Cynthia D. Lamberth, PhDc, MPH, CPH | Executive Director and Founding Board Member


KPHI Founding Board member, Cynthia D. Lamberth services as the Co-Executive Director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute. Prior to leading the KPHI full-time, Cynthia served as Associate Dean for Workforce Development and Community Engagement at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. She is also Director of the Kentucky Population Health Leadership Institute, and previously served as Co-Director of the National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute and Buckeye Bluegrass Regional Leadership Academy. She is currently on the Board of the Public Health Leadership Society and NNPHI Planning Workgroup. She is past Chair of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network. Lamberth has over thirty years experience in the Public Health and Human Resource fields including positions in academia, consulting, high tech, and utility industries.


Email | Cynthia.Lamberth@kypophealth.org

Dr. Georgia Heise, DrPH | Founding Board Member


Founding KPHI Board member, Dr. Heise serves as the Co-Executive Director of the Kentucky Population Health Institute.  Dr. Heise is the Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department which serves a population of 50,000 in the rural Kentucky counties of Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton. Three Rivers was in the first cohort to receive accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board in February 2013, one of eleven health departments across the United States. Dr. Heise served as The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) Vice-President and President and is currently continuing service on the Board. She is also on the Board for the Kentucky Public Health Association and the Executive Committee for the Kentucky Health Department Association.  She is passionate about advancing public health in the areas of accreditation and policy development. Georgia earned her Doctorate of Public Health from the University of Kentucky.

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Email | Georgia.Heise@kypophealth.org

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F. Douglas Scutchfield | Board Chair and Founding Board Member


KPHI founding Board Member, F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., is the initial incumbent in the Peter P Bosomworth Professorship in Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Kentucky. He holds faulty appointments in the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine.  He received his MD degree from the University of Kentucky. He completed post graduate medical education at Northwestern University, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield is a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and was, from 1972-1985 a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice. He holds fellowships in both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Pikeville. He was one of the founders of the College of Community Health Science at the University of Alabama and founded the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, he founded the school, now college, of public health at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Scutchfield has held many national positions in professional organizations, including President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and received several awards from those organizations, including the American Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is a skilled editor and has served as editor, guest editor and on the editorial board of many journals. He is the author of over 200 referred papers, book chapters, and technical reports and has edited several books. 

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Email | scutch@uky.edu

Regina Wild | Finance Director


Regina is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Business Management.  She previously worked as the first business manager with the Center for Health Services Research and the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky.  There she worked with the director and researchers involving all state and grant funded dollars.  In her spare time she volunteers for the Lafayette Band where she has served on the board of directors for three years and is currently managing the uniforms for all two hundred band members.  She also loves to be outdoors and traveling with her husband and two daughters.

Betty Contreras | Research Assistant


Betty is a Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a B.S. in Public Health. She is currently working toward her Master’s in Public Health at EKU.  Betty is a Kentucky Population Health Leadership Institute (KPHLI) Fellow 2017-18, where she was part of the Health Equity change master team. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, son, and three fur babies.

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