March is looking good for Appalachia! Please take some time to share about these events or scholarship opportunities with those living in our Eastern Kentucky mountains – deadlines are quickly approaching and these offers are too good to miss out on.
Pikeville Medical Center Announces Additional Departments Named as Certified Autism Centers
Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to announce two departments located at the PMC Urgent Care and Family Wellness Center have been designated as Certified Autism Centers (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
Both the Urgent Care Center staff and the Pediatrics department, which includes three dedicated pediatricians and their staff, should be proud to be the newest PMC departments to earn the CAC certification!
In addition to the departments at the Urgent Care & Family Wellness Center being named Certified Autism Centers, the Appalachian Valley Autism (AVA) Center and the PMC Emergency Department (ED) proudly hold that designation, both having recently been re-accredited by the IBCCES.
In 2021, the PMC ED made headlines when it was the first emergency department in Kentucky to earn the Certified Autism Center designation.
Better Internet Listening Tour
The state has been hosting a listening tour that began Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Hopkinsville as part of the ongoing Better Internet Initiative.
The six-week listening tour hosted by the state’s Office of Broadband Development, in collaboration with the Education and Labor Cabinet, aligns with planning requirements laid out in the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program as Kentucky develops a state high-speed internet plan.
There are only two more stops in our Appalachian mountains that you can make sure to be at to discuss the need for better broadband in our Eastern Kentucky region:
- March 13: Prestonsburg, 1-3 PM
- March 16: Morehead, 1-3 PM
You can learn more about these listening stops and other listening dates HERE.
Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop Available
We are not the only ones offering grant writing courses!
Kentucky’s Office of Rural Health presents two free “Introduction to Nonprofit Grant Writing”.
The first of the two is planned for April 19, 2023, in Pikeville and the second will be at Murray State University on April 28, 2023.
These grant writing workshops will be half-day sessions, and lunch is included.
All organizations in attendance will receive a complimentary two-year membership to GrantStation.com. Membership includes quality grantmaker profiles, searchable databases for grantmakers, powerful grant-seeking tools, and tutorials on how to write winning grant proposals.
For more information, please call 304-397-5955.
You can apply for the Pikeville grant writing workshop HERE.
You can apply for the Murray event HERE.
Learn to Code through <Code> Kentucky
Are you interested in a tech career? You can do so with Code Kentucky, where you can learn to code for FREE.
You will gain the following skills:
- Get skills to begin your career in tech
- Join a community of tech professionals and students
- Multiple free classes
- Training offers great benefits
Again, the program is free and includes resume and job search assistance.
Apply online HERE.
Go Red for Women Scholarship available for High School Girls
February is American Heart Month and we want to share about The Eastern Kentucky STEM Goes Red Scholarship opportunity.
The American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement developed this scholarship program in honor of Carol Barr, with the goal of bridging the gap between Eastern Kentucky students’ interests in pursuing a career in a STEM field and achieving their goals.
The deadline to apply is March 17, 2023.
You can download the application HERE.
Red River Gorge Public Meeting
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is holding a public meeting on Saturday, March 11, at the Gladie Visitor Center to discuss possible improvements to the Red River Gorge loop (KY 77/KY 715 in Menifee, Powell, and Wolfe counties, to enhance the visitor experience and improve travel conditions.
Click HERE for more information.
UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health announces registration and calls for poster abstracts for Appalachian Research Day
Appalachian Research Day, known as “Come Sit on the Porch,” is an annual conference hosted by the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) to share the results of health research conducted with communities in Appalachia.
This year’s event will be held in person on April 5, 2023, at the Ramada by Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center in Paintsville, Kentucky.
Poster abstracts can be submitted through March 13. The deadline to register to attend the conference is March 24.
This year’s presentations will include “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of COVID-19,” a keynote address by Jamie Sturgill, Ph.D., a native of Appalachian Kentucky and faculty member of the UK College of Medicine. Her presentation will highlight some of the most recent findings from research being done at UK including clinical findings related to the acute phase of the virus and long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection and implications thereof on public health for the state of Kentucky.
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.
The program is supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, and Kentucky Association for Economic Development.
Click HERE to apply.
The application deadline is March 17th, 2023!
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Future events to add to your calendar:
- Coffee & Tea Week in Ashland, Ky., March 19 – 25
Coffee and tea enthusiasts unite! Ashland will be hosting a week full of caffeinated events for their first-ever coffee and tea week.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, you can stay updated with announcements HERE.
You can see more Ashland events on their city calendar HERE.
- SOAR EKY Gala, April 29
Nomination reviews are in the works!
Curious to know the winners of the 14 awards we will be distributing?
Come find out at our first-ever EKY Gala on April 29, 2023, at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg!
You can register for our gala HERE.
- Morehead Kentucky Proud Expo, April 28 – 29
Mark your calendars for the 2023 Morehead KY Proud Expo!
Kentucky Proud certified vendors from across the state will be on hand featuring woodworking, jams, wines, jellies, and so much more. Open to the public and admission is FREE!
Show times are Friday, April 28, 5 pm-8 pm and Saturday, April 29, 10 pm-5 pm. We
*All vendors must be Kentucky Proud certified. If you’d like to be a vendor, please call 606-780-4342, option 1 for more information.
You can learn more about the event HERE.
- 24th Annual Big Sandy Women Symposium, May 2
An action-packed day celebrating women and their accomplishments in the business world, hosted by the Kentucky SBDC.
- Kiss the Goat Trail Race, June 24
If you enjoy trail running or want to train for something challenging, Kiss the Goat is unlike most races. You will be tested to your limits on a roughly 3.77-mile-long uphill course. Besides, what better way to treat yourself at the top of the hill than to blow a kiss to the goat? Yes, a real-life goat.
Don’t think this race is for you? Consider volunteering and spectating; you can even walk this course!
You can sign up for the event HERE.
- Bluegrass Mountain Cup, Perry County Park, June 25
A new and fast-growing trail system just down the road from downtown Hazard, KY, Perry County Park packs a lot of punch in a small area.
A bit of a climb to the top, but well worth the reward that you get coming down.
Creator of the Perry County hiking trails, Ben, and crew dedicated year around countless hours to making these trails some of the best in the state.
If you’ve not been there yet, you have to check this place out.
More details coming soon!
Registration is live HERE.