The Barren River Initiative to Get Healthy Together (BRIGHT) Coalition envisions every resident in the Barren River Area Development District will have the best quality of life possible by ensuring a safe place to live, work, and play.  Healthy individuals, families, and communities are the cornerstone of this vision and includes equal opportunities to be healthy with an emphasis on personal responsibility for their own health and wellness and collaboration among all stakeholders. 

What We Do

This group of business, educational, community and healthcare leaders was organized in August 2011 to facilitate an evidenced-based community health assessment process called MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships).  A great deal of evidence now shows  the poor health status of Kentucky and our region, and the impact on our current and future workforce, our local economy, and our quality of life. This Coalition is a Call-To-Action for local leaders who believe in the power of collaboration and partnerships for addressing the greater good for the organizations involved AND collectively as a community.

Our collective poor health status can improve.  We have examples all over our region of tremendous efforts currently underway to address various poor health issues.  Just imagine how much more we can achieve if we are intentional with our combined resources.

The Coalition’s MAPP assessment and planning process is scheduled to continue through December 2018. The outcome will be a collective, regional Community Health Improvement Plan that will involve commitments from all stakeholder representatives, and many other partners.

If you are interested in serving on the council, contributing in other ways, or if you have questions or feedback, please visit our website at

Community Health Assessment Reports

Community Health Plan Executive Summaries