LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Senator Reginald Thomas was honored with the 2017 Dr. Rice Leach Public Health Hero Award at a Lexington-Fayette County Health Department board meeting Monday night.
The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents.
Thomas, who represents part of Fayette County in the state senate, is a public health advocate through his actions statewide, including co-sponsoring legislation to teach high school students CPR, supporting rights of breastfeeding mothers and protecting children and adults against abuse, neglect and exploitation.
A graduate of Bryan Station High School, he has also supported bills offering better services for autistic individuals, gaining rights for child care centers to administer epinephrine injections for allergic reactions and removing barriers to colorectal screenings.
Thomas’ nomination for the award characterizes him as “a selfless advocate of protecting and prospering the health and well-being for all members of Lexington and Fayette County. He is a true champion for public health.”
Senator Thomas’ award was also recognized back in April at a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council meeting.