P. O Box 910953
Lexington KY 40591
Contact Information
Address P. O Box 910953
Lexington, KY 40591
Phone (859) 221-5770
Fax 859 299-7999
Contact Name Richard Heine
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2011
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Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
To improve the health of Kentuckians by promoting an effective, values-based health system, advocating for community action, and measuring the system's performance.
Background Statement
The Friedell Committee is a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit citizens' committee whose goal is to improve the health and health care of all Kentuckians through the use of values-based principles. We know that Kentucky is and unhealthy state but with leadership, partnerships and focus, we can do something about it.
It was formed in 2005 by a group of public-spirited citizens responding to the fact that our health system was at best severely dysfunctional, especially in low income and rural populations.  The members of the Committee are dedicated lay people with an array of backgrounds and geographic locations across Kentucky. We currently have 55 community leaders from across the state as members and many more as friends. We are governed by a nine member Board of Directors. It is patterned after the highly successful Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence that has contributed to the overall improvement in education in the Commonwealth.
Impact Statement
Top four accomplishments in past year:
1) Promoted our Campaign for a Healthier Kentucky - Healthier Wealthier and Wiser which describes steps for collective action. Prepared a proposal to establish a Wellness Trust for Kentucky to pool resources for prevention and wellness actions.
2) Supported our Think Tank process to take ownership of the health in Kentucky including support for local health departments.
3) Sponsored a statewide policy conference on population health: Toward an Action Collaborative for Health - showcasing successful community models
 4) Published Hospital Community Benefits paper (Friedell Committee, 2015) describing the IRS requirements for expenditure of hospital community  benefit funds and including a report on all non-profit hospitals in Kentucky
Top goals for 2015-2016:
1) Continue implementation of action steps identified in the Campaign paper -- (GetWellKY), a community implementation strategy and documentation of successful community programs including development of a website for that purpose including the creation of a wellness trust . 
2) Collaborate with the Kentucky Health Department Association to strengthen he role of health departments in overall population health including support for the KHDA Strategic Plan
3) Distribute and advocate for actions proposed in The Great Diabetes Epidemic including community advocacy and preparing grant proposals.  Continue support for effective local models. Create and activate a Diabetes Workgroup to address the Kentucky Epidemic.
3) Advocate for actions identified in our report on Hospital Community Benefits required of non profit hospitals to maintain their nonprofit status.
4) Continue the work of our strategic planning efforts--the 'Think Tank' to monitor Kentucky's progress toward population health objectives by participation with a broad array of partners in the effort including government, business, providers, citizens and other advocates.
5) Design and facilitate a collective impact model (an action collaborative) for health at both the state and local levels
6) Continue progress toward board improvement practices as part of the nonprofit Network's Partner Program including sustainable funding.
Needs Statement
We need:
1) Active participation from a broad array of partners in our collective impact effort.
2) A communication and project strategy to effectively engage our members and community leaders who reside in geographically diverse locations in taking action on our policy recommendations, goals and objectives .
3) Sustainable funding.
4) Producing well researched policy recommendations at both the state and local levels that will improve the health of Kentucky citizens.
5) Maintain the credibility necessary to be heard and listened to on health improvement matters in conjunction with our organizational partners.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
One of the problems in health is that we are all responsible for our own health but there is no single agency or organization that is responsible and held accountable for the health of Kentucky's citizens. Government and local programs come and go depending on funding but there is no consistent review of Kentucky's progress and identification of actions necessary to continue to make progress towards improved health. The committee intends to serve that research and oversight function and further to be a catalyst for significant transformation and change at both the state and community levels. We have identified and recruited as members local community leaders with a breadth of experience,  various perspectives and a passion for community's solutions to community problems that will improve health. Our organization and members are committed to the following value-based principles:
   1) Health systems are accountable to the public in every aspect of care and resource use.
   2) Health systems are responsible for promoting the health of individuals and populations.
   3) Health professionals are responsible for providing safe and effective care.
   4) Each individual has equal access to effective care without regard to race, gender, culture, geography or socioeconomic status.
   5) Care for each individual is safe and of high quality.
   6) Care for each individual is affordable.
   7) Care for each individual is efficient and of high value to recipient and family.
