KHC Member Spotlight: Vicki Welch

 

Vicki Welch
Louisville Metro Council

Vicki Welch is a Metro Councilwoman for Louisville’s District 13, where she serves her constituents and works with legislations involving Louisville Metro ordinances. Councilwoman Welch has been a member of the KHC for more than four years.

 


What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community?

“After months of discussions to incorporate electronic smoking devices and hookah into our current smoking ban, I proudly report that after 3 months of deliberation, the Metro Council voted 15 to 6 in favor. It is my hope that this legislation will bring awareness of hazardous toxins in electronic smoking devices and hookah.”

What do you see as the biggest threat to our community’s health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?

“I believe heroin usage is the most pressing threat to our community. We need more recovery beds and studies of pharmaceuticals that curb addiction to allow addicts to be rehabilitated. This threat is causing overflow of jails, increased usage of LMPD resources, and increased usage of hospitals and emergency services.”

Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?

“As a registered nurse 34 years previous to my election to Metro Council, I am interested in how our local organizations are partnering for the greater good of the health of our community. KHC is a great resource for this collaboration to bring awareness and possible solutions to health issues.”

What is your dream vacation spot?

“My dream vacation/retirement location is my little condo in St. Petersburg, Florida where we have 20 Louisville owners and everyday is paradise!”