About the Board of Health
All regularly scheduled Board of Health meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 am. During COVID-19 meetings are being held virtually and can be viewed on our Facebook page.
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 2021 to present are available here. Minutes from January 2017 to December 2020 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.
- August 2021 Position Statement--Employer Vaccine Mandates
- June 2021 Position Statement--Proposed Exemptions to Louisville's Smoke-free Ordinance
- September 2020 Racial Equity Training (by Aja Barber, Administrator, Center for Health Equity)
- July 2020 Op Ed on mask wearing (with GLMS and FCMS)
- June 2020 Position Statement on Racial Equity
- February 2020 Position Statement: Support for HB129 "AN ACT relating to public health, making an appropriation therefor, and declaring an emergency."
- January 2020 Position Statement: Land Development Code/Tree Canopy
- December 2019 Position Statement: E-cigarettes/Vaping
- June 2018 - Position Statement: Medical Marijuana
- October 2016 - Research Brief: ACA Implementation in Metro Louisville
Board members are:
Heidi Margulis Heidi Margulis was elected Chair in 2020. As a government policy strategist and long-time corporate executive, she provides technical guidance on corporate, non-profit and public sector-related strategies and policy to profit, non-profit, government, foundation and academic entities. Recently retired from her position as chief corporate affairs officer at Humana Inc., Heidi led Humana’s strategy development and execution for state and federal government relations, advocacy, public policy initiatives and strategic alliances across the company’s national footprint for many years. As well, she directed the company's community engagement and corporate social responsibility initiatives, including overseeing the strategy and administration of the Humana Foundation. Two U.S. Secretaries of Health & Human Services recognized Heidi’s federal 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 of the board of the Humana Foundation; on the board of University of Louisville Health; on the board of Older Adults Technology Services—OATS (NYC-based organization focused on teaching seniors how to use digital devices and furthering their education); on the executive committee/board of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board; and on the Evolve502 Scholars Foundation Board. In Spring 2020, she was the 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 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.
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 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. Maria Nota is a pediatrician with Norton Healthcare. She received her medical degree from the University of Tucuman, Argentina where she is originally from. She completed the Pediatric Residency program at University of Louisville (UofL) and the Leadership Fellowship with the National Hispanic Medical Association. Dr. Nota is a former Associated Professor with the UofL Department of Pediatrics, currently serving as gratis faculty. Dr. Nota sees patients at the Norton Children Medical Group in the Germantown office and was named Director of Community Outreach for Norton Healthcare. Dr. Nota has a strong commitment to the needs of the Latinx community, particularly children with special medical needs. She co-chairs the Immigrant Child Health Task Force of the KY Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Immunizations Advocacy Committee of the Metro Louisville Board of Health. Dr. Nota was awarded with the AAP - KY Chapter “Don Cantley Community Service Award” in 2015 and the Kosair Charities “Roger Fox Award” in 2018.
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.
Dr. Edward Miller was born and raised in Southern California and attended New York University where he received a B.A. in Anthropology. He obtained his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. It was during his time at Wake Forest that he fell in love with the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine and decided that caring for mothers and their families was his mission. He enrolled in Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC where he served as House Staff President and received the prestigious resident of the year award. He returned to California to complete Maternal Fetal Medicine training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he received training in ultrasound and the management of high risk pregnancies from leading experts in the field. During his time at UCSF, he authored numerous publications and presentations and developed his passion for leadership in the realm of Diversity and Inclusion as well as medical education. In his final year of fellowship Dr. Miller was nominated and received the UCSF Innovation award for excellence in Graduate Medical Education. He currently serves as the division director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Louisville and has a joint appointment as the Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Louisville Health system.
Dr. Emerald Echols is a clinical specialist at MedImpact Health Systems. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Upon graduation, Emerald completed a post graduate Managed Care Pharmacy Residency with Sullivan University in partnership with the Medicaid Center of Excellence at Passport Health Plan. Prior to becoming a pharmacist, Emerald obtained her Master’s degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of Louisville where she served as a post-graduate fellow with a focus on health equity, population health and prenatal care. She currently serves as co-chair of the Immunizations Advocacy Committee of the Metro Louisville Board of Health. Emerald is very passionate about using her role as a pharmacist to improve population health and health literacy within the community.
Advisory members of the Louisville Metro Board of Health are: Dr. Sarah Moyer, Director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, Natalie Johnson, Assistant County Attorney, Louisville Metro Government; Dr. Craig Blakely, Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences; Bart Irwin, Executive Director, Family Health Centers; Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor, Greater Louisville Medical Society; and Shelby Williams, Vice President for Government Affairs & Communications, Greater Louisville Inc..