UACC's Research Committee has been hard at work to collect COVID-19 data, as it pertains to various demographic groups and Cincinnati neighborhoods. UACC plans to use this research to better advocate for those disproportionately affected - including those within urban Appalachian communities. See the research articles and more information in our Core Column.

We're also excited to announce a project we have spent many, many months planning to launch. Mike Templeton interviewed UACC Core Member John Bealle (who oversaw the project) for this week's blog post. The online directory is meant to connect the public and other urban Appalachians to artists, community organizers, business owners, etc within the urban Appalachian community. If you or someone you know would be a good addition to our directory, please fill out the form on our website. Keep reading to learn more!

As always, this newsletter contains valuable resources you may consider sharing - COVID-19 testing sites, 2020 Census information, an internship opportunity at WXVU for female college and high school students, virtual performances and more.

The Demographics and Geography of COVID-19 in Cincinnati Series 

Urban Appalachian Community Coalition’s Research Committee has been collecting and analyzing COVID-19 data. UACC takes a particular interest in how the coronavirus impacts the Appalachian communities in the greater Cincinnati area. The most recent research on the ways coronavirus is currently emerging around the area shows us that the Appalachian communities are at risk. Below are two documents that examine local COVID-19 data, focusing on the various demographics and neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by the virus.

• July Data
• June Data

“We will post monthly updates as long as necessary,” says Michael Maloney, UACC Research and Advocacy Specialist, "and we will continue to advocate for underserved areas regarding outreach, testing, treatment, and contact tracing. We are also helping our interagency partners with mask distribution and education." UACC is also part of a proposal to study the impact of the virus in rural and urban Appalachian areas. Dr. Ashley Hopkins of Miami University and chair of the UACC Research Committee represents the organization on this project sponsored by the University of Cincinnati-based Appalachian Translational Research Committee.

UACC will use the data to better advocate for those demographic groups and neighborhoods who are more heavily impacted. If you would like to learn more about this research or contact the committee, please email Michael Maloney at
The Mountain Minor 
Having recently aired on KET over the weekend, Dale Farmer's film, Mountain Minor, has gained much praise in the Appalachian community and beyond. Dale gives UACC a shout out and provides a sneak peek at some of his upcoming projects including a soundtrack release and an upcoming film in the works. Read about it HERE.

WVXU Student Internship: Join the Democracy & Me Team
Cincinnati Public Radio announced new internship opportunities for area college and high school students, through WVXU’s educational outreach program Democracy & Me, and with academic support from the University of Cincinnati. They now accepting applications for two college-level internships (10-12 hours/week, paid $13/hour) and six high school-level apprenticeships (5-6 hours/week, paid $10/hour), with an emphasis on community voices underrepresented in public media: BIPOC, Latinx and non-Black POC, LGBTQIA+ and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply HERE.


Black Flowers: A Conversation on Equity and the Environment

The conversation of Black lives mattering isn't just limited to police violence. It also extends to climate and environmental justice. This event started that conversation for Cincinnati and does it with some of Green Umbrella's local Black Flowers - Black and Brown professionals and practitioners working in this space. In addition to learning about the work they do and how they do it in Cincinnati, they invited special guests who will share perspectives from urban municipalities across the country and tools that can be used to help assess equity in current or proposed green initiatives. If you are fighting against the injustices happening to and in Black and Brown communities, please watch a recording of the conversation HERE.

A song from urban Appalachian legend Katie Laur on WVXU Around Cincinnati

From our friend Katie Laur, her song “Ohio River Blues,” from The Official Tall Stacks ’92 Soundtrack. Listen HERE.
2020 Census Information
Cincinnati Counts wants to make sure that all Cincinnatians get counted in the 2020 census. They are doing blitzes in 42 neighborhoods using popup sites in visible spaces. If you know of a good site for this let Mike Maloney ( know. The schedule for the neighborhoods and other entities is below. Westside neighborhoods are in August.

COVID-19 Testing Sites July & August

The Poet's Craft Online Workshops
August 10, 17, 24 & 31 @ 4-6pm

Core Member, Pauletta Hansel, will be hosting virtual writing classes for poetry and memoir. Learn more about the classes and registration HERE.

Women of Appalachia Project: Call for spoken word & find art for anthropology
Submission deadline is August 1, 2020

Calling all storytellers, poets, singers, and fine artists! Selected works will be published in "Women Speak," Volume 6. Women residing in, or having strong ties to, any of the 420 Appalachian counties are eligible to submit their work. 

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