2024 Appalachian Research Day - Save the Date!

The 2024 Appalachian Research Day will be held April 11, 2024 in Paintsville, KY at the Ramada by Wyndham Paintsville Hotel and Conference Center

CERH Receives Grant

The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) will launch ELEVATE CHWs, a new program to increase the number of community health workers (CHW) in Kentucky by providing training for new community health workers and offering upskill training for existing ones.


The Center’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of rural Kentuckians. To help accomplish this mission, the Center continues to provide quality educational opportunities. Explore our educational programs and services now!

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Meet Our Director

Fran Feltner, DNP, is a native of where she lives and works which fuels a flame of motivation that is impossible to extinguish. Longstanding personal relationships with local people and intimate familiarity with local culture provide her with a unique depth of understanding of the health, social and economic challenges faced by fellow community members, particularly the most vulnerable and underserved. Challenges like these can seem overwhelming, frustrating, and heartbreaking, particularly when they impact one’s self or friends, family members, or neighbors. Such circumstances often require a new trail to be blazed and that is where strong and passionate leaders like Dr. Feltner rise to the challenge.

Learn more about Dr. Fran Feltner

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The Bridge

The Bridge, a quarterly magazine that highlights best practices and innovative solutions to Kentucky's rural health challenges, is produced in a collaboration between the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.