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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

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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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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Downtown Revitalization Playbook
Offers materials focused on supporting stakeholders in downtown redevelopment and revitalization projects in rural Appalachia. Includes case studies, an investment readiness tool, an overview of the stages of investment in downtown development, and a breakdown of investment types and strategies. Provided materials highlight funding, collaboration, and community assessment while touching broadly on topics related to rural needs and challenges.
Author(s): Ruthie Caldwell, Melissa Levy, Robert Donnan, Barbara Wyckoff
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Funders Network (AFN), Central Appalachia Network (CAN)
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ARC Data Report Tool
Provides socioeconomic data on Appalachian states and counties from national public datasets. Covers topics including population, poverty, income, unemployment, and education, among others. Compares county-level, regional, and national data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2024
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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Journal of Appalachian Health
Highlights issues relating to the health and wellness of rural Appalachian communities. Features peer-reviewed, open access research on health outcomes in Appalachia.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky College of Public Health
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Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots
An initiative focused on health outcomes in Appalachian communities. Provides access to health disparities data on health status, healthcare delivery, and social determinants of health (SDOH) indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region. Also identifies and provides case studies of "Bright Spots", counties in the region with better-than-expected health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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