Appalachia

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Eastern Kentucky residents have access to more mental health providers than the rest of the state, but proportionately, there are fewer primary physicians in the Appalachian region.

Appalachian Health Falling Further Behind

Aug 24, 2017
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A new report shows just how far Appalachia has fallen behind the rest of the country on key health measures such as rates of cancer, heart disease and infant mortality. Researchers say the region’s health gap is growing and they hope the data they’ve compiled will spur new approaches to health care.

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There’s no dearth of research on health disparities in Appalachia. But a newly-formed group of researchers at Virginia Tech says there is a dearth of scientific research into why these disparities exist, and how environmental factors could be contributing.

Roxy Todd

Rural communities across the Ohio Valley are shrinking as more young people leave to find work, to escape troubles, or to follow dreams. US Census data show West Virginia, for example, losing population faster than almost every other state. West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the Ohio Valley ReSource are following six young people from the region to get the personal stories behind these population numbers. 

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A federal science committee studying the health risks for people living near surface coal mines has scheduled a public meeting this week in southern West Virginia.

Southwings and Vivian Stockman

A committee with National Academy of Sciences has started work on a study of the health effects of surface mining in central Appalachia.  

Benny Becker | Ohio Valley ReSource

Black lung is back in Appalachia. The Ohio Valley ReSource teamed with NPR to investigate the dramatic increase in cases of the deadliest form of the disease. In this two-part report, Benny Becker profiles one of the afflicted miners. The story begins in Pike County, Kentucky, where Dr. James Brandon Crum diagnoses a coal miner who is fighting for breath.

Jeff Young | Ohio Valley ReSource

Polling in Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio shows billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys strong support from the region’s white, working class -- an often overlooked group of voters. This angry election season has caused many writers to focus on the deep discontent among white workers. Jeff Young of Ohio Valley ReSource spoke with three authors about why the white working class has such a dark outlook on the country’s future. 

West Virginia, Kentucky Activists Lobby for RECLAIM Act in DC

Sep 29, 2016
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Activists from West Virginia and Kentucky are in the nation’s capitol this week, lobbying in support of the RECLAIM Act.

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The prestigious National Academy of Sciences recently announced a comprehensive study on the health effects of the controversial coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal. For coalfield residents who have long questioned what impact the dust, blasting, chemicals and water contamination was having, the announcement comes as welcome news, if somewhat overdue.  

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