Panel of community and academic partners

May 5 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Research Committee
with representation from the UK College of Health Sciences, College of Public Health, College of Social Work and the College of Medicine

This seminar series will explore and discuss the intersection between science, community culture and traditions, policy and politics on the long-term health, healthcare, community participation, and quality of life of individuals living in rural communities. Not only will the challenges and barriers be discussed, but also the local supports and “Bright Spots” that are examples of how to get the job done.

Health Issues and Rural Disparities

May 5, 2021: Panel of community and academic partners
Gene Detherage, Fletcher Group, Outreach and Engagement Specialist- Kentucky
Key Douthitt, UK North Fork Valley Community Health Center Medical Director


For questions or additional information:

Melissa Slone,
Dr. Patrick Kitzman,

Gene Detherage is a person thriving in long-term recovery from SUD since July 2014. Beginning in 2015 Gene began working at the Morehead Inspiration Center and operated the housing and facilities management at the Genesis Recovery KY Center from 2016 to 2019, both part of the phenomenally successful Recovery Kentucky network. Through his work at The Fletcher Group and service on the Board of Director’s for Frontier Housing, a FAHE affiliate, Gene has expansive knowledge and experience of the Social Model of Recovery, affordable housing, and facilities management. Gene received his Master’s in Public Administration from Morehead State University in 2020 which gives him a unique edge for navigating complex regulatory environments and establishing expansive and meaningful systems support networks.

Key Douthitt, MD, is native of Eastern Kentucky and has practiced in the rural area for 10 years, over 3 of which have been at a Federally Qualified Health Center. He has a firm grasp of the social environment, the social determinants of health facing individuals in the area and organizations providing services in the area. Dr. Douthitt created a diabetes clinic because of a lack of endocrinology services in the area and for the past two years has been treating difficult to control diabetics in this clinic using a multidisciplinary team approach.