About the Board of Health

Notice:  The March 7, 2018 Board of Health Meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. at LMPHW.

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 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 as an independent voice to promote and protect equitable physical, mental, and environmental health in the Louisville community through advocacy, education, regulation, and collaboration with public and private entities.

Board members are: 

Dr. Karen Cost, Board of Health member

Karen M. Cost, Ph.D., D(ABMLI) was elected board chair in 2017. She 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.

Margaret Handmaker

Margaret Handmaker serves as the board vice chair.  She is 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. Sherry Babbage, Board of Health member 

Dr. Sherry Babbage​ is a dentist in private practice at the West Louisville Dental Clinic.  She has been named a YMCA Black Achiever and also serves on the Northwest AHEC Board of Directors and on the Louisville Emergency Management Systems and Fire Advisory Board and on the COP Policy Advisory Board.


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 both Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and 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. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, is the Chief Health Strategist for the city of Louisville. Dr. Moyer, a board certified family physician, works with all sectors of the community to affect policy, systems and environmental changes that will lead to better health outcomes for all residents of the city. Her vision is to make Louisville a healthy, just, and safe community where every resident can thrive.

Dr. Moyer also holds an appointment to the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences where she helps to educate and inspire the next generation of public health professionals, works collaboratively on research projects to better inform public health programs and policies, and develops grant opportunities.

Dr. Moyer earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Temple University School of Medicine In Philadelphia. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and earned a Master’s in Public Health with honors from Dartmouth.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado College where she majored in physics.


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 serves on the KY Board of Directors for Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs and the School of Medicine Diversity Committee. Dr. Nota was awarded with the KY Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Don Cantley Community Service award in 2015.

Kate ProbstMary Katherine Probst, PharmD, BCACP,  is an Associate Professor for the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  She earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University Of Kentucky College Of Pharmacy and completed her Post Graduate pharmacy practice residency through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington.  She has maintained active ambulatory care pharmacist roles in both community and health system settings during her 10 year pharmacy career and has served as a preceptor for Advanced Pharmacy Practice students and Community Pharmacy residents.  She attained board certification in ambulatory care through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in 2012.  Dr. Probst was awarded the APhA Immunization Champion honor in the individual practitioner category at the 2010 annual meeting to recognize her pharmacist lead collaboration with the local health department during the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.  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.  Contributions to local public health efforts include past workgroup participation on the following committees: ACA Enrollment Committee, ACA Health Education and Literacy Committee, and the Louisville Metro Syringe Exchange Program.  


Connie Sorrell, Board of Health member 

Connie L. Sorrell​ is the Associate Director for Community Outreach at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and Director of the Kentucky Cancer Program at the University of Louisville.  She received her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently serves on the boards of the Kentucky Breast Cancer Advisory Board, the Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition, and the Colon Cancer Prevention Project.  She was also on founding boards for Gilda's Club Louisville and the Louisville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Dr. Gerald Temes, Board of Health member 

Dr. Gerald Temes​ is a retired Thoracic Surgeon after practicing in Louisville for 35 years.  He served as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is currently gratis Adjunct Professor of Medical Education.  He has held many leadership positions in the Jewish Community and in the Medical Community.  He was founding Chair of the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute.  He is currently serving as Chair of the Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services Board. He is currently serving his second term on the Louisville Metro Board of Health.

Ex-officio members of the Louisville Metro Board of Health are: Anthony Zipple, President and Chief Executive Officer, Seven Counties Services; Eric Graninger, 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, Wayne Tuckson, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and Yvette Gentry, Chief of Community Building, Louisville Metro Government.