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The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) develops, monitors and operates public health programs and activities designed to improve the lives of residents and visitors through injury, sickness and disease prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles and health protection efforts. 

DPH supervises and assists local boards of health and 61 local health departments serving all 120 Kentucky counties. The department relies on local health departments to carry out core public health activities required by statute or regulation and to provide preventive services to specific populations mandated by budget appropriations. 

DPH has identified the following seven core public health services that are required at the local level, either through local health departments or by another provider:  

  • Enforcement of public health regulations
  • Surveillance of public health
  • Communicable disease control
  • Public health education
  • Public health policy development
  • Reduction of risk to families and children
  • Disaster preparedness 

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DPH Commissioner

Dr. Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP was appointed commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health by Gov. Andy Beshear in February 2020. He resides in Lexington, KY and is a practicing emergency physician.  

For more than 20 years Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies.

In 2006, he became the first emergency physician elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the youngest president since 1854.

Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including St. Joseph East (Lexington), St. Joseph Mt. Sterling (rural eastern Kentucky) and Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis, TN). He has more than 18 years of emergency medicine, administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

In 2018 Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures on healthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the Physician Executive MBA program as well as to both physician and non-physician healthcare leaders enrolled in executive education programs.

Stack has focused experience in health information technology (IT). A nationally recognized advocate, he bridges bedside care with governmental policy and served on numerous federal advisory committees for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2010 - 2016. Additionally, he served from 2012 - 2016 as board member and secretary of eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit association improving health care through the advancement of health IT.

His other areas of expertise include emergency department and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and regulation and healthcare anti-trust issues. Stack has extensive experience in policymaking and advocacy at federal, state and local levels before legislative bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He also is a skilled public speaker and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable, high- quality healthcare.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Stack graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where he was a Henry Bean Scholar for classical studies. He returned to Ohio to complete medical school and emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University before moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice.

In 2006 Stack and his family relocated to Lexington. He completed his MBS at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business in December 2017. Stack is married and the proud father of one daughter. His wife, Tracie is a practicing allergy/asthma/ immunology specialist. She holds both MD and PhD academic credentials.

In his leisure time Stack enjoys the study of classical Greek and Roman and U.S. presidential history, photography and traveling with his family.

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