   8) Patients and families are treated with respect.
   9) Patient rights are clearly expressed and honored.
  10) Individuals and communities share responsibility for their health and for the cost of care.
To our knowledge, we are the only such citizen based organization with such a purpose in the United States.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Alliances & Advocacy
Geographic Areas Served
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our ultimate goal is to improve health and wellness in Kentucky. We expect to contribute to the effectiveness of local health departments and other organizations with which we partner. We expect to adopt a small set of health goals that can be measured over time that will indicate Kentucky's progress and contribute to an understanding of what actions are necessary by whom for progress to occur. We also expect to be able to identify measures and actions that can be taken at the local and state levels to reach stated health goals.We also intend to sponsor a Kentucky Wellness Trust to pool resources to accomplish the goals of population health.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We partner and seek to partner with a broad array of health and other entities to accomplish our ends including education, business, economic development and others. We continue to work with the population health planning group and others to identify appropriate steps to be taken.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? One of our main assets is members of our committee that are able to guide and support our policies and actions. We have developed working relationships with many of the agencies and organizations that influence policy and action in health and wellness. While we have a small staff, our members are well positioned to influence action. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? We are clear on our role as advocates and have established ourselves as a knowledgable and stable source of information on population health and the requirements for action in Kentucky. We are not yet satisfied with respect to continued funding. Creating a statewide focus for collective impact is a difficult task and will take dedicated effort and ongoing support.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. J.D. Miller
Company Affiliation Retired Medical Director ARH
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Jane Chiles Corporate Secretary, Meridian-Chiles; Former Executive Director, Catholic Conference of KentuckyVoting
Dr. Gil Friedell Retired; Director Emeritus, Markey Cancer CenterVoting
Barbara Hadley Smith Community VolunteerVoting
Rev. Terry Lester retiredVoting
Kathryn Mershon RetiredVoting
Dr. JD Miller VP of Medical Affairs, Appalachian Regional HealthcareVoting
Mark Neikirk Exec. Dir., Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Northern Kentucky UniversityVoting
Dr. Sheila A. Schuster Co-Director, Kentucky Voices for HealthVoting
Tom Walton retiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
Our organization has been incorporated for several years. We have joined the Kentucky Non-Profit Network Partner program and are committed to work through their board assessment and board development procedures. Our initial efforts are focused on governance, communication, fund raising and strategic planning. Our endorsement of other organization's health policy statements is being sought and we are engaged in policy discussions at both the state and local level. We have identified a significant policy initiative - A Campaign for a Healthier Kentucky that will guide us for several years. We continue to partner with several advocacy and health related organizations. Our challenge will be to continue our development, maturing as an effective board to serve our mission and goals and maintain our passion for the work and maintaining long term sustainability. 
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Richard Heine
Term Start Apr 2011
Dr. Heine retired from state government after 30 years of service in planning, programming, policy analysis, information systems and evaluation of human service programs. His positions included Director, Division for Quality Improvement, Department for Medicaid Services, and Research Psychologist, Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Division of Mental Health among others.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Carolyn Dennis Oct 2007 - Nov 2010
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography 30 years experience in state government agency (Health and Human Services) as staff, manager, division director and other.
Formal Evaluations
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
CEO Comments
We are a small and young with strong board and committee member commitment. Kentucky is among the national leaders in poor health. We have a short history and bright future and a significant challenge to improve. We have initiated A Campaign for a Healthier Kentucky and an effort to implement a program of collective impact.
Diabetes is one of the most prevalent of all chronic disease in Kentucky. It is common, serious, costly, controllable and preventable. We have identified a diverse group of citizens and others to study this epidemic and seek ways to address it at both the state and community level. In May of 2012, we published a policy report - Moving Toward a System of Diabetes Prevention and Care in Kentucky that describes the problem and make recommendations for addressing the problem at the community level. At the state level, we have identified community indicators that can be monitored and have sought to identify organizations and delivery systems that should be responsible and have been successful and addressing this disease. Our current effort has resulted in a book: The Great Diabetes Epidemic: A Manifesto for Control and Prevention that addresses the prevention and care of diabetes throughout the lifespan. It proposes universal diabetes screening, a diabetes registry and local diabetes councils. We continue to assist the Big Sandy (formerly the Tri-County) Diabetes Partnership in in the 5 couties of the Big Sandy Area Development District (Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Pike, and Floyd Counties that seeks to reduce the high incidence, morbidity and mortality of diabetes.  The local project has developed an effective community coalition (that is now incorporated), taken surveys of the care of people with diabetes, has piloted a program of diabetes screening for citizens age 65 and over and is implementing a program for pre-diabetes. We have also initiated a Diabetes Workgroup to move toward a collective impact strategy for diabetes in the state.
