A Kentucky State University professor was recently named the chair of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Community Advisory Council.

Dr. LeChrista Finn, an associate professor at Kentucky State, is the newly named chair. Finn has served on the council since 2014.

The Community Advisory Council advises the foundation’s Board of Directors on overall policy and strategic direction, according to a news release from the foundation. Foundation council members also serve as liaisons with Kentucky communities, putting the council at the center of the strategy to expand community engagement statewide.

“Council members, new and existing, are among the most mission-minded health- and health-policy advocates in the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Finn said in the foundation news release.

The mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.