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Commentary: In rural Kentucky, voting has always been and continues to be vitally important

By Mark Haney and Chris Perry Special to KyForward In communities across the country, children are taught from a young age about the importance of getting out on Election Day and voting. The right to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy and an important tool for making our voices heard in the political process. These days, with partisanship reaching record highs, it’s easy to want to tune out...

Dr. Ram Sanjeev Alur: COVID-19 relief bill must address rural Kentucky’s physician shortage

Even as many people hope for critically necessary financial support for struggling hospitals across the country, this next coronavirus relief package represents perhaps the best chance to address a critical issue facing rural America that has been magnified by the pandemic: the devastating shortage of health care providers in rural communities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done a tremendous...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Snakes are common across rural Kentucky, and play beneficial role in nature

Snakes are common across rural Kentucky, and play a beneficial role in nature. Warming temperatures bring snakes out of hibernation, usually by mid-to-late April. “When they first emerge, snakes are covered with soil and silt,” said John MacGregor, herpetologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR). “They shed their skin within a week or two.” A telltale sign that...

With nine of top 10 rural counties for enrollment, Kentucky relies heavily on Medicaid expansion

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Newly crunched data reveals the growing importance of Medicaid expansion for rural Kentucky. Nine of the top 10 rural counties for Medicaid enrollment nationwide are in Kentucky, according to research from the University of North Carolina Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Executive Director...

New contract allows UK to expand, improve rural Ky. opioid use disorder program for pregnant women

By Olivia Ramirez UK Now With a $4.9 million contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the University of Kentucky will expand and improve treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural areas of Kentucky. The need for multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment for OUD was seen across multiple disciplines – members of the Department of Obstetrics...

Daily Yonder: Inspired by father, Charlotte Strode uses lens to explore Kentucky roots

By Dale Mackey Special to Kyforward     Charlotte Strode began getting serious about photography after her Pulitzer-Prize winning father, William Strode, gave her the cameras he used to shoot photos in Vietnam during the war. Although the Louisville native now lives in the nation’s largest city, rural places inspire much of her work.   In 2012 and 2014, she was featured as an emerging...

Rural Kentucky roots fuel medical student’s desire to return to Greenup County to serve

Ashley Loan and her finance Ryan Brown purchased 87 acres of land in Greenup County. Loan plans to practice in rural Kentucky following graduation from UK Medical School. (Photo from UKNow)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky medical student Ashley Loan eagerly anticipates the day she handles the chaos of the emergency room with a controlled calm.   Loan...