The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute – HDI congratulates Executive Director, Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, recipient of the Kentucky APSE Willie Byrd Legislative Award 2021. This award is given to a person who has supported & promoted the employment of people with significant disabilities through legislation and/or legislative & policy efforts.
Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD, CRC, has worked in the field of rehabilitation for the past 25 years, with an emphasis on systems change and community building through participant and data drivers. She leads 275 staff working on projects around inclusion with an emphasis of people with disabilities, is the Lead Administrator for Employment First in Kentucky, and collaborates with state agencies, employers, and communities. Dr. Sheppard-Jones also serves on the University of Kentucky Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team and teaches in the UK College of Education.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has selected Lindsey Mullis to receive the 2019 Disability Section Student Member Award presented at their Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia, PA. The Disability Section Award recipients join a distinguished group of achievers who have made significant contributions to the disability field and to improvements in the lives of people with disabilities nationally and internationally.
Lindsey is the Program Director for the Health and Wellness Initiative of the UK Human Development Institute (HDI). The mission of the initiative is to ignite positive change to address the significant health disparities for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of HDI says, “Lindsey’s passion and drive for the work are evident in all of her efforts. She has been instrumental in making health and wellness programming more inclusive by: 1) building key collaborations with state and local partners, 2) incorporating universal design strategies that makes data collection systems more inclusive, and 3) ensuring that people with disabilities lead and are in partnership with all health and wellness work. She is a guru at resource development. From creating comic books to exercise videos, Lindsey’s leadership has grown the Health and Wellness Initiative to be a real model of quality inclusive health promotion for the Kentucky.”
Lindsey is pursuing her doctorate in Health Education. Learn more about the Health and Wellness Initiative at https://www.wellness4ky.org/.