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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Individual-, Family-, Community-, and Policy-Level Impact of a School-Based Cardiovascular Risk Detection Screening Program for Children in Underserved, Rural Areas: The CARDIAC Project
Examines the evidence of sustainability and successful impact of Coronary Artery Risk Detection In Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC), a school-based cardiovascular risk detection program, for children who are obese and overweight in underserved, rural Appalachian West Virginia.
Author(s): Lesley Cottrell, Collin John, Emily Murphy, et al.
Citation: Journal of Obesity, 732579
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Preconception Health Indicators: A Comparison Between Non-Appalachian and Appalachian Women
Examines the preconception health indicators among non-pregnant women aged 18-44 years residing in Appalachian and non-Appalachian counties in 13 U.S. states. Includes a figure illustrating the county economic status in Appalachia. Covers demographic characteristics by county economic status and intervention implications for Appalachia women to improve preconception health.
Author(s): Vanessa L. Short, Reena Oza-Frank, Elizabeth J. Conrey
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(2), 238-249
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
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Predictors of Access to Healthcare: What Matters to Rural Appalachians?
Examines a rural Appalachian community's perceived access to healthcare and identifies the predictors of access to healthcare in a poor, rural, medically undeserved area.
Author(s): Susan L. Wilson, Cynthia Kratzke, Jill Hoxmeier
Citation: Global Journal of Health Science, 4(6), 23-35
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
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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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