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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Appalachian Regional Commission: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Information and resources for addressing COVID-19 in the Appalachian region. Includes resources and initiatives specific to the region and information for ARC grantees.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Geographic Variation in the Structure of Kentucky's Population Health Systems: An Urban, Rural, and Appalachian Comparison
Examines differences in key characteristics of population health systems in Kentucky, using data from a 2018 statewide survey of community networks. Features statistics on implementation of population health activities, with breakdowns by urban, rural non-Appalachian, and rural Appalachian public health jurisdictions.
Author(s): Rachel Hogg-Graham, Angela Carman, Glen P. Mays, Pierre Martin Dominique Zephyr
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(3), 14-25
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 and Rural Harm Reduction Challenges in the U.S. Southern Mountains
Explores the relationship between drug use and COVID-19 infections in the Southern Mountains region of Appalachia. Highlights the changes caused by COVID-19 and the challenges harm reduction programs face in providing services, such as syringe exchanges, naloxone access, and COVID-19-related services.
Author(s): Bayla Ostrach, Lesly-Marie Buer, Sam Armbruster, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Availability of Health Insurance Literacy Resources Fails to Meet Consumer Needs in Rural, Appalachian Communities: Implications for State Medicaid Waivers
Reports on the availability of health system and community‐based programs promoting health insurance literacy and supporting informed consumer healthcare decision making in rural Kentucky. Findings are based on focus groups and interviews conducted with healthcare providers, community health workers, patient navigators, and others primarily serving rural Appalachian counties in the state.
Author(s): Jean Edward, Robin Thompson, Andrea Jaramillo
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2021
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable map and data files, and data report linked on the right side of the map.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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An Evaluation of Appalachian Regional Commission Funding of Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects: Fiscal Year 2009-Fiscal Year 2016
Assesses 379 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in fiscal year (FY) 2009 to FY 2016 to benefit communities in all 13 Appalachian states. Offers discussion on the impact of ARC-funded projects on communities, including increased employment opportunities, household benefits, improved public health, and more. Provides background information, challenges, and outcomes for various projects completed before the end of FY 2018.
Author(s): Jeff Hughes, Maureen Berner, Austin Thompson, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, The University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center
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Prevalence of Self-Reported Hypertension and Antihypertensive Medication Use by County and Rural-Urban Classification — United States, 2017
Examines self-reported prevalence of diagnosed hypertension and antihypertensive medication use. Includes data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (rural) areas. Also discusses geographic trends at the county level, with maps showing county-level hypertension prevalence and medication use. Highlights higher prevalence of hypertension in the Southeast, Appalachia, and the Great Plains.
Author(s): Claudine M. Samanic, Kamil E. Barbour, Yong Liu, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(18), 533-539
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Federal SUD/OUD Resources and Funding Opportunities in Support of Rural Communities
Highlights the slides of several breakout sessions from the 2020 RCORP conference discussing funding and resources pertaining to opioid use disorder in rural communities. Features presentations from representatives of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Appalachian Regional Commission, Bureau of Health Workforce, and the Federal Transit Administration.
Additional links: Agenda, Session 2 Presentations
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance
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