Mtn. Talk: Women’s Health, Women’s History
Our month long series celebrating Women’s History in the mountains and beyond continues! This episode of Mountain Talk explores women’s reproductive health and history in Southeastern Kentucky. It’s brought to us by four young women who are Fellows with All Access EKY: an initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Health Justice Network, Appalshop, and Power to Decide. All Access EKY works with ten Southeastern Kentucky counties to build support for programs and services to ensure young people have access to the full range of contraceptive methods.
All Access EKY is an initiatie coordinated by the Kentucky Health Justice Network, Appalshop, and Power to Decide. All Access EKY works with ten Southeastern Kentucky counties to build support for programs and services to ensure young people have access to the full range of contraceptive methods. Through a combination of education, storytelling, advocacy and community-organizing, All Access EKY is addressing the root cause of unplanned pregnancy in Southeastern Kentucky.
The first story in this episode comes from Taylor Pratt, an 18 year old fellow who has been with All Access EKY for two semesters. She recently sat down with Mitchella Phipps and Paulina Gover to talk about their experiences with reproductive health care, both in and out of the region.
Then we hear from Caitlyn Cummings. Caitlyn is a 21 year old Fellow from Perry County, who wanted to capture what gender roles looked like for women in her community. She chose to sit down with friend, Professor Jenny Williams for this intimate discussion about women’s roles, barriers, and rights.
Next, we learn about the life and legacy of midwife Mary Breckinridge – a nurse-midwife who founded Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY in 1925. 23 year old Fellow, Destiny Caldwell has Mary’s story as told through her long time friend Kitty Earnst. And finally, 19 year old Peer Trainer Hannah Adams brings us a story about experiences with sex education in college classrooms today.
This episode was produced by All Access EKY Program Coordinator Willa Johnson, and features Carla Gover singing “Don’t Put Her Down, You Helped Put Her There” from the JuneAppal recording.