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Rural Health
Resources by State: Kentucky

Journal of Appalachian Health
Highlights issues relating to the health and wellness of rural Appalachian communities. Features peer-reviewed, open access research on health outcomes in Appalachia.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky College of Public Health
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Rural Syringe Services Program
Features links for resources related to syringe services, including recommendations and reasons for establishing a syringe service program, types of programs, and examples of successful programs. Includes information on state laws in Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia allowing the establishment of syringe services programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harm Reduction Coalition
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Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots
An initiative focused on health outcomes in Appalachian communities. Provides access to health disparities data on health status, healthcare delivery, and social determinants of health indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region. Also identifies and provides case studies of "Bright Spots", counties in the region with better-than-expected health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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Drug Overdose Deaths in Appalachia
Interactive map highlights drug overdose deaths in Appalachia by county. Features demographic information such as race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and disability status, as well as economic factors such as poverty rate, unemployment rate, and accident-prone employment, among others.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC at the University of Chicago
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Underserved Health Communities
Interactive map showing county-level data for a 10-state region. Includes statistics on county health rankings and roadmaps, population, and ethnicity. Also features stories of two counties in each of these states that have the highest risk for health factors as ranked by the 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region
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GEOStory of Opioid Addiction
Report containing data on issues related to the opioid epidemic in eight northern Kentucky counties. Features statistics with breakdowns on types of opioids involved in overdose deaths, cases of hepatitis, numbers of emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department
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Kentucky - The Bridge
Quarterly publication focusing on rural health issues and topics pertaining to Kentucky, while spotlighting individuals and programs that exemplify innovation or excellence in Kentucky's rural health landscape.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Kentucky
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Kentucky QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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