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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

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
Location: 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
Location: 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.
Location: PLOS ONE, 12(9)
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs — Ohio, January-February 2017
Reports findings from a study of 281 unintentional overdose fatalities in 25 Ohio counties from January-February 2017, checking for the presence of fentanyl analogs, opioids, and other drugs. Includes demographic and drug data by type of county, including data for rural and Appalachian counties.
Additional links: Errata
Author(s): Raminta Daniulaityte, Matthew P. Juhascik, Kraig E. Strayer, et al.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(34), 904-908
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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A Community-Based Marketing Campaign at Farmers Markets to Encourage Fruit and Vegetable Purchases in Rural Counties With High Rates of Obesity, Kentucky, 2015-2016
Examines effectiveness of the Plate it Up Kentucky Proud program, targeting farmers market shoppers in 6 rural Kentucky counties in the Delta and Appalachian regions, from September 2014-September 2016. Features statistics including age, sex, income, and rate of consumption of fruit, salad, and other vegetables.
Author(s): Emily DeWitt, Margaret McGladrey, Emily Liu, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Presents mortality data on overdoses, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64, from the 2015 Multiple Cause of Death database. Features statistics with breakdowns by region, Appalachian state, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Topher Hoffmann
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
Measures population health in Appalachia and explores disparities within the region and between Appalachia and the country as a whole. Features statistics on mortality, morbidity, behavioral health, child health, community characteristics, lifestyle, healthcare systems, quality of care, and social determinants, with breakdowns between urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Julie L. Marshall, Logan Thomas, Nancy M. Lane, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, PDA, Inc.
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“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening
Discusses the importance of colorectal cancer screening and the challenges of providing this service in rural communities. Highlights colorectal cancer screening programs in rural Kentucky and Idaho.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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