Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, UK Martin School to co-host urban-rural issues roundtable series

Story by Danielle Donham of UKNow

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 27, 2021) — The first-ever Kentucky Public Policy Roundtable Series, co-sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, is taking place Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at noon.

The inaugural program of the three-part webinar series will focus on finding new ways to bridge Kentucky’s urban-rural divide and feature a discussion of urban-rural health issues.  Panelists will include state policymakers and Martin School graduates:

  • Mark Birdwhistell, vice president for Health Services Administration and chief of staff for UK Health Care;
  • Larry Gray, president of Baptist Health Louisville and former president of Baptist Health, Corbin;
  • Senator Ralph Alvarado, Chair of the KY Senate Health and Welfare Committee; and
  • Representative Kim Moser, Chair of the KY House Health and Family Services Committee.

Charles Aull, Kentucky Chamber Senior Policy Analyst, will moderate the discussion.

“We are very excited to partner with the Chamber on this important initiative,” said Ron Zimmer, director of the Martin School. “We have an outstanding faculty and a network of distinguished alumni across the state and nation with unmatched expertise in important public policy areas affecting urban and rural issues.

“We look forward to not only engaging in these roundtable discussions but also serving as a resource for policy-makers and other interested parties,” said Kate Shanks, vice president of public affairs at the Kentucky Chamber and Martin School graduate. “Our goal is that these sessions will lead to better understanding of these important issues and help develop Kentucky-specific solutions.”

Future programs planned as part of the Roundtable Series are Education (July 15) and Economic Development (Aug. 10).

UK’s Martin School has been providing post-graduate studies in public policy and public administration since 1984.  Starting with the 2020 fall semester, the school now offers an undergraduate public policy degree.

Register here for the webinar on June 8.