As more and more people get vaccinated, pre-pandemic life is becoming more and more of a reality. As of now, the rate of eligible people in Hamilton County who have received the vaccination for COVID-19 is just under 50 percent. Hamilton County is above the national average, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but obviously, many more are still unvaccinated. This week, Mike Templeton talks to Mike Maloney and Nancy Laird about ongoing efforts to get folks in the community vaccinated. One major barrier folks have to get the vaccine is transportation to a vaccination site. Read how Mike and Nancy are reaching out to the community and how you (yes, you) can make an impact in your community simply by picking up your phone and calling friends, family, and neighbors to talk about getting the vaccine and what ways you or someone you know might be able to help them. Link to the blog below.

And please consider helping out the UACC Research Committee by filling out a survey for the Health Collaborative. Information collected in this survey will help hospitals respond to our needs. The information is listed below along with the last call for Kari Gunter-Seymour's upcoming Writer's Workshop.

During The Pandemic She Whittled Away At The Isolation By, Well, Whittling

"The coronavirus pandemic has challenged all of us in big and small ways, but one of the toughest parts has been the isolation. Many people found creative ways to cope as they wear masks, work from home, or are alone more than usual.

One 87-year-old Kentucky woman spent the time whittling."

Check out this NPR article to read about how Eastern Kentucky's Minnie Adkins spent most of the pandemic carving whimsical aminals whilst whittling away the time.


Help the UACC Research Committee by Filling Out This Survey from the Health Collaborative

If you have time this week, please fill out the survey linked below. It will help hospitals respond to our needs. Please fill out the survey by May 30, 2021.
  • Community Survey, which is for all community members, and available in 5 languages, linked here:
  • Provider Survey, which is for anyone who works in healthcare or social service. It can be found here:
    • Healthcare (general pop, pediatric, geriatric, oral/dental) AND social service (education, FQHC, EMS, faith-based, behavioral health, justice or corrections, pharma, health departments, and anything SDOH like food, housing, transportation, etc.).
The CHNA occurs every 3 years as a requirement for non-profit hospitals – under IRS rules –  and local health departments (LHDs) – under PHAB (public health accreditation board) rules – to collect data on the most pressing health needs in the community. With this information, they are required to make strategic implementation plans to address those health needs. Given the density of this region in healthcare and public health, The Health Collaborative (THC) facilitates a regional CHNA that is inclusive of 26 counties across SW Ohio (up through Greater Dayton area), N Kentucky, and SE Indiana with 39 hospitals and 28 health departments. This year we have a methodology that includes quantitative data collection through surveys and qualitative through focus groups and interviews. I specifically am hoping you can help with distributing the survey to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

Last Call for Kari Gunter-Seymour's Writers Workshop "Repetition"
Tuesday, May 25 @ 7 PM

Repetition refers to the use of the same sound, word, phrase, image or idea multiple times in this case, in our writing to: create patterns of rhythm (meter), intensify sonic effects (alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme), create expectations, serve as a mnemonic device and is a method used to regenerate or 'turn' the poem, short story, memoir in different directions."

Register at


2021 "Women Speak"
May 1 - July 30

The submission portal for the 2021 Women of Appalachia spoken word event opens May 1! Submit your work here once they open.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to

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