Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace Health District Health Department, was recently awarded the 2017 Kentucky Public Health Director Achievement Award from the Kentucky Health Department Association.
The award honors and recognizes exceptional achievement as a public health director. It is based on three criteria: contributions to the improvement of the overall status of health departments across this great commonwealth; recipient must have five years or more experience as a Public Health Director and must reflect innovative and creative approaches with an impact on comprehensive public health services.
In order to be eligible for the award, one must be nominated. Adams was nominated by three fellow health department directors in the state and received several letters of recommendation.
Adams said she received the award on Oct. 25, during KHDA annual conference.
"It was a surprise award," she said. "I had no idea until I went to the conference. It's such an honor. I'm flattered. Change is a hard and sometimes I wonder how people are feeling about what I'm doing, but receiving this award, I just had a sense of relief that my colleagues believed in what I'm doing."
Adams is a St. Patrick School graduate. She attended Marietta College, before returning home and working at the hospital and eventually beginning her work at the health department. In 2008, she graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration.
She has been the director of the health department for the last nine years.
"I'm very grateful for the quality of my staff," she said. "I know I can trust them maintain the health department when I am out of town. I'm grateful for my board of health. I wouldn't be able to do any of this without their support. And, of course, my family support makes such a big difference. A lot of people support me. I didn't achieve this alone."