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News by Topic: Appalachia

FCC and National Cancer Institute Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care
Dec 12, 2017 - Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Why Appalachia Has One of the Nation's Highest Mortality Rates — and How Technology Could Help
Oct 24, 2017 - Discusses a recent report from the Appalachian Regional Commission on health disparities in Appalachia, including higher rates of stroke and suicide, and higher mortality rates for heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, injury, and diabetes. Also details access issues related to distance and demand for physicians and the impact of poverty on health. Touches on telemedicine as a potential intervention while detailing the barriers to that approach.
Source: The Post
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On Back Roads Of Appalachia’s Coal Country, Mental Health Services Are As Rare As Jobs
Oct 17, 2017 - Highlights the difficulty of accessing mental healthcare in rural West Virginia. Residents are faced with barriers like few providers, long wait times, distance, and limited access to vehicles. With the local economy struggling, common mental health ailments like anxiety and depression can be exacerbated. This is particularly concerning because the region has high suicide rates and because lack of mental healthcare can contribute to other health issues.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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