Tag Archives: rural Alabama
  1. Civic Dispatch: When Rural Isn’t Rural Enough, Challenges to Mental Healthcare in Walker County

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Logan Fenhouse reports on access to mental healthcare in her civic dispatch from Walker County.

    According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, almost one in five of American adults will suffer from a mental illness of some form within the next year. In Walker County alone, that means nearly 13,000 of the almost 65,000 residents here will experience mental health problems. For a tight-knit small town like Jasper, this means that practically everyone knows someone, or are themselves, facing mental illness.

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  2. Civic Dispatch: Lou Schell Loves Life on the Road and at Home in Chatom

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Melissa Dennis shares Lou Schell’s story in her thought piece from Chatom, Alabama. 

    When talking with Inda Lou Schell in Chatom, Alabama, three things become evident: one, community is an essential part of life; two, the sky’s the limit; three, “people [truly] make the difference.”  Read More »

  3. Civic Dispatch: The Future of Small Town America

    Jean O’Connor-Snyder intern Vaughn Gingerich reflects on small town America in his thought piece from Walker County.

    I kept an open mind, having spoken with a previous intern who had a great experience, but didn’t quite know what to expect. Having grown up in Anchorage, Alaska, I had never spent much time in a rural setting before, let alone in the American South. So, when I first came to Jasper, my eyes mostly picked out what confirmed the stereotypes and assumptions people have about small, rural towns: vacated industrial properties, abandoned storefronts, and empty streets.

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    A Year of Service

    2017-18 Civic Fellow Jessica Holdnak reflects on her service year thus far. Read More »

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