The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky works at the intersection of health policy and philanthropy. We use the tools available to us – including grantmaking, convening, polling and media partnerships - to help assure Kentuckians from throughout the Commonwealth are informed of health issues and better equipped to engage in health policy deliberations.
Our aim is not only to improve access to needed health care services but to engage Kentucky’s public and private leaders in reshaping the environments in which we live, work, play and pray in ways that may it easier to live a long, healthy and productive life.
We recognize that our resources are limited – our entire endowment works out to about $11 per Kentuckian – and our aims are far-reaching. So we knew early on that we would have to work at the policy level to make lasting change, and we know we can’t do this work alone.
The Foundation is led by a 15-member Board, advised by a 31-member Community Advisory Committee. Together, these Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth guide our work and keep us mindful of the challenges Kentucky families face, from the Mississippi Delta region in the West, to urban Louisville, to the Appalachian communities of Western Kentucky. They also remind us that when the problems are in the community, very often the best solutions may be found there as well. That’s why one of our two core Initiatives, Investing in Kentucky’s Future, is designed to support local civic leaders in their efforts to build a future for their community’s children that’s healthier than their own or their parents.
We believe strongly – in the words of former Justice Louis D. Brandeis – that sunlight is the best of disinfectants. Much of the work in our Promoting Responsive Health Policy Initiative is aimed at shining light on the impacts of policy decisions made and on how Kentuckians view policy opportunities still being discussed.
We invite you to learn more about our work at www.healthy-ky.org. If you are a funder, we encourage you to embrace policy and systems change work as a way to better assure enduring impact for your philanthropy. If you are a Kentuckian, we hope you’ll make use of Foundation resources and let your voice be heard: participate in Health for a Change webinars and workshops, join us at the annual Howard L. Bost Health Policy Forum, visit www.kentuckyhealthfacts.org, learn more about health coalitions working in your region. And if a Kentucky Health Issues Poll surveyor calls, we hope you’ll share your views.
Named President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2016, Ben Chandler has returned to lead the Foundation he helped bring about. As Kentucky Attorney General, Ben won a $45 million settlement from one of Kentucky’s largest insurance companies; that funding was used to create the Foundation in 2001.
Ben practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003).
In February 2004, Ben was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He was Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council from 2013 to 2016.
An eighth-generation Woodford Countian, Ben earned a B.A. in history, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the British Parliament.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Copyright © 2014 Blue Grass Community Foundation
499 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507