Bonita Bobo, RN, HHS
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program
Kentucky Department for Public Health
KHC Member for: 5 years
KHC Committee Participation:
PMAC Chronic and Acute Subcommittee
Some of Bonita's responsibilities as the Heart Disease and
Stroke Prevention Program Manager include identifying systems and
policy changes to meet heart disease and stroke needs statewide;
developing quantitative measures of program effectiveness; participating
on various chronic disease committees, work groups; assisting with
coordination of activities among the heart disease and stroke
prevention program, the statewide stakeholders task force, other
chronic disease programs and partners. She also provides training
and technical assistance to local health departments and all
partners statewide on addressing their heart disease and stroke
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?
hypertension clinic to promote self-monitoring blood pressure.
is utilizing a diverse team with a holistic approach. We currently
have two very successful self-monitoring blood pressure initiatives
occurring in Kentucky. Both initiatives are a collaborative effort
with a diverse and comprehensive health care team utilizing a
patient engaging blood pressure awareness program. The goals are to
increase engagement of community health workers to promote linkages
between health systems and community resources for adults with high
blood pressure and also to increase engagement of community
pharmacists in the provision of medication/self-management for
adults with high blood pressure.
What are you most excited about working on in the
future around health and healthcare improvement?
Community Health Worker (CHW) movement in Kentucky.
are partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD)
and participate in the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access
Network. This network’s efforts are to increase and sustain the
number of trained CHWs in Kentucky’s rural counties. MCHD enrolled
more than 280 clients in their CHW program, many of whom are
undocumented Latinos ineligible for health insurance coverage. As a
result, more than 250 clients get their blood pressure measured
regularly and receive ongoing education on lifestyle modifications
and medication adherence as a result of their enrollment in this
Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition
like the KHC is needed in the community?
I believe in the KHC’s mission to
coordinate action-oriented efforts to mobilize the community to
improve health and well-being. I feel their commitment to health
care transparency, measurement, and transformation through
education, networking, and collaboration is an essential element in
moving forward together successfully.
What is your favorite quote?
everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from
the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
What do you do in your spare
love to ride motorcycles and just got my motorcycle license last April.
My husband and I own a Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic.
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