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Get ready to be inspired by outstanding people who are passionate about helping Kentuckians reach their full human potential! CHFS Community is a conversation about health and wellbeing featuring Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) employees and partners. Join our community, and look for the Podcast Preview in your email so you'll never miss an episode. And while you're at it, tell your friends about the show. Until next time: stay healthy, Kentucky!

Dec 8, 2021

Astrud Masterson is executive director of the Office of Administrative Services (OAS). She grew up in Louisville and graduated from Georgetown College. In today’s episode, we discuss how OAS touches all CHFS agencies in one way or another.

When COVID-19 hit, OAS was in the heat of contract season. Masterson shares how...


Nov 9, 2021

Lala Williams is Deputy Commissioner for the Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), and on this episode we discuss her journey from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, to East St. Louis, Chicago, and finally back to her hometown. Along the way, Williams acquired an MS in public administration and policy as well as...


Oct 8, 2021

Welcome everyone, to CHFS Community. Today’s guest is Dr. Kelly Giesbrecht, our state public health veterinarian. She has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida and a masters of public health from the University of Texas. After clinical practice, she spent 11 years in the U.S. Air...


Oct 1, 2021

Melissa Goins is Director of the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) at CHFS. Raised in a tradition of public service, Goins’ parents worked in social services, education and the court system while managing a family farm in Harrison County. Goins and her sister worked side-by-side with their...


Sep 30, 2021

Shelly Canada is responsible for communications and outreach for the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Program within the Department for Public Health. A widow with two adult children and three grandsons, Canada has a true passion for public health and keeping Kentuckians educated and safe. She began working...