Kentucky Homeplace 30th Anniversary

Kentucky Homeplace will commemorate their 30th anniversary on Aug. 30, 2024, with a celebration at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH). Check back soon for more details about the 30th anniversary celebration.

2024 Appalachian Research Day - Video and Photos Available

UK CERH hosted the 9th annual Appalachian Research Day: Come Sit on the Porch on April 11, 2024 in Paintsville, Ky.


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.