Thursday, March 14


Marriott City Center


Breakfast starts at 6:30 AM; the program begins shortly after 7 AM.

Individual Ticket: $75

Table of 8: $600

Contact Jon@avolky.org for invoicing and scholarship options.

HeartStrings 2024 is AVOL Kentucky’s new, early Spring breakfast event highlighting the vital connection between housing and good health.


AVOL Kentucky is focused on raising awareness and funding to create new and innovative housing opportunities for individuals facing medical vulnerability, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. Proceeds from HeartStrings will be directed to the Timothea Branham Memorial Housing Development and Assistance Fund.


Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack will join us and share his insights as we work together to build momentum and create new hope for our community’s most medically vulnerable citizens.


In addition to Dr. Stack’s message, you will hear from individuals whose lives were changed through the recognition that good, stable and secure housing directly correlates to good healthcare outcomes. We will also present our community’s first Housing IS Healthcare Hero Award!


We look forward to having you join us – we need you; we have a lot of building to do.

Keynote Speaker: Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA, FACEP

Steven J. Stack was appointed Commissioner for Public Health and Chief Medical Officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in February 2020, and was subsequently elected Secretary-Treasurer in fall 2020 and President in 2023 of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

Dr. Stack is a board-certified emergency physician with more than 20 years of emergency medicine clinical practice and emergency department management experience. Throughout his career, Dr. Stack has served in numerous medical professional association leadership roles. In 2006, he was the first board certified emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and in 2015 he served as AMA President.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude in classical studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed his medical education and emergency medicine residency at the Ohio State University and his MBA at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business.



Jon Parker 859-225-3000 x1026 jon@avolky.org