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Resources by State: Kentucky

METelemedicine: A Pilot Study With Rural Alcohol Users on Community Supervision
Describes a study of 127 alcohol users from 4 rural counties in Appalachian Kentucky who underwent several intervention sessions using motivational enhancement therapy via telemedicine (METelemedicine). Discusses the use of METelemedicine as a means of increasing access to treatment for rural alcohol users. Analyzes results at the 3 month follow-up from initial screening.
Author(s): Michele Staton-Tindall, Jennifer R. Havens, J. Matthew Webster, Carl Leukefeld
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 30(4), 422-432
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
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A Rural Pathways Program for High School Students: Reinforcing a Sense of Place
Evaluation of a 3-week-long High School Rural Scholar program sponsored by the University of Louisville Trover Campus in rural Kentucky, in which students shadow health professionals in their hometowns, participate in virtual classrooms, and gain a better understanding of healthcare career options open to them.
Author(s): William J. Crump, Steve Fricker, Katelyn F. Flick, et al.
Citation: Family Medicine, 46(9), 713-717
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
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Diabetes Management in Rural Areas Takes Holistic, Community Approaches
Programs in Florida and Kentucky are helping diabetic patients better manage their health, and promoting community awareness of the disease.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Gender and Age Are Associated with Healthy Food Purchases via Grocery Voucher Redemption
Explores the association of age, gender, education, and income level with purchasing healthy foods using a grocery voucher in rural Appalachia Kentucky, an area considered a food desert with higher rates of chronic disease. Includes data on the purchase of a designated voucher food item by age, sex, education, and income.
Author(s): Frances Hardin-Fanning, Yevgeniya Gokun
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 14(3), 2830
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
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An Emerging Epidemic: The Public Health Response to Hepatitis C Infection among Young People Who Use Drugs
Provides an overview of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and presents data on mortality, the number of acute HCV infections, and compares traditional and recent HCV infected injection drug users. Covers the emergence of HCV infections among youth with injection drug use in rural Appalachia. Describes the public health response to HCV infections in Wisconsin, scope of the HCV epidemic, and analyzes data on persons with injection drug use.
Author(s): Michael Botticelli, Wilson Compton, Jennifer Havens, Sheila Guilfoyle
Date: 04/2014
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
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Delays in Diagnosis of Congenital Hearing Loss in Rural Children
Analyzes Kentucky's newborn hearing-screening program data to determine the frequency of congenital hearing loss for both rural Appalachia and non-Appalachia regions of the state. Includes Appalachia and non-Appalachia hearing loss data by the number of births, failed newborns screenings, types of hearing loss, percent of families obtaining diagnostic testing following a failed screening test, and children enrolled in an early intervention program.
Author(s): Matthew L. Bush, Kristin Bianchi, Cathy Lester, et al.
Citation: Journal of Pediatrics, 164(2), 393-397
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
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The CHANGE Study: A Healthy-Lifestyles Intervention to Improve Rural Children's Diet Quality
Describes the Creating Healthy, Active and Nurturing Growing-Up Environments (CHANGE) study. CHANGE is a community- and school-based intervention used to assess the quality of students' diets with the goal of preventing unhealthy weight gain among rural school-aged children.
Author(s): Juliana F. W. Cohen, Vivica I. Kraak, Silvina F. Choumenkovitch, Raymond R. Hyatt, Christina D. Economos
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114(1)
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Clinical, Sociodemographic and Service Provider Determinants of Guideline Concordant Colorectal Cancer Care for Appalachian Residents
Presents a study of Appalachian colorectal cancer patients diagnosed between 2006-2008 regarding their adherence to treatment guidelines by measuring rates of chemotherapy, lymph node assessment, and radiation treatments. Breaks down results by participants' age, race, and type and severity of comorbidity, as well as several treatment facility factors, such as bed size and surgical volume, among others.
Author(s): Steven T. Fleming, Heath B. Mackley, Fabian Camacho, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 30(1), 27-39
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Gender Differences in Circumstances Surrounding First Injection Experience of Rural Injection Drug Users in the United States
Discusses the gender differences between first time drug injection users in Appalachian Kentucky who primarily use prescription opioids.
Author(s): April M. Young, Nika Larian, Jennifer R. Havens
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 134, 401-405
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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Farmers' Market Use Is Associated with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Diverse Southern Rural Communities
Examines the socio-demographic characteristics of farmers market participants, the barriers and facilitators to farmers market shopping in southern rural communities, and the associations between farmers market use with fruit and vegetable consumption and body mass index (BMI). Seeks to assess the potential for using farmers markets to increase access to and the consumption of fruits and vegetables in rural areas.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Alison Gustafson, Qiang Wu, et al.
Citation: Nutrition Journal, 13(1)
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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