Voices for Health
Job Title: Executive Director
KHC Committee Participation:
As the director of Kentucky Voices for Health, Emily
leads a coalition of health advocates from across the Commonwealth
who work together to ensure that all Kentuckians have a voice in
the decisions that impact their health.
What are you most excited about working on in the future
around health and healthcare improvement?
I’ve been excited to watch the
Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers develop and grow
over the past few years. CHWs know patients as people first – it’s
their ability to relate and build trust that makes them so
effective. If we want our healthcare system to be truly
patient-centered, adding CHWs to the care team is the place to
What do you seen as the biggest threat to our community's
health? How do you feel it needs to be addressed?
When you can map a city’s health by zip
code, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong. We need our
policymakers to address the inequities on our communities by
investing more in low-income neighborhoods and removing systemic
barriers that have created an unequal playing field for minorities,
women, and people with disabilities.
Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the
KHC is needed in the community?
Everyone acknowledges that our healthcare
system is broken and it’s not a problem that any one sector can
solve. That’s why it’s so important to have employers, providers,
insurers, policymakers, and consumers tackling issues of healthcare
value and health disparities around one table.
What is your favorite quote?
“Impossible is just a big word
thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world
they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change
it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a
declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is
temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
If Hollywood made a movie of your life, who would you like
to see play the lead role as you?
Assuming we’ve suspended all
disbelief here, I would have to say J-Law, hands down.
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