The groundwork for this initiative required analysis of national health data that provided a comprehensive overview of the health of the Appalachian Region’s 25 million people and documented health disparities between the Region and the nation as a whole. The data indicators assessed in the analysis were the following 41 measures of population health, which are grouped into 9 topical domains.
The indicators include both health outcomes—such as specific measures of mortality and morbidity—and factors that drive or influence health outcomes—such as smoking prevalence, physical inactivity, and the supply of healthcare providers.
The data compiled on Appalachia’s population health using these indicators can be accessed and viewed three ways: through our interactive data tool, in our map room, and in the downloadable disparities files.
A comprehensive review and discussion of the health disparities documented through the data analysis, including a summary of key findings, is available in the report Health Disparities in Appalachia.
Health indicators assessed
41 measures of population health across 9 topical domains:
Heart Disease Mortality
Years of Potential Life Lost
Physically Unhealthy Days
Mentally Unhealthy Days
Adult Obesity Prevalence
Low Birth Weight
Primary Care Physicians
Mental Health Providers
Heart Disease & COPD Hospitalizations
Travel Time to Work
Grocery Store Availability
Median Household Income