Patrick’s efforts and her “glorious grasp of Kentucky’s well being points” and “dedication to the trigger” assist facilitate well being advocacy within the commonwealth, mentioned Al Cross, editor and writer of Kentucky Well being Information, who endorsed her nomination for the award.
The Champion award is given by the Basis for a Wholesome Kentucky to acknowledge Kentucky individuals and organizations engaged in enhancing the well being of individuals of their communities and/or the complete state by way of coverage change.
“…The Commonwealth wants journalists like Melissa digging within the information, understanding the outcomes and root causes, and explaining proposed coverage modifications for involved Kentuckians to show to for objectivity and honesty in each story,” mentioned Mara Powell, chief communications officer at Kentucky Youth Advocates, in endorsing Patrick’s nomination.
“I imagine we’ve got provided probably the most complete protection of points associated to well being within the legislature, and that could be a direct results of Melissa’s dedication to the work,” Cross mentioned. “Within the final session, for instance, nobody else actually coated the problems of pharmacy profit
managers in Medicaid or the transformation of the state’s public-health financing system. Melissa has posed questions on well being points to dozens of legislators who wouldn’t have in any other case been questioned about them, and I imagine her questioning of legislative leaders has elevated these points on the Basic Meeting’s agenda.”
Bonnie Hackbarth, vp for exterior affairs on the Basis for a Wholesome Kentucky, which gives an annual grant to Kentucky Well being Information, added: “[Patrick’s] tales additionally give rural newspapers the instruments they should localize their tales; for instance, a narrative in regards to the prime opioid-dispensing pharmacies within the state was localized by papers that would record the pharmacies in their very own communities.”
Patrick is the one employees reporter for Kentucky Well being Information, a publication of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Group Points on the College of Kentucky.
She has obtained a number of aggressive fellowships, together with the 2016-17 Nursing and Well being Care Workforce Media Fellow of the Middle for Well being, Media & Coverage, which allowed her to give attention to and write about nursing workforce points in Kentucky, and the yearlong Affiliation of Well being Care Journalists 2017-18 Regional Well being Journalism Program fellowship.
She is a former registered nurse and holds levels in journalism and neighborhood management and growth from UK.
Patrick is now eligible for the Gil Friedell Well being Coverage Champion award, which comes with a $5,000 grant from the inspiration to be given to a Kentucky-based nonprofit of the winner’s selection. The winner of the Friedell award can be introduced later this month.