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

Saturday, September 25

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. Attendees can participate in a number of activities that will be adapted to stroke survivors’ needs, including fishing, boating, putt-putt golf, crafting and cooking demonstrations.

There is no cost to attend the day, but registration is required and attendance will be limited. The full agenda and registration will be available in July.

All activities held during the event will strictly adhere to COVID-19 public health guidelines requiring masks, social distancing and related safeguards. In the event that changes must be made to the camp’s format or schedule due to COVID-19, updates will be posted at

The East Kentucky Stroke WARRIOR (We advocate for stroke survivors and caregivers in our region) group formed in 2015 to provide advocacy and a positive forum for stroke survivors and their caregivers to ask questions, share challenges, triumphs and other personal experiences. Additionally, the group provides community education to increase awareness about stroke warning signs, symptoms and prevention, and it has been recognized twice in 2020 with awards from the American Stroke Association.  

For questions or more information about the stroke camp or the monthly support group meetings, contact Keisha Hudson at

The stroke camp is funded in part by a Wellness Edge (WE) Grant, supported by Grant Number 90PRRC0001-01-00 from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the WE staff and do not necessarily represent the official views of the ACL or HHS.


Virtual Stroke Interactive Event

Tuesday, June 15

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.

Register Here:

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Virtual Interactive Stroke Webinar

Tuesday, June 15



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

  • Importance of activities for stroke survivors and caregivers from ASA’s perspective- TBA, American Stroke Association
  • The importance of staying active after a stroke- James Hammock, MD, Medical Director of Acute Inpatient Rehab, Hazard ARH
  • The importance of adapted recreation and stroke camp in rural communities- Dr. Frances Feltner, DNP, Director, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health

Interactive Exercise

  • Interactive demonstration of adapted exercises to do at home- Kara Lee, DPT, Associate Director of Clinical Education, UK College of Health Sciences Heather Witt, PT, UK College of Health Sciences

Music Therapy

  • Overview of music therapy and an interactive sing along with participants- Austin Robinson, MM, MT-BC, University of Kentucky


  • Adaptive Recreational Activities- Members from the Eastern Kentucky Stroke Warriors Group


  • Question and Answer Period- All Panelists

7th Annual KCSCI Conference 2019

Friday, October 18

Register for the upcoming KCSCI Conference! More details here.


Upcoming 2019 KARRN Conference

Wednesday, September 18

Save the Date for our 10th annual KARRN Conference

This year's conference theme is "Resources in the Real World"

Share our Save the Date flyer with your colleagues, patients, caregivers, and others!

10th Annual KARRN Conference: Health and Wellness for Individuals with Disabilities

Wednesday, September 18

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary! View the brochure for all of the details.

Register Here

The 4th Thursday ADA Talks

Thursday, January 24

HDI and HDI CATS are launching an ADA Training series to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month covering different topics surrounding the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This month's presentation is "Accessible Technology & the Workforce: AT as a Reasonable Accomodation."

Register here:

Join by internet or in person at HDI CATS, 2358 Nicholasville Road Suite 180 
Lexington, KY 40503


Ag conference in Lexington!

Wednesday, January 16

With our Kentucky AgrAbility partner, we are pleased to announce that the 2016 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health Annual Conference will be in Lexington at the Hilton in June.

“Bottom Dollars” Documentary in Lexington

Saturday, January 12

We shared the Somerset screening of this documentary with you in July, and now this documentary is coming to Lexington. This free screening and panel discussion about “Bottom Dollars”, an original film about employment for all by Rooted in Rights. “Bottom Dollars” is an hour-long documentary that exposes segregated workplaces and low wages often paid to people with disabilities. Through personal stories and expert interviews, the film presents a vision for better alternatives that promote community inclusion, equal opportunity, and fair wages.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center
Community Room
300 E Third Street
Lexington KY 40508

For more information, contact Elaine Eisenbaum at or (859) 257-6086.

KARRN 2018 Conference – Save the Date

Friday, August 24

Planning is in progress for our annual conference. Please plan to join us on Friday, August 24 at Perkins Conference Center in Richmond KY, and spread the word by sharing our Save the Date flyer.