Mtn. News: ARC, Health, & What’s Next?
First in this episode we bring you two pieces from the Ohio Valley Resource. In the first we hear about the co-chair for the Appalachian Regional Commission, and in the second we’ll learn about a regional outbreak of Hepatitis A that has been linked to the addiction crisis.
Next we’ll hear Michael Meit’s presentation at the August 2017 health roundtable that the Appalachian Regional Commission hosted at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City TN. Meit is a Senior Fellow at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and he discusses his research into what he terms “diseases of despair” in the Appalachian Region. We wanted to let you know in advance that Meit’s research looks at statistics around suicide deaths in the region. (If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or would like emotional support, you can reach the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.)
Finally in this episode of Mountain News and World Report we visit the “What’s Next EKY?” conference that took place in Hindman, KY in late April. The audio you’ll hear features Betsy Whaley of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development explaining the history, values, and mission of the What’s Next EKY project.
Music on this episode comes from the soon-to-be-released June Appal recording of Nate Polly, with a tune called called “Old Jim.” The full album called Headed Back will be released in the coming months.