Community Development

Community Development mission is to further the mission of Highlands Regional Medical Center by promoting a healthier community through hospital sponsored activities.  


For more than 40 years, Highlands has focused its resources on serving the communities of the Big Sandy Region, delivering superior quality healthcare, and enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve. The results of our efforts are seen throughout the region in healthier communities and stronger medical resources.

To continue our nonprofit mission, we give back to the community in many meaningful ways. Whether it’s through the delivery of state of the art healthcare, support of wellness and educational programs, or supporting local initiatives that change lives in positive ways, Highlands is ready and leading the way.

In Fiscal year 2014, Highlands contributed over $13 million in charitable funds to our local community, working hard to exceed their contributions from 2013.

Highlands, in partnership with our medical staff, employees and other community resources will develop a healthier community by providing a safe hospital environment, health education, and the promotion of wellness.

Highlands believes our mission goes beyond providing high-quality medical care. We believe we have a duty to participate with the community in addressing the region’s general health and wellness. That’s why Highlands continues to seek new ways to bring positive development to the Big Sandy Region.

School Presentations

Highlands was one of the first agencies to provide school presentations focusing on the USDA Food Recommendations

School Presentations Details

Highlands was one of the first agencies to provide school presentations focusing on the USDA Food Recommendations - MyPyramid targeted grades 4th and 5th the first year and 3rd and 4th the second year. HRMC has also met the needs of local schools with presentations focusing on Tobacco Awareness, Hygiene, Germs and Health Care Careers.

If you want to schedule a presentation for your school please contact Danielle Franklin at (606) 886-7468 or email at

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Drivers Safety Program

Host of American Association of Retired Persons Drivers Safety Program. A program for those 50 years or older.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Drivers Safety Program Details

AARP Driver Safety Program History and Facts

The Early Years

AARP has been involved in driver improvement education since 1969, when AARP volunteers began teaching the Defensive Driving Course (DDC) of the National Safety Council (NSC). Between 1969 and 1979, over 400,000 individuals completed the course, and over 4,500 volunteer instructors had been trained to teach the course.

The DDC program was designed for all drivers age 16 and over. Convinced that older drivers should have a training program of their own, AARP decided to create one, and in 1979, the AARP Driver Safety Program (then called "55 ALIVE") was born.

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Highlands Volunteer! We’re doing great things at Highlands Regional Medical Center!

Volunteer Opportunities Details

Join us by becoming a volunteer in one of several programs that add tremendous value to the experiences of our patients. You can make a difference in the lives of others.

HRMC offers the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Hospital Volunteer Program
  • Hospital Auxiliary Program
  • Ministers on Call Program
  • Observation/Job Shadowing
  • Teen Volunteer Program
  • Student Mentor Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or would like to learn more about the volunteer programs contact Danielle Franklin at (606) 886-7468 or email at

Free Health Screenings

Highlands Health System offers many opportunities for community members to receive free health screenings throughout the year, including events like Mamm's Day Out, Highlands Community Health Fair, employer health fairs, and screenings at county fairs.

Free Health Screenings Details

Highlands Health System offers many opportunities for community members to receive free health screenings throughout the year. Mamm's Day Out, a free mammogram program for women that are over 40 years of age and are under/uninsured, is held each year in June. At Highlands Communty Health Fair in November, participants have the opportunity to receive free screenings in the hospital atrium. These include stroke risk screenings, cholesterol panel, glucose checks, A1C checks, ABI screenings, and flu shots. The Health System also provides employee screenings for area employers, free of cost.  For more information, contact Danielle Franklin at (606) 886-7468 or email at

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Mentor Program

Opportunities exist for High School students to mentor a Health Care provider to gain knowledge in the field of interest.

Mentor Program Details

Students from Johnson Central High School along with the Martin County Area Technology Center Health Sciences programs take advantage of the opportunity for their students to shadow a healthcare provider in the hospital as part of their curriculum. Students from Prestonsburg High School have also been actively involved in the mentor program.

Camp Activities

Community Development Summer Health Camp offered to the (4) county service area focusing on Health Care Career Opportunities.

Camp Activities Details

Throughout the years, Community Development has assisted many camps with various activities including scheduling a mock bio-hazardous disaster at a Summer Health Camp, Bicycle Rodeos, Food and Nutritional Presentations and overall Physical Fitness presentations.

Awareness Events

Community Development offers many educational functions throughout the year, with no cost to attend.

Awareness Events Details

Highlands hosts many awareness events throughout the year, including Ladies in Red for women's heart health in February, Colon Cancer Awareness Day in March, and Think Pink for breast cancer awareness in October. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Partnership Opportunities

Throughout the year the Community Development Department of Highlands partners with outside agencies to offer services that will impact the community with a positive outcome.

Partnership Opportunities Details

Highlands partners with numerous agencies and organizations throughout the year to assist in the sponsorship and planning of events, strategic planning, needs assessments, aquiring grant funding, and more. 

Floyd County Back to School Bash, The Big Sandy NAS Prevention Coalition, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Johnson County Fun Fair are just a few of the initiatives that have come to fruition from these partnerships. 

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is currently available for Kentucky Medicaid Managed Care.

When choosing health insurance coverage, know that Highlands Health System participates in the following health insurance plans:

Humana Caresource
Aetna Better Health
Kentucky Medicaid
WV Medicaid

Humana Choice PPO
Anthem Advantage
United Healthcare Solutions
Anthem Advantage Regional
Aetna Open Plan

Commercial Plans:
Blue Cross PPO
Veteran's Administration
Black Lung
United Healthcare

Click here for more information or call (606) 886-7413.