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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Individual and Network Factors Associated with Non-fatal Overdose among Rural Appalachian Drug Users
Presents a study on the prevalence of non-fatal prescription drug overdoses in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Breaks down data by whether the overdose was experienced or witnessed, injection drug use, and lifetime drug use, among other factors.
Author(s): Jennifer R. Havens, Carrie B. Oser, Hannah K. Knudsen, et al.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 115(1-2), 107-112
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
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Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties
Examines the health-related quality of life of residents in mountaintop mining counties of Appalachia using the 2006 national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Author(s): Keith J. Zullig, Michael Hendryx
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 101(5), 848-853
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
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Breastfeeding Prevalence and Distribution in the USA and Appalachia by Rural and Urban Setting
Reports on the prevalence of breastfeeding among in rural and urban areas, with data for the nation, the Appalachian region as a whole, and specific Appalachian states.
Author(s): R. Constance Wiener, Michael A. Weiner
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 11(2), 1713
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
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Intervention Programs Target Childhood Chronic Disease
Highlights rural health intervention programs, such as the CARDIAC Project in West Virginia, that are using school screenings to identify children at risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Oral Health Isn't Optional: A Report on the Oral Health of Ohioans and Their Access to Dental Care, 2011
Provides information on oral health in Ohio. Includes topics such as access to dental care, safety net dental clinics, and dental loan repayment programs. Offers data by county for Appalachian and rural Ohio areas.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Health
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Mental Health Status and Perceived Barriers to Seeking Treatment in Rural Reserve Component Veterans
Reports on National Guard and Reserve troops from the Appalachian Region in Pennsylvania who returned from deployment. Addresses demographics, deployment history, barriers to seeking treatment, help-seeking behaviors, mental health symptoms, and sources of stress. Discusses rural and urban differences, including transportation barriers and attitudes towards seeking mental health treatment.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Bennett, Michael Crabtree, Mary E. Schaffer, Thomas W. Britt
Citation: Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 26(3), 113-136
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Southeastern Kentuckians Remain Optimistic Through Great Recession: Growing Concerns about Sprawl, Housing, and Recreational Opportunities
Investigates how perceptions of socioeconomic and environmental issues in the economically vulnerable rural region of Southeastern Kentucky have changed during the recession from 2007-2009. Identifies drugs as a community issue.
Author(s): Jessica D. Ulrich
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Residence in a Distressed County in Appalachia as a Risk Factor for Diabetes, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2006-2007
Discusses rates of self-reported diagnosed diabetes among residents of Appalachian counties. Shows breakdowns by level of county prosperity, based on unemployment rates, per capita income, and poverty. Includes statistical analysis by age group, sex, income, race/ethnicity, education, tobacco use, physical activity level, and weight status.
Author(s): Lawrence Barker, Richard Crespo, Robert B. Gerzoff, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(5)
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
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Evaluation of a Patient Assistance Program Pilot Project at Health Clinics in the Appalachian Region During Fiscal Year 2007 & 2008
Analyzes the administrative burdens faced by rural providers in accessing donated medications from pharmaceutical company assistance programs for their low-income patients.
Date: 06/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Viral Hepatitis and Injection Drug Use in Appalachian Kentucky: A Survey of Rural Health Department Clients
Analysis of demographic, socioeconomic, and behavioral data from patients screened for hepatitis B and hepatitis C at four health departments in rural Kentucky in 2006-2007. Includes statistical breakdowns by sex, age group, education, employment, marital status, government assistance, insurance, and various risk factors linked to drug use and sexual activity.
Author(s): W. Jay Christian, Claudia Hopenhayn, Amy Christian, Deana McIntosh, Alvaro Koch
Citation: Public Health Reports, 125(1)
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
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