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Rural Health
News by Topic: Appalachia

Jan 21, 2020 - Summarizes strategies discussed to address the opioid crisis at the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Annual Capstone Event. Describes how Appalachian counties can lead the way in solutions, as the region has been widely affected by the opioid epidemic. Includes five recommendations for local action from the NACo-ARC report.
Source: National Association of Counties
Jan 17, 2020 - Features a grocery store in rural Kentucky that recently closed its doors due to a decrease in customers once the coal industry left. Discusses how rural communities across the U.S. are struggling to maintain access to healthy foods and highlights community efforts to reverse the trend.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Jan 15, 2020 - Summarizes research that found a decrease in the overdose death rate as active coal mining jobs declined in rural Appalachia. This research counters the argument that the opioid crisis was fueled by the disappearance of the coal industry leading many miners to lose their jobs.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia