LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dr. Karen W. Krigger has been named the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky endowed chair for urban health policy at the University of Louisville. She was recommended by Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the UofL School of Medicine.
Krigger is the director of health equity at the UofL School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and also a professor with the Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine. She has focused much of her work on addressing health inequities and disparities through primary care services in underserved areas, youth violence prevention education, and HIV and chemical dependency treatment.
Since 1992, she has helped organize the annual Redeemer Lutheran Church West End Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair, arranging for medical, nursing, dental, and pharmacy students to offer free health screenings and community services. Along with students from the UofL Health Sciences Center, she provides primary care services on a monthly basis at the church through the Health Equity Learning Project.
Krigger earned her M.D. and a MEd from UofL. She is a fellow and member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Kentucky Medical Association, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is also a current member and past board member and co-chair of the American Association of HIV Medicine. She was honored this year as the Health Minister of the Year by Norton Healthcare’s Office of Church and Health Ministries.
Krigger joins the foundation’s additional endowed chairs, Dr. Ty Borders, Institute for Rural Health Policy, Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky (UK); Dr. Christopher E. Johnson, Health Management and System Sciences, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, UofL; and Dr. Matthew Bush, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, UK.
The foundation’s endowed chair positions were established in 2001, at the Foundation’s inception. Among other duties, these endowed chairs work with the foundation to coordinate and share research relevant to the foundation’s mission and policy focus areas.