Governor Laura Kelly appointed Hazel Lougene Marsh, Shawnee, to the Reach Healthcare Foundation Community Advisory Committee.

The committee is a governmentally-appointed advisory body that identifies and nominates candidates to serve on the REACH Healthcare Foundation’s board of directors. The foundation’s mission is to advance equity in healthcare coverage, access and quality for people who are underserved or from low-income families.

“Ensuring that all Kansans have access to quality healthcare, regardless of socioeconomic status, is extremely important work,” Kelly said. “Hazel is very passionate about healthcare equity, and I know that her long history in Kansas’ healthcare field will give her valuable insight into who can best serve the REACH Healthcare Foundation.”

Hazel Lougene Marsh, Shawnee, recently retired after working as the director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment for 10 years. Previously, she worked as the executive director of the Lyon County Health Department/ Flint Hills Community Health Center. Marsh earned a bachelor’s degree in history – with minors in political science and English – from Phillips University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

The governor appoints three people to the community advisory committee. The 10 remaining members are appointed by various authorities, such as the Kansas Attorney General and the county commissions for Johnson, Wyandotte and Allen counties.