National leader in rural health care elected to Kettering Board of Directors

Sandral Hullett, MD, a national leader in providing health care for under-served and underinsured communities, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Kettering Foundation, , a research foundation with offices in Dayton, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and New York City. In a career that has spanned working as a National Health Service Corps physician treating an undernourished baby in the tiny, impoverished town of Eutaw and coordinating regional health policies in her native Alabama, Dr. Hullett has dedicated her work to improving the lives and well–being of the poor. “Sandral Hullett has a distinguished career as a medical practitioner and health-care administrator that connects with the foundation’s research into the link between professions and the public,” said David Mathews, Kettering Foundation president. “Her experience, expertise, and deep understanding of the needs of communities will be an invaluable resource that will inform many areas of the foundation’s work.” Dr. Hullett earned her undergraduate degree in biology at Alabama A&M University, her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and her master's in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). After completing her residency in Family Practice and fulfilling a National Health Service Corps obligation, she pursued her interest in rural health care, including health-care planning and delivery to the underinsured and poor. She has extensive experience in research, clinical trials, community outreach, and teaching direct care delivery. She serves as project director and principal investigator for several grants funded by the National Cancer Institute; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Kellogg Foundation; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Hullett is the coauthor of numerous articles on health-care issues facing rural primary care communities. For her efforts in rural health, she was honored with the National Rural Health Association's "Rural Practitioner of the Year" award in 1988, the National Association of Community Health Centers' "Clinical Recognition Award for Education and Training" in 1993, Leadership Alabama's "Distinguished Leadership Award" in 1996, and the National Black Churches Family Council's "Rural Leadership Image Award" in 1998. She served for 19 years on the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama. Her contributions to higher education were recognized in 2001 when she received the national Distinguished Service Award in Trusteeship, the nation's top honor bestowed on a lay board member of a public university. Contact: David Holwerk Office: 937-439-9818 Mobile: 937-286-9442 About the Kettering Foundation Chartered in 1927, the Kettering Foundation is a research foundation rooted in the American tradition of inventive research. Its founder, Charles F. Kettering, held more than 200 patents and is best known for his invention of the automobile self-starter. He was interested, above all, in seeking practical answers to the problems behind the problems. The foundation today continues in that tradition. The central question behind the foundations research now is this: What does it take to make democracy work as it should? For more information about the Kettering Foundation’s research and its publications, visit the foundation’s Web site, www.kettering.org.