Bob Snyder, a West Virginia native, was one of the most potent writers and activists of his time - writing about his identity and defying "hillbilly" stereotypes. Snyder's work would go on to become the foundation for today's urban Appalachian literature, culture, and activism communities here in Cincinnati. Read more about Snyder's legacy and how he lit the path for a literary renaissance for Appalachian artists in this week's blog post by Mike Templeton.

Plus, watch the recording of our Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year celebration, learn about how you can get the COVID vaccine, Mike Maloney's vaccine testimony, a blog post from UACC community leader, Matthew Smith, and more!

UACC's First-Ever Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year Zoom Celebration: A Recap & Resources
While we missed the opportunity to gather face-to-face, share food, and swap stories, we worked together to make a virtual celebration as warm and down home as we could have. Folks who tuned in (from all over the world!) enjoyed a variety of entertainment and activities throughout our virtual event like bluegrass and old-time music performances from local musicians and vibrant storytelling from our event emcee, Omope Carter Daboiku, on our “main stage” while also enjoying the option of entering a “breakout room” where participants could swap recipes, create a Word Quilt, and/or share a story or poem.

On behalf of UACC's Core Team, we want to extend our thanks to the artists and performers who played a part in this event and to those who tuned it. For those who missed the celebration - no worries - we recorded the whole thing! View the video, important timestamps, Word Quilt stories/memories, and a collection of recipes on our website at
UACC Community Member's Q&A with Musician Joe Mullins

Miami University professor, Matthew Smith, is a member of the UACC community. Check out a recent blog post by Matthew in which he interviews musician Joe Mullins, who produced The Industrial Strength Bluegrass album featured in Smithsonian Folkways. 

"Miami Appalachian Studies served as the nonprofit PI for the project and received generous funding from the Middletown Historical Society, Ohio Arts Council, and the WE Smith Family Fund. We're excited with the end result, and hope you will be too!" -- Mathew Smith

Read the full blog post HERE!



How to Get the Covid Vaccine

By Michael Maloney and John Bealle
On February 8th, all Ohioans over 65 will be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as those with developmental disabilities and in-person K-12 school teachers and staff. The weeks preceding this will accommodate older populations:
  • Jan. 19: Ohioans 80 years of age and older.
  • Jan. 25: Ohioans 75 years of age and older; those with severe congenital or developmental disorders.
  • Feb. 1: Ohioans 70 years of age and older; employees of K-12 schools that wish to remain or return to in-person or hybrid models.
  • Feb. 8: Ohioans 65 years of age and older.
For private sector providers, Cincinnati-area residents are being advised in the media to use the website of the Health Collaborative for accurate information on appointments once they reach an eligible category. To do this, click on the "Vaccine Info" link on their website and then scroll down to the “Are You Eligible?” section.
Under “Are You Eligible?” there are large icons with appointment links and phone numbers for thirteen prominent providers, each linked to their vaccination registration portals. Below are links to longer “Vaccination Location” lists from state-run sites for Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The Indiana link goes directly to its provider list. On the Kentucky page, you click on the Vaccine Provider Enrollment “Register” link to go to a statewide registration portal.
The State of Ohio list is two levels down at the webpage, To sort the list by county, hover over the "County" heading and click the small “A-Z” button that as you hover appears at the right of the heading text. Then scroll down and you’ll see the providers for your county.
The City of Cincinnati Health Department has a vaccine registration portal for city health clinics and facilities at the site If you register at this site, you should expect to be contacted once you become eligible. Those who have signed up before they become eligible are reporting not having received any response at all. When you become eligible and are contacted, you are invited to a pre-screening portal where you can verify your eligibility and make an appointment.
There is a shortage of vaccine doses that will become more dramatic as more demographic groups become eligible. What we are hearing is that each provider opens up appointments only for their available doses. These appointments are quickly taken, and then you won't be able to register for an appointment with that provider. With new deliveries arriving at unpredictable times, a provider might open appointments at any time. Making an appointment may mean making repeated attempts with several providers.
Some of the providers are health care networks where you may be an established patient. If you have an electronic medical record (MyChart), you may be automatically registered and will receive appointment info through the electronic system when you become eligible. The health care network appointment portals are available for anyone to use. If you are not an established patient, the website will explain how to register.
The appointment process may vary with the different providers. They may or may not allow you to register ahead for an appointment date later when you become eligible. Appointment availability may differ with phone vs. website access. If vaccine supplies are scarce, you may spend several hours trying one provider after another. You may get an appointment based on an expected vaccine delivery, and then find the appointment canceled if the delivery hasn’t arrived.
Here are some area websites with information about getting the vaccine and the phases of eligibility through early February.  Recheck websites often as information changes frequently.

UACC’s Michael Maloney became eligible on January 19th and has received the first dose. Here is his story: “I am 80 years old.  I went to the Cincinnati Health Department site and was able to register and get my shot within 2 days.  The registration process was frustrating because it seemed like I had to repeat the same information over and over and my partner had to help.  And then they sent me multiple e-mails with instructions.  At the site, a gym in Corryville, things went very well.  I got the shot in 7 minutes and had to sit on a bench 15 minutes to make sure I was OK.  The shot was painless and I do not even have a sore arm.  Maybe some fatigue the second day.” 
Other stories we are hearing: That some providers are overbooking, and then sending email appointment cancellations when supplies run out. That some are having hour-long waits outdoors. That health care networks are indeed more sophisticated, with waiting lists, alerts when doses are unexpectedly available, etc.
Much has been said about the approximately-95% efficacy of the first group of vaccines. What this number means is that soon after the two-dose vaccine regimen your risk of infection is reduced by 95%. But remember that in the clinical trials, some vaccinated people did get sick, so there is some chance you will also. And it is not known if vaccinated people shed pathogens if they are exposed. Because a vaccinated person still has some risk of getting sick and infecting others, you still need to take precautions such as wearing masks and limiting contacts.
In the period after the first dose, manufacturer data show that your risk of infection is reduced by around 50%. In the first two weeks after your first dose, there is little protection at all. After two weeks the first dose efficacy increases substantially, but manufacturers did not test the long-term efficacy of a single dose. Once you get the second dose, you reach 95% efficacy after about one week.
Remember that when you are in contact with another person, your risk of infection is reduced not just by your vaccination but theirs also, just as by your mask and their mask also. Your vaccination does not mean you can take your mask off, it means if you wear your mask you'll be much safer. We will be free of Covid when enough people reduce their risk (by vaccination and other means) so that the virus can no longer find hosts to spread to.
Register to Get the COVID-19 Teir 1B Vaccine
A reminder, the best way to obtain an appointment for Tier 1B individuals who live or work in the City of Cincinnati is to use the link here for prescreening:  

Alternatively, checking Cincinnati Health Department's website ( or The Health Collaborative website: for other providers.

Due to the limited vaccine, they have limited time slots. Please continue to check the website as more time slots are added. They ask that calling the Cincinnati Health Department phone number is reserved only for those who do not have access to the internet.    

New Limestone Review & Potluck
First Place wins $500, Second Place wins $250. FREE ENTRY January 15 - February 15. 

Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition CAN Program
Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 12 PM

Join Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition, Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Cincinnati Action for Housing Now, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, and Cincinnati Homeless Coalition for a lunch-hour presentation of Communities Act Now (CAN)-an action platform for equitable development in Cincinnati. Learn how their four policy initiatives would make our city more fair and inclusive, and how we can, together, push for their success. Register here.

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