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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Main Challenges Facing the Pharmaceutical Sector in Buchanan County, Virginia: A Pilot Study
Discusses the challenges facing the pharmaceutical component of rural community health care. Provides suggestions for improving the sector in Buchanan County, Virginia, a poor and marginalized area in Central Appalachia.
Author(s): Paul Gavaza, Wenfei Yan, Jennifer Campbell
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(4), 2125
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
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The Rural Context of Illicit Substance Offers: A Study of Appalachian Rural Adolescents
Examines the rural conditions of substance use through interviews with 12-19 year old adolescents in rural school districts in Appalachian Pennsylvania and Ohio. Findings describe the settings in which substance offers and use occur, and how access to illicit substances is obtained. Offers insight for developing preventive intervention programs for adolescents.
Author(s): Jonathan Pettigrew, Michelle Miller-Day, Janice Krieger, Michael L. Hecht
Citation: Journal of Adolescent Research, 27(4), 523-550
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
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Qualitative Needs Assessment: Healthcare Experiences of Underserved Populations in Montgomery County, Virginia
Describes a study that was conducted as part of a comprehensive community assessment to determine the feasibility of developing a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in a medically underserved area (MUA) of Virginia.
Author(s): Kelly Pieh, Cathy Callahan, Pat Young
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(3), 1816
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Risk Factors for Smoking in Rural Women
Highlights a study on the connections between sociodemographic and psychological factors and smoking for rural women in Appalachian Ohio. Analyzes participant data by socioeconomic status, symptoms of depression, and demographics, such as age at first pregnancy and single mother status, among others.
Author(s): Mary Ellen Wewers, Pamela J. Salsberry, Amy K. Ferketich, et al.
Citation: Journal of Woman's Health, 21(5), 548-556
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
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An Evidence-Based Cessation Strategy Using Rural Smokers' Experiences With Tobacco
Describes personal narratives of current and former smokers living in an economically distressed, rural area of Appalachian Kentucky to identify effective population-based strategies to reach rural smokers and motivate them to quit.
Author(s): Karen M. Butler, Susan Hedgecock, Rachael A. Record, et al.
Citation: Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(1), 31-43
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Delivering Free Healthcare to Rural Central Appalachia Population: The Case of the Health Wagon
Describes the Health Wagon, a full mobile medical clinic delivering free healthcare to those in rural Southwest Virginia in Central Appalachia.
Author(s): Teresa Gardner, Paul Gavaza, Paula Meade, Donna Adkins
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(1), 2035
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Ohio Appalachian Residents' Views on Smoke-free Laws and Cigarette Warning Labels
Presents results from a study that explored attitudes and beliefs of residents in Appalachian Ohio relating to smoke-free laws and public health policies in place to reduce smoking and smoking-related diseases.
Author(s): Paul Reiter, Mary Wewers, Electra Paskett, Elizabeth Klein, Mira Katz
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(1), 1945
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
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Formative Research Conducted in Rural Appalachia to Inform a Community Physical Activity Intervention
Describes the perceived barriers to and facilitators of physical activity in rural Appalachia. Reviews organized programs for physical activity and suggests partnerships for physical activity programming. Table 3 lists the barriers and facilitators of physical activity.
Author(s): Tina M. Kruger, Mark Swanson, Rian E. Davis, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3), 143-151
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
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Community Strategies to Address Cancer Disparities in Appalachian Kentucky
An overview of a community-based participatory research intervention in Appalachian Kentucky to address cancer disparities, and includes discussion on the perceptions and barriers to screening. Covers strategies for working in Appalachia, rural locations, and other traditionally undeserved communities. Table 3 lists characteristics and Figure 1 is an example focus group interview guide.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Britteny M. Howell, Nell Fields
Citation: Family & Community Health, 35(1), 31-43
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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A.I.M. For Better Health: A Community Health Needs Assessment for Southwest Ohio and Southeast Indiana
Reports on data and profiles for both urban and rural counties in southwest Ohio and southeast Indiana. Includes topics like population and demographics, environmental health, healthcare access, and preventive care.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Health
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