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News by Topic: Appalachia

Sep 15, 2022 - Highlights a recent webinar on access to healthcare in rural Appalachia that covered memory care challenges, holistic elder care, working with legislators, and advocacy to shape public policy. Offers recommendations shared during the webinar.
Source: AARP Virginia
Sep 7, 2022 - Announces $400 million to provide regional food system support through the new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Food Business Centers. Notes that the funding will create at least 6 regional centers, including a national tribal center and centers serving colonias on the U.S-Mexico border, the Delta, Southeast, and Appalachia regions. Offers information on application submissions and technical assistance.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Aug 17, 2022 - Announces funding awarded to 25 small and rural communities to develop outdoor recreation economies through the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program. Describes the growth of travel and tourism in Appalachia and other rural areas, and offers an overview of the investments of the program into outdoor activity infrastructure, including trails, Main Street updates, and the development of parks and amenities.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Aug 17, 2022 - Features the Mountain Grrl Experience, an art and music festival in Eastern Kentucky that supports an emergency care shelter and domestic violence services program in the area while raising awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence in Appalachia. Describes the prevalence of domestic violence in the region and challenges for rural victims to access care and services.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 8, 2022 - Presents the findings of a study of junior high and high school students in rural Appalachia, noting that more than 7% of respondents disclosed a gender identity that does not fully match their sex assigned at birth. Describes the potential risk for depression, self-harm, and distress related to gender dysphoria among gender-diverse youth and the need for access to gender-related care and mental health services.
Source: WVU Today