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ARC to Host Student Leaders from 11 States at 2017 Appalachian Teaching Project Conference
At the 17th annual ATP conference in Washington December 1–2, students and faculty from 13 Appalachian colleges and universities will present their research on sustainable solutions to challenges facing their communities, many of which are in economically distressed counties.  Learn more

In the Region This Week: November 16
Health care training efforts help Appalachia's rural communities build stronger workforces and jobs; Appalachian Spring Initiative taps into Virginia's natural assets for tourism growth; reclaimed mine sites offer fresh opportunity for ag entrepreneurs in West Virginia.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

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New Resources Available from ARC's 2017 "Transforming Appalachia" Summit
The Commission's October 17-19 conference in Pittsburgh focused on key issues shaping the Region's future, including developing a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, strengthening businesses, addressing health challenges, and capitalizing on natural and cultural assets.  See summit presentations and resources

In the Region This Week: November 9
WV Good Jobs Conference spotlights entrepreneurs' ideas and impacts in reshaping region's economy; state-of-the-art sciences center gives Tennessee college students in-demand skills; business coaching center connects southern West Virginia startups with tourism opportunities.  Read more and subscribe to ARC's weekly news snapshot.

In Focus October 2017: Putting Appalachia's Health in an Economic Context
Identifying and addressing health challenges are important steps to helping Appalachia's communities and local economies thrive. ARC's new quarterly looks at recent research on key health issues affecting the Region today, and at successful efforts to help make communities healthier.  Read more and subscribe

ARC Announces Nearly $2 Million in Additional POWER Investments in Central Appalachia
The Commission has now invested a total of more than $94 million through the POWER Initiative in the past year to diversify the economies of 250 coal-impacted counties across 11 Appalachian states. These investments are projected to create or retain nearly 8,800 jobs, leverage an additional $210 million in investment, and benefit thousands of workers and students.  Press release

Study Examines Disparities Related to "Diseases of Despair" in Appalachia
A new ARC-commissioned report analyzes the impact of "diseases of despair" on mortality within the Appalachian Region, focusing on increasing morbidity and mortality from three main causes: alcohol, prescription drug, and illegal drug overdose; suicide; and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis of the liver. The report was prepared by the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.   Read the report

Report Documents Health Disparities in Appalachia
An August 2017 study issued by ARC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky documents dramatic disparities in health outcomes and other health-related factors in the Appalachian Region, compared with the nation as a whole. The first part of a multi-part research project, the study reviewed 41 health indicators to provide a comprehensive overview of the health of the Region's 25 million people, and examined 20-year trends for selected indicators.  Press release