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UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health data analyst invited to speak on national panel

Sydney Howard is a panelist for a national event hosted by the Urban Institute and Partners for Rural Transformation.
Sydney Howard is a panelist for a national event hosted by the Urban Institute and Partners for Rural Transformation..

HAZARD, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2023) — Sydney Howard, data analyst at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH), will speak in Washington, D.C., as an invited panelist at “Advancing Rural Health Equity through Partnerships, Data, and Finance,” a hybrid event hosted by the Urban Institute and Partners for Rural Transformation, scheduled for 2-5 p.m., Oct. 18. 

According to the Urban Institute, speakers at the event will describe the state of rural health in America and highlight community-driven solutions, showcasing promising service and partnership models and financing practices. Practitioners from across the country will share how they leverage partnerships, data and funding to meet the health needs of diverse rural populations.

Howard will be part of a three-member, moderated panel discussing “Partnerships for Identifying Needs and Tracking Progress on Promoting Rural Health Equity”. 

“It is important that we have a voice and presence for rural Kentucky at the national level and we are honored to have Dr. Howard invited to participate. She will bring quality information to share the many good things going on across the rural health landscape in Kentucky,” said UK CERH Director Fran Feltner.

“It is an honor to be invited the speak at this important event to discuss innovative approaches to improve rural health in Kentucky,” said Howard, who has worked extensively in rural health workforce analysis at UK CERH since 2016. “

Register for the event here

Read UK CERH rural health workforce reports and related research here

About the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health: The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health was established by state legislation in 1990 to address health disparities in rural Kentucky and the unique challenges faced by our communities. The mission was and still is today to improve the health and well-being of rural Kentuckians. For more than three decades, the center has partnered with communities, providers, students and individuals to provide health professions education, health policy research, health care service and community engagement toward reaching this mission.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.