Community Conversation: Perry County

A word collage in the shape of Kentucky. Terms include Perry County, Disability, Local Resources, Access, Collaboration, Education, Advocacy, Community Services, Health, Accessibility, Grassroots, Internet Access, Transportation, Community Colleges, Connection, Extension Office, Food Security, Inclusion, Partnerships.
What we heard in Perry County

The Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative with the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities hosted a virtual Community Conversation in Perry County on September 27, 2021. This event brought together local community members, organizations, and stakeholders to engage in conversations about …

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Community Access

  • Issues with transportation and internet access
  • Importance of creating accessible and inclusive community resources
  • Strong grassroots efforts exist, and community collaboration is high

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Education

  • Collaboration with local Community Colleges can increase community advocacy
  • Important to educate those outside Perry County on access barriers for services and programs
  • Inclusion of local disability advocates is key to education and access
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Access to Health Services

  • Limited options for specialty services within Perry County
  • Strong local efforts exist to combat food insecurity
  • Digital health services are great to bridge gap in health service connection, but accessibility is limited
To promote inclusive health, we will
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  • Work to further connect the rural community to existing resources, such as Perry County Extension Office, to help fill identified gaps in access through grassroots partnerships
  • Continue efforts to make digital resources and programs accessible
  • Educate those outside of Perry County on access barriers and support them to offer services in other ways to those without internet or transportation access
Click to learn about some of the organizations supportive inclusive health in PerryCounty
CARAT

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
KARRN Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network

Kentucky Homeplace
Kentucky River Community Care
Martin Case Management
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension Service

This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, DD000010, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Community Conversation: Warren County

What we heard in Warren County

The Kentucky Inclusive Health Collaborative with the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities hosted a virtual Community Conversation in Warren County on September 14, 2021. This event brought together local community members, organizations, and stakeholders to engage in conversations about …

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Disability Awareness

  • Disbility stigma
  • Need opportunities to address biases
  • Focus on what a person can do rather than what they “cannot” do
  • Ask questions to engage and educate
  • Do not assume
  • “view that being accessible is burdensome”
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Community Access

  • Concerns about transportation, accessible spaces, and available resources  
  • “…many inclusive opportunities in Warren County through arts, sports and recreation, accessible parks, and connecting through social media…but not everyone knows they exist”
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Diverse Representation

  • Targeted conversations and outreach with diverse and inclusive populations
  • “Include people with disabilities in decision making for the community
  • “Nothing about us
    without us”
  • Important to engage youth in critical conversations
In Warren County, inclusion means
  • Equitable service provisions: Providing what is needed to the individual based on what they need and not on a equal service where we give cookie cutter responses to need requests”
  • “Everyone has the same opportunities, is treated fairly, and can participate in their community without discrimination.”
  • “Being able to access the same facilities and opportunities without having to ask for accommodations.”
  • “Access to and full participation in the arts.”
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To promote inclusive health, we will
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  • Create a regional resource manual to increase awareness of existing disability and inclusive health resources
  • Facilitate disability awareness trainings
  • Develop a Warren County Inclusion Committee with diverse community and organizational representation

Action Items Already in Motion

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The PossAbilities Expo celebrates people with disabilities and the resources in the local community. The goals of this event are to provide information, inspire hope, and empower families by connecting them to resources. The expo has a yearly event and a printed resource guide. Organizations with resources should sign up to participate! Learn more and help recruit for the event at: https://www.possabilitiesexpo.org/.

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The Center for Accessible Living – Bowling Green offers disability etiquette training to organizations and their employees to bring awareness to the appropriate way to connect with an individual living with a disability.

  • 1830 Destiny Lane, Suite 108
    Bowling Green, KY 42104
  • Phone: (270) 599-0910
  • Email: aevans@calky.org

Click to learn about some of the organizations supportive inclusive health in Warren County
Arts for All Kentucky
Community Action of Southern Kentucky
The Kid Spot Center

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International Center of Kentucky

The Kidz Club
University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Cooperative Extension Service
LifeSkills Premium Healthcare Services
Bowling Green Parks & Recreation
Western Kentucky University Center for Applied Science in Health and Aging

This publication was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, DD000010, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.