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Thank you for attending the 2021 KARRN Conference!

Follow this link to see recordings of the sessions, and access presentation materials from the speakers. 

Thanks to all who participated and made this year's conference such a success. We hope to see you in person again soon. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions about KARRN and how you can get involved. 

Stay well and take care, 

Patrick Kitzman, PT, PhD
University of Kentucky
Department of Physical Therapy
Director of KARRN

Support the KARRN Fund here! 

Intergenerational Initiative Will Offer Toys with a Purpose in Hazard

The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) in Hazard, Kentucky, in partnership with the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), will be the home site of Toys with a Purpose, a new intergenerational initiative that will establish a lending library to support child development and promote learning through play by improving access to free adapted toys in Eastern Kentucky.

Toys with a Purpose will expand the capacity of the well-established and highly successful Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) by utilizing grant funding from the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disability that was awarded to KARRN.

“Play is part of normal child development and is essential for developing... Read More

Virtual Interactive Stroke Webinar



Welcome and Introduction

  • Introduction to the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN)- Dr. Pat Kitzman, PhD, Professor, UK College of Health Sciences
  • Introduction to the Eastern Kentucky Stroke Warriors support group- Keisha Hudson, Administrative Research Assistant, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Mini Panel

Virtual Stroke Interactive Event

The purpose of this interactive virtual event is to discuss multiple topics related to adaptive activities for individuals who have had a stroke and their caregivers. This interactive virtual event will include both video and live content. This virtual event will also briefly introduce an in-person stroke camp that will occur in rural Appalachian Kentucky in the Fall 2021.

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Young & Young at Heart Stroke Support Group

Supporting survivors who are navigating working, parenting, and relationships after experiencing a stroke. We welcome survivors, carepartners, and allies. Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Learn more.

Save the Date! Rural Appalachia Stroke Camp to Provide Adaptive Recreation and Keynote Speakers for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

The Eastern Kentucky Stroke Warriors, a support group of stroke survivors and caregivers, announced the first Rural Appalachia Stroke Camp will be held Sept. 25, 2021 at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park.  The group is partnering with the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) and the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN) to host stroke survivors and caregivers for a fun-filled day to relax, learn and rejuvenate.

The theme of the camp is It’s Your Day: Refresh-Renew-Refocus.Keynote speakers will be providing information on stroke awareness, stress management, music therapy and healthy eating.... Read More