Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so we know many of you will be searching for things to share with significant others, friends, and those you care about.
Why not share some of these awesome opportunities as an early Valentine’s Day gift?
Let’s take a look at what our region is offering!
Pikeville Medical Center now offering Persona IQ®
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) continues to utilize advanced tools and techniques, and the dedicated team at the Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Institute is no exception.
On Monday, February 6th, PMC Orthopedic Surgeon Kevin Pugh, MD, installed PMC’s first smart knee implant.
The Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky at PMC is now offering Persona IQ®, the world’s first and only smart knee implant granted “De Novo” status (assurance of safety and effectiveness) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for total knee replacement surgery.
Persona IQ combines the proven and trusted knee implant, Persona® The Personalized Knee®, with implantable sensor technology that measures the range of motion, step count, walking speed and other gait metrics.
Persona IQ features implantable sensor technology that records and wirelessly transmits a wide range of gait data from the knee implant to a patient’s personal base station at home. The data is then securely delivered to a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based platform and can be accessed by the patient and his or her surgeon. Persona IQ will work together with mymobility®, a remote care management platform that tracks pre and post-operative mobility metrics.
This new implant is just one example of the cutting-edge technology offered at the Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky at PMC. Other advanced technologies and techniques include ultrasound-guided injections, CORI Robotic Surgical System, Hana Orthopedic Surgery Table and more.
The Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Institute of Eastern Kentucky staffs nine orthopedic specialist physicians and a host of nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other support personnel with numerous years of combined experience in orthopedics and sports medicine.
Those considering a knee replacement procedure are encouraged to call 606-430-2206 and make an appointment with one of PMC’s orthopedic surgeons.
For more information about Persona IQ, you can click HERE.
Mini-grant opportunity for flood victims
Were you or somebody you know affected by the historic July 2022 flooding?
RISEabove is distributing 25 $1,000 mini-grants to help those impacted by the floods.
Please help us spread the word about this grant opportunity!
You can find the link to the application HERE.
Brushy Forks offering the People Ready Communities Leadership Program
Brushy Fork is currently recruiting for diverse teams of 15 people in Bell, Floyd, Clay, and Perry counties.
Folks will sign on for a six-month commitment to grow their leadership skills and complete a hands-on project that supports building a vibrant economy — one that supports residents to stay and thrive in their community, attracts newcomers, businesses, and tourists, and is inclusive and accessible to all.
Meals, materials, and lodging for the Opening and Closing workshop in Berea are provided at no cost to participants, and fellowship stipends are available.
Click HERE to apply.
The application deadline is March 17th, 2023!
You can help Brushy Forks design their workshop track content!
Brushy Forks is also asking for you to give your input on what YOU want to see at their 2023 Leadership Summit this year.
Click HERE to share your thoughts.
Backroads of Appalachia need your input!
The Backroads of Appalachia team need your help to complete an important survey to help make their mobile app better organized. Your information will not be shared and simply wants to collect data and suggestions from your previous experiences using their mobile app.
Your input will help bring more awareness and opportunity for those seeking a new adventure in Appalachia!
You can find the link to their survey HERE.
Appalachian Gathering for Recovery Solutions Registration is open
The second Appalachian Gathering for Recovery Solutions aims to provide in-person communication and networking opportunities among recovery programs and resources in Eastern Kentucky.
It is a free, one-day gathering set for March 9, at the Union College campus in Barbourville.
Scheduled speakers are Tim Robinson, CEO of Addiction Recovery Care; Dr. Al J. Mooney, author of The Recovery Book; Geoff Wilson, president of the Kentucky Association of Addiction Professionals, and other experienced practitioners from Appalachia, who will discuss advances in substance-abuse recovery.
The gathering will use technology to reach a broader audience interested in all aspects of the recovery pipeline. Participants can choose and attend the panels which are of most interest to them.
You can find the registration link HERE.
BSCTC GenCyber Student Academy is accepting applications
The Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) will host a 5-day GenCyber Student Academy for high school students in the BSCTC service area. The BSCTC service area includes Johnson, Floyd, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties in eastern Kentucky.
The GenCyber Student Academy is free of charge for participants.
Experienced high school and college faculty will lead students through lessons and interactive cybersecurity activities throughout the 5-day program scheduled for June 12-16, 2023. The program will focus on cybersecurity concepts and cover topics including online safety, forensics, hardware, operating systems, programming, networking, cryptography, 3D printing, and computer careers.
You can find out more and apply for the program HERE.
Public Information Meeting to discuss the Mountain Parkway Maggofin-Floyd Expansion
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be hosting a Public Information Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Magoffin County High School to discuss the Mountain Parkway’s Magoffin-Floyd segment.
This is a great opportunity to learn from and talk with MPE project team members.
You can learn more about the parkway project HERE.
Grant encourages the hiring of Kentucky performing artists
Groups across Kentucky are being encouraged to hire performing artists from the state as part of their annual programming under a new grant program.
The Kentucky Arts Council is offering touring grants of up to $3,000 to cover a portion of the artist fees to hiring individuals or groups from the council’s performing artists directory, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet said in a news release.
The statement said that the touring grants are open to small- and medium-sized nonprofit arts groups, along with local community and government organizations, including nursing homes, parks, community centers, and substance abuse recovery centers.
The application deadline is March 15.
Russell Middle academic team wins regional competition
The Russell Middle School academic team swept the competition on its own turf on February 4, 2023.
While many area students spend their weekend sleeping in, the Russell group was in the school cafeteria going over polynomials, radicals, and the distinguishing factors of a rodent’s incisors.
Russell prevailed and advanced to the finals!
All students and teams placing in their category will advance to the state competition next month.
You can read an article covering this event HERE.
Wildlife & Forestry Field Techniques Course
The Kentucky Chapter of the Wildlife Society is seeking applicants for the SETWS Wildlife and Forestry Field Techniques Course Award. The KYCTWS will fund one student to participate in the field techniques course on June 12-25 in Ichauway, GA.
The award will cover $1,200 costs, which include food and lodging, and $550 in travel expenses.
Applications are due February 20, 2023.
You can learn more about the project HERE.
Creator’s Grant Opportunity for Appalachians
Do you have an idea for a creative project that envisions a hopeful future for Appalachia? Appalachia Reframed wants to give you money to make it happen!
This year, Appalachia Reframed will disburse monthly grants of $1,000 to creators and changemakers in Central Appalachia (West Virginia, East Kentucky, Southeast Ohio, Southwest Virginia).
The program wants to support the next generation of Appalachians by funding community-focused projects that depict a hopeful future for the region. Through small investments in passionate people, they hope to spark conversations and drive momentum for change.
Applications are now open for project proposals.
Register for our first-ever EKY Gala!
The nomination link may be gone from our website, but there is no need to fret!
You can register for our first-ever SOAR EKY Gala, presented by Kentucky Power, and celebrate all those making a difference across Eastern Kentucky.
Join us on April 29, 2023, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Walk the red carpet, enjoy a reception and networking, and an awards ceremony highlighting the stars of our region.
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