Alan Morgan, MPA
CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Mr. Morgan joined the NRHA staff in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience in health policy development at the state and federal levels. In 2011, he was selected by readers of Modern Healthcare as being among the top 100 most influential people in health care.
Gil Liu, MD
Medical Director, Partners for Kids, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Dr. Liu is a pediatrician with more than 20 years of experience. He has studied health care system improvement and served as the Director for the University of Louisville Division of General Pediatrics, one of Kentucky’s largest pediatric primary care networks that is focused on serving the state’s most vulnerable families. In addition to his medical practice and teaching work, he also founded the Kentucky Pediatric Alliance for Transforming Children’s Healthcare, a learning collaborative to improve health care quality for publicly insured children in the Louisville area.
Tim Putnam, DHA, MBA, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Mary Health
Tim Putnam is President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, Indiana and has over 30 years of health care experience. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina where his dissertation was focused on acute stroke care in rural hospitals. He currently chairs the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Congress, the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, and was appointed by the Governor to the Indiana Board of Graduate Medical Education, which he also chairs. In 2015, Dr. Putnam was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and serves on the Batesville Fire and EMS Lifesquad. He is the 2017 President-elect of the National Rural Health Association.
Veronica Judy Cecil, JD, BS
Veronica Cecil has served as Deputy Commissioner in the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services under Governors Matt Bevin, Steve Beshear, and Andy Beshear. She has also been a senior consultant for a health care consulting firm. Previously, she served with the Kentucky legislative leadership staff in Frankfort, directed Ben Chandler’s Congressional office in Lexington, and also served in his office when he was Attorney General of Kentucky. She was recently Vice President for Policy at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Engagement Foundation.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the second largest medical specialty board in the U.S. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care available to the public; establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine; improving the standards of medical education for training in Family Medicine; and determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in Family Medicine who apply for and hold certificates. The ABFM collaborates with other specialty boards and organizations to promote better health care, drive better outcomes, and manage health care resources responsibly.
The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps non-metropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities and grasp the local impact of broader issues. In this way it assists rural journalists in learning how to exercise editorial leadership in small markets. The Institute helps journalists all over America learn about rural issues, trends and events in areas they've never seen but that have much in common with their own. While based at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the Institute is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort, with academic partners in more than 25 institutions across 19 states.
The mission of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to addresses the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. Mission objectives are advanced through two initiative areas: promoting responsive health policy and a new children's initiative named "Investing in Kentucky's Future." Foundation work aims to improve access to health care, reduce risks and disparities, and promote health equity and healthy lifestyles. Since 2001, more than $22 million has been invested in health policy research and demonstration grant projects across Kentucky.