As we learned in the Health Disparities Report, the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease—and Appalachia’s mortality rate for the disease is even higher than the rate for the country as a whole. Looking more … Continued
Each month, this section will highlight topics related to the Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia initiative. Posts may include a focused analysis of a particular health issue featured in one of the reports, new information to deepen our understanding of a health issue facing the Appalachian Region, or news on health-related efforts in Appalachia’s Bright Spot communities.
As part of the Health Disparities report, researchers documented issues in the Appalachian Region regarding residents’ access to care. Though there are multiple factors one must consider when examining access to care—including, of course, insurance coverage—there’s also a straightforward factor … Continued
What do heart disease, cancer, COPD, and stroke all have in common? For one, they’re all among the leading causes of death in the United States. But they have similarities beyond that: trends over time, geographic variation, and even risk … Continued
The list of things that affects our health is longer than the list of things that don’t. The genes we inherit from our parents, the environments we live and work in, the medical care we’re able to receive, the food … Continued