Sep 6, 2023 - Discusses depression rates in Logan County, West Virginia. A recent report found that 32% of the county's residents have been diagnosed with depression which is the highest rate in the country. Also notes that the counties with the highest rates for depression tend to be found in Appalachia. Describes the mental healthcare options in the county and how stigma contributes to low use.
Source: KFF Health News, USA Today
Aug 31, 2023 - Offers an overview of historic and current coal mining regulations and the impact of those regulations on the health coal miners, particularly related to black lung disease. Notes that the disease disproportionally impacts Appalachian residents.
Source: Mountain State Spotlight
Aug 24, 2023 - A partnership between a federally qualified health center and insurance company in West Virginia created the Critical Access to Pediatric Psychiatry West Virginia (CAPP WV) program. CAPP WV aims to reduce emergency behavioral care in emergency departments for children. The program uses telehealth and mobile mental health clinics to provide care where the patient is located. The program includes 4 key points, including one with consideration for rural behavioral health access.
Source: Health Leaders Media