Mark Johnson has worked at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department since 1989 as a community health planner dedicated to helping community members get the information and treatment they need to reduce their health risks and encourage healthful habits.
From 1994-2005, he coordinated the African American Health Promotion Program; which offered health education, resources, and support to the community through cultural diversity workshops, health prevention programs, conferences, festivals, and other events.
At present, Mr. Johnson is the health equity team leader. In this position, he supervises the Health Equity Program; the Bluegrass-Aspendale Teen Center; the Postponing Sexual Involvement/Reducing the Risk Program, the local Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program; and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program.
In addition to his role at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Mr. Johnson serves the community as an HIV/AIDS prevention specialist, where he provides HIV counseling, testing, and information for high-risk heterosexual communities in central and eastern Kentucky.
To extend his community network and better serve clients, Mr. Johnson is an active participant in the region's African American Health Network, the Black Church Coalition, the Heart and Soul Fest Committee, and the Roots and Heritage Festival Committee.
Mr. Johnson received his master's of science in social work from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky; and his secondary teacher certification and bachelor's in social work from Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.
Mr. Johnson was recognized and honored by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his contributions as the coordinator of the African American Health Network, as a community outreach worker and an HIV/AIDS prevention specialist. He also was commissioned a Kentucky colonel for his outstanding community service.