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“Leveraging Resources to Advance Equity in Rural Areas” at the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement joint workshop “Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-Being: Challenges and Opportunities.

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Spread The Word. Send Your Thoughts. A New Collection Is Underway...
Collection of Personal Narratives
Spread the word. Send me your thoughts. A new collection is underway...
Seeking submissions for a collection of personal narratives that address and complicate Appalachian identities. Interested in voices that challenge and enrich simplistic valorizing or demonizing images of Appalachia. Contributors might range from scholars to poets to farmers to fiddlers—anyone who can add a voice to create a more full chorus—at times dissonant, at times harmonic. 
Possible entry points: 
• intersection of Appalachian identity with race, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation; 
• journeys in and out of Appalachia; 
• relationship to work/labor as informed by Appalachian identity; 
• relationship between Appalachian identity and education,
• impact of stereotyping and misrepresentation. 
Direct questions to Meredith McCarroll at 
Brief abstracts due August 1, 2017.
The Liberation School 
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a nine month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a nine month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants described these experiences:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field

Brushy Fork Annual Institute details
A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
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2017 Child Care & Development Conference
Calling all Presenters & Exhibitors!
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc’s 21st Annual Child Care & Development Conference located in the core of downtown Knoxville, TN, on August 26th, 2017. As food program specialists, they currently serve over 12,500 children across the state of Tennessee. They strive to promote a taste for nutrition and healthful choices that will improve the lives of children and enhancing the future of the community. They expect to attract over 300 visitors gathering for one common goal: enriching the lives of the children in our community.
Conference details


 SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

                               Nashville School of Law

                               4013 Armory Oaks Drive 

                                 Nashville, Tennessee

                "Health Care is Complicated: What's Next?"

The THCC (Tennessee Health Care Campaign) Annual Conference is brewing. Here is a taste of the agenda. We hope you can attend, sponsor or both! We will cover a lot of important topics related to health access and health insurance.

For sponsorship or registration information, click here or email

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What Now For Hubapalooza? With a Little Imagination, We Think Anything Is Possible
Join the Hubapalooza Advisory Team
Hubapalooza, the regular gathering of community development folks, needs a little shake up. So, in 2017, they’re taking Hubapalooza back into the garage. They’re going to get under the hood, break this machine down, and see what new and improved beast they can rebuild in its place. Want to help design Hubapalooza 2018? Then you’re just who they need on their Hubapalooza Advisory Team.
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Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS
This position is an excellent opportunity for a leader with an unyielding commitment to using arts and culture to advance social justice and human rights. The organization has all of the necessary ingredients for growth and success: an active Strategic Plan, a 41-year history, a stable financial outlook, an excellent national reputation, a committed staff, dedicated members, and an active board.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition, or spirit. We are a group of artists, and cultural organizers based in the U.S. South, creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social, and economic justice, and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere. ROOTS is committed to social, and economic justice, and the protection of the natural world, and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.
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Workshop Center Staff
Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander Research and Education Center is an 85-year-old popular education center that works with grassroots groups in Appalachia and across the South to promote social and economic justice. They are located 20 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee, on a 186-acre farm and work in local communities as well. Highlander’s long and proud history includes cutting edge work with labor education and economic justice organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, environmental justice in Appalachia, and more recently, the changing demographics of our region and supporting youth and young adults working for social change.  
Overview of Position 
This position is hourly and scheduled on an as-needed basis.
This person will be a member of Highlander’s Workshop Center Team.   This team works together to carry out the responsibilities of Highlander’s Workshop Center and other facilities at Highlander.
Duties Include:
  • Share in cooking and cleaning responsibilities to provide safe, efficient, clean and welcoming spaces at Highlander.
  • Help to plan and prepare workshop center meals, in order to serve a wide variety of healthful menus utilizing a maximum of fresh produce and a minimum of processed food.
  • Greet workshop participants and help them have the info they may need to get settled
  • Help in the garden  
  • Help to ensure the maximum usage of on-site organic garden as well as locally grown organic foods.
  • Share Highlander’s rich history and current work with visitors and workshop participants through workshop introductory sessions or leading tours.
  • Help with childcare services when needed
  • Participate in staff meetings and educational sessions, as requested
Apply here
Office Manager
Appalachian Studies Association
This position will regularly work 37-1/2 hours per week. The ASA Office Manager holds a multifaceted position at the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA). The Office Manager oversees a number of key processes that directly affect the publication of the Journal of Appalachian Studies, the annual conference, and daily office operations at the ASA headquarters. The ASA Office Manager collaborates with editors and production staff to ensure production of the journal remains on schedule, manages online submission and review portal, calculates page counts, keeps publication schedule, handles consent forms and permissions and makes sure file types and dimensions are correct, and sends files to the publisher. Is responsible for organizing office practices and procedures, including but not limited to the following: preparing payroll, requisitions, and encumbrances, creating and maintaining filing systems, generating annual reports, and maintaining and distributing the ASA Handbook for officers and chairs.
Full job description
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Enewsletters from Central Appalachia​​​​​​​
Enewsletters from Central Appalachia
Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
Appalachian Voices
Direct Action Welfare Group
Friends of Blackwater 
The Highlander Research and Education Center
Building Stronger Economies in Appalachian Coal Country#
Statewide Organizing for Community 
​​United Mountain Defense 
Virginia Organizing 
West Virginia Surface Owners' Rights Organization 
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
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