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UK Rural Health Expert Named to National Advisory Committee

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Public Health professor Ty Borders, Ph.D, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

Borders is the chair of the Department of Health Services Management and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair in Rural Health Policy. He also serves as a founding co-director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Health Policy. Borders is the editor of the Journal of Rural Health, an academic publication devoted to rural health research. His term on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services began in the spring and will continue until April 2019.

The committee, a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is a 21-member panel of nationally recognized experts in the area of rural health. The group provides recommendations to the U.S. Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services on issues of particular interest and impact in rural health. The committee was created in 1987 with the charge to advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services on solutions to key health care problems in rural America. 

“This appointment is an honor not only for Dr. Borders and his family, but also for Kentucky,” Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., said.  “Dr. Borders possesses a broad and deep understanding of the health care challenges facing rural Kentucky and America. His unique insight about evidence-based strategies that could improve rural health and health care delivery will greatly benefit the committee.”