Author: Kristen Uppercue

‘An Ordinary Age’: A Q&A with Author Rainesford Stauffer on New Book and Young Adulthood

For today’s young people, many of the large milestones society considers signs of a healthy adulthood are happening later, including moving out of their parents’ homes, marrying, having kids and leaving college.  In “An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional,” Appalachian author Rainesford Stauffer suggests […]

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‘The Opioid Epidemic and U.S. Culture’: New Book Sheds Light on Expressive Culture and Its Protests of Isolating Language Regarding Addiction

There’s often a disconnect between statistics on opioid use disorders and the real people the numbers represent. That disconnect tends to trickle its way down to the policymakers tasked with enacting change and providing opportunities to those living with a substance use disorder. At least, that’s what Travis Stimeling, associate […]

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Dr. Norma Thomas and her daughter Dr. Raina León pose for a portrait inside John Wesley AME Zion Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Thomas has spent years collecting documentation of Black history in Fayette County, starting with her own family in nearby Hopwood. Photo: Justin Hayhurst/100 Days in Appalachia

As COVID-19 Damages Black Appalachian Communities, This Mother, Daughter Team Are Working to Save an Unexpected Casualty: Black History

Dr. Norma Thomas carries a microphone as she walks the streets of Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s East End. This is the “before times,” before COVID-19, and as Thomas recounts the local history of the East End neighborhood, more than 100 people follow closely behind. Others poke their heads out onto their front […]

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How Is COVID-19 Affecting Appalachians? We Asked. You Answered.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life in Appalachia. More than 250,000 people in central Appalachia have applied for unemployment benefits, creating backlogs and significant delays. Rural health clinics that were already struggling to provide adequate health care to their communities are even more strained and more and more workers in […]

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