Posted August 29, 2018
The Kentucky Medical Association presented its inaugural Advocacy Award to Mayor Brandi Harless of Paducah during the Leadership Dinner at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.
The award is presented to individuals who have effected positive change in the healthcare space through their advocacy efforts and was established by the KMA House of Delegates in 2017. Mayor Harless has a background in global health, which includes HIV research in Sierra Leone, West Africa. As Mayor of Paducah, she has also been instrumental in expanding the smoke-free ordinance and in working to bring the “Blue Zones” project of improving community health to Paducah. The project was highlighted at the KMA Annual Meeting in 2016 with a presentation by Blue Zones Project Manager Tony Buettner.
“Mayor Harless has certainly led the way among local leaders to ensure that her community lives healthier, longer lives,” said KMA Past President Maurice Oakley, M.D.