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Well known retired EKY attorney joins state foundation board

John Rosenberg, who lives in Prestonsburg, started a three-year term with the Foundation for a...
John Rosenberg, who lives in Prestonsburg, started a three-year term with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky on January 1st.(Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:34 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A well known Eastern Kentuckian is the newest member of the board of directors for a statewide organization.

John Rosenberg is serving a three-year term with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. It started on January 1st.

The 89-year-old Holocaust survivor lives in Prestonsburg and was involved in the creation of the foundation.

“John’s entire career has been about stepping up for others, often when no one else had the courage to do so,” said Brent Wright, M.D., a Glasgow physician and current Foundation board chair said in a news release. “He has always stood firmly against the entrenched policies and deceitful practices that undermine the health and wellbeing of those who don’t have adequate resources to fight back. He becomes their voice so that their stories can be told.”

Rosenberg, who came to Kentucky with his wife Jean in 1970, opened the state’s first Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, also known as AppalReD, office to provide free legal services to those in our region who otherwise couldn’t afford them. He also helped to establish the Appalachian Citizen’s Law Center in Whitesburg.

Before arriving in the Commonwealth, he was a trial attorney for the Department of Justice and took part in several high profile cases, including the first trial under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in Selma, Alabama.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky works to address unmet health needs, improve access to healthcare and promote health equity, along with other initiatives.

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