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Resources by Topic: Appalachia

Perspectives on the Long of COVID: From Doomscrolling to Rural Management Strategies
An overview of how Long COVID is impacting rural areas. Features a Tennessee rural health researcher sharing his Long COVID experience and a rural New York healthcare system discussing the condition's management options.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Association between Grandparents as Caregivers and Overdose Mortality in Appalachia and Non-Appalachia Counties
Evaluates associations between drug overdose mortality and grandparents as primary caregivers of children in Appalachian and non-Appalachian counties using national datasets from the period 2015-2019. Covers factors associated with grandparents as primary caregivers, including demographics, uninsured population, and rurality. Discusses the impact of high rates of kinship care and opioid use disorder in rural and Appalachian areas.
Author(s): Kate E. Beatty, Stephanie M. Mathis, Abby R. McCurry, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1035564
Date: 02/2023
Type: Document
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Over the Hills and Through the Hollers: How One Program is Assisting Residents of Appalachia with Opioid Use Recovery
Results of a study evaluating the Kentucky Access to Recovery Program (KATR), which provides services to low-income adults recovering from opioid addiction in several rural eastern Kentucky counties. Examines the impact of KATR on service recipients' access to recovery services and supports.
Author(s): Aubrey E. Jones, Jayme E. Walters, Aaron R. Brown
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 4(3), 71-86
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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Kentucky Dental Workforce Report 2023
Provides an overview of dental workforce in Kentucky using 2023 licensure data. Reports the characteristics of dentists and their geographic distribution, including comparisons of rural, urban, Appalachian, and Delta counties. Also provides a table of dentist to population ratios for Kentucky counties, and highlights counties considered shortage areas.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
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Association of First Primary Cancer with Risk of Subsequent Primary Cancer among Survivors of Adult-Onset Cancers in Kentucky and Appalachian Kentucky
Evaluated 148,509 Kentucky first primary cancer survivors to determine risk of subsequent primary cancers. Compared outcomes for rural Appalachian residents with urban non-Appalachian residents as well as other variables such as cancer type, gender, and more.
Author(s): Quan Chen, Bin Huang, Abigail M. Anderson, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Oncology, 13
Date: 2023
Type: Document
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Kentucky Physician Report 2022
Reports on the Kentucky primary care physician workforce distribution and shortages as of 2022. Features statistics on provider-to-population ratios and geographic distribution, with breakdowns by urban, rural, Delta, and Appalachian areas, and includes a county-level map showing numbers of physicians.
Author(s): Sydney P. Howard, Kaden Boots, Frances Feltner
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
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Appalachian Employment Lagged Rest of United States from 2001 to 2021
Compares growth of employment in Appalachia from 2001-2021 with counties that neighbor Appalachia and counties in the rest of the United States. Features a county-level map with shadings indicating percent change in annual average employment.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Adaptation and Study Protocol of the Evidence-based Make Better Choices (Mbc2) Multiple Diet and Activity Change Intervention for a Rural Appalachian Population
Details the development of the Make Better Choices 2 (MBC2) mHealth diet and activity randomized trial and how it is being adapted for rural Appalachia. Outlines the adaptation process conducted in Appalachian Kentucky and subsequent revisions to the recruitment, retention, assessment, and intervention components of the study. Discusses the need for culturally appropriate research to reach underserved populations and achieve health equity.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Deanna Sherman, Angela Fidler Pfammatter, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 2043
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
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Social Media and Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems among School-Going Adolescents in a Rural Distressed Appalachian Community
Evaluates the influence of social media engagement on electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use among 399 8th and 9th grade students in a rural Appalachian county in Tennessee. Provides data on current and ever ENDS use, social media use by type of platform, use of social media to discuss ENDS, attitudes toward ease of ENDS access and danger to health, parental advice against tobacco use, and participant demographics.
Author(s): H.M. Mamudu, C.A. Nwabueze, J.S. Yang, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 29, 101953
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
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Ohio 2023-2026 State Plan on Aging
Highlights the state's health, equity, and justice goals for aging Ohioans. Notes priorities in the areas of community conditions, healthy living, access to care, social connectedness, population health, and preserving independence including those of particular importance to rural or Appalachian residents.
Date: 10/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Aging
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