Topics: Appalachia

Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017

“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening

graphic of colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

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July 12, 2017

Bad News, Good News

An early childhood education intervention project in North Carolina is proving to have long-term health benefits for some of the participants 30 years later.

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May 15, 2014

ATC Update: The Health Wagon Featured on CBS News

Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill Meade with CBS reporter Scott Pelley


The Health Wagon, which offers free health care to thousands of patients each year in Southwestern Virginia, was recently spotlighted on the CBS news show, “60 Minutes.”

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May 15, 2014

The Limits of Medical Care

We need new approaches to keeping people healthy, instead of trying to heal them after they get sick.

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November 18, 2013

A Lesson From Hazard

Poor life expectancy statistics in Perry County, Ky., seem to contradict generally accepted ideas about lifespan factors.

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August 13, 2013

Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care

Dorothy McMichael, lay navigator


A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia; a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients; a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions; and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.

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May 17, 2012