News stories from the past 60 days.
How Do You Fight High Rates of Cervical Cancer in Appalachia? Researchers Say By Showing Up, Building Trust
Aug 14, 2019 - Rural Appalachia has the highest cancer mortality rate in the U.S. and is initiating an effort to target cervical cancer. The project will incorporate clinics and health centers in the region and focus on HPV screening and vaccination rates, as well as smoking cessation.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Jul 25, 2019 - RIP Medical Debt helps forgive medical debt thanks to donors by purchasing it from the debt collection market. They are launching a campaign to forgive medical debt in rural Appalachia for more than 10,000 residents, including the most economically distressed areas in the region. Medical debt can keep people from seeking care.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 18, 2019 - Rural Danville, Virginia invested in reviving their economy after its mills shut down, in part using funding from a foundation created after the sale of its nonprofit hospital to a private company. Other creative aspects of this town's transformation include using tobacco settlement funding to create the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and investing in broadband to support start-ups.
Source: The Atlantic
Jul 17, 2019 - Rural communities in several states with the highest per capita rate of opioid overdose deaths also had the highest portion of pain pills distributed by major drug companies, a new analysis from The Washington Post shows. West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky along the Appalachian Mountains were hit particularly hard. (Subscription may be required to view article).
Source: The Washington Post
Last Updated: 8/16/2019