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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

COPD & Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan
Video of rural health experts discussing the challenges, opportunities, and resources related to the COPD National Action Plan's 5 goals. Presentations feature data including county-level maps on prevalence of COPD and death rates.
Additional links: Agenda, Presentations
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Issue brief emphasizing the importance of understanding needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (as prepared): National Rural Health Association
Statement given at the February 2018 NRHA Policy Institute. Discusses the goals of the Connect2Health Task Force: to understand the future interplay of broadband, technology, and health policy and to ensure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stays ahead of the innovation curve. Highlights the FCC's focus of broadband deployment to provide a foundation for health and describes a broadband-enabled project in Appalachian Kentucky created to provide healthcare services to cancer patients.
Author(s): Mignon Clyburn
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Communicating about Opioids in Appalachia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices
Describes how opioids are affecting Appalachia and offers suggestions on how community-based organizations can promote prevention and treatment, and eliminate the stigma of addiction.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
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The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region
Recording presents the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. Includes testimonies from representative of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Operation UNITE, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America
Details the experience of working as a state Adult Protective Service (APS) worker in West Virginia. Discusses some of the challenges of the job, both personally and professionally.
Author(s): Bill Benson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Marketing Strategies to Encourage Rural Residents of High-Obesity Counties to Buy Fruits and Vegetables in Grocery Stores
Examines the relationship between 17 rural Appalachian Kentucky grocery stores' social marketing efforts to promote healthy eating and the frequency of fruit and vegetable purchases. Features statistics on survey participants' demographics and influence of recipe cards on purchase of ingredients including fruits and vegetables.
Author(s): Emily Liu, Tammy Stephenson, Jessica Houlihan, Alison Gustafson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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The Appalachia Initiative: A Bipartisan Approach for the 21st Century
Reports on the current challenges facing Appalachia. Breaks down data by education and workforce, entrepreneurism and job creation, energy and infrastructure, and rural health. Looks specifically at mortality rates, obesity and diabetes prevalence, and drug overdose death rates.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health
Highlights a western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin that are working to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Provides an overview of the impact ACEs have on health and provides data on ACE exposure among rural adults.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Intimate Partner Violence-Related Hospitalizations in Appalachia and the Non-Appalachian United States
Estimates and compares the rates of IPV-related hospitalizations in Appalachia and the non-Appalachian U.S. from 2007-2011. Examines rates based on rural and urban location, and several other clinical and sociodemographic measures.
Author(s): Danielle M. Davidov, Stephen M. Davis, Motao Zhu, et al.
Citation: PLOS ONE, 12(9)
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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