Dr. Fran Feltner is the director of the Center of Excellence in Rural Health for the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. She also has joint appointments as adjunct faculty in the College of Nursing and College of Health Science, and as assistant professor in the College of Medicine Family and Community Medicine Department. Dr. Feltner received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and a Masters in Advanced Practice Rural Public Health Nursing – Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. She has worked more than 40 years in rural health care, from serving as a nurse in clinical and hospital settings to her current role as director. One of her most important roles has been working with the community health worker (CHW) program. Dr. Feltner serves as the principal investigator of the Center’s nationally recognized community health workers division, principal investigator of an Anthem Foundation funded study, Improving Diabetes Outcomes (I DO), and serves as co-investigator and site project director for several research projects in Appalachia. She and her programs have won numerous state, regional, and national awards, including the Southern Health Association’s Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award “for contributions to public health,” one of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s initial Innovations in Prevention awards, and the National Rural Health Association Outstanding Rural Health Program Award in recognition of great accomplishment in coordinating health services and providing essential care to a rural underserved population. Most recently her programs have been recognized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Health People 2020, and the national Rural Assistance Center (RAC) for successful Models in Innovation.