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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 10:28 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program awarded their annual CSBG Scholarships to 15 individuals this year. Front Row: Kim Vicars (CSBG Program Manager), Caitlin Little, Cody Crum, Ashley Hunter, Wanda Thacker (Deputy Director). Middle Row: Mike Howell (Executive Director), Jalah Quinn, Johnda Adams, Jessica Hill, Megan Preston, Landon Gillispie. Back Row: Caleb Harris, Rodney James, Diana Hall, Adam Crum, Evan Prince, Reaford May Jr. Not Pictured: Lezlie Roberts.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year 15 people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Adam Crum, of Tomahawk, will be studying to become a Welding Technician at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Cody Crum, of Inez, will be studying Optometry at the University of Pikeville. Landon Gillespie, of Melvin, will be attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Morehead State University. Caleb Harris, of Pikeville, plans to major in History and Political Science at the University of Pikeville. Jessica Hill, of Betsy Lane, will be studying Applied Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Ashley Hunter, of Prestonsburg, will major in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University. Rodney James, of Pikeville, will attend the University of Kentucky and major in Finance and Accounting. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Megan Preston, of Warfield, will attend Morehead State University and major in Convergent Media and English. Evan Prince, of Lovely, will be studying Bio-Medical Science at Morehead State University. Jalah Quinn, of Pikeville, will attend Big Sandy Community and Technical College where she will study Communication and Social Media. Lezlie Roberts, of Virgie, will study Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

The scholarship application period begins in May and ends in June.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 2nd, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services in Martin County   no comments

Posted at 10:39 am in News

A visitor to Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s Community Health Fair held in Inez last week received a free blood pressure screening from Tug Valley ARH.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their annual Community Health Fair on Tuesday at the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez. The free event assisted Martin County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Martin Countians were treated to free A1C screenings, blood pressure checks, stroke screenings, fall prevention strategies, healthy recipes, strength training strategies, health insurance options, and lots of great information.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield, Appalachian Hospice Care, Big Sandy Area Development District, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, Big Sandy Health Care, CareSource, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center, Inez Physical Therapy, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Kentucky Homeplace Clinic, Martin County Adult Education, Martin County Extension Office, Martin County Health Department, Mountain Comprehensive Care, Office for the Blind, Passport Health, SCHS LINKS/YSC, Transamerica Bank, Tug Valley ARH, USDA Rural Development Center, and the VA Medical Center.

Donations and door prizes were offered by the Roy F. Collier Community Center, Embody Massage, Inez Deposit Bank, Main Street Cinema, Teaberries Café and Catering, UK Extension Office, Anthem BlueCross/BlueShield, Big Sandy Community & Technical College, and SCHS LINKS/YSC.  Refreshments were provided by Inez Save-A-Lot and Inez IGA.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, call (606) 298-3217.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services in Floyd County   no comments

Posted at 9:53 am in News

Kathy Chitti from Big Sandy Health Care offered free face paintings to the young visitors at the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Community Health Fair in Floyd County.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their second annual Community Health Fair on Monday at the Wesley Christian School in Allen. The free event assisted Floyd County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Pikeville Medical Center provided free A1C blood sugar checks, blood pressure checks, COPD screenings, body mass index readings, and diabetic foot screenings. St. Joseph’s Medical Center offered free blood pressure checks and pulse oximeter readings. Big Sandy Health Care gave visitors the chance to have one-on-one assistance with signing up for Medicaid. The Health Fair featured information on everything from dental hygiene and healthy eating to hospice care and addiction recovery, and much more.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were Aetna, American Red Cross, Anthem, Appalachian Hospice Care, AppalReD Legal Aid, Best Value Medical, Big Sandy Area Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Area Development District, Big Sandy Health Care, Big Sandy Health Care Diabetes Coalition, Bluegrass Care Navigators,  Floyd County Department of Community Based Services, Floyd County Extension Office,  Forever Smiles Dentistry, Humana-CareSource, Job Corps, Judi’s Place for Kids, Kentucky Blood Center, Kentucky Homeplace, McDowell ARH, Mountain Comprehensive Care’s In-Home Services, MCC’s Home Place Clinic, MCC’s Healing Program, Mud Creek Dental Clinic, Oxygen Plus, Passport Health Insurance, Pikeville Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center, Transamerica, Turning Point, USDA Rural Development, and VA Medical Center.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, call (606) 874-3595.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services for Johnson and Magoffin Counties   no comments

Posted at 9:39 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their annual Community Health Fair on Thursday at Johnson County Middle School in Paintsville. The free event assisted Johnson and Magoffin County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Residents were treated to free EKG’s, sports physicals for kids and teens, non-fasting blood work, A1C checks, vision screenings, information on diabetes prevention, health insurance options, vision screenings, the opportunity to connect one-on-one with healthcare providers in the area, and information about jobseeker programs in the area.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were the Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, Big Sandy Health Care, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Johnson County Health Department, Kentucky Blood Center, Kings Daughters Medical Center, Mountain Comprehensive Care’s Homeplace Clinic, Paul B. Hall Medical Center, and The Salvation Army.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, in Johnson County call (606) 789-3641 and in Magoffin County call (606) 349-2217.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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Community Action connects families and health services in Pike County   no comments

Posted at 9:23 am in News

Sparky the Dog from the Pikeville Fire Department joined visitors at the Health Fair at the Pike Co. Public Library.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) held their second annual Community Health Fair on Wednesday at the Pike County Public Library in Pikeville. The free event assisted Pike County residents to connect with healthcare providers in the area.

Pike Countians were treated to free blood pressure checks, diabetic foot screenings, fingerprinting by the Pikeville Police Department, and information on a large variety of healthcare, education, and disaster relief options. Sparky the Dog from the Pikeville Fire Department even stopped by to say hello to visitors.

BSACAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the providing comprehensive services to low-income families in order to help them improve their economic situation. Kim Vicars, BSACAP’s Community Service Block Grant Manager, explained that each year the organization conducts a survey of area citizens in order to learn about their most pressing concerns. Vicars stated that health has consistently ranked among the top five concerns for the last several years.

“This Health Fair is one way we are working to tailor our services to the specific needs of the communities we serve,” she said. “It helps us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provide them with information about the healthcare options available to them and the vital health services they may need.”

BSACAP Executive Director Mike Howell explained, “At BSACAP, we fight poverty and promote economic development by helping individuals and families in our area achieve self-sufficiency. We provide job and workforce services for people of all ages, college scholarships, the Garden Seed nutrition program, the Weatherization Assistance Program, and many other programs, but we know that the health of our citizens is the foundation of the educational and economic success of our region, and we want to work to ensure a strong and healthy workforce is available.”

Organizations represented this year were the American Red Cross, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Appalachian Hospice Care, Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, Big Sandy Health Care, Commonwealth Educational Opportunity Center, Department of Protection and Permanency (DCBS), Kentucky Blood Center, Kentucky Homeplace Program (UK), Mountain Comprehensive Care’s Healing Program, Pat’s Pharmacy, Pike County Housing Authority, Office for the Blind, Pike County Extension Office, Pikeville Fire Department, Pikeville Police Department, Scholar House of Central Appalachia, Shriners A-Team, Transamerica Agency Network, USDA Rural Development, VA Medical Center, and the YMCA.

The Community Health Fair is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, call (606) 432-2775.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 24th, 2017

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