul Nestor Creativity Award
Kentucky Homeplace Director, Fran Feltner, MSN, RN, 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.

2003

Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award
Kentucky Homeplace Director, Fran Feltner, MSN, RN, was honored with the Southern Health Association’s Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award in recognition of her contributions to public health.

Innovations in Prevention Award
The Southeast Kentucky Community Access Program, a spin-off of Kentucky Homeplace, was one of eight initial winners of the Innovations in Prevention Award, which recognizes organizations that have implemented innovative and creative chronic disease health promotion and prevention programs. The award was given by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

2002

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

2001

Article published in Journal of Rural 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-reviewed Journal of Rural Health.

Innovations in American Government Award
Kentucky Homeplace was a semifinalist for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Innovations in American Government award, which highlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation's most pressing public concerns.

1994

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