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Program Long term Success The program would be successful if communities in Kentucky would take ownership of the diabetes epidemic in their area and use public health principles to address it.
 The Committee believes that in order for the health of Kentucky’s citizens to improve significantly, public health should assert its leadership role in the process at both the state and community level. In May of 21012, we published a policy paper: The Role of Public Health and the Health of the Community.  We continue to work with other stakeholders (KPHA, KHDA, KDPH, KALBOH, colleges of public health and others)  to continue our work  with the goal of strengthening the effectiveness of  local health departments and Boards of Health that have statutory authority for the health of Kentuckians. We expect to publicize and support the emphasis on population health that should emerge as part of the results of a strategic planning process currently being conducted by the Kentucky Health Department Association.
Category Health Care, General/Other Public Health
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description We have prepared a paper from our 'think tank' process which seeks to answer the question: "What will it take for Kentucky to become a healthier state. Initial investigation has made it clear that it will take leadership, collaboration and focus. It will take partnerships with education, business, public health, public officials, the faith community and many others to make progress. We are committed to  initiate a campaign for a healthier Kentucky to be known as GetWellKY. Its slogan is Kentucky Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser. We have proposed and action plan to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky that outlines action steps to be taken to address the health of all Kentuckians (population health) and are engaged in establishing relationships and actions for implementation. We continue to explore the establishment of a Wellness Trust for Kentucky.
Population Served , ,
Description Every non profit hospital in Kentucky is required by the IRS to report funds expended for the benefit of their communities as part of the requirement to maintain their non profit status. The funds need to be expended on  programs identified by their community needs assessments - also required. We believe that some of these funds should be used to impact the overall health of the population they serve. We have prepared a report on the expenditure of these funds for each hospital in Kentucky with some analysis of their use (Hospital Community Benefits and the Health of Kentucky (Heine and Tikhtman, 2015). We are working to implement recommendations in that report.
Budget 15000
Population Served , ,
Program Comments
CEO Comments
One of our challenges at this time is to develop a shared agenda with the various program partners and identify measures of progress to effectively address those issues and problems for which there are evidence based solutions and for which workable solutions will contribute significantly to the health outcomes of Kentuckians. We have identified a group of committed partners in this effort and expect significant progress.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
We are engaged in a collaborative way with both the Kentucky Voices for Health and have had support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. We are in active collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville Schools of Public Health. We have developed working relationships with the Kentucky Public Health Association and Kentucky Association of Local Boards of Health and the Kentucky Health Department Association. We are a member of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative, the Kentucky Non-Profit Network and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. We have partnerships with many other organizations and agencies in our campaign efforts such as Kentucky Youth Advocates, UK Cooperative Extension, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Council, Kentucky Primary Care Association and others.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $42,000.00
Projected Expenses $29,500.00
Endowment Value $12,650.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$22,445$48,835$52,309
Administration Expense$744$33,324$5,714
Fundraising Expense$500$500$500
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.561.44
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%93%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,520$4,504$27,857
Current Assets$4,520$4,504$27,857
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$4,520$4,504$27,857
Form 990s
2016 2016 990ez
2015 f990 ez 2015
2014 2014 990ez
2013 2013 990ez
2012 990EZ
2011 990EZ
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration No
CEO Comments
For our first two years, the Bluegrass Community Foundation acted as our fiscal intermediary. We now have our own 501 (c) 3 designation. We have several years of income and expense reports and have filed 990 forms for 2011 through 2015.
Address P. O Box 910953
Lexington, KY 40591
Primary Phone 859 221-5770
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Heine
Board Chair Dr. J.D. Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Medical Director ARH