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Dr. Keith R. Knapp, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, was recently inducted into the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) 2023 Hall of Fame.

The ACHCA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the American College of Health Care Administrators over an extended period or have provided a unique and lasting contribution to the College. 

The ACHCA Board of Directors and Awards Committee recognized the Hall of Fame recipients during the Annual Convocation & Expo, April 24-27, 2023, at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Dr. Knapp and Dr. Doug Olson also received the Journalism Award for co-authoring "The Health Services Executive: Tools for Leading Long-Term Care and Senior Living Organizations" (Springer Publishing 2021) and its companion Q&A Review (2022).

"Having devoted most of my professional career to leading organizations that serve older and disabled adults, and now focusing on helping to develop tomorrow’s health and human services leaders, receiving this recognition from my peers in the senior living field is both humbling and affirming," says Knapp.

Knapp adds, "ACHCA is the professional society for post-acute care administrators, and my involvement with this group over the past four decades has been extremely rewarding with respect to sharing high-impact practices to improve care and services, as well as elevating the standards for entry to and performance in the field."

Dr. Knapp joined the UK College of Public Health in August 2019. Prior to joining UK, he served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services and Senior Living Leadership in the College of Health Professions at Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY.

Previous to that, he was the CEO of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith-based provider of affordable senior housing and long-term care services, annually serving over 5,000 elders and their families statewide. In this position he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s achievement of quality outcomes and financial performance, as well as leading its strategic planning and innovation efforts.

Dr. Knapp also currently serves in the Office of the Secretary at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as "Senior Advisor on Adult Programs.

Dr. Knapp has chaired the governing boards of the American College of Health Care Administrators, National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards, Kentucky Board of Licensure for Long Term Care Administrators and Leading Age-Kentucky.

Founded in 1962, ACHCA is a non-profit professional membership association that provides superior educational programming, networking, and career development opportunities for its members.

Guided by the vision that dynamic leadership fosters long term health care services that are meaningful, successful, and efficient, ACHCA identifies, recognizes, and supports post-acute and aging services leaders, advocating for their mission and promoting excellence in their profession.

To view the Hall of Fame inductees, visit For more information about the ACHCA awards program, visit

Full ACHCA press release can be found here.