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People in the News: Leach named 2016 Public Hero; Dutton joins Goldberg Simpson law firm

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Commissioner of Health Dr. Rice Leach as the 2016 Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.

The award is typically given each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 4-10) but was scheduled earlier this year because Leach has entered hospice care while battling cancer.

Dr. Rice Leach

Dr. Rice Leach

“When your peers recognize you, there’s nothing like it,” Leach said upon receiving the award. “And when your peers you love recognize you, it’s got to be the best.”

Leach has been Lexington’s Commissioner of Health since March 2011. He has been instrumental in helping the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department receiving national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board, making it one of the first in the country to receive the honor. Under Leach’s guidance, the department also launched the city’s first needle-exchange program in 2015, designed to curb the potential spread of HIV and Hepatitis C among injecting drug users.

Dr. Leach will be recognized at 6 p.m. at the March 17 Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting.

Past winners include Dr. Susan Pollack and Mariann F. Guinn (2015); the Rev. Willis Polk and baby Health Service (2014), Anita Courtney and Teens Against Tobacco Use (2013); Vickie Blevins and Jay McChord (2013); Jill Chenault-Wilson and Dr. Malkanthie McCormick (2011); Dr. Jay Perman (2010); the Lexington Lions Club (2009); Dr. David Stevens and the late Dr. Doane Fischer (2008); Dr. Ellen Hahn, Mary Alice Pratt and Therese Moseley (2007); Dr. Andrew Moore and Rosa Martin (2006); Jan Brucato and Dragana Zaimovic (2005); and Dr. John Michael Moore, Ellen Parks and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (2004). Dr. Robert Lam received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Former assistant attorney general Dutton joins Goldberg Simpson

Former Kentucky Assistant Attorney General Gregory Dutton is joining the Goldberg Simpson law firm as Of-Counsel. Dutton will help steer the Goldberg’s Energy and Utility practice area. In addition, he will offer clients expert counsel in Environmental Litigation and Regulatory Compliance, and Administrative Law.

Dutton was most recently Assistant Attorney General in the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (OAG) , where he represented the Commonwealth in challenges against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before various Federal Circuit Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Greg Dutton (Photo Provided)

Greg Dutton (Photo Provided)

Dutton also represented the ratepayers of Kentucky before the Public Service Commission (PSC) in a variety of matters totaling potential rate impacts of over $2 billion.

Representative matters include General rate cases, Certificates of Public Necessity and Convenience, alternative rate filings, smart grid/meter administrative case, abandonment proceedings, and a variety of other administrative proceedings.

Prior to joining the Kentucky OAG, Dutton worked in the U.S. EPA, Office of Water. There, he advised on legal, regulatory, and policy matters involving state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) legal authority, abandoned coal mines, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and municipal and industrial discharges.

“Greg’s experience at the federal and state level is second to none. He will be invaluable for existing and future clients,” said Goldberg Simpson Managing Partner Jon Goldberg. “There is a particular need in Kentucky for entities to be represented before the (PSC). Greg’s outstanding intellect and depth of knowledge of policy and the law make him an excellent choice to head up our new practice area.”

Dutton is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Environmental Science. He earned his J.D. at Pace Law School, graduating with a certificate in Environmental Law. He is licensed to practice in Kentucky, New York, and the District of Columbia.

UK’s Huber named McClure Excellence in Education Award winner

Jeff Huber, University of Kentucky School of Information Science director and professor, was selected by the Medical Library Association (MLA) to receive the 2016 Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award for his contributions to the field of health sciences librarianship.

The award was established in 1998 and honors professionals “who demonstrate skills in one or more of the following areas: teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research or leadership in education at local, regional or national levels.”

Dr. Jeff Huber (UK Now Photo)

Dr. Jeff Huber (UK Now Photo)

“We are honored to be awarding the Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education Award to Dr. Jeffrey Huber, director and professor at the University of Kentucky School of Information Science. The award is given to outstanding library educators in the field of health sciences librarianship and informatics,” said MLA President Michelle Kraft.

“The many letters of support from former students exemplify Dr. Huber’s dedication and focus to developing the next generation of health sciences librarians. His commitment to the profession is reflected through his service to MLA as an editor for JMLA, member of MLA juries including the Janet Doe and Lindberg Research Fellowship Jury, and his many publications. It is a privilege to honor Dr. Huber’s devotion to his students as well as to the profession with this award.”

Huber joined the School of Information Science in 2008 as an already established leader in the health information profession. By 2013, the school held a top 5 ranking in health librarianship according to U.S. News & World Report. Huber has done extensive research about information access for public health professionals and health care consumers, community health informatics, health literacy, and HIV/AIDS information and communication.

Dan O’Hair, dean of the College of Communication and Information, said, “It is a distinct honor for Dr. Huber to be named as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Lucretia W. McClure Excellence in Education award by the MLA. The college is very proud of Dr. Huber’s many accomplishments and knows that this award is well deserved.”

This year marks Huber’s 15th year serving as a member on the editorial board for the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA), a peer-reviewed quarterly journal authored by field professionals to advance the practice and research of health sciences librarianship. His most recent contribution to the journal, “Enhancing the care navigation model: potential roles for health sciences librarians” (2014), outlines the adaptation and evolution of the health sciences librarian role and responsibilities as health disparities in the United States increase. Huber co-authored the article with mentee, MLA colleague and award nominator, Robert Shapiro.

“Dr. Huber continues to inspire countless students, at UK and across the country, to use the knowledge developed in library and information science programs to impact the health of individuals and communities. I can think of no greater achievement in our field,” Shapiro said.

Huber will be recognized at the MLA Presidents’ Awards Dinner scheduled for May 17, at Mosaic ‘16 in Toronto, Canada.

Staff report

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