Kevin Coughlin


Kevin Coughlin, a 2007 Governing Public Official of the Year, is a policy initiatives adviser-executive with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Since beginning his career in public service in 1997, he has held a number of positions with the state of Wisconsin related to nursing-home and assisted-living regulation, monitoring and public funding, with current responsibilities for formulating, determining and implementing policy regarding long-term care for Wisconsin citizens.

A Wisconsin program that provides iPods and personalized music to nursing-home residents living with dementia is having some startling results.