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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Breastfeeding Prevalence and Distribution in the USA and Appalachia by Rural and Urban Setting
Reports on the prevalence of breastfeeding 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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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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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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An Analysis of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities & Access to Treatment Services in the Appalachian Region
Utilized state, sub-state, and county-level data to study diagnoses and treatment of mental health and substance abuse conditions and disparities across Appalachian sub-regions.
Author(s): Zhiwei Zhang, Alycia Infante, Michael Meit, et al.
Date: 08/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Developing Rural Federally Qualified Health Center and Critical Access Hospital Collaboration in Appalachia: A Demonstration Project
Examines how a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a rural hospital came together to consider mutually beneficial joint activities for the institutions and their community. Discusses lessons learned and implications for future collaborations.
Author(s): Lori Butler, Andrew Fontanez, Rosemary McKenzie, Michael E. Samuels
Date: 10/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Analysis of the Financial Conditions of Health Care Institutions in the Appalachian Region and their Economic Impacts
Describes the availability of healthcare services in Appalachia, the financial stability of Appalachian healthcare institutions, and the effect of hospital closures on Appalachian counties.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Curt Mueller, Janet Sutton
Date: 12/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2023
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable maps and data files, and data report.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project
Provides an overview of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP) which works to address health disparities in Appalachia related to diabetes prevention and management. Discusses ADCTP community health projects and success stories.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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