Diabetes Alert

Kentucky has the 4th highest death rate from diabetes in the US, but diabetes can be prevented or delayed. In recognition of March 22nd’s Diabetes Alert Day, eastern Kentuckians share stories of reducing their risk or controlling diabetes through participation in National Diabetes Prevention Programs or with lifestyle changes made on their own. One in […]

Congress Must Act To Secure Black Lung Fund

The Black Lung Benefits Disability Trust Fund has lost $22,400,000 since the excise fee supporting the fund was slashed at the end of 2021. At a January 14 press conference, leaders from the National Black Lung Association, Appalachian Voices and the Appalachian Citizens Law Center call on Congress to take immediate action to restore the […]

MLK, Black Lung, Invest In Appalachia

In this episode, a young person reflects on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Appalachian leaders press Congress to reinstate the fees supporting the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and ReImagine Appalachia hosts a summit to discuss making best use of coming investments. Daily Yonder producer Xandr Brown opens the show with her […]

Black Lung Benefits Endangered

This month Making Connections News features an August 13th webinar, Black Lung: People, Power and Policy. At this virtual event, Gary Hairston, President of the National Black Lung Association, describes the way in which the disease is diminishing his life, while Debbie Wills, who helps miners at one of West Virginia’s Black Lung Clinics, details […]