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Health equity expert Lasley-Bibbs elected chair of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Vivian Lasley-Bibbs, director of the Office of Health Equity (OHE) in the Kentucky Department for Public Health, has been elected 2021 chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Board of Directors.

Lasley-Bibbs has more than 25 years of public health experience. At OHE, she works to increase awareness of health disparities, enhance patient-provider communication, improve cultural and linguistic competency in health services delivery, and improve the coordination and utilization of research and outcome data to strengthen leadership in addressing health inequities. She has presented OHE’s work at numerous local, state, and national conferences and works across state government cabinets to address health disparities and inequities.

Lasley-Bibbs also is president of the National Association of State Offices of Minority Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kentucky State University and a master’s in hospital and molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She also is a graduate of the physician assistant program at the University of Kentucky.

The foundation also announced additional board officers as follows:

Clifford T. Maesaka Jr. of Louisville, as vice chair. Maesaka retired from Delta Dental of Kentucky in 2017, after serving as the company’s CEO for 22 years. He served for many years on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Kentucky School of Dentistry, and endowed a charitable foundation at Delta Dental.

Tim Hatfield of Prestonsburg, Ky., as treasurer. Hatfield is community CEO of Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center. He has over 25 years of health care leadership experience. He previously served in the same role at Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center in South Williamson, Morgan County ARH Hospital in West Liberty and as Interim CCEO at Man ARH in Man, West Virginia. For 14 years, he also headed up the physician recruitment efforts for the ARH system. He previously was assistant vice president for Pikeville Medical Center.

Larry Prybil of Lexington, as secretary. Prybil is a community professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He has held senior executive positions at two of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, including 10 years as CEO for a six-state division of the Daughters of Charity National Health System (now Ascension Health). In addition, Prybil is a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he served as associate dean and senior adviser to the dean in the College of Public Health. He has served on the governing boards of hospitals, health systems, state hospital associations, the American Hospital Association and other nonprofit and investor-owned organizations.