EKY Health, Wealth Expands with ACA, Medicaid

Did you know that newly covered Medicaid recipients were responsible for bringing in an additional $22.8 million in health care spending in Letcher County, KY, over a 20 month period? And over $257 million in the ten hardest hit eastern Kentucky coal mining counties?  In this story we visit with staff at Mountain Comprehensive Health […]

Appalachian Seed Swap Sows Sustainable Economy

Can our rich and varied Appalachian food traditions become one source for a sustainable economy in the region?  The 4th Annual Appalachian Seed Swap brought Joseph Simcox, from Gardens Across America, to Pikeville for the event.  A modern-day “Johnny Appleseed,” Simcox has traveled the world collecting and swapping seeds and believes that Appalachia can be a […]

Mountain Tech Media To Help Businesses Reach New Peaks

Can we build a “Silicon Holler” in central Appalachia? Mountain Tech Media launched in Letcher County on March 14 with plans to help area businesses and organizations maximize their use of computer technology, the Internet and social media. And its a new kind of business – a “social enterprise” structured as a cooperative to build a base of […]

Carl Chadband: Growing Food and Jobs in Appalachia

Interested in starting a food hub or another enterprise to help your community? This edition of WMMT’s Mountain Talk features a presentation by Carl Chadband of KISRA (Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action) on how he got Paradise Farms near Charleston, WV, off the ground, and what he’s learned about using social enterprise and agriculture to create […]