Frances Feltner DNP, MSN, RN, FAAN
Fran Feltner received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing and a Masters in Advanced Practice Rural Public Health Nursing – Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Currently, Dr. Feltner is the Director of the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, Center of Excellence in Rural Health, located in Hazard, Kentucky. She also has joint appointments as adjunct faculty in the College of Nursing and College of Health Science and as Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine Department. Dr. Feltner has worked for more than 40 years in rural health care, from serving as a nurse in clinical and hospital settings, working with family practice residence and providing community education to her current role as director. One of her most important roles has been working with the community health worker (CHW) program. Since 1994, the Center has developed and improved the scope of practice and training curriculum for CHWs within Kentucky Homeplace. The Center has provided training for CHWs and patient navigators across the state of Kentucky as well as other states throughout the nation. Presently, Dr. Feltner serves as the Principal Investigator of the Center’s nationally recognized community health workers division, Kentucky Homeplace and Principal Investigator of an Anthem Foundation funded study, Improving Diabetes Outcomes (I DO). She and her programs have won numerous state, regional and national awards, including the Southern Health Association’s Charles G. Jordan Memorial Award “for contributions to public health”, one of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s initial Innovations in Prevention awards and the National Rural Health Association Outstanding Rural Health Program Award in recognition of great accomplishment in coordinating health services and providing essential care to rural underserved population. Most recently her programs have been recognized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Health People 2020 and the national Rural Assistance Center (RAC) for successful Models in Innovation. Dr. Feltner has been involved with numerous research projects. These include serving as Principal Investigator of Employee Wellness, Co-investigator of a PCORI grant, Reducing Health Disparities in Appalachians with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors, Co-investigator/Site Director of an U.S. Army Medical Research grant, Lung Cancer Research Grant Initiative, and a CCTS grant, Raising Awareness about Lung Cancer Screening: Kentucky Terminate Lung Cancer Study. More recently, Dr. Feltner began serving as Co-investigator of Systematically Adapted Delivery of the Family Check-Up in Underserved Communities, Co-Investigator of Cultural Adaptation of Collaborative Care for Depressed Appalachian Women: A Community Health Worker Model, and Co-Investigator of The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (E-Cigs) on Perinatal Immune Responsiveness and Birth Outcomes in Appalachia.