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Stories From the Mounta...

  By Donna Daniels, Reprinted with permission from Stories from the Mountains For people working to improve Estill County, the Estill Development Alliance (EDA) is one of the resources at their disposal. EDA, which was founded in 1995, is a nonprofit community and economic...

Stories from the Mounta...

The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development turns 40 this year. To help celebrate this milestone, the organization has taken a step back to reflect on the amount of just economic transition that’s taken place in the region over the past 40 years. They’ve been collecting...
Transition in Action: Evan Smith, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center

Transition in Action: E...

Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I’m Evan Barret Smith a staff attorney at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center. How does your organization contribute to improving health in the region? As lawyers and policy advocates, we indirectly contribute to improving our region’s...

Dr. Dino Beckett: Trans...

In 2014, Williamson, West Virginia won the Robert Wood Johnson’s Culture of Health Award, given to “U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health and well-being.” Today, Williamson’s Dr. Dino Beckett shares about...
Transition in Action: Ernie Scott at the Kentucky Office of Rural Health

Transition in Action: E...

1- Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? My name is Ernie Scott and I am the Director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health based in Hazard, KY. 2- How does your organization contribute to improving health in the...

Try This WV Highlights ...

Our guest blog today comes from Kate Long of  Try This West Virginia, an innovative and community-driven health movement taking hold across the state.   1. Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I’m Kate Long, co-director and founder of Try This West Virginia, a...
Transition in Action: Jenny Williams

Transition in Action: J...

1.     Who are you, and what’s your role at your organization? I am Jenny Williams, chair of Pathfinders of Perry County 2.     How does your organization contribute to improving health in the region? Pathfinders is a non-profit citizen action group that promotes community well-being,...

“Nigerian Appalac...

A few weeks ago, just as fall was starting to peek around the hillsides in Appalachia, I got to meet Tunde Wey. Tunde is a Nigerian-born chef based in New Orleans who came to my friend Lora’s Egypt, Ky. farm, Big Switch, to prepare part of a meal that Lora termed, “Nigerian...

Guest Blogs by KCEP: Me...

Today, we’re reprinting two blogs with permission from the Kentucky Center of Economic Policy (KCEP). The first looks at the coverage gains and economic impacts that expanded Medicaid has brought to the state of Kentucky; the second looks at the potential drop in enrollment should...

Transition in Action: H...

Health in Appalachia is a hot topic these days. It’s a cornerstone of Shaping Our Appalachian Region, through which many discussions about community health have been had. Smoking cessation is a big issue in the region right now, as is reducing obesity rates and building walking...
Food Entrepreneur Andrew Salmons on Local Foods and Transition in Action

Food Entrepreneur Andre...

Our final blog on local foods and Transition in Action this month comes from Corbin, Kentucky.  1. First off: Who are you? What hats do you wear? My name is Andrew Salmons and I’m the director of downtown Corbin, the owner of You and Me Coffee and Tea and one of the founders of The...
Transition in Action: Mae Humiston, Community Farm Alliance

Transition in Action: M...

September’s third guest blog comes to us from Mae Humiston, Development and Communications Associate for Community Farm Alliance. First off: Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? My name is Mae Humiston. I was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia and...
Appalachia is a borderland: Lessons from the third annual Appalachian Food Summit

Appalachia is a borderl...

Food is the great equalizer. That wasn’t the official theme of this year’s Appalachian Food Summit, but it should be what most attendees walked away understanding when the last crumb of peach upside down cake was eaten. Presenters throughout the day-long program talked of...
MACED on Local Foods and Transition in Action

MACED on Local Foods an...

Guest blog #2 on local foods comes from Betsy Whaley with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED).  1. First off: Who are you? And what’s your role at your organization? I’m Betsy Whaley, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at MACED in Berea,...