About the Board of Health

All regularly scheduled Board of Health meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

All regularly scheduled Board of Health ACA Medicaid Health Insurance Coverage Outreach/Enrollment Committee meetings  are held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 4:00 at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, 400 E. Gray Street, Louisville Kentucky  40202.

Minutes of Board of Health meetings from January 2017 to present are available here. Minutes of all Board of Health meetings are available upon request. 

The Vision of the Board of Health:
Louisville is a community that provides every person equal opportunity for complete health and well-being.

The Mission of the Board of Health:
The Board of Health acts a champion of equitable physical, behavioral and environmental health.



October 2016 - Research Brief: ACA Implementation in Metro Louisville

June 2018 - Position Statement:  Medical Marijuana

December 2019 Position Statement: E-cigarettes/Vaping

January 2020 Position Statement: Land Development Code/Tree Canopy

February 2020 Position Statement: Support for HB129 "AN ACT relating to public health, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency."

June 2020 Position Statement on Racial Equity

July 2020 Op Ed on mask wearing (with GLMS and FCMS)

September 2020 Racial Equity Training (by Aja Barber, Administrator, Center for Health Equity)

Board members are: 


Heidi Margulis was elected Chair in 2020. She serves as Strategic Advisor to Humana Inc.’s executive management team, providing technical guidance on corporate and public sector-related strategies and policy and advising the company’s philanthropic foundation. Formerly Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Heidi led strategy development and execution for Humana's state and federal government relations, advocacy and public policy initiatives. She guided the company's community engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives as well as exercised administrative oversight of the Humana Foundation. Two U.S. Secretaries of Health & Human Services recognized Heidi's federal government health program expertise with appointments to Secretary Tommy Thompson's Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform and Secretary Donna Shalala's Advisory Panel on Medicare Education. Ms. Margulis currently serves on the board of the Humana Foundation, on the board of Older Adults Technology Services—OATS (NYC-based organization running digital senior centers focused on teaching seniors how to use digital devices) and on the editorial board of Population Health Management, a national peer-reviewed research journal. Further, she serves on the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Workforce Innovation Board's executive committee and the Evolve 502 Scholarship Board. In Spring 2020, she will be an inaugural Executive-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi’s Bower School of Population Health. Heidi holds a bachelor's degree with high honors in international studies from the University of Louisville.


Anthony Zipple

Anthony M. Zipple, Sc.D., M.B.A. was elected Vice Chair in 2020. He is the owner of SilverFlux Solutions, a company that consults, trains, and coaches in areas related to the development, and operation of innovative teams and companies. He is also an adjunct Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, Executive in Residence at The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and a Certified Predictive Index Partner. During his 40-year career, he has served as a senior executive for three nationally recognized behavioral health organizations and held positions as a full-time professor, senior academic researcher, accreditation surveyor, and public administrator. From 2011 to 2018, Dr. Zipple was the President and CEO of Centerstone Kentucky and responsible for $175 million of direct and contracted behavioral health services. Dr. Zipple received his doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University, his MBA from the University of New Hampshire, and his master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of Notre Dame. He  has certifications in coaching, talent optimization, cognitive behavioral treatments, and positive psychology interventions. Dr. Zipple is a psychologist who has published more than 65 articles, monographs, and book chapters and the recipient of the Hall-Render Leadership in Healthcare Award. 


Dr. Karen Cost, Board of Health member

Karen M. Cost, Ph.D., D(ABMLI) is Chief of Immunology for Norton Healthcare and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Dr. Cost is a current member, and former Board Chair, of Metro United Way, and also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Bellarmine University. She has served on the Boards of The Center for Women and Families, Bridgehaven, The Family Place and Leadership Louisville Foundation. Dr. Cost is a member of the Louisville Health Advisory Board (LHAB) and serves on the LHAB Community Coordinated Care subcommittee. Dr. Cost was Chair of the Board from 2017-2020.

Margaret Handmaker

Margaret Handmaker serves as tis the President of Ellico, which provides consulting and leadership services to Bloomberg Philanthropies and partner organizations.  Previously, Ms. Handmaker was the Chief of Economic Development for Louisville, KY and led the city’s innovation team, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to joining Louisville Metro Government, she spent almost 30 years in management consulting, first at Booz Allen Hamilton and then at Mercer, Inc. where she was a Worldwide Partner with responsibility for North America. She took a leave of absence from Mercer for two years to serve as Secretary of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Governor’s Executive Cabinet. Immediately after leaving Mercer, Margaret stepped off the Board of the Downtown Development Corporation to serve as its interim Executive Director.


Dr Dwayne Compton

Dr. Dwayne Compton is the Executive Director for Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is responsible for establishing, implementing, and assessing diversity and inclusion programs throughout the school and local community. In addition, Dr. Compton is task with serving as an advocate and resource for all populations at the School of Medicine with particular focus on issues that impact: women, members of minoritized ethnic/racial groups, members of the LGBT community, and members of underserved populations specific to medicine in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dr. Erin Frazier

Dr. Erin Frazier attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She completed residency at the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.  After serving as the Richard F. Wolfe Pediatric Chief Resident, she joined faculty at the University of Louisville and was promoted to Associate Professor. Currently, she is serving as the Medical Director for Norton Children’s Health and Wellness and provides patient care at Norton Children’s Medical Associates Broadway. Dr. Frazier has been recognized by both the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Special Achievement Award for her work on child abuse prevention and the University of Louisville pediatric residents with the Thomas H. Pinkstaff Child Advocacy award. She is on the board of directors for the Kentucky Association of Child Advocacy Centers. She enjoys taking care of high risk patients and children with chronic medical disease. She is married with three children.

Dr. Maria Nota

Dr. Maria Nota is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with the University of Louisville (UofL). She received her medical degree from the University of Tucuman, Argentina where she is originally from. She completed the Pediatric Residency program at UofL and the Leadership Fellowship with the National Hispanic Medical Association. She was co-founder and former volunteer medical director of a local free-clinic. Dr. Nota sees patients at the UofL Pediatrics- San Swope Kosair Charities Center where she also instructs and mentors students and residents. Dr. Nota has a strong commitment to the needs of the Latino children, especially those with special needs. She co-chairs the Immigrant Child Health Task Force of the KY Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Nota was awarded with the AAP - KY Chapter “Don Cantley Community Service Award” in 2015 and the and the Kosair Charities “Roger Fox Award” in 2018.


Kate ProbstMary Katherine Probst, PharmD, BCACP was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy. Subsequently, she completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to her current position, Dr. Probst practiced at Walgreens Pharmacy where she developed the role of clinical program coordinator to expand clinical services throughout the Louisville Metro and surrounding areas.  During her time with Walgreens she was awarded the American Pharmacists Association Immunization Champion Award for her commitment to expanding pharmacist delivered immunizations through collaboration with the local health department.  Dr. Probst has also practiced within Norton Healthcare as an onsite pharmacist to create ambulatory care service opportunities for pharmacists.  Her current practice site consists of an academic partnership with Hosparus Health where she serves as a clinical pharmacist on the interdisciplinary group for their palliative care team and Northeast region. She was appointed to the Louisville Metro Board of Health in 2013 and served two years before being voted Vice-Chair of the Louisville Metro Board of Health. She maintains active membership on the board of health as well as other national and local pharmacy organizations. She was recently named the faculty preceptor of the year by the class of 2019.


Dr. Paula Grisanti

Dr. Paula Grisanti, DMD, MBA is the CEO of the National Stem Cell Foundation. Dr. Grisanti serves on the Advisory Committee for Jewish Family and Career Services, as Program Committee Chair for the Kentucky Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and on the Executive Women’s Advisory Board to the School of Business at the University of Louisville. She was the 2018 winner of the Business First Healthcare Hero award in the category of Innovation. Dr. Grisanti earned a DMD from the University of Louisville and was a general practice dentist for over 10 years. Additionally, she earned an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Louisville.


Advisory members of the Louisville Metro Board of Health are: Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, Sean Dennis, Assistant County Attorney, Louisville Metro Government; Dr. Craig Blakely, Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences; Bill Wagner, Executive Director, Family Health Centers; Dr. Monalisa Tailor, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and Vincent James, Chief of Community Building, Louisville Metro Government.