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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Farmers' Market Use Is Associated with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Diverse Southern Rural Communities
Examines the socio-demographic characteristics of farmers market participants, the barriers and facilitators to farmers market shopping in southern rural communities, and the associations between farmers market use with fruit and vegetable consumption and body mass index (BMI). Seeks to assess the potential for using farmers markets to increase access to and the consumption of fruits and vegetables in rural areas.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Alison Gustafson, Qiang Wu, et al.
Citation: Nutrition Journal, 13(1)
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Description of Healthcare Needs at an Episodic Clinic in Rural Southwest Virginia
Describes the population served at an episodic clinic in Southwest Virginia to better understand patient needs at a yearly episodic Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic providing free healthcare services. Includes demographic information collected from RAM patient records, including age, sex, primary care physician access, tobacco use, and more.
Author(s): Audrey Snyder, Gwyneth Milbrath
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 13(4), 2557
Date: 12/2013
Type: Document
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Comparing the Effects of Teen Mentors to Adult Teachers on Child Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Outcomes in Appalachia
Explores a study of a school-based intervention that mentors young children to reverse obesity health risks in rural Appalachia. Compares two curriculum delivery methods, one using teen mentors and the other adult teachers. Assesses the effects of the number of mentoring sessions attended on the intended outcomes.
Author(s): Laureen H. Smith, Christopher Holloman
Citation: Journal of School Nursing, 29(5), 386-396
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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"Living With a Ball and Chain": The Experience of Stroke for Individuals and Their Caregivers in Rural Appalachian Kentucky
Describes a qualitative study based on interviews with 13 stroke survivors and 12 caregivers in rural Appalachian Kentucky. Analyzes the transcripts for qualitative data giving insight into the experience of stroke victims from the time of onset, through their treatment in the healthcare system, to their reintegration into their home and community.
Author(s): Megan M. Danzl, Elizabeth G. Hunter, Sarah Campbell, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(4), 368-382
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Loneliness and Quality of Life in Chronically Ill Rural Older Adults: Findings from a Pilot Study
Explores the prevalence of loneliness in older adults living in rural Appalachia with chronic illness and whether loneliness influences their quality of life. Includes statistics on demographics as well as loneliness and quality of life indicators by chronic illness and medication use.
Author(s): Laurie A. Theeke, Jennifer Mallow
Citation: American Journal of Nursing, 113(9), 28-38
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
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Housing in Central Appalachia
Discusses the social, economic, and housing characteristics of Central Appalachia. Includes information on housing quality.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Appalachian Women's Perspectives on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
Examines barriers and facilitators to better understand breast and cervical cancer screening among Appalachian women, and identifies methods to increase cancer screening.
Author(s): Nancy Schoenberg, Tina Kruger, Shoshana Bardach, Britteny M Howell
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 13(3), 2452
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
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Perspectives on Healthy Eating Among Appalachian Residents
Reports on a study based on a focus group made up of rural Appalachian Kentuckians, discussing perceptions of healthy eating, barriers to maintaining a healthy diet, and recommendations for making improvements within their communities. Results are distributed by participant demographics, such as age, race, and annual income, among others.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Britteny M. Howell, Mark Swanson, Christopher Grosh, Shoshana Bardach
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 29(s1), 25-34
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Rates of Black Lung Disease in Relationship to Black Lung Treatment Centers
Investigates the rates of black lung disease among active miners in relationship to the location of Black Lung Clinics.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Michael Hendryx, Cynthia Persily, Jamison Conley, Evan Fedorko
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
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Health Care Providers' Perspectives on Low HPV Vaccine Uptake and Adherence in Appalachian Kentucky
Examines healthcare providers' perceived barriers and motivations for women ages 18-26 in Appalachian Kentucky to receive the HPV vaccine. Includes suggested strategies from healthcare providers for improving vaccination rates and participant characteristics.
Author(s): Katharine J. Head, Robin C. Vanderpool, Laurel A. Mills
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 30(4), 351-360
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
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