About the Board of Health

All regularly scheduled Board of Health meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 am. The meeting location varies. Contact us for details.

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. 
Watch previous Board of Health meetings here.

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.



Board members are: 

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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.


Dr. Tony 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 a consultant with the Bounce Coalition, 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. 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 is the recipient of the Hall-Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.  


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Margaret Handmaker serves as 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.



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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.


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Dr. Paula Grisanti, DMD, MBA is CEO and a founding member of the National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF), headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. NSCF funds adult stem cell and regenerative medicine research, covers co-pays and deductibles for children of limited means from around the U.S. participating in clinical trials for rare diseases in the Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy program at Duke University, and underwrites the National STEM Scholar Program for middle school teachers inspiring the next generation of researchers and STEM pioneers nationwide. She currently leads a multi-year collaboration between bicoastal research teams conducting a first-in-man study of neurodegeneration on the International Space Station. Dr. Grisanti holds a D.M.D. and MBA from the University of Louisville and has been actively involved in entrepreneurial activities for most of her career. She has served on multiple community and advisory boards in Kentucky and is currently an officer of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Kentucky Chapter, a member of the Executive Women’s Advisory Board to the Business School at the University of Louisville, the Louisville Metro Board of Health, and the Jewish Family and Career Services Advisory Committee. She also serves as a mentor for Women in Advanced Therapies, an initiative of biotech member network Phacilitate. Dr. Grisanti has been an invited speaker, lecturer and panelist for organizations, universities, corporations, and student groups, and is a quoted resource for regional and national news organizations. She and her husband Michael have three grown sons.


Dr. Edward Miller

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.


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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.


Karyn Hascal


Karyn Hascal, BA, CADC has more than 40 years working in the field of substance abuse treatment. She currently serves as President/CEO of The Healing Place. Prior to joining The Healing Place in 2009, she worked as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy in Kentucky, following service to KY as the Director of the Division of Substance Abuse in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Karyn also developed addiction treatment programs in private correctional facilities in several states. Karyn has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1982 and currently serves on the Alcohol and Drug Counselor’s Board. She also serves the Board of Governors of the Greater Louisville Medical Society and the Board of the Kentucky Physician’s Health Foundation.


Advisory members of the Louisville Metro Board of Health: 

  • Nicole George, Deputy Mayor, Louisville Metro Government
  • Dr. Jeff Howard, Interim Director of Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
  • Dr. Craig Blakely, Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Lewis Hargett, MD, Greater Louisville Medical Society
  • Angela Hayes, APRN, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Bart Irwin, Executive Director, Family Health Centers
  • Natalie Johnson, Assistant County Attorney, Louisville Metro Government
  • Delanor Manson, MA, BSN, RN, CEO of Kentucky Nurses Association
  • Ashley Shoemaker, Family Health Centers
  • Ted Smith, PhD., Director, Center for Healthy Air Water & Soil Envirome Institute, UofL School of Medicine
  • Shelby Somervell, Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Eva Stone, APRN, Manager, Jefferson County Public Schools District Health Services

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