Educator and Urban Appalachian Community Coalition Steward, David Scharfenberger, has dedicated much of his time to helping the Appalachian community. Having backgrounds in community organizing and education, David has helped out with programs like the Christian Appalachian Project and courses like Appalachian Culture & Spirituality at Mount St. Joseph University. Read more about his community involvement in this week's blog post and in our Cultural Resources Directory (links below).

Please also see the Core Column for an update from Core Member Mike Maloney about UACC's Research Committee and Advocacy Teams working to provide better access to health resources for working class communities in Cincinnati. Information about Santa Maria's Price Hill Health Fair in October is also listed below. Help us spread the word by sharing with your personal and professional networks.

An Update on UACC's COVID-19 Research from Core Member Mike Maloney

The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition is concerned about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic especially on poor and working class communities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our Research Committee and Advocacy team has developed a thoughtful approach including dissemination of information, monitoring the spread of the virus in Cincinnati neighborhoods and advocacy for equitable distribution of testing, contact tracing and treatment.  We have spread the word about pop up testing sites and advocated for more testing sites. Our research found that over 600 of the identified cases, out of 5,000 city wide, are in the three Price Hill neighborhoods and another 600+ are in neighboring Westwood.

Initially, hardly any testing was going on in these neighborhoods. UACC appealed to a member of City Council and Michael Maloney has been appointed as a volunteer consultant to the Cincinnati Health Department’s chief epidemiologist. He also confers regularly with the Health Commissioner and Price Hill social agencies. More West Side testing sites are being added. Santa Maria Community Services is organizing a Health Fair for Sunday October 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Recreation Center at 957 Hawthorne Avenue in East Price Hill. UACC is also a co-sponsor. UACC is co-sponsoring Access to Care, another interagency project which will help people find care and will do a survey of the community impact to the pandemic. UACC is also monitoring COVID-19 cases and testing in all Appalachian and minority areas of the city including smaller communities that often get ignored.
News from the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate
Neighborhood Bridges is a new charitable organization that is making its way into Ohio in response to the growing rate of poverty in suburban and rural America. It is a web portal where one can post urgent needs of individuals or groups in the community. It uses technology and social media to advocate for children and families in need...and then engage the community via a "campaign for kindness" to fill those needs. Neighborhood Bridges is about kindness, speed, efficiency, and bridging all community resources to drive direct support and care to remove barriers for children/families in need. Visit Neighborhood Bridges at


Call for Appalachian Artifacts
Northern Kentucky graduate student, Joe Andrews, is seeking Appalachian artifacts for his virtual exhibit. He is looking for primarily homemade musical instruments and/or religious or wartime objects but is open to anything folks are willing to lend him for the project. 

If you would like to lend an artifact, please email Andrew at The deadline to submit an artifact is September 31st.

The Collaborative Agreement - History and Refresh
Wednesday, September 16 @ 6:30 PM

The Woman's City Club invites the public to a highly timely forum on the Collaborative Agreement, its history and proposed “refresh.” Civil rights lawyer Al Gerhardstein and Iris Roley, both of the Black United Front, will discuss the history of the Collaborative Agreement, their recommendations for its "refresh," challenges for accomplishing them, and ways the civic sector can help. A representative from the Cincinnati Police Department will join in the discussion. Register HERE.

Hit the Mic Cincy in Need of Poets
Sundays, 4:30-6:30 PM @ College Hill Area

Hit the Mic Cincy in need of Poets or MC's wanting to do a piece to encourage voting, uplift the community, or stop the violence at outdoor open mic voter registration events on Sundays between 4:30 PM- 6 PM in the College Hill area. No cursing allowed. Artists will be scheduled on various dates to allow for social distancing and mics will be sanitized. Send submissions and contact info to 

A Reading from Appalachia (Un)Broken
Monday, September 28 @ 7 AM
Selections from the most recent issue of the literary journal of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative with a theme of how they are held together as a region, and the ways in which they come apart. Featuring: Cecile Dixon, Andrea Fekete, Scott Goebel, Connie Jordan Green, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, Pamela Hirschler, Chiquita Mullins Lee, Rhonda Pettit, David B. Prather, Sherry Cook Stanforth, Chuck Stringer, Marianne Worthington. Let them know you're joining their virtual event HERE.

Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition
The Homeless Coalition is hiring two AmeriCorps VISTA service members to organize tenants in eligible Project-Based Section 8 properties. This is a one-year contract starting in October 2020. Throughout the service year, the two AmeriCorps members will organize with tenants of Project-Based Section 8 housing and will build their capacity through outreach, education, and leadership development. They will support tenants to form tenant associations at properties that lack tenant representation. Deliverables include research, outreach materials, and tenant engagement plans. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18, 2020.

Apply Today:

Santa Maria Price Hill Health Fair
October 11, 1-4 PM @ Price Hill Recreation Center

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