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AppalHealth on Mountain Talk

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Today we wanted to highlight the latest episode of WMMT’s show Mountain Talk, which features a roundup on our newest initiative, AppalHealth. 

It's no secret that East Kentuckians face health issues. There are both higher rates of serious health problems in the mountains than the rest of the state (and the country), as well as real barriers for many local people when it comes to access to care.

But as we hear in this edition of Mountain Talk, on top of the health obstacles that so many of us in the region already face, even for something just as simple as walking into a doctor's office, there are issues our Black neighbors have to navigate, and think about, that folks who aren't Black might not be aware of.

As part of our new AppalHealth initiative, Tiffany Turner sat down with eight Black East Kentuckians, from Letcher, Harlan, and Perry Counties, to hear what their experiences have been like when it comes to healthcare. We hear about everything from stereotypes, to childbirth, to doctors (suspiciously) telling sick coal miners they aren't, in fact, sick, as well as numerous instances of patients feeling like their concerns, or their pain (or both), were either minimized by their health provider, or dismissed altogether.

This episode was made possible, in part, with support from Kentucky Department for Public Health's Office of Health Equity. It was produced by Parker Hobson and narrated by Tiffany Turner (who also conducted the original interviews). Music in this show comes from Don Bikoff (via the Free Music Archive) and J.P. & Annadeene Fraley, from the June Appal Records release "Galleynipper."

We’re Hiring!

We're looking for a full-time Development Director to join our team. The Development Director will lead all institutional fundraising. In particular the position will play a key role in large, multi-year proposals and managing major donor and funder relationships. The position also represents the organization in a variety of settings locally and nationally. 

Learn more about the role and how to apply by visiting our website: And please share with anyone who might be interested! 

Levitt AMP

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