Bridging Culture & Health in the Midst of COVID-19

Essential information on the realities of COVID-19 in our community and the importance of our roles in keeping our friends and families safe.

These were the topics discussed on the recent program, “Bridging Culture & Health in the Midst of COVID-19,” a radio town hall hosted by WRES-LP 100.7FM in Asheville on April 9, 2020. Ample evidence shows that on the national level, the alarming rate of COVID-19 cases and deaths are disproportionate in black and brown communities. This can be avoided if we take action now to limit exposure and reduce our vulnerabilities. Together, we have the power to reduce the disparate impacts of the pandemic in Buncombe County by mobilizing in collective action.

On hand for the discussion were representatives of our community in the areas of health, education, community resources, and family support.

  • Elder Hayes – WRES-LP 100.7 FM
  • Dr. Dwight Mullen – UNCA Professor Emeritus
  • Lakesha McDay – Dogwood Health Trust
  • Rev. Alfred Blount – Pastor Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church
  • Dionne Greenlee-Jones – United Way of Asheville
  • Rod Conley – Kings & Queens Hair Studio
  • Gene Bell – Community Member
  • Libby Kyles – YWCA of Asheville
  • Sheriff Quentin Miller – Buncombe County

Topics of discussion

  • Faith and spiritual connections in a COVID-19 world.
  • Economic/financial resources for health.
  • African American risk factors, mental health, and clinical access.
  • Community norms and culture.
  • Supporting youth, continuity in student learning.
  • Local ordinances to support community, and limit exposure and vulnerability.


  • To learn more about COVID-19, you can visit
  • To get local, accurate information about COVID-19 in Buncombe County visit
  • Learn more about the One Buncombe Fund and how you can get support at
  • For community resources and assistance you can call 211.

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