A different kind of holler: Appalachia’s future is looking a lot more high-tech
by Tom Eblen
as appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader
September 19, 2016
I have attended many conferences in the past two decades about creating a more diverse economy in Eastern Kentucky to replace the long-anticipated collapse of the region’s coal-mining industry.
Most of those gatherings reminded me of that old joke about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.”
Fortunately, things are changing. That was evident in the presentations Friday that attracted more than 200 people to Hazard Community and Technical College called Big Ideas Fest for Appalachia: Visionary Thinking and Doing.
The best parts of the conference we…
A More Personalized Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality in Columbus, Ohio
Facing one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, Columbus, Ohio, is taking the time to understand its unique causes.
by Mattie Quinn | January 14, 2016
as appeared in “Governing”
Health officials in Columbus, Ohio, have long known that they're facing a health crisis. Ohio has the fourth-highest infant mortality rate in the country. In Franklin County, which includes Columbus, 150 infants a year -- almost three a week -- die before reaching their first birthdays.
As officials studied the issue more, they realized the best way to fix it is to understand and address the unique problems leading to infant mortality in each individual neighborhood.
Food for Fines in Lexington, Kentucky
as appeared in the
Lexington Herald Leader
January 4, 2016
LexPark collects 10,000 canned food items in “Food for Fine” program
The Lexington Parking Authority collected 10,000 canned goods and other food items as part of its five-week “food for fines” program.
The program — now in its second year — allowed people to pay traffic and parking fines with canned goods. All donations received by LexPark were given to God's Pantry Food Bank.
According to God’s Pantry, 10,211 pounds, or 5 tons, of food were received, which is the equivalent of 8,370 meals. The program started Nov. 16 and concluded Dec. 18. In 2014, only parking citations were eligible for the food for fines program. This year the program was…
Computerized Cognitive Speed of Processing Training Reduces Dementia Incidence
from the AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference) Press Conference in Toronto
Jerri D. Edwards, PhD
Huiping Xu, PhD
Daniel O. Clark, PhD
Lesley A Ross, PhD
Fred W. Unverzagt, PhD
as summarized by Jean Kadela
The Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly Study (ACTIVE) was a multisite, randomized controlled trial whose objective was to examine the effects of three different cognitive training techniques on time to incident dementia among community dwelling older adults.
Eligible participants had an average age of 73.6 years, and had completed baseline assessments of cognitive abilities (memory, reasoning and speed…