Phillip W. Bale, M.D., is the founder and director of The Kentucky Center for Prevention of Heart Attack, Stroke, and Diabetes. A native of Elizabethtown, he graduated with a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and then received his medical degree from the U. of Kentucky School of Medicine in 1976. He completed a residency in family medicine with the U. of Virginia prior to beginning private practice in Glasgow in 1979. Dr. Bale has been a strong advocate for better access to primary care services in rural Kentucky. Working with the U. of Louisville School of Medicine in 1997 he helped to establish and was the founding director of the U. of Louisvile-Glasgow Family Medicine Residency Program. His prevention efforts focus on evidence- based, best practice medicine with the belief that better outcomes are also congruent with lower cost. He is a graduate of Leadership Kentucky, a 12-year veteran on the local public school board, and a current board member of The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.