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Resources by State: Kentucky

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Slade, Kentucky, May 27-29, 2015
Provides a summary of the 77th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Discusses health disparities in Appalachia, social determinants of health, including poverty and economic development, and how federal programs are working to address these issues.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years - Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006-2012
Discusses opioid abuse, drug injecting, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in central Appalachia, with data on HCV infection rates for four states. Includes data for rural and urban areas by gender and race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Kashif Iqbal, Rajiv C. Patel, Anil Suryaprasad, Kathy J. Sanders, Loretta Moore-Moravian, Jamie Serrecchia, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(17), 453-458
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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A Rural Appalachian Faith-Placed Smoking Cessation Intervention
Describes a faith-oriented smoking cessation program comprising 590 smokers in 26 churches located in rural Appalachia. Discusses 3 themes identified by the participants' evaluation of the program including the program's ability to leverage social connections, be conveniently orientated, and to provide financial support for smoking cessation.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Henry E. Bundy, Jordan A. Baeker Bispo, et al.
Citation: Journal of Religion and Health, 54(2), 598-611
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
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Swing Bed Reimbursement in Critical Access Hospitals
March 2015 webinar discussion in response to the release of a report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on the value of swing bed programs vs. skilled nursing facilities (SNF) in Critical Access Hospitals. Covers the major components of the swing bed program, reviews the report, and provides an example of a successful program in Kentucky. Presented by Brock Slabach, National Rural Health Association; Kristin L. Reiter, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; and Susan Starling, CEO/President at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital. 60 minutes.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Transcript
Date: 03/2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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An Exploratory Study of Mental Health and HIV Risk Behavior among Drug-Using Rural Women in Jail
Examines HIV risk behaviors and mental health conditions through face-to-face interviews with 136 women incarcerated in three rural Kentucky county jails within Appalachia. Includes data and statistics on substance use and HIV risk behaviors for women with anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Author(s): Michele Staton-Tindall, Kathi L.H. Harp, Alexandra Minieri, et al.
Citation: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(1), 45-54
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Developing a Culturally Competent, Sustainable Rural Model for Diabetes Prevention
Assesses a community- and family-based approach to diabetes prevention and management in 11 Appalachian counties across 3 states. Highlights the benefits of utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to diabetes education and awareness when engaging rural communities.
Author(s): Lesli Johnson, Sharon Denham
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15(1), 3031
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Fatalistic Beliefs and Completion of the HPV Vaccination Series Among a Sample of Young Appalachian Kentucky Women
Details a study based on surveys of women in rural Appalachian regions of Kentucky who have started the HPV vaccination regarding their perceived level of control over their health and, specifically, cervical cancer. Discusses the possible effect of fatalistic beliefs on rates of completion of all 3 doses of the HPV vaccination.
Author(s): Robin C. Vanderpool, Emily Van Meter Dressler, Lindsay R. Stradtman, Richard A. Crosby
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(2), 199-205
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Integration of Oral Health with Primary Care in Health Centers: Profiles of Five Innovative Models
Report highlights five different FQHC-based models for integrating oral healthcare into primary care. Features examples in both rural and urban locations.
Author(s): Hannah Maxey
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Rural Kentucky Gains More Access
Discusses comprehensive telehealth services available to medically underserved and economically disadvantaged residents in rural Appalachian provided by KentuckyOne Health. Addresses home telemonitoring and telepsychiatry, and their value to health care professionals and patients.
Author(s): Deborah Burton, F. Rose Rexroat
Citation: Health Progress, 96(1)
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Successful Health Insurance Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Strategies for Rural Hospitals
Shares best practices for hospitals to use in health insurance outreach and enrollment efforts based on interviews with administrators, staff, and community representatives at 11 small rural hospitals in 9 states. Also discusses certified application counselors, who help individuals enroll in health insurance, and the importance of using collaborative community partnerships to conduct insurance enrollment outreach and education.
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Alex Evenson, Adeniyi Togun
